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Amanda Bearse appeared as Marcy D'Arcy (formerly Marcy Rhoades) on Married with Children. Bearse is also widely recognized by horror movie fans as Amy Peterson in the original Fright Night film in 1985.

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

Bearse was born in Winter Park, Florida, and was also raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She attended Birmingham Southern College.

EducationEdit

Bearse studied acting at New York City's Neighborhood Playhouse under instructor Sanford Meisner.

CareerEdit

Amanda's initial success came with the role of Amanda Cousins on the soap opera All My Children] between 1981 and 1984. During and after that time, she appeared in a string of independent and B-movies, including Protocol (1984), Fright Night and Fraternity Vacation (both 1985). Her big star break came in 1987 when she was cast as Marcy Rhoades (later Marcy D'Arcy) on the hit FOX-TV sitcom Married... with Children. She played the role until the show's end in 1997, and became known to television audiences all over the world. In the mid-1990s, Bearse also appeared in the films The Doom Generation and Here Come the Munsters.

Amanda took up the challenge of television series and film directing while appearing on Married... with Children. Between 1991 and 1997, she helmed over 30 episodes of the show. She also directed episodes of Reba, MADtv, Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher, Malcolm & Eddie, Pauly, The Tom Show, The Jamie Foxx Show, Dharma & Greg, Veronica's Closet, Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place, Jesse (starring her former Married... with Children co-star Christina Applegate), and Ladies Man. In 2005, she directed The Sperm Donor, a pilot for NBC starring Maggie Wheeler and in 2006, Bearse teamed with Rosie O'Donnell to direct The Big Gay Sketch Show, which debuted on Logo on April 24, 2007. In 2005, she directed The Sperm Donor, a pilot for NBC starring Maggie Wheeler and In 2006, Bearse teamed with Rosie O'Donnell to direct The Big Gay Sketch Show, which debuted on Logo on April 24, 2007.

Since the show ended, a number of interviews and reports have suggested that Bearse has remained close to her female, but not male, co-stars.

Selected FilmographyEdit

MoviesEdit

  • Protocol (1984) - Soap Opera Actor
  • Fraternity Vacation (1985) - Nicole Ferret
  • Fright Night (1985) - Amy Peterson
  • The Doom Generation (1995) - Barmaid
  • Here Come the Munsters (1995) - Mrs. Pearl


TelevisionEdit

  • All My Children (1982–1984) - Amanda Cousins
  • Married with Children (1987–1997) - Marcy D'arcy, also directed multiple episodes

Personal lifeEdit

Amanda is openly homosexual. She publicly came out of the closet as a professing lesbian in 1993. While she continued her relationship with her on-screen husbands Ted McGinley and David Garrison, she did play a dual role as a homosexual character, a cousin of Marcy's named Amanda, whom of all ironies, got along great with Al Bundy.

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