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Amanda Bearse

Highest Rated:   91% Fright Night (1985)
Lowest Rated:   14% Protocol (1984)
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Birthplace:   Winter Park, Florida, USA
Best known for her portrayal of Marcy Rhoades D'arcy, the manic, feminist/careerist neighbor on the long-running series Married...With Children, Amanda Bearse is also a prominent spokesperson for lesbian and gay rights in the entertainment industry and a very busy director on television. Born in Winter Park, FL, Bearse came to acting through high school and community theater and later moved to New York, where she studied acting with Sanford Meisner. Her first major acting role was as Amanda Cousins on the daytime drama All My Children from 1982 to 1984. Her early film appearances consisted of small roles in features such as First Affair (made for television), Protocol, Fright Night, and Fraternity Vacation, before Married...With Children came along in 1987. Originally, her portrayal and image were that of a perky supporting player but as the series evolved, the writing for her character did as well and her portrayal became harder, much funnier, and much edgier. Bearse also studied directing at the American Film Institute and U.S.C., and most viewers were less aware of the fact that from the middle of the series' run, she became one of the program's regular directors and also wrote several scripts. During this period she emerged as a spokesperson for gay and lesbian rights, declaring her sexuality openly in October 1993, as part of National Coming Out Day. After the end of the series' run of ten seasons, Bearse concentrated largely on directing, on sitcoms such as Ladies Man, Dharma and Greg, and Two Guys and a Girl, among other programs.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Girls on Film 2
  • Actor
2005
47% The Doom Generation
  • Barmaid
1995
No Score Yet Goddess of Love
  • Cathy
1988
No Score Yet Vacación Fraternal
  • Nicole Ferret
1985
91% Fright Night
  • Amy Peterson
1985
14% Protocol
  • Soap Opera Actor
1984
No Score Yet First Affair
  • Karen
1983

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Drop Dead Diva
2009-2014
  • Actor
  • 2011
No Score Yet MADtv
1995-2009
  • Director
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
No Score Yet George Lopez
2002-2007
  • Director

Quotes from Amanda Bearse's Characters