Amanda Blake was an American television and film actress who was considered to be the most beautiful woman of that time. She was best known for her role as a redhead saloon-keeper in Gunsmoke and her pet lion which accompanied her sometimes to the shooting spots. This article will brief you about the life, career, and net worth of Amanda Blake in 2018.
Early Life & Biography
Amanda Blake was born on February 20, 1929, in Buffalo, New York, United States. Her parents Jesse and Louise named her Beverly Louis Neill when she was born. Kate Barry was her ancestor for whom Blake placed a portrait in the history museum in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Before pursuing an acting career, Blake worked as a telephone operator.
Blake was married four times in her life and sadly all of the marriages ended up in divorce. Don Whitman was her first husband whom she married in 1954 and divorced in 1955. Jason Day, Frank Gilbert, and Mark Spaeth are the other men she was married to and among them, it was Frank Gilbert who spent more years with her. The couple got married in 1967 and lived together till 1982.
Apart from acting, Blake was much interested in promoting welfare. Blake and her husband Frank raised seven generations of cheetah in captivity, which was considered quite an achievement at that time. She is also remembered for bringing her pet lion Kemo to the sets of Gunsmoke. She was the key member who funded the Performing Animal Welfare Society and worked hard for it. Amanda was a heavy smoker which led her to undergo a surgery for oral cancer. She was also an active member of the American Cancer Society.
Career, Awards & Nominations
Amanda Blake started her acting career in the movie Stars in My Crown in the year 1950. Though she appeared in few films and TV series after her debut, it was the 1955 series Gunsmoke which provided her the break she was waiting for. The series went on for 19 years comprising 425 episodes and Amanda was appreciated for her role of Kitty Russell.
She has also performed in the Hall of Great Western Performers in Oklahoma City in 1968 becoming only the third to perform here. More than films, Amanda was much busy doing TV series. Some of her famous series TV are The Red Skeleton Show, Match Game, Betrayal, Tattletales, and Hart to Hart. Some of her famous movies include Cattle Town, A Star is Born, High Society, and The Boost. Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan awarded her the American Cancer Society’s Annual Courage Award in 1984.
Net Worth & Earnings
Her net worth is estimated to be around $1 million during her career and acting in TV series and films were the main sources of her income. There isn’t much authentic information regarding her earnings and assets.
A net worth of $1 million is quite a huge sum of money during the time of Amanda. But rather than enjoying her fortune herself, she spent money on the well-being of animals and people who suffered from cancer which is why she is still remembered.