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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Five Star Publications, Inc.; 1 edition (August 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589851633
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589851634
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.8 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #935,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Thanks to Beckey Burgoyne, fans of make-believe "Miss Kitty" will be introduced to the endearing and multi-faceted real life of Amanda Blake." --Paul Savage, Gunsmoke Executive Story Consultant

"Thanks, Beckey for stirring memories of a time past when I was there. Thanks for the visits with so many great friends and most of all the new insights into a significant human being of enormous quality. A big disappointment for me was guest starring in a super role on Gunsmoke and NOT getting to meet Amanda. This book has gone a long way toward minimizing that disappointment and enriching my life." --Alex Cord, Actor and Author of A Feather in the Rain

"What an absorbing and affectionate insight of a legendary TV star. The colorful details of her career, as Miss Kitty and numerous personal anecdotes bring Amanda Blake into sharp focus for Gunsmoke fans of all ages. Meticulous Blake admirer Beckey Burgoyne is the ideal biographer to make the saga of Perfectly Amanda a totally delightful read!" --Gregg Hunter 'NITESIDE' Heard on CRN Digital Talk Sunday Evenings

About the Author

Beckey Burgoyne, an elementary school teacher from Illinois and daughter of a farmer, has penned her first book Perfectly Amanda, Gunsmoke s Miss Kitty: To Dodge and Beyond. Burgoyne was driven to write this biography of Amanda Blake based on her deep admiration of the actress and the strong woman she portrayed on television s Gunsmoke. Born in Danville, Ill., Beckey Burgoyne has lived in Illinois and Indiana all of her life. A graduate of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Ill., Burgoyne has always had a passion for the theater and English. Putting her two loves together, it only made sense that her first book would be about the famous actress who inspired her in so many ways. As an elementary school teacher since 1992, Burgoyne has taught math, science and physical education classes. Outside of teaching and spending time with her family, she also loves flowers and the theater. The self-proclaimed Flower Lady has been designing, planting and caring for 15 flowerbeds at her local bank for the last 10 summers. She is also involved in the choir/drama department at her church and has taken part in their Christmas and Easter dramatic musical productions for the past 15 years. She also works with the Danville Light Opera, a local community theater group, whenever she can. As a wife, mother, full-time teacher and now a published author, however, Burgoyne doesn t find a lot of free time. Perfectly Amanda, Gunsmoke s Miss Kitty: To Dodge and Beyond was the result of Burgoyne s lifelong love for and admiration of the great actress Amanda Blake and her Gunsmoke character, Kitty Russell, the owner of the Long Branch Saloon and love interest of Marshal Matt Dillon on the legendary Western series. As a young girl, Burgoyne was greatly influenced by Miss Kitty. She admired her independent nature and contentment with choosing a career over homesteading. As television didn t often portray women with such strength and strong will, Miss Kitty was truly an inspiration and an excellent role model for a new generation of women. To honor all that she stood for, Burgoyne put pen to paper for this biography.

Customer Reviews

Fans of Gunsmoke and Amanda Blake will enjoy this entertaining read.
Sandy Henry
Beckey Burgoyne has done a superb job telling of the life of Amanda Blake.
Diane West
I absolutely loved reading every single page of Amanda Blake's biography.
bookworm

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Sandy Henry on August 28, 2010
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I purchased this book with the intention of "saving it" to read on an upcoming lengthy plane ride, but I couldn't resist -I just had to peek inside at some of the photos. To my delight, I found the book to be completely enthralling and couldn't put it down. Like author Beckey Burgoyne, I was one of the many young girls influenced by Amanda Blake and her portrayal of Kitty Russell. Her strength and independence helped to shape generations of young women who were spoon-fed heaping helpings of family fare on TV - wives, mothers, homemakers. What a refreshing change to see an independent business-owner who was [eventually] accepted and respected by men and women alike. I enjoyed seeing new photos of Amanda, and I was particularly delighted to see that Burgoyne's tribute truly celebrates the complex actress and her life. Amanda Blake left us a little too soon (age 60), but she impacted untold numbers of family, friends and fans with her generous spirit and grace. Fans of Gunsmoke and Amanda Blake will enjoy this entertaining read.
Sandy Henry, author, Carnegie, A Child's Bedtime Companion and Something Borrowed, Something Blue
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By William J. Hardy on January 14, 2011
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This is a wonderful book for those who either are Amanda Blake fans or fans of the western TV shows of the past, in general. It's said that Amanda's short life was a great ride and this book reflects that. It's a great read. Her roles, in life, were extensive - far beyond that of Miss Kitty. If she came up short in any arena is was marriage - she didn't learn what Kitty knew - if you can't marry the man you want (Kitty/Matt - Amanda/Bill), take of him what you can get and don't settle for second best. When you let yourself into Amanda's world, know there will be good times, bad times, and ugly times. You will laugh, you will cry, and you will pray that Doc, Kitty, and Chester are, once again, in the Long Branch Saloon waiting for Matt.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Diane West on September 9, 2010
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Beckey Burgoyne has done a superb job telling of the life of Amanda Blake. I was also influenced by Amanda's portrayal of Miss Kitty as a child growing up. She seemed so in control of everything around her. She was a roll model for so many young woman. It was nice to read about her life after Gunsmoke. She was so respected by her peers and had a wonderful sense of humor that comes out in the book. When my copy arrived, I read the whole book in a day. I couldn't put it down. There are so many new pictures inside also. She was one terrific woman and I am glad the book has finally been written!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By bookworm on September 20, 2010
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I absolutely loved reading every single page of Amanda Blake's biography. There was so much to read and over 100 photographs. I think its about time that somebody wrote about this wonderful lady.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By rosebudlady on October 30, 2012
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I thoroughly enjoyed the book "Perfectly Amanda." It was a quick read or maybe it seemed to be quick as I couldn't put it down once I began reading it. The photos are quite interesting, and I liked how there were stories about many of the Gunsmoke shows with comments by actors in those episodes. I did, however, have some questions as to some things written. One was the reason for her exit from Gunsmoke did not ring true - I suppose there was more to it than the writer could discover. I also found the story about Mr. Arness "taking" care of the situation in getting her out of a marriage lacking in clarity. I believe that would have been a fascinating story. Again, it could be lack of information given to the author. All in all, this book is a fun read, and any Gunsmoke or Amanda Blake fan will be glad they purchased the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sweetie on October 1, 2012
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The writer of this biogrophy of Amanda Blake did an outstanding job. I especially liked the size of the book with all the pictures which made it feel more like an album than a book. I especially appreciated the honesty with which she explained why Amanda did not star in the entire 20 years. It made me angry and sad to know that CBS did nothing, nor did apparently James Arness. Whwn I read his biography, he gave the same story as Amanda did on the talk show she was a guest on. I have less respect for him now. When I watch the last two years of shows, I have them all, they fall flat without her. She was one of a kind, and made the show what it was then and still is now.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Patsy Gifford on April 16, 2011
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I have always loved Gunsmoke and Miss Kitty was such a big part of the show.
The main characters were a family that appealed to me. This book told me so
many things about Amanda that I didn't know and I can understand her a lot
better. This book is a very good read with a lot of photos that help in
the story of Amanda, Miss Kitty.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Pickett on January 31, 2011
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This book is excellent. It details Amanda Blake's entire working career and early childhood years. It is well worth the price and a real treasure.
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