Amanda Bearse (born August 9, 1958 in Winter Park, Florida, raised in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American actress and director best known for her role as wacky neighbor Marcy D’Arcy (formerly Marcy Rhoades) on Married… with Children, a sitcom that aired between 1987 and 1997, and for her performance in the 1985 horror film Fright Night.
Introduced to acting through school and community theater programs in Georgia, she moved to New York to pursue a professional acting career. She performed on stage in several off-Broadway productions, and has had various movie and TV roles over the years.
Her initial success came with the role of Amanda Cousins on the soap opera All My Children between 1981 and 1984. Her big break came in 1987, when she was cast as Marcy on the hit Fox TV sitcom Married… with Children. She played the role until the show’s end in 1997. While on the show, she began directing, and helmed over 30 episodes between 1991 and 1997, and went on to direct other TV sitcoms.