Amanda Blake said she used marriage as an ''escape''

The actress made sure everyone knew that her career came first.

While regular Gunsmoke fans may have been hopeful for a potential romantic relationship between Marshal Matt Dillon and Kitty Russell, it turns out that Russell's actress, Amanda Blake, had a somewhat different view of relationships and marriage, specifically. In an interview with The Montreal Star, Blake's mother said that she and Blake's father had previously tried to get Blake to give up her dreams of becoming an actress early on in her career and "find a nice young man and settle down and make us grandparents."

However, Blake refused. Blake's mother continued, "She said acting was in her blood, that acting was her whole life. It still is. She's dedicated to her career with a kind of fantasticism which is difficult for us to understand. But that's the fact, and we recognize it. Marriage just has no place in her present plan of progress."

At the time of the article's publishing, Blake had already been married twice and would go on to marry three more times. But she confessed, "I think that I used marriage as an escape mechanism, an escape from frustration, born of the fact that I wasn't working as an actress." She stressed, "I know now that I cannot mix marriage with a career, because to me the career comes first. And that's not fair to any husband. So I live alone." 

She also said, "It may sound unfeminine, but I don't need a man to whisper sweet nothings into my ear. When a little girl recognizes me on the street and asks for my autograph, even today after six years of being on the show, I get a bigger thrill out of that than when a man says, 'Darling, you look lovely.'"

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Suzies1952 7 months ago
Funny thinking about dragnet stars playing bad guys
MichaelGreene Suzies1952 6 months ago
I can spot two Gunsmoke stars, Dennis Weaver and Milburn Stone, who appeared in Dragnet. In the 1954 Color Dragnet movie, Dennis Weaver plays Capt. R.H. Lohrman, based on the real-life captain who probably was someone Jack Webb talked to, and was an advisor in the 1954 Movie "Crime Wave". Stone was in the first episode of the 2nd season of Dragnet, where he played Joe Friday's commanding Captain. Maybe there are other actors and actresses who played roles in the original Dragnet and Gunsmoke.
Suzies1952 7 months ago
Yes me tv has had an article about kitty with some of the same information in it, I loved her on gun-smoke , she was a woman who wasn’t going to take any bull from any man, even Matt Dillon!
Runeshaper 7 months ago
I love Kitty! However, on a different note, I felt like I've read this article or a very similar article on MeTV before...
LoveMETV22 Runeshaper 7 months ago
You're probably thinking of this one from June? :

https://www.metv.com/stories/gunsmokes-amanda-blake-didnt-need-no-man
Runeshaper LoveMETV22 7 months ago
YES, thank you!
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