Amanda Bynes

Amanda Bynes Biography

Amanda Laura Bynes (born April 3, 1986) is an American actress. Bynes 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 on the sitcom What I Like About You on The WB. Bynes 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).

Early life

Bynes was born on April 3, 1986 and raised in Thousand Oaks, California (part of the Greater Los Angeles Area), the youngest of three children of Lynn (née Organ), a dental assistant and office manager, and Rick Bynes, a dentist. Bynes' ancestors immigrated from Ireland, Poland, Russia, and Romania, and her maternal grandparents are from Toronto, Ontario. Her father is Catholic and her mother is Jewish. 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.

Acting career

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 2002's modest box office success, Big Fat Liar. Her first leading role was in 2003's What a Girl Wants, co-starring with Colin Firth, Oliver James, and Kelly Preston. From 2002 to 2006, Bynes starred alongside Jennie Garth in The WB Television Network's sitcom What I Like About You. Bynes had voice parts in 2003's Charlotte's Web 2: Wilbur's Great Adventure and 2005's CGI animated comedy, Robots. She appeared in Arliss as Crystal Dupree. Bynes appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair's July 2003 edition with nine of Hollywood's other young female stars.

Bynes was named one of Teen Peoples "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 with Steve & Barry's to create her own fashion line, Dear, consisting of apparel and accessories. The clothing line launched in stores August 16, 2007. The line was cut short when Steve & Barry's filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2008 and went out of business completely 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.

In June 2009, Bynes inked 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 rapper.

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 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.

Bynes' driver's license was suspended on 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. the charge for driving under the influence was still pending.

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 24, 2013, Bynes was hospitalized under a 5150 mental health evaluation hold after allegedly starting a small fire in the driveway of a stranger's house in Thousand Oaks, California. Bynes fled the scene and was apprehended by authorities shortly thereafter. 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." Bynes has also been diagnosed as having schizophrenia.


Year Title Role Notes
1996"2000 All That Various roles Lead role; seasons 3"6
1997"1999 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"2003 Rugrats Taffy (voice) Recurring role; 7 episodes
2002"2006 What I Like About You Holly Tyler Lead role
2008 Family Guy Anna "Long John Peter" (season 6, episode 12)
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


Soundtrack albums

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
(with Cast of Hairspray)
  • Released: July 10, 2007
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • Label: New Line / Warner Music
2 5 71 48 2 34 61 7 62 46
  • 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
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. Bynes was also a part of the Hairspray ensemble win at the 2008 Critics' Choice Awards.

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

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