Actress Amanda Blake was married five times but had no children. An animal lover and activist, Blake left her entire estate to the Performing Animals Welfare Society. In 1997, the organization established the Amanda Blake Memorial Welfare Refuge in honor of the actress.
Following Blake's death, her mother, sister and two cousins sought to overturn her will. They claimed that the actress intended to leave her estate to family, but was coerced into changing her will just days before her death.
Blake is best known for playing Miss Kitty, a warm-hearted saloon owner, on the long-running television show, Gunsmoke. She died of AIDS-related complications in 1989 at the age of 60.