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Amanda Bearse Biography

Birth Place:
Winter Park, Florida, United States
Actor, director

Fast Facts

  • Studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City under the famed method-acting teacher Sanford Meisner
  • Studied directing at both the American Film Institute and the University of Southern California
  • Professional screen acting debut came in 1982 on All My Children
  • Directed more than 30 episodes of the Fox sitcom Married
  • With Children, while also appearing on-screen as the Bundy's next-door neighbor Marcy D'Arcy for the show's entire 11-season run
  • After publicly revealing her sexuality in a 1993 magazine interview, she was regarded as one of the first openly gay actors appearing on prime-time television in the U
  • S
  • A vocal advocate for LGBT rights, she began serving as an Ambassador for the Federation of Gay Games prior to the seventh quadrennial Gay Games held in Chicago in 2006