Amanda Blake as Miss Kitty (Getty Images / CBS)
Amanda Blake, born 85 years ago today, was beloved by television viewers for her portrayal of saloon owner Miss Kitty on the long-running TV Western, Gunsmoke. From 1955 until 1974 – 19 of the series' 20 seasons – Blake charmed audiences as the kindhearted proprietress of the Long Branch Saloon. The role was her longest lasting and most notable, though she also appeared in a dozen movies and a generous handful of TV shows, from an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents to a five-episode arc on a soap opera, The Edge of Night.
We're honoring Blake on her birthday with a look back at the show that made her a legend. Flip through our Gunsmoke photo gallery for shots of Miss Kitty, Marshall Dillon and other Dodge City residents we knew and loved.