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Perfectly Amanda: Gunsmoke's Miss Kitty, To Dodge and Beyond [Kindle Edition]

Beckey Burgoyne
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Perfectly Amanda, Gunsmoke's Miss Kitty: To Dodge and Beyond is the biography of Amanda Blake, who portrayed Kitty Russell on television's Gunsmoke for nearly 20 years, as told by Beckey Burgoyne, an Illinois elementary school teacher and an avid Miss Kitty fan.

As a farmer's daughter, Burgoyne can certainly appreciate the value of hard work and self-reliance, characteristics that came to life in Amanda Blake's portrayal of Miss Kitty. In Perfectly Amanda, Burgoyne celebrates everything the character of Kitty Russell stood for: strength, grace, intelligence, independence and so much more.

The book provides readers with a chronological look into Amanda Blake's life both on- and off-screen. Readers will also enjoy many wonderful anecdotes and personal reflections as told by Blake's friends and colleagues, as well an extensive collection of photographs, both formal and candid.

Full of tales of travel and adventure, as well as heartwarming stories of Blake's devotion to a wide variety of charities, there is something in Perfectly Amanda for everyone - young or old, male or female.

More than just a typical biography, this is a tale of strength, courage and compassion. It's the story of a legendary character that sparked a generation of women to challenge conventional views on the traditional roles they were expected to play in society.

Burgoyne has done an excellent job of telling the complex story of Buffalo-born Beverly Louise Neill who paid her dues in Hollywood before landing the role of Kitty Russell, owner of the Long Branch Saloon and whose sideline gig as a hooker was apparent to alert viewers.
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Bob Sanders' career as an award winning public relations professional and journalist for many esteemed employers including the Chicago Tribune and TV Guide have provided him with a plethora of amazing memories that he shares with Internet Readers at Sidebars. Follow the links for his recent review of Perfectly Amanda and his most interesting tale of Baltimore Jack, Hazel, Amanda Blake and her fellow Zebra Ladies of the Phoenix Zoo with a few Playboy Bunnies in the mix, too!

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 this book 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.

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An intriguing read, and one not to be missed for Hollywood biography collections - 5 Stars on Amazon 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 Blake's friends and colleagues, as well as an extensive collection of photographs, both formal and candid.

...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.
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Product Details

  • File Size: 8735 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Five Star Publications, Inc. (AZ) (March 20, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004T3GMEW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #583,220 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Good for what it was, but what was it? February 12, 2012
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OK. This bio was researched and written long after Amanda Blake's death; but I had misgivings about my purchase as soon as I read the acknowledgments. James Arness's absence was troubling; but knowing that Ms. Blake was more than Miss Kitty, I proceeded through the book in hopes of learning more about her.

In a lot of ways, I wasn't disappointed; although the author's idiosyncrasies were irritating and what I suspect is a Kindle quirk was maddening. In no particular order, here's what I observed and what I thought.

Amanda Blake began life and Beverly Louise Neill. The author, ever fearful that readers would forget or become confused, referred to her almost continuously as Beverly/Amanda. Disruptive, irritating, unnecessary.

Good focus on Ms. Blake's dedication and devotion to animal rights, but no followup to what happened to all the animals she and Frank Gilbert took in once that marriage ended. In fact, the author only provided speculation about what happened to that marriage, Amanda's penultimate, alluding to abuse of some form without indicating which spouse was the perpetrator.

Absolutely no followup on Blake's final, brief marriage to Mark Spaeth. The author provides a short paragraph indicating it was a marriage of convenience for him about which and whom Blake was indifferent. And yet, this marriage is what killed Blake. Several chapters beyond this paragaph, we encounter a dying Blake trying to "act through" her sickness and pain. There's no lead up to this. No details of this marriage, despite several of Blake's supposedly closest friends having been interviewed for the book. And then, the author depicts Amanda in her death throes, with her life flashing before her eyes and what was going through her head.
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I'm totally enjoying this book. I've always loved watching Amanda on Gunsmoke and have learned a lot more about her in this book. I didn't realize how many movies she was in and I know to watch for them. The book names the episodes they take about and it helps me look at the episodes I am watching on the encore Western Channel. I still love watching her daily. She was a lovely lady.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful. August 4, 2013
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Great book so glad I read it. She treated everyone with respect and she loved animals, sounds like she was a special lady.
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