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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