AMANDA BLAKE DIES GUNSMOKE MISS KITTY TIMES OBITUARY

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  • Sold Date: Feb 20, 2008
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REPRODUCTION OBITUARY FROM NY TIMES OF ACTRESS

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Amanda Blake ( February 20 , 1929 ), was an American actress best known for the role of the red-haired "Miss Kitty" on the longest-running television drama, CBS 's Gunsmoke series ( 1955 -1975 ).

Born Beverly Louise Neill in Buffalo, New York , she was a telephone operator before taking up acting. Nicknamed "The Young Greer Garson ," she became best known for her 19-year stint as the fictitious "Kitty Russell." Miss Kitty was owner-operator of the Long Branch Saloon , from which she dispensed wisdom, whiskey, (and though not overtly) boarding room keys and "fancy" women. (In early episodes of Gunsmoke Miss Kitty is an employee of the Long Branch although it is not clear what her duties are.) Like Perry Mason and his secretary Della Street, Kitty and Dodge City 's U.S. Marshal, Matt Dillon (played by James Arness ) seemingly carried on a cloaked relationship. Blake's Kitty presumably departed Dodge City at the close of the series' 19th season, sans an on-screen farewell. Character actress Fran Ryan (Hanna) assumed ownership of the Long Branch for the twentieth and final season, with little mentioned of Kitty. In the first of three CBS post-series movies ("Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge"), Kitty tells Hanna (Ryan) that she left Dodge to
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