I have enjoyed over thirty years in the entertainment industry. I moved to New York to study acting at The Neighborhood Playhouse under Sanford Meisner, and began my professional acting career on “All My Children” with a role that was written for me. After two years on the daytime drama, I moved to Los Angeles, and early on, was cast in the cult horror film “Fright Night” opposite Chris Sarandon and Roddy McDowall. After that, another cult classic came my way in the role of Marcy D’Arcy on the Fox sitcom, “Married…With Children”. The show’s original ten-year run anchored the new network with its launch in 1987, making television history.
I studied directing at both USC and the American Film Institute in order to prepare for my second career as an episodic television director. I directed numerous episodes during the final six seasons of “Married…With Children”.
Twenty years and over 100 sitcom episodes later, including shows such as “Reba”, “George Lopez”, “Dharma & Greg”, and throughout six seasons of “Mad TV”, I am still ‘behind the camera,’ currently working at The Disney Channel.
In 1993, at the height of my acting career, I came out as a lesbian (professionally) to the public with a cover article in the Advocate. My daughter, Zoe, was an infant, and I wanted to share her family story with the dignity that it deserved. My activism for the LGBT community includes being the first poster child for HRC’s National Coming Out Day, serving on the boards of The Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt and the LA Gay & Lesbian Center, as well as countless speaking engagements promoting visibility and equal rights.
Making television history a second time, I co-executive produced and directed “The Big Gay Sketch Show”, which ran for three seasons on LOGO, helping to launch the first gay cable network.
“So…where has Amanda been?”
I chose to leave Los Angeles and moved to Georgia in 2000, continuing my directing career part-time. I dedicated the past twelve years to my full-time production, growing Zoe, who has entered college.