Actresses

Amanda Blake Net Worth

Amanda Blake Net Worth is
$500,000

Amanda Blake Biography

Beverly Louise Neill was born on 20 February 1929, in Buffalo, New York State USA, and was an actress, best known for being a part of the television series “Gunsmoke”, in which she played the proprietress Miss Kitty Russell. She was active in the industry from 1950 up to her passing in 1989. She was also responsible for creating one of the first successful programs in breeding cheetahs in captivity, but all of her efforts helped put her net worth to where it is today.

How rich is Amanda Blake? As of late-2017, sources inform us of a net worth that is at $500,000, mostly earned through a successful career in acting, and her interest in wildlife. All of these achievements solidified her net worth during her time.

Amanda Blake Net Worth $500,000

Amanda worked as a telephone operator before deciding to pursue a career in acting. Her popularity and performance in minor parts in Western films would lead her to her eventual work at “Gunsmoke”; in 1955, she was cast in the television series in which she played saloon keeper Miss Kitty for 19 years. She was also a part of several major films too, including “Miss Robin Crusoe” and “Cattie Town”. All of these works increased her net worth significantly.

In 1968, she was inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers at the Oklahoma City National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. Due to her television schedule, she started to have less time for films; she had a recurring comedy role in “The Red Skelton Show”, and was a regular panelist on “Hollywood Squares”. In the 1970s, she appeared in the revival of “Match Game” and also at the “Dean Martin Celebrity Roast”. Later in her career, she went into semi-retirement, appearing only later in the “Gunsmoke” reunion film. She was also cast in films such as “The Boost”, and “B.O.R.N”, so her continued work increased her net worth even further.

For her personal life, it is known that Amanda Blake was married four times, firstly to Don Whitman in 1954, but it only lasted a year. In 1964 she married Jason Day, but they divorced three years later, after which she married Frank Gilbert in 1967, and their marriage would last until 1982. Two years later, she married Mark Spaeth but they divorced within a couple of years. Blake was a heavy cigarette smoker and it contributed to her eventual diagnosis of oral cancer in the 1970s. She devoted most of her free time to animal welfare, and set up an animal compound at her home. During this time, she was able to successfully breed cheetahs , eventually raising seven generations of them. She helped form the Arizona Animal Welfare League which is the largest no-kill animal shelter in the state. She also helped start the Performing Animal Welfare Society. She passed away in 1989 due to cardiac arrest and liver failure. Rumors later stated that she died due to AIDS but no proof was ever given. In 1997, the Amanda Blake Memorial Wildlife Refuge opened in Herald, California.

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Quick Facts

Full NameAmanda Blake
Net Worth$500,000
Date Of BirthFebruary 20, 1929
DiedAugust 16, 1989, Mercy General Hospital, Sacramento, California, United States
Place Of BirthBuffalo, New York, United States
Height1.67 m
ProfessionActress
NationalityAmerican
SpouseMark Spaeth (m. 1984–1985), Frank Gilbert (m. 1967–1982), Jason Day (m. 1964–1967), Don Whitman (m. 1954–1955)
ParentsLouise Neill, Jesse Neill
IMDBhttp://www.imdb.com/name/nm0086469/
NominationsGolden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series - Drama, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for Television, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
MoviesGunsmoke, Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge, A Star Is Born, The Glass Slipper, Stars in My Crown, Miss Robin Crusoe, Lili, The Adventures of Hajji Baba, The Boost, Cattle Town, Duchess of Idaho, About Mrs. Leslie, Sabre Jet, Scarlet Angel, Counterspy Meets Scotland Yard, Sunny Side of the Street, Betrayal, High Society, Smuggler's Gold, The Edge of Night, Merchants of Death, Honky Tonk Nights
TV ShowsThe Edge of Night, Gunsmoke


Interesting Facts

#Fact
1Amanda raised cheetahs on a ranch she owned with her 4th husband, producer Frank Gilbert. They send the cheetahs to zoos. Amanda credits former Secretary of the Interior James Watt for spurring her interest in wildlife and conservationism.
2Her second husband, Jason Day, was an Arizona cattleman.
3Smoked 2-3 packs of cigarettes a day until being diagnosed with oral cancer in 1980.
4In 1961 she sold her residual rights to Gunsmoke (1955) for $100,000.
5After enduring oral cancer surgery in 1984, the American Cancer Society awarded her with its Courage Award which was presented to her in Washington, DC by President Reagan. In 1985, Blake received the American Cancer Society's Sword of Hope award.
6Her death certificate listed the immediate cause of death as cardiopulmonary arrest due to liver failure and cytomegalo virus (CMV) hepatitis. CMV hepatitis is AIDS-related, according to Sacramento (CA) internist Dr. Lou Nishimura. She was believed to have contracted the AIDS virus from her last husband, Mark Spaeth, a member of the city council of Austin, Texas. The openly bisexual Spaeth (1939-1985) also died of complications of the disease.
7Inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1968.
8Before making it in show business, she worked as a telephone operator.
9In 1971 she joined with others in Phoenix, Arizona, to form the Arizona Animal Welfare League. The AAWL is now the oldest and largest "no-kill" animal shelter in Arizona. In 1976 she hosted the 1st Annual "Sato" Mutt Show in response to all the purebred dog shows.


Pictures

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Won Awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1985Golden BootGolden Boot Awards
1972Bronze WranglerWestern Heritage AwardsFictional Television DramaGunsmoke (1955)Leonard Katzman (producer)

John Mantley (producer)

Jack Miller (writer)

Bernard McEveety (director)

James Arness (actor)

Milburn Stone (actor)

Jeanette Nolan (actor)

Dack Rambo (actor)

Glenn Strange (actor)

Buck Taylor (actor)
1967Bronze WranglerWestern Heritage AwardsFictional Television DramaGunsmoke (1955)Calvin Clements Sr. (writer)

Philip Leacock (producer)

John Mantley (producer)

Mark Rydell (director)

Albert Salmi (actor)

Ken Curtis (actor)

Milburn Stone (actor)

James Arness (actor)

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1972Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Supporting Actress - TelevisionGunsmoke (1955)
1971Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest TV Actress - DramaGunsmoke (1955)
1970Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest TV Actress - DramaGunsmoke (1955)
1959Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Supporting Actress (Continuing Character) in a Dramatic SeriesGunsmoke (1955)


Filmography

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dragnet1989TV SeriesMrs. Sylvia Wilson
B.O.R.N.1988Rosie
The Boost1988Barbara
Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge1987TV MovieKitty
Brothers1986TV SeriesCarlotta
The Wildest West Show of the Stars1986TV MovieAward Presenter
Hart to Hart1983TV SeriesBig Sam
The Love Boat1979TV SeriesNora Knox
The Quest1976TV SeriesMiss Sally
Betrayal1974TV MovieHelen Mercer
Gunsmoke1955-1974TV SeriesKitty Kitty Russell
The Edge of Night1956-1971TV SeriesDr. Julianna Stanhower
Clown Alley1966TV MoviePickpocket Clown
The Red Skelton Hour1955-1963TV SeriesRuby / the Widder Jenkins / Nurse / ...
General Electric Theater1953-1959TV SeriesRita
Steve Canyon1959TV SeriesMolly McIntyre
Studio One in Hollywood1958TV SeriesJoan Roberts
State Trooper1957TV SeriesBetty Lavon
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1956TV SeriesCarol Arlington
High Society1955Clarissa Jones
The Glass Slipper1955Birdena
Miss Robin Crusoe1954Miss Robin Crusoe
Four Star Playhouse1954TV SeriesSusan
The Adventures of Hajji Baba1954Banah
A Star Is Born1954Susan Ettinger
About Mrs. Leslie1954Gilly
Fireside Theatre1953-1954TV SeriesLouise Connor / Kathy
Cavalcade of America1953TV SeriesNancy Hart
Sabre Jet1953Helen Daniel
Lux Video Theatre1953TV Series
Lili1953Peach Lips
Cattle Town1952Marian Hastings
Schlitz Playhouse1952TV Series
Scarlet Angel1952Susan Bradley
The Family Secret1951Telephone Girl (uncredited)
Sunny Side of the Street1951Susie Manning
Criminal Lawyer1951Receptionist (uncredited)
Never Trust a Gambler1951The Redhead at Police Station (uncredited)
China Corsair1951Jane Richards (uncredited)
Smuggler's Gold1951Susan Hodges
Counterspy Meets Scotland Yard1950Karen Michelle
Duchess of Idaho1950Linda Kinston
Stars in My Crown1950Faith Radmore Samuels

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Gunsmoke: The Last Apache1990TV Movie dedicatee - as Miss Amanda Blake
B.O.R.N.1988dedicatee

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Television: The First Fifty Years1999Video documentaryHerself - Interviewee / Kitty Russel
The New Hollywood Squares1987TV SeriesHerself
Star's Table1986TV SeriesHerself
Hour Magazine1986TV SeriesHerself
Family Feud1984TV SeriesHerself
Breakaway1983TV SeriesHerself
The Best Little Special in Texas1982TV Movie documentaryHerself
The John Davidson Show1981TV SeriesHerself
The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: George Burns1978TV SpecialHerself
The Alan Hamel Show1977TV SeriesHerself
Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Dennis Weaver1976TV SpecialHerself
The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Michael Landon1975TV SpecialHerself
Tattletales1974-1975TV SeriesHerself
Celebrity Sweepstakes1974-1975TV SeriesHerself
Dinah!1974TV SeriesHerself
Match Game 731974TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
The Mike Douglas Show1972-1974TV SeriesHerself - Co-Host / Herself - Guest
The Merv Griffin Show1974TV SeriesHerself
The Hollywood Squares1969-1974TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
The David Frost Show1972TV SeriesHerself - Guest
This Is Your Life1972TV SeriesHerself
Jerry Visits1972TV SeriesHerself
Hee Haw1971TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself - Miss Kitty
Password All-Stars1971TV SeriesHerself - Celebrity Contestant
The Pet Set1971TV Series documentaryHerself
The Donald O'Connor Show1969TV SeriesHerself
Hollywood Talent Scouts1966TV SeriesHerself
Clown Alley1966TV SeriesHerself
The Linkletter Show1964TV SeriesHerself
Stump the Stars1963TV SeriesHerself - Guest Panelist
Here's Hollywood1960TV SeriesHerself
A Star Is Born World Premiere1954TV ShortHerself - Host Assistant

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Pioneers of Television2011TV Mini-Series documentaryKitty Russell from Gunsmoke
Red Skelton: Bloopers, Blunders and Ad-Libs1994VideoRuby
Red Skelton: A Comedy Scrapbook1981Video documentaryRuby
The Dick Cavett Show1971TV SeriesHerself
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