Amanda Bynes

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Amanda Bynes
Amanda Bynes 2009.jpg
Bynes at The Heart Truth's Red Dress Collection fashion show in 2009
Born Amanda Laura Bynes
(1986-04-03) April 3, 1986 (age 28)
Thousand Oaks, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress, Fashion designer
Years active 1993–2010

Amanda Laura Bynes (born April 3, 1986)[1] is an American former actress and fashion designer. She rose to prominence 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). Beginning in 2013, Bynes once again rose to public prominence for her legal and psychiatric troubles, which have been heavily covered by public media.

Early life

Bynes was born and raised in Thousand Oaks, California, the youngest of three children of Lynn (née 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's maternal grandparents are Canadians from Toronto, Ontario.[4]

Life and career

Head shot of a smiling Bynes, a camera and people in the background.
Bynes at the premiere of Robots, March 2005

1993–2002: Breakthrough with All That and The Amanda Show

In 1993, Bynes attended a comedy camp, and began professionally acting at the age of seven, 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 thirteen, she began starring in her own sketch comedy show, The Amanda Show (1999–2002).[7]

2002–2010: Commercial success

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

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 (2003) 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, which was shot before 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.

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 as Ryden Malby in the 2009 comedy Post Grad, but was replaced by Alexis Bledel.[citation needed]

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 has once again retired from acting and would instead focus on launching her career as a fashion designer and a rapper.[25][26] In December 2013, Bynes enrolled at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Irvine for 2014.[27] She was expelled from the school in 2014.[28]

Personal life

In 2007, Bynes described herself as Jewish,[29] 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."[30]

Bynes is interested in illustration and fashion design.[8] Bynes has previously had her own fashion line sold nationwide and moved from Los Angeles to New York in order to facilitate her fashion career.[31]

In 2008, Bynes briefly dated Seth MacFarlane after voicing a character in an episode of MacFarlane's show Family Guy.[32]

Legal issues

In March 2012, Bynes was stopped and ticketed by police for talking on a cell phone while driving.[33] A month later, she was arrested and charged with driving under the influence (DUI) after side-swiping a police car in West Hollywood.[34] On September 4, 2012, Bynes was charged for two alleged hit and run incidents, one occurring in April and the other in August.[35] The hit and run charges were dismissed in December 2012 following a financial settlement between Bynes and the victims.[36] 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.[37]

Bynes' driver's license was suspended some time before September 6, 2012, by the California Department of Motor Vehicles.[35] On September 16, Bynes was cited for driving with a suspended license, and her car was impounded.[38] In May 2013, Bynes pleaded no contest to the charge, and was sentenced to three years probation.[39] Her license was restored in April 2014.[40]

On May 23, 2013, Bynes was arrested at her home in Manhattan for criminal possession of marijuana, attempted tampering with evidence, and reckless endangerment.[41] 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.[42] Following her arrest, Bynes underwent a psychiatric evaluation at a hospital before she was processed at the police station.[43] On May 25, Bynes said on Twitter that she had been sexually harassed by the arresting officer: "[He] slapped my vagina. Sexual harassment. Big deal."[44] The police department has denied the accusation.[45][46] The case against Bynes was dismissed in June 2014.[47]

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 5150 mental health evaluation hold.[48][49] Bynes' parents filed for conservatorship of their daughter shortly after her hospitalization began.[50] 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."[51][52] On September 24, Bynes' lawyer asked for a "1368 Penal Code" hearing to determine Bynes' mental competency. Six days later, Bynes' parents said that upon doctors' recommendation, Bynes was transferred from UCLA Medical Center to receive "specialized treatment in a private facility outside of Los Angeles."[53]

In December 2013, Bynes was released from treatment to her parents. She also agreed to seek counseling for the New York marijuana incident.[54] Bynes was arrested on September 28, 2014 for her second DUI.[40][55]

On October 10, 2014, Bynes was hospitalized in Pasadena, California and placed on a temporary psychiatric hold following Bynes' new accusations, via Twitter, that her father sexually abused her repeatedly as a child.[56][57] Shortly after these new allegations were made, Bynes tweeted, "My dad never did any of those things. The microchip in my brain made me say those things but he's the one that ordered them to microchip me."[57] Bynes' mother issued a statement to E! News through her attorney, Tamar Arminak, denying the claims.[56] On October 13, 2014, the 72-hour psychiatric hold was extended to 14 days,[58] and later extended again 30 more days. On October 22, Bynes' mother received conservatorship of her daughter once again.[59] On October 30th, Bynes left the psychiatric facility early.[60]



Year Title Role Notes
2002 Big Fat Liar Kaylee
2003 Charlotte's Web 2: Wilbur's Great Adventure Nellie Voice; direct-to-video
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 Lifetime movie
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)
1999–2002 The Amanda Show Host / various roles Lead role
2000 Double Dare 2000 Herself Along with the cast of The Amanda Show
2000 Crashbox Pink Robot Season 1, episode 34
2001 The Drew Carey Show Sketch player "Drew Carey's Back-to-School Rock 'n' Roll Comedy Hour" Parts 1 & 2 (season 7)
2001 The Nightmare Room Danielle Warner "Don't Forget Me" (season 1, episode 1)
2001–03 Rugrats Taffy (voice) Recurring role; 7 episodes
2002–06 What I Like About You Holly Tyler Lead role
2008 Family Guy Anna "Long John Peter" (season 6, episode 12)


Soundtrack albums

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
(with Cast of Hairspray)
2 5 71 48 2 34 61 7 62 46
  • US: 1,200,000
"—" denotes releases that didn't chart or weren't released in that country.


List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album

"You Can't Stop the Beat"
(with Cast of Hairspray)
2007 88 57 55 Hairspray
"Without Love"
(with Cast of Hairspray)
 — 89  —
"—" denotes releases that didn't chart or weren't released in that country.

Awards and nominations

Bynes won Blimp awards at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards four years in a row, from 2000 to 2003 for Favorite Television Actress in 2000 for All That, Favorite Television Actress in 2001 to 2003 for The Amanda Show as well as the following year (A Record Tied with Selena Gomez). In 2003 she also received the award for Favorite Movie Actress for Big Fat Liar and won another award in 2004 for Favorite Movie Actress for What a Girl Wants.[citation needed] Bynes was also a part of the Hairspray ensemble win at the 2008 Critics' Choice Awards.

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2000 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Television Actress All That Won [74]
The Amanda Show Won
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 Nominated
2001 Nickelodeon 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 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Television Actress The Amanda Show Won
Teen Choice Awards Film: Choice Chemistry Big Fat Liar Nominated
2003 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Comedy What I Like About You Nominated
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film: Leading Young Actress Big Fat Liar Nominated
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Movie Actress Won
Favorite Television Actress The Amanda Show Won
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 Nominated
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Movie Actress What a Girl Wants Won [75]
2005 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Television Star What I Like About You Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Comedy Nominated
2006 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Movie Star She's the Man Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Movies: Choice Liplock Nominated
2007 Hollywood Film Festival Ensemble of the Year Hairspray Won [76]
2008 Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Acting Ensemble Won [77]
Palm Springs International Film Festival Ensemble Cast Award Won [78]
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated [79]
2011 MTV Movie Awards Best Line From a Movie Easy A Nominated [80]


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