In an interview with the Archive of American Television, Weaver succinctly summed it up as "the basic message was that there's going to be the bad and there's going to be the good. And most of the time, the good will win out."
Amanda was born as Beverly Louise Neill in Buffalo, and she moved with her family to Claremont, California when she was a teen-ager. She attended Pomona College but became so involved with theater productions she eventually left school to become an actress.
Nicknamed the “young Greer Garson,” she made her first appearance in the movie "Stars in My Crown" in 1950, and she appeared in about a dozen films during her career.
Because she stayed busy playing Miss Kitty, Amanda had little time to devote to other projects,
After 19 years of running the Long Branch, Amanda left the show following the 1974 season.