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'Miss Kitty's' husband files for divorce

AUSTIN, Texas -- The husband of actress Amanda Blake, longtime star of the 'Gunsmoke' television series, filed for divorce on the eve of the couple's first anniversary.

Austin City Councilman Mark Spaeth, who has been ill for a year and announced in February he would not seek another term on the council, filed the petition Friday in an Austin state district court.

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The two were married April 28, 1984.

Spaeth, who was elected to the council in 1983, has spent much of the last two years undergoing treatment for an undisclosed illness at various hospitals.

He has not attended a council meeting since February and is living in Dallas, the Austin American-Statesman reported.

Blake, best known for her role as Miss Kitty in 'Gunsmoke,' is living and working in Hollywood. She has formed a company to produce television films in which she will appear.

In his petition, Spaeth said the couple's marriage has become 'insupportable because of discord or conflict of personalitities ... that destroys the legitimate ends of the marriage.'

The marriage was the third for Spaeth, 45, who owns a real estate investment firm, and the fifth for the actress.

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