Amanda Bynes



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Amanda Bynes
Amanda Bynes on the Red Carpet (cropped).jpg
Bynes in February 2009
Born(1986-04-03) April 3, 1986 (age 28)

Thousand Oaks, California, U.S.
Years active1993–present
Amanda Laura Bynes (born April 3, 1986) is an American actress. 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). In 2012, Bynes said that she is retiring from acting.


      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. Her father is Catholic, and is of Irish, Lithuanian, and Polish descent. Her mother is Jewish (from a family from Romania, Russia, and Poland). Bynes's maternal grandparents are Canadians from Toronto, Ontario.


      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. During her childhood, she also appeared on stage in versions of Annie, The Secret Garden, The Music Man, and The Sound of Music. Bynes became a regular cast member of Nickelodeon's Figure It Out and All That. She was a regular cast member on All That for seasons three through six. She also starred in her own sketch comedy show, The Amanda Show (1999–2002).

      Bynes made her film debut in the modest box office success Big Fat Liar (2002). Her first leading role was in What a Girl Wants (2003). From 2002 to 2006, she starred in The WB's sitcom What I Like About You. She had voice parts in Charlotte's Web 2: Wilbur's Great Adventure (2003) and the CGI animated comedy Robots (2005). She appeared in Arliss as Crystal Dupree. She appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair's July 2003 edition.
      Head shot of a smiling Bynes, a camera and people in the background.

      Bynes at the premiere of Robots, March 2005
      Bynes was named one of Teen People's "25 Hottest Stars Under 25" in 2006. Later that year, she starred in She's the Man, a comedy based on William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. 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. She also portrayed Penny Pingleton in Hairspray. Bynes next starred in another comedy, Sydney White, released on September 21, 2007. Later that year, Bynes signed a five-year deal[citation needed] with Steve & Barry's to create her own fashion line, Dear,[citation needed] consisting of apparel and accessories. The clothing line launched in stores August 16, 2007.[citation needed] The line was cut short when Steve & Barry's filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2008 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. 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, and the second was to have been a starring role. Bynes also planned to reprise her role as Penny Pingleton in the sequel to Hairspray. 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.

      Bynes appeared in lingerie 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." 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." A month later, Bynes had an apparent change of heart and "unretired". At the 2011 MTV Movie Awards, Bynes told People Magazine that she's merely taking "time off." 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.

      Personal life

      Bynes at the Heart Truth's Red Dress Collection Fashion Show during New York Fashion Week, February 2009
      In 2007, regarding her religious beliefs, Bynes 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."

      Bynes is interested in illustration and fashion design. 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.

      In 2008, Bynes briefly dated Seth MacFarlane, who is 12 years her senior, after voicing a character an episode of MacFarlane's show Family Guy.

      Legal issues

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

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

      On May 23, 2013, Bynes was arrested at her home in Manhattan for criminal possession of marijuana, attempted tampering with evidence, and reckless endangerment. 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. Following her arrest, Bynes underwent a psychiatric evaluation at a hospital before she was processed at the police station. 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." The police department has denied the accusation.

      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. Bynes' parents filed for conservatorship of their daughter shortly after her hospitalization began. 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." 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."

      In December 2013, Bynes was released from treatment to her parents, and enrolled at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles for 2014. She also agreed to seek counseling for the New York marijuana incident.


      1996–2000All ThatVarious rolesLead role; seasons 3–6
      1997–1999Figure It OutPanelistLead role; seasons 1–4
      1998Blue's CluesHerself"Blue's Birthday" (season 2, episode 9)
      1999Arli$$Crystal Dupree"Our Past, Our Present, Our Future" (season 4, episode 2)
      1999–2002The Amanda ShowHost / various rolesLead role
      2000Double Dare 2000HerselfAlong with the cast of The Amanda Show
      2000CrashboxPink RobotSeason 1, episode 34
      2001The Drew Carey ShowSketch player"Drew Carey's Back-to-School Rock 'n' Roll Comedy Hour" Parts 1 & 2 (season 7)
      2001The Nightmare RoomDanielle Warner"Don't Forget Me" (season 1, episode 1)
      2001–2003RugratsTaffy (voice)Recurring role; 7 episodes
      2002–2006What I Like About YouHolly TylerLead role
      2008Family GuyAnna"Long John Peter" (season 6, episode 12)

      2002Big Fat LiarKaylee
      2003Charlotte's Web 2: Wilbur's Great AdventureNellieVoice; Direct-to-video
      2003What a Girl WantsDaphne Reynolds
      2005RobotsPiper PinwheelerVoice
      2005Love WreckedJenny Taylor
      2006She's the ManViola Hastings
      2007HairsprayPenny Pingleton
      2007Sydney WhiteSydney White
      2008Living ProofJamieLifetime movie
      2010Easy AMarianne Bryant


      Soundtrack albums

      List of albums, with selected chart positions
      TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positionsSalesCertifications

      (with Cast of Hairspray)
      • Released: July 10, 2007
      • Formats: CD, digital download
      • Label: New Line / Warner Music
      • US: 1,200,000
      • RIAA: Platinum
      "—" denotes releases that didn't chart or weren't released in that country.


      List of singles, with selected chart positions
      TitleYearPeak chart positionsAlbum

      "You Can't Stop the Beat"

      (with Cast of 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.
      2000Nickelodeon Kids' Choice AwardsFavorite Television ActressAll ThatWon
      The Amanda ShowWon
      Young Artist AwardsBest Performance in a TV Comedy Series: Leading Young ActressNominated
      YoungStar AwardsBest Young Actress/Performance in a Comedy TV SeriesNominated
      2001Nickelodeon Kids' Choice AwardsFavorite Television ActressThe Amanda ShowWon
      Young Artist AwardsBest Performance in a TV Comedy Series: Leading Young ActressNominated
      2002Nickelodeon Kids' Choice AwardsFavorite Television ActressThe Amanda ShowWon
      Teen Choice AwardsFilm: Choice ChemistryBig Fat LiarNominated
      2003Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV Actress: ComedyWhat I Like About YouNominated
      Young Artist AwardsBest Performance in a Feature Film: Leading Young ActressBig Fat LiarNominated
      Nickelodeon Kids' Choice AwardsFavorite Movie ActressWon
      Favorite Television ActressThe Amanda ShowWon
      2004Young Artist AwardsBest Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama): Leading Young ActressWhat I Like About YouNominated
      Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV Actress: ComedyNominated
      Nickelodeon Kids' Choice AwardsFavorite Movie ActressWhat a Girl WantsWon
      2005Nickelodeon Kids' Choice AwardsFavorite Television StarWhat I Like About YouNominated
      Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV Actress: ComedyNominated
      2006Nickelodeon Kids' Choice AwardsFavorite Movie StarShe's the ManNominated
      Teen Choice AwardsMovies: Choice LiplockNominated
      2007Hollywood Film FestivalEnsemble of the YearHairsprayWon
      2008Broadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest Acting EnsembleWon
      Palm Springs International Film FestivalEnsemble Cast AwardWon
      Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureNominated
      2011MTV Movie AwardsBest Line From a MovieEasy ANominated

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