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Perfectly Amanda..story of Amanda Blake, "Miss Kitty"

While at the Autry yesterday I met the Lady that wrote the new book about Amanda Blake who played Kitty on gunsmoke for many years. The book is called Perfectly Amanda by Becky Burgoyne. It is available on Amanda Blake was a fine actress who was perfectly cast as Kitty and influenced a generation of girls. Even now, at events, because I am red headed I guess...I get called Miss Kitty.

Kitty was a strong, independent businesswoman who had class and always behaved like a Lady. Here is some information about the book.

As an avid fan of Gunsmoke s Miss Kitty, Beckey Burgoyne, an elementary school teacher from Illinois, felt it was her destiny to write the life story of actress Amanda Blake, who portrayed Miss Kitty on television for nearly 20 years. A farmers daughter, Burgoyne appreciates the value of hard work and self-reliance. As a child, she saw all of these characteristics and more in Amanda Blake s portrayal of Miss Kitty on TV s Gunsmoke. In Perfectly Amanda, Gunsmoke s Miss Kitty: To Dodge and Beyond, Burgoyne celebrates everything the character of Kitty Russell stood for: strength, grace, intelligence, independence and so much more. The biography provides readers with a chronological look into Amanda Blake s life both on- and off-screen, even telling of her ancestry tracing back to 1600 England, Scotland and Ireland. Perfectly Amanda also includes many wonderful anecdotes and personal reflections from Blakes friends and colleagues, as well as an extensive collection of photographs, both formal and candid. Burgoyne says this book will appeal to anyone young or old, male or female. Full of tales of adventure and travel, as well as more heartwarming information on Blake s battle with cancer and her unending devotion to a wide variety of charities, there is something in Perfectly Amanda for everyone. However, this is more than just an ordinary biography. It's a tale of strength, courage and compassion. It s the story of a legendary character that changed the way women saw the world and their roles in society. Miss Kitty s independence and business know-how sparked a generation of women to challenge conventional views on the traditional roles women were expected to play in society. Her positive influence on young women, Burgoyne included, cannot be measured. Includes 100 photographs.

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Comment by Gay Mathis on July 25, 2010 at 12:46pm
Ginny, thanks for posting this about this book..I always loved Miss Kitty on Gunsmoke..Such a lady..
Comment by Ginny Morgan on July 25, 2010 at 12:49pm
Glad to do it, much has been posted on the men of Gunsmoke...I figured it was time to talk about Kitty. I loved her also...very positive role model for young women...
Comment by Gay Mathis on July 25, 2010 at 1:00pm
She was a great asset to the show..Not enough said about her and her contributions..
Comment by Bob 'Buckshot' Bradley on July 25, 2010 at 1:44pm
Becky Burgoyne talked about her book and Amanda Blake to Dakota Livesay on his Chronicles of the Old West radio show, back in May. You can hear the interview by clicking the link below.
Comment by Ginny Morgan on July 25, 2010 at 2:09pm
Thank you, Buckshot!
Comment by Paul Saeli on July 25, 2010 at 4:18pm
I recall a very early episode of Gunsmoke that I saw in syndication a number of years ago. The opening scene showed Matt putting his boots on while sitting on the side of a bed in what presumably was the Long Branch. All this while carrying on a conversation with Miss Kitty. Pretty risque stuff for the 1950's!

Here's an enternaining first person account from 1882 titled "A Coboy in Dodge Ciy".

Comment by Gay Mathis on July 25, 2010 at 6:01pm
This is part of a funny episode of Gunsmoke "A Quiet Day in Dodge" on YouTube..Go to about the 4:08 minute mark..

"A Quiet Day in Dodge" (YouTube Link)
Comment by Gay Mathis on July 26, 2010 at 5:01pm
Paul, the book you referred to is also available for PDF download on Google..Interesting book..
Comment by Melvin Graf on July 27, 2010 at 4:50pm
An episode of "Gunsmoke" that particularly amused me was "Marry Me" and Miss Kitty had a very prominent role. Orkey Cathcart was from a family of "mountain folk" and needed to find a wife so his younger brother, Sweet Billy, wouldn't get married before him. Orkey went "wifing" in Dodge and decided right off the bat that his choice was Miss Kitty. Obviously, she wasn't interested in Orkey so Orkey, Sweet Billy, and Pa Cathcart resorted to kidnapping her.

Don Dubbins played Orkey, Warren Oates played Sweet Billy, and Cactus Mac played Pa. Wonderful acting by everyone. I see Cactus Mac's granddaughter is western writer Julie Ann Ream. Does anyone here know her?
Comment by Gay Mathis on July 27, 2010 at 4:55pm
Mel, ask Sally..She is related to Cactus Mack and Julie Ann Ream..


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