Amanda Bearse

Actor, Director
Fresh-faced, perky and youthful player who became known as Marcy D'Arcy, the misguided feminist foil of Ed O'Neill's formidably oafish Al Bundy, on the long-running hit sitcom "Married. ..With Children" (Fox, 1987-97) ... Read more »
Born: 08/08/1958 in Winter Park, Florida, USA

Filmography

Actor (18)

All My Children 1969 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside TV Land: Tickled Pink 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Narrator

Married... With Children 1986 - 2001, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Married... with Children Reunion 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Nikki 1986 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

TV's All Time Funniest Holidays 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

My Favorite "Married" 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Out There II 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Doom Generation 1995 (Movie)

Barmaid (Actor)

Likely Suspects 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Goddess of Love 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Fraternity Vacation 1985 (Movie)

Nicole Ferret (Actor)

Fright Night 1985 (Movie)

Amy Peterson (Actor)

Protocol 1984 (Movie)

Soap Opera Actor (Actor)

First Affair (TV Show)

Actor

Here Come the Munsters (TV Show)

Actor
Director (15)

Jessie 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

Mad TV 1986 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Segment Director

Situation: Comedy 1986 - 2001, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

Reba 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

Alright Already 1986 - 1998, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

Dharma & Greg 1986 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

Ladies Man 1986 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

Malcolm and Eddie 1986 - 1997, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher 1986 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

Pauly 1986 - 1997, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

The Crew 1986 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

The Jamie Foxx Show 1986 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

The Tom Show 1986 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place 1986 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

Veronica's Closet 1986 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

Biography

Fresh-faced, perky and youthful player who became known as Marcy D'Arcy, the misguided feminist foil of Ed O'Neill's formidably oafish Al Bundy, on the long-running hit sitcom "Married. ..With Children" (Fox, 1987-97). After studying acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse, Bearse broke into the business with a two-year stint playing Amanda Cousins on the daytime soap "All My Children". After making her feature debut with a small part in the Goldie Hawn vehicle "Protocol" (1984), Bearse became the object of desire for Tim Robbins and Stephen Geoffreys in the amiable teen comedy "Fraternity Vacation" (1985). She graduated to leading lady status in the underrated horror-comedy "Fright Night" (1985) opposite William Ragsdale. Bearse began directing episodes of "Married...With Children" in 1991 and has continued to do so in subsequent seasons. She publicly came out as a lesbian in 1993.

Relationships

Zoe Bearse

Daughter
born May 1993 co-adopted by Amy Shomer

Amy Shomer

Companion
born c. 1961 together since 1989 adopted daughter Zoe with Bearse

EDUCATION

Birmingham Southern College

The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre

New York , New York
studied with Sanford Meisner

Milestones

1993

Publicly came out as a lesbian

1991

Began directing episodes of "Married... With Children"

1987

Played Marcy Rhodes D'Arcy on the popular Fox sitcom, "Married... With Children"

1985

First film lead, "Fright Night"

1984

Feature debut, "Protocol"

1983

TV movie debut, "First Affair"

Raised in Winter Park, Florida

After "Married...With Children" went off the air, concentrated on directing TV sitcoms like "Dharma and Greg", "The Jamie Foxx Show" and "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch", among others

Joined the cast of daytime soap "All My Children" as Amanda Cousins; stayed with the show for two years

Moved to Young Harris, Georgia, with her family

Moved to NYC to study acting

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