Amanda Blake was a famous American actress of yesteryears who died at age 60 in 1989. She gained fame for her role of the red-haired proprietor of a salon in Gunsmoke TV series. She has the credit of breeding cheetahs in captivity successfully.
Amanda Blake- her childhood and family
Amanda was born on 20 February 1929 in Buffalo in New York in the USA. Her birth name was Beverly Louise Neill. Her parents were Jesse and Louise (née Puckett) Neill and she was their only child. Her father worked as a banker. She has American nationality and her ethnicity was English and Scottish. Her parents later migrated to Claremont in California. She studied at the local school and later joined Pomona College but probably could not finish her college graduation due to her hectic acting schedules.
Amanda Blake and her net worth and career
Amanda started as a telephone operator before she took acting full-time. She began taking part in theater and stage plays. In 1952, she began work in Hollywood films and television. Her films at that time include Cattle Town, Miss Robin Crusoe, and Stars in my Crown. Her TV roles were in Cavalcade of America, Four-star Playhouse, and Split Playhouse of Stars.
Her most well-known role was that of Miss Kitty a saloon owner in Gunsmoke which was aired from 1955 to 1974. She did several more TV series and films but due to her main role in the TV shows she had little time for films. Her net worth when she died in 1989 was $ 500k. She was nominated for several highly coveted awards.
Amanda Blake and her marriages and husbands
She was married four times and divorced thrice. Her first husband was Don Whitman whom she married on 22 August 1954 and divorced on 21 August 1956. She married Jason Seymour on 15 August 1964 and divorced on 28 June 1967. The third marriage was on 30 June 1967 with Frank Gilbert and the couple divorced in 1982. She then married Mark Edward Spaeth on 28 April 1984 and she was widowed on 27 May 1985 when Mark died.
Amanda Blake and the animal welfare
Amanda worked for animal welfare and had done several successful experiments and projects on them.
Amanda and her death
She was a chain smoker and was diagnosed and operated for oral cancer in 1977. She died on 16 August 1989 at Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento in California She is said to have died of AIDS probably acquired from her fourth husband who had died at age 41 due to AIDS-associated pneumonia.
Amanda Blake body measurements
She had a height of 5 feet and 6 inches and a weight of 61 kg. Her figure stats were 37-25-37 inches and she had a dress size of 8 US. She had brown to red hair and brown eyes.
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