Amanda Bynes was born on April 3, 1986, in Thousand Oaks, California. She has established a strong career as an actor in the U.S. Bynes began her career as a kid artist for Nickelodeon. Because she grew up in California her parents encouraged her to pursue a career in acting. She was sent to several comedy schools in Los Angeles. Her success with sketch comedy saw her get her own program, “The Amanda Show,” for which she won several Nickelodeon Awards. As a result, she was cast in films like “Big Fat Liar,” “What a Girl Wants,” and “Hairspray,” to name a few. Her fame skyrocketed when she participated in shows like “What I Like About You.”
Amanda Laura Bynes
April 3, 1986
The Comedy Store and Laugh Factory were the first two comedy schools Amanda Bynes attended when she was seven years old. Acting opportunities came pouring in throughout her time in the program. Bynes made her acting debut at seven years old in a Nestle candy commercial for Buncha Crunch candy. Producers noted her and cast her in plays such as “Annie,” “The Secret Garden,” and others. While this was going on, she made it a point to become a regular cast member on Nickelodeon comedy shows such as “Figure It Out” and “All That.” After starring in “All That,” she was offered a sketch comedy program of her own called “The Amanda Show,” and her popularity grew.
She became famous in 1999 for “The Amanda Show,” where she played Judge Trudy, Penelope Taynt, and many other popular characters. This program garnered her three Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards for Favorite T.V. Actress. In 2002 she featured in the film “Big Fat Liar” with Paul Giamatti and Sandra Oh. She had a starring role in the W.B. Television show “What I Like About You.” In 2003, Bynes starred in “What a Girl Wants” with Colin Firth, Oliver James, and Kelly Preston. She voiced Nellie in “Charlotte’s Web 2: Wilbur’s Great Adventure” and was featured in “Vanity Fair.” In 2005, Bynes starred in “Love Wrecked.” It got bad reviews. It was planned to be released by the Weinstein Company but was sold to A.B.C. Family Channel. She was one of the stars of the film “She’s the Man,” which was released in 2006. She starred with Channing Tatum, and the movie was a global success. In 2007, Bynes was featured in “Hairspray.” She portrayed a dumb adolescent and starred alongside Queen Latifah, John Travolta, Zac Efron, and Michelle Pfeiffer. The picture was a smash hit. She also had a role in the comedy “Sydney White” and the Seven Dorks,’ which was released the same year. Based on the German folk tale “Snow White,” it received mixed reviews.
“Living Proof,” a film produced by Lifetime Television, featured Bynes in 2008. “Easy A,” co-starring Emma Stone, was released in 2010 and featured Bynes as well. She had signed a two-film agreement with Screen Gems and “Easy A” was part of it. She was set to star in “Hairspray 2,” but the production was postponed in the same year. Bynes went on to state on Twitter in 2010 that she would no longer be active in the acting industry. “Acting,” she lamented, “isn’t as much fun as I thought it would be.” Several weeks later, she tweeted, “I’ve unretired,” saying she was back in the workforce.
Bynes shoots to fame on “The Amanda Show.”
“Big Fat Liar,” featuring Paul Giamatti and Sandra Oh, is her first foray into feature-length films.
Bynes stars in the romantic comedy “Love Wrecked,” but the film receives disappointing reviews.
Bynes secures a two-film agreement with Screen Gems, starring in the film “Easy A.”
Why We Love Amanda Bynes
She was a champ at childhood impressions
Amanda Bynes started doing famous impersonations a few years before “The Amanda Show.” She impressed Howie Mandel with her portrayal of Barbara Walters and Robert De Niro before she was old enough to view his movies.
Channing Tatum's career launched off because of her
Tatum thanks Bynes for launching his career. We admire her for playing a part in giving a fellow actor a ‘leg-up.’
Kim Kardashian thinks Amanda is “Kool”
Kardashian adores icons and previously praised Bynes. Bynes is fashionable, and the Kardashians are style idols; Kardashian clearly noticed her.
5 Surprising Facts
She was inspired by Lucille Ball
You may not notice, but Lucille Ball influenced Bynes.
Drug use damaged her reputation
As she grew older, she experimented with drugs, which impacted her work as an actor.
She is passionate about fashion design
Bynes’ favorite pastime was drawing fashion-forward women in their best attire and even pursuing studies in the field.
She was a commercial cutie
Bynes started her acting career by starring in commercials before she moved on to sketch comedy.
Vintage actresses were her heroes
In a 1998 interview, Bynes said that Sally Field was one of her favorite actors.
Amanda Bynes FAQs
Why did Amanda Bynes retire?
Bynes stopped her career early when her performance in “Easy A” didn’t match her expectations. After that, the young actor didn’t think she could live up to the hype surrounding her.
Does Amanda Bynes have a face tattoo?
Bynes’ facial tattoo is being removed. According to Vanity Fair, Bynes just stated on Instagram that she’s removing the heart tattoo on her cheek.
Why was Amanda Bynes under conservatorship?
Reports show that her parents asked the court to place her under conservatorship. This followed her paranoid drug-fueled conduct that caused her to light a fire in her house and led her to be hospitalized for 72 hours.
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