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PORTRAIT OF THE WEEK

February 20, 2014

MISS KITTY OF THE LONG BRANCH

One of Amanda's first studio portraits at MGM. They tried to promote her as a new Greer Garson. (c) MGM
One of Amanda's first studio portraits at MGM. They tried to promote her as a new Greer Garson. (c) MGM

One of Amanda’s first studio portraits at MGM. They tried to promote her as a new Greer Garson.  (c) MGM

 

Actress  Amanda Blake, best known as ‘Miss Kitty Russell’ from the long-running TV series, Gunsmoke, was born on this day in 1929. So its appropriate we make the red-haired personality the Funhouse’s Portrait of the Week.

She portrayed the iconic saloon-keeper for an amazing 19 years, starting in 1955 up to the series end in 1974. Amazing!

She had a career before Gunsmoke. Amanda came to Hollywood in the late 1940s and was quickly signed up by illustrious MGM. Amusingly, her screen debut in Battleground, as a photograph of a screen G.I.’s wife. She made her real premiere in the film, The Stars In My Crown, with Joel McCrae.

After the studio dropped her, she knocked around Hollywood in bit-parts and the occasional lead. She had a starring role in an interesting film at 20th Fox, Miss Robinson Crusoe, with George Nader.

She devoted her post-Gunsmoke life to advocating animal rights. She passed away on August 16, 1989.

 

James Daly co-starred with Amanda in this 1967 episode of Gunsmoke. (c) CBS

James Daly co-starred with Amanda in this 1967 episode of Gunsmoke. (c) CBS

 

 






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