Who is Amanda Bearse?
Amanda Bearse was born on 9 August 1958 under the zodiac sign of Leo, in Winter Park, Florida USA. She is a 63-year-old actress, producer and director, perhaps still best recognized for landing the role of Amy Peterson in the comedy horror film “Fright Night” (1985), and featuring as Marcy Rhoades D’Arcy in the Fox sitcom “Married… With Children” (1987-1997).
How rich is she, as of now? Amanda Bearse Net Worth
As of mid-2021, Amanda Bearse’s net worth is estimated at over $16 million, acquired through her successful involvement in the world of entertainment. She has worked on more than 30 television and film acting credits since she launched her career back in the mid-1980s.
Early Life, Parents, Siblings, Nationality, Ethnicity, Educational Background
Amanda Bearse spent her early years in Atlanta, Georgia, where she was raised by her parents; however, their names and professions aren’t revealed. It’s also unknown whether she has any siblings or is an only child. She holds American nationality and belongs to White Caucasian ethnic group. Regarding her education, Amanda went to Winter Park High School, from which she matriculated in 1976. She then enrolled in Rollins College, but later transferred to Birmingham Southern College and Young Harris College, from which she obtained an associate of arts degree. Furthermore, she studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York City, as well as directing at the American Film Institute and University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
Amanda Bearse started pursuing her professional acting career in 1982, when she landed her first major role in the longest-lasting ABC soap opera “All My Children”, in which she starred as Amanda Cousins until 1983; the series won numerous awards including three Daytime Emmys in the category of Outstanding Drama Series. She then played Karen in the CBS romantic drama film “First Affair” (1983), alongside Joel Higgins and Loretta Swit. Her debut feature film appearance came in the next year, when she was cast as a soap opera actor in the comedy film “Protocol”, starring Chris Sarandon and Goldie Hawn. She followed with portrayals of Nicole Ferret in the sex comedy teen film “Fraternity Vacation”, and Amy Peterson in the comedy horror film “Fright Night”, written and directed by Tom Holland, both in 1985.
Rise to Stardom
Amanda Bearse’s next significant role came in 1987, when she joined the main cast of the highly popular Fox sitcom “Married… With Children”, in which she took the role of Peg’s best friend Marcy Rhoades D’Arcy for eleven seasons until it ended in 1997, appearing in more than 250 episodes; moreover, she directed 31 episodes of the series from 1991 to 1997. She reprised the role of Marcy in the ABC special “The Earth Day Special” in 1990, and later in the episode “Technical Knockup” of the WB’s sitcom “Nikki” in 2001.
Concurrently, Amanda Bearse continued to work on other projects – in 1988, she featured as Cathy in the NBC fantasy film “Goddess Of Love”, after which she played Barmaid in the critically acclaimed black comedy thriller film “The Doom Generation”, which was written and directed by Gregg Araki, and portrayed Mrs Pearl in the Fox sci-fi comedy horror film “Here Come The Munsters”, directed by Robert Ginty, both in 1995.
She then focused on directing, and worked on episodes of other TV series such as “Malcolm & Eddie” (1996-1997), “Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher” (1997), and “Veronica’s Closet” (1998).
She then directed ten episodes of the ABC sitcom “Dharma & Greg” from 1998 to 2000. Between 1999 and 2005, she also served as a director for the Fox comedy sketch series “MadTV”.
In the new millenium, Amanda Bears continued to line up success after success, directing such TV series as “Sabrina The Teenage Witch” (2001), “Reba” (2001-2002), and “Nikki” (2002). She then took the role of Charlotte in the short drama film “Give Or Take An Inch” in 2003. Three years later, she teamed with Rosie O’Donnell to direct the LGBT-themed comedy sketch program “The Big Gay Sketch Show”, broadcast on Logo, remaining with the series as a director until 2010, while concurrently working as a co-executive producer for nine episodes of the show from 2008 to 2010.
Afterwards, Amanda directed the comedy video “Leslie Jordan: My Trip Down The Pink Carpet” (2010), then reverted to acting in the supporting role of Judge Jodi Corliss in the Lifetime legal comedy-drama series “Drop Dead Diva” (2011), alongside Brooke Elliott and Margaret Cho. Two years later, she made a guest appearance as Rita in the episode “Charlie And The Ex-Patient” of the FX sitcom “Anger Management”. She subsequently directed several episodes of such TV series as “Jessie” (2013) and “Kickin’ It” (2014).
Recent and Upcoming Projects
In 2016, Amanda Bears collaborated with Stan Zimmerman in directing the made-for-TV comedy film “Skirtchasers”, for which she was also the producer. Two years later she moved to the stage, directing the Off-Broadway production of the comedy play “Party Face” by Isobel Mahon.
In 2020, she landed the role of Marjorie Phelps in the sci-fi comedy horror film “Sky Sharks”, next to Robert LaSardo, Lynn Lowry, and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa. Later that year, she also performed as Olive Madison in the Judson Theatre Company revival of the play “The (Female) Odd Couple” by Neil Simon.
Most recently, it’s announced that she will portray Ramona Skoog in the upcoming comedy film “Tapawingo”, which is currently under post-production. She is also filming the romantic comedy film “BROS”.
Appearance and Vital Statistics
Amanda Bearse has short light brown hair and dark brown eyes. She stands at a height of 5ft 4ins (1.63m), her weight is around 132lbs (60kgs), with vital statistics of 37-25-37, bra size 34B, dress size 4 (US), and shoe size 7.5 (US).
Regarding her sexuality, Amanda Bearse came out as a lesbian on National Coming Out Day back in 1993, and during the same year, she adopted her daughter named Zoe. In 2008, she met camera technician Carrie Schenken, and after dating for two years, the two tied the knot in a private wedding ceremony held in 2010. Subsequently, the couple adopted another child, but whose name remains unknown. She now serves as an advocate for the LGBTQI community. The family’s current residence is in Seattle, Washington State.