Local Legend: Winter Park’s Amanda Bearse was an LGBT groundbreaker. She returns home to celebrate Fright Night at Spooky Empire

By : Tom Dyer
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Amanda Bearse was the cover girl on the very first issue of Watermark back in August 1994. But the actress, famous for her role as ditzy Marcy D’Arcy on the hit television series Married… with Children (1987-1997), played a far more significant role in LGBT history. A year before that she became the first actor on a primetime network show to come out. The Advocate cover story was big news and broke ground for Ellen, Rosie and a cavalcade of entertainers.

Bearse is also hometown hero. At Winter Park High School, legendary theater teacher Ann Derflinger encouraged her acting talent. In 1981,Bearse went to New York and landed a role on the soap opera All My Children that lasted for three years.

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Issue 22.22: Five for Fighting

By : Jake Stevens
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Five for Fighting: Orlando city commisioner Patty Sheehan isn’t going anywhere, Clark makes her mark: Songwriter Brandy Clark emerges from the shadows to grab her spotlight, Amanda Bearse all: original Watermark cover star returns to talk to old friend Tom Dyer, local news, celebrity interviews, and much, much more!

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Spooky Empire brings out scares and stars for thirteenth year of Ultimate Halloween Weekend

By : Jeremy Williams
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It’s that time of year again when the Cineplexes will be filled with scary movies, the Burger King’s will be overrun by black bun Whoppers and, for Central Florida, Spooky Empire will roll in with a fright-filled weekend of all things horror, sci-fi and fantasy with the Ultimate Halloween Weekend.

Spooky’s Ultimate Halloween Weekend will be at the Hyatt Regency on I-Drive Oct. 30- Nov. 1 and in proper scary fashion, is celebrating its 13th year of horror conventioning with the biggest stars yet.

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