Amanda Bynes

Amanda Bynes

Bynes at The Heart Truth's Red Dress Collection fashion show, February 13, 2009
Born Amanda Laura Bynes
(1986-04-03) April 3, 1986
Thousand Oaks, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1996–2010

Amanda Laura Bynes (born April 3, 1986)[1] is an American former actress. After appearing in commercials and in plays, Bynes rose to prominence as a child star in the late 1990s and early 2000s on the Nickelodeon series All That and The Amanda Show. From 2002 to 2006, she starred in the sitcom What I Like About You on The WB. She has also starred in several films, including What a Girl Wants (2003), She's the Man (2006), Hairspray (2007), Sydney White (2007), and Easy A (2010). In 2012, Bynes announced that she was retiring from acting.

Early life

Bynes was born in Thousand Oaks, California, the youngest of three children of Lynn Bynes (born: Lynn Organ), a dental assistant and office manager, and Rick Bynes, a dentist.[2] Her father is Catholic, and is of Irish, Lithuanian, and Polish descent.[3] Her mother is Jewish (from a family from Romania, Russia, and Poland). Bynes' maternal grandparents are Canadians from Toronto, Ontario.[4]

Life and career

1996–2006: Television success

Bynes at the premiere of Robots, March 2005

Bynes attended a comedy camp, and began professionally acting at the age of 7, appearing in a television advertisement for Buncha Crunch candies.[5] During her childhood, she also appeared on stage in versions of Annie, The Secret Garden, The Music Man, and The Sound of Music.[6] Bynes rose to prominence with her various roles in All That for seasons three through six. She later became a regular member of Nickelodeon's Figure It Out (1997–99). At the age of 13, she began starring in her own sketch comedy show, The Amanda Show (1999–2002).[7] In 2002, Amanda began to establish her fan base with her debut film role in Big Fat Liar (2002) opposite Frankie Muniz, and a co-starring role in the WB sitcom What I Like About You (2002–06) with Jennie Garth, which gained positive reviews. She also made her voice-over debut in Charlotte's Web 2: Wilbur's Great Adventure and later in the animated comedy Robots (2005).

Amanda's film career took off over the next two years, with a role in the romantic comedy Lovewrecked (2005) and a starring role in the comedy She's The Man (2006). She also appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair's July 2003 edition.[8][9] Bynes was named one of Teen People's "25 Hottest Stars Under 25" in 2006.[10] Later that year, she starred in She's the Man, a comedy based on William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.[11] Bynes appeared in another romantic comedy, Love Wrecked. In 2006 release the film She's the Man but released after it, showing in cinemas outside of the United States in 2005 and 2006 and debuting in the U.S. on the ABC Family network on January 21, 2007.

2007–2011: Films and acting hiatus

Bynes' next role was Penny Pingleton in Hairspray. The film was a critical and commercial success. Hairspray went on to become Amanda's most successful film at the time. Bynes was featured on the Hairspray soundtrack, which went on to get a Grammy nomination.[12] Bynes' next role was in another comedy, Sydney White, released on September 21, 2007.[13][14] In August 2007, Bynes teamed up with Steve & Barry's to create her own fashion line called Dear, consisting of apparel and accessories.[15] The line was cut short when Steve & Barry's filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2008[16] and went out of business in January 2009. In 2008, Bynes appeared in the Lifetime Television movie Living Proof as the student assistant of Harry Connick, Jr.'s character.[17] Bynes was also originally set to star in the 2009 comedy Post Grad, but she was replaced by Alexis Bledel.

In June 2009, Bynes signed a two picture deal with Screen Gems. The first of the two movies was the 2010 teen comedy Easy A, starring Emma Stone and Lisa Kudrow. The film was once again another critical and commercial success with many critics praising Bynes role. The film after Easy A would have been a starring role.[18] Bynes also planned to reprise her role as Penny Pingleton in the sequel to Hairspray.[19] However, Hairspray 2 was canceled. Bynes was also originally set to star in the comedy Hall Pass but dropped out and was replaced by Alexandra Daddario.[20] Bynes appeared on the cover of the February 2010 issue of Maxim magazine, highlighting her photo spread inside. She stated, "I think every shot ... was sexy" and that the new look is "who I am."[21] That June, Bynes stated that she planned to retire from acting, announcing on her Twitter page, "I don't love acting anymore, so I've stopped doing it."[22] A month later, Bynes had an apparent change of heart and "unretired."[23] At the 2011 MTV Movie Awards, Bynes told People Magazine that she's merely taking "time off."[24]


In September 2012, Bynes said that she would instead focus on launching her career as a fashion designer.[25][26] In December 2013, Bynes enrolled at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Irvine for 2014.[27]

Personal life

In 2007, Bynes described herself as Jewish,[28] and also stated: "As far as religion, I was raised both. I learned about both Judaism and Catholicism. My parents said it was up to me to decide [which faith to adhere to] when I grew up. I'm sort of a spiritual person anyway. I haven't decided yet on a religion. I don't know yet exactly what I believe."[29]

Bynes is interested in illustration and fashion design.[8] She has previously had her own fashion line sold nationwide, and moved from Los Angeles to New York in order to facilitate her fashion career.[30] In 2008, Bynes briefly dated Seth MacFarlane after voicing a character in an episode of MacFarlane's show Family Guy.[31]

Legal issues

Amanda at The Heart Truth's Red Dress Collection fashion show in 2009

In March 2012, Bynes was stopped and ticketed by police for talking on a cell phone while driving.[32] A month later, she was arrested and charged with driving under the influence (DUI) after side-swiping a police car in West Hollywood.[33] On September 4, 2012, Bynes was charged for two alleged hit and run incidents, one occurring in April and the other in August.[34] The hit and run charges were dismissed in December 2012 following a financial settlement between Bynes and the victims.[35] On February 24, 2014, the DUI charge was dropped and Bynes was sentenced to three years of probation for reckless driving as part of a plea deal.[36] Bynes' driver's license was suspended some time before September 6, 2012, by the California Department of Motor Vehicles.[34] On September 16, Bynes was cited for driving with a suspended license, and her car was impounded.[37] In May 2013, Bynes pleaded no contest to the charge, and was sentenced to three years' probation.[38] Her license was restored in April 2014.[39]

On May 23, 2013, Bynes was arrested at her home in Manhattan for criminal possession of marijuana, attempted tampering with evidence, and reckless endangerment.[40] According to a prosecutor at Bynes' arraignment, police observed Bynes throwing a bong from the window of her 36th floor apartment. Bynes claimed that the alleged bong was actually a vase.[41] Following her arrest, Bynes underwent a psychiatric evaluation at a hospital before she was processed at the police station.[42] The case against Bynes was dismissed in June 2014.[43] On July 22, 2013, Ventura County sheriff's deputies detained Bynes in front of a stranger's house in Thousand Oaks, California, where she had allegedly started a small fire in the driveway, and had her hospitalized under a 72-hour mental-health evaluation hold.[44][45] Bynes' parents filed for conservatorship of their daughter shortly after her hospitalization began.[46] On August 9, Bynes' mother was granted a temporary conservatorship over Bynes' affairs, including her medical care, as well as control over her finances, after the judge agreed that Bynes had a "lack of capacity to give informed consent to medical care."[47][48] On September 30, Bynes was transferred from UCLA Medical Center to receive "specialized treatment in a private facility outside of Los Angeles."[49]

In December 2013, Bynes was released from treatment to her parents.[50] Bynes was arrested on September 28, 2014, for her second DUI.[39][51] On October 10, 2014, Bynes was hospitalized in Pasadena, California, and placed on a temporary psychiatric hold after she made accusations via Twitter that her father sexually abused her as a child; shortly after she tweeted that her father had not molested her, but she claimed he implanted a microchip in her brain that forced her to make the accusation.[52][53] Her psychiatric hold was later extended. On October 22, Bynes' mother received conservatorship of her daughter once again; on October 30, Bynes left the psychiatric facility early.[54][55]



Year Title Role Notes
2002 Big Fat Liar Kaylee
2003 Charlotte's Web 2: Wilbur's Great Adventure Nellie Voice
2003 What a Girl Wants Daphne Reynolds
2005 Robots Piper Pinwheeler Voice
2005 Love Wrecked Jenny Taylor
2006 She's the Man Viola Hastings
2007 Hairspray Penny Pingleton
2007 Sydney White Sydney White
2008 Living Proof Jamie
2010 Easy A Marianne Bryant


Year Title Role Notes
1996–2000 All That Various roles Lead role (seasons 36)
1997–99 Figure It Out Panelist Lead role (seasons 1–4)
1998 Blue's Clues Herself "Blue's Birthday" (season 2, episode 9)
1999 Arli$$ Crystal Dupree "Our Past, Our Present, Our Future" (season 4, episode 2)
1999–02 The Amanda Show Host / various roles Lead role
2000 Crashbox Pink Robot "Amanda Bynes" (season 1, episode 34)
2001 The Drew Carey Show Sketch player "Drew Carey's Back-to-School Rock 'n' Roll Comedy Hour" (season 7, episodes 1 and 2)
2001 The Nightmare Room Danielle Warner "Don't Forget Me" (series premiere)
2001–03 Rugrats Taffy (Voice) Recurring role (season 9)
2002–06 What I Like About You Holly Tyler Lead role
2008 Family Guy Anna (Voice) "Long John Peter" (season 6, episode 12)


Albums appearances
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Without Love" 2007 Zac Efron and Elijah Kelley Hairspray
"You Can't Stop the Beat" Nikki Blonsky, Zac Efron, Elijah Kelley, John Travolta, Queen Latifah
Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, James Marsden, Taylor Parks and Brittany Snow

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2000 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Television Actress All That Won [56]
The Amanda Show
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series: Leading Young Actress Nominated
YoungStar Awards Best Young Actress/Performance in a Comedy TV Series
2001 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Television Actress The Amanda Show Won
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series: Leading Young Actress Nominated
2002 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Television Actress The Amanda Show Won
Teen Choice Awards Film: Choice Chemistry Big Fat Liar Nominated
2003 Choice TV Actress: Comedy What I Like About You
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film: Leading Young Actress Big Fat Liar
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Movie Actress Won
Favorite Television Actress The Amanda Show
2004 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama): Leading Young Actress What I Like About You Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Comedy What I Like About You
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Movie Actress What a Girl Wants Won [57]
2005 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Comedy What I Like About You Nominated
2006 Movies: Choice Liplock She's the Man
2007 Hollywood Film Festival Ensemble of the Year Hairspray Won [58]
2008 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Acting Ensemble [59]
Palm Springs International Film Festival Ensemble Cast Award [60]
Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated [61]
2011 MTV Movie Awards Best Line From a Movie Easy A [62]


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