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Born: August 9, 1958 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Winter Park, Florida, USA Profession: director, actor

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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.

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Doom Generation, The (1995) Barmaid
2.
 Here Come the Munsters (1995) Mrs Pearl
3.
 Goddess of Love, The (1988) Cathy
4.
 Fraternity Vacation (1985) Nicole Ferret
5.
 Fright Night (1985) Amy Peterson
6.
 Protocol (1984) Soap Opera Actor
7.
 First Affair (1983) Karen
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Raised in Winter Park, Florida
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Moved to Young Harris, Georgia, with her family
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Moved to NYC to study acting
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Joined the cast of daytime soap "All My Children" as Amanda Cousins; stayed with the show for two years
1983:
TV movie debut, "First Affair"
1984:
Feature debut, "Protocol"
1985:
First film lead, "Fright Night"
1987:
Played Marcy Rhodes D'Arcy on the popular Fox sitcom, "Married... With Children"
1991:
Began directing episodes of "Married... With Children"
1993:
Publicly came out as a lesbian
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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
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Education

Birmingham Southern College: -
The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre: New York , New York -

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companion:
Amy Shomer. TV producer. Born c. 1961; together since 1989; adopted daughter Zoe with Bearse.

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daughter:
Zoe Bearse. Born May 1993; co-adopted by Amy Shomer.

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