Amanda Bynes Biography
Amanda Laura Bynes is a star of youth comedies such as "Big Fat Liar", "She's The Man", "What a Girl Wants", "Hairspray", and "Love Wrecked". She started her career as a child and was considered one of the most promising and brilliant actresses of Hollywood in the early 2000s.
The actress, who critics compared to legendary comediennes Tracey Ullman and Lucille Ball, repeatedly became a laureate of the Kids' Choice Awards. In 2008, she was included in the "Hot 100" list by Maxim. However, upon reaching the age of 20, she experienced a life crisis - due to drug and alcohol addiction, she became involved in a series of scandals, had legal troubles, and faced mental health issues.
The future movie star was born on April 3, 1986, in Thousand Oaks and became the youngest of three children of dentist Rick Bynes and his assistant Lynn Organ. The girl's mother is Jewish of Ashkenazi descent, while her father is a Catholic with Irish, Polish, and Lithuanian roots.
Her brother Tommy, who is 12 years older, followed in their parents' footsteps and became a doctor, and her sister Jillian, born three years before Amanda, studied history and also had a passion for acting. The fact is that the head of the family was a big fan of the comedy genre and always encouraged his children's interest in acting.
So, at the age of 3, Amanda was already repeating the words from her older sister's roles in plays, and at 7, she stepped onto the stage herself. The girl's debut was in the play "Annie" at a youth center in Camarillo, which received rave reviews in the press.
Then she performed on the stages of amateur theater, in particular, she participated in the production of "To Kill a Mockingbird" based on the novel by Harper Lee, playing Scout, in the production of "The Secret Garden" based on the story by Frances Burnett, she played Mary, regularly performed with humorous sketches, and also appeared in a Nestlé commercial. Her performance was invariably recognized by critics as "sensational" and "impressive".
In 1996, Amanda auditioned and landed a role in the sketch show "All That," which was a big hit in the US. The secret to the young actress's success, who appeared on the show for the following six years, was her admirable work ethic and her willingness to play comedic scenes without fear of looking silly or unattractive. The main goal was to make the audience laugh.
Simultaneously, from 1999 to 2003, the young actress hosted her own "The Amanda Show," one of the highest-rated programs on Nickelodeon at the time. The content resembled "All That," featuring humorous sketches and many parodies of popular TV shows. For four years, viewers recognized Bynes as the best young television actress, as evidenced by the Kids' Choice Awards.
At 15, the comedienne made her big-screen debut. She brilliantly played Kaylee, the friend of the main character Jason (actor Frankie Muniz) in the comedy "Big Fat Liar" and received another film award, this time for "Favorite Movie Actress."
In 2002, she was offered a role in the series "What I Like About You." She successfully played one of the central roles, 16-year-old Holly, for four seasons. According to the plot, she had to live with her older sister Valerie (Jennie Garth) after their father moved to Japan. Both had to make significant adjustments and sacrifices to adapt to their new situation.
A year later, she again received the Kids' Choice Award and gained particular popularity in Europe, brilliantly handling the main role of Daphne in the romantic comedy "What a Girl Wants." Her character, a charming and direct young American, dreamed of meeting her father, English lord Henry Dashwood (Colin Firth). To achieve this, she traveled to London, where she brought a breath of fresh air to the stiff world of English high society. In the end, the girl made her parents happy - they finally got married, and she met her love - musician Ian (Oliver James).
In 2004, the actress completed her education (through a special program) in her hometown's high school and started filming in the romantic comedy "Love Wrecked," shot in the incredibly beautiful protected areas of the Dominican Republic. The artist played the central character - 18-year-old Jenny, who was trying to win the heart of the boy of her dreams.
In 2005, fans of the actress could see their favorite in the youth comedy "She's the Man", where she starred alongside Channing Tatum in the main role. Her character, Viola, captain of the women's soccer team, was not allowed to compete. So she disguised herself as her twin brother Sebastian and still became a participant in the sports competition, constantly finding herself in amusing situations.
In 2007, the young actress demonstrated a high degree of comedic talent, playing Penny, a friend of the key character Tracy (Nikki Blonsky), in the musical film "Hairspray", which became a real hit, grossing over $200 million (with a budget of 75 million) and receiving several film awards and nominations. Her co-stars included such Hollywood stars as Michelle Pfeiffer, John Travolta, Christopher Walken, Zac Efron.
During the same period, the comedy student film "Sydney White", an original interpretation of the story about Snow White, was released, where she played the key role. Also, Amanda expanded her activities by releasing her own clothing line called Dear in partnership with the retail network Steve & Barry's.
In 2008, she joined the cast of the TV movie "Living Proof" as the assistant to Dr. Slamon, who was involved in the search for a cure for breast cancer. A year later, she played Sarah-Beth in the film "Canned".
In 2010, the star's latest film work, "Easy A", was released, where she transformed into the puritanical movement representative Marianne, and her filming colleagues were Emma Stone, Patricia Clarkson, Penn Badgley, Stanley Tucci. The same year, the actress posed for the cover of Maxim magazine and took 46th place in its "Hot Hundred".
Drug Addiction and Career Downfall
At the beginning of the 2010s, a film star, who was considered one of the most talented young comedic actresses, began to encounter serious mental health problems.
In April 2012, the star was arrested for drunk driving. When road police officers attempted to stop her car, Amanda sped away and crashed into the car ahead. After the court verdict was delivered, Bynes tweeted President Barack Obama: "Hey, Barack. I don't drink. Please fire the cop who arrested me. I also don't hit and run. The end."
However, in August a similar incident happened: Amanda drank too much and crashed into another car. After these two episodes, she faced a year in jail. Nevertheless, the actress insisted on her innocence. A month later, she was stopped for driving with expired driver's license. Lindsay Lohan, Amanda's sworn enemy, who herself loved to drive while intoxicated, was outraged: "Why did they put me in jail, but Bynes is still not behind bars? She broke the law!"
The same month, Amanda publicly stated that "everything is fine with her". She moved to New York, launched her own clothing line and denied any addiction to alcohol. However, press frequently reported eyewitness accounts of the actress's strange behavior.
For instance, she stripped down to her underwear during dance classes, took out lipstick and mascara from her bag, and spent 10 minutes applying makeup to her lips and eyelashes, then ran out of the class.
The next day, her agent, press secretary, and lawyer terminated their contract with Amanda. "She was a perfect client all these years, but lately it has been extremely difficult to work with her," they commented. In November 2012, Bynes sued a publication that alleged she had visited a beauty salon completely naked.
Insiders claimed that they saw Amanda talking to an imaginary interlocutor, showing panic fear when the alarm at the front door went off (believing she was being watched and that there were listening devices built into it). She insulted her colleagues on social networks, including Rihanna, Courtney Love, and Cher (calling them talentless and ugly).
In early 2013, Amanda got her cheeks pierced, dyed her hair pink, and seemingly started not only drinking but also using drugs. At least, that's what her fans concluded when they saw her tweets claiming that she supposedly invented the abbreviations ILU and LOL. "I want Drake to murder my vagina," she followed up. A number of publications diagnosed her with a mental disorder, after which Amanda declared she would sue anyone who dared to speak about her in such a context.
In May 2013, paparazzi infiltrated a party at Amanda's house, capturing a terrible mess, drug packs scattered on the floor, and the actress's sleeping place - a dirty mattress without sheets. The next day, Amanda was charged with drug use. In response, Amanda accused the police of harassment, and a day later sent a derogatory tweet to Rihanna: "Chris Brown beat you because you're ugly," but later deleted it. That same day, Amanda announced that she would sue her own family: "For money laundering and ruthless exploitation of my labor."
The outcome of the girl's erratic behavior was probation (for drunk driving and possession of marijuana) and mandatory admission to a psychiatric clinic (after trying to set a canister of flammable substance on fire near her parents' house). After undergoing therapy, she apologized to everyone she had offended with her behavior and admitted that she started smoking marijuana at the age of 16.
In 2015, the star of the early 2000s youth comedies, who had gained weight and changed a lot in appearance, left the clinic and continued her studies at FIDM. In 2017, she appeared on Good Morning America, talking about student life, her intention to start a bachelor's program, and her dreams of returning to the big screen and getting an invitation to some entertainment TV show.
A year later, a slimmed-down and improved Bynes posed for the cover of Paper, candidly discussing in an interview about the problems she had faced, about depression, and about how she became addicted to prohibited drugs. She regretted her past antics committed under their influence. Also, the 32-year-old American assured readers that the dark times in her life were far behind - she has been "clean" for 4 years and leads a sober lifestyle.
Amanda Bynes' Personal Life
The Hollywood star has never been married, but she has had quite a few romances. In 1999, she dated fellow young talent Drake Bell, who appeared in "The Amanda Show".
From 2001 to 2002, her boyfriend was comedian and singer Taran Killam, who also participated in her TV show. In 2002, the heart of the young beauty was won by her co-star in the comedy "Big Fat Liar", actor and race car driver Frankie Muniz.
A year later, the 17-year-old artist had a new lover – 24-year-old Nick Zano. He played her boyfriend in the series "What I Like About You" until the project ended in 2006.
Then, after co-starring in the movie "She's the Man", her chosen one became actor David Cross, who was 22 years older and played the role of Principal Gold.
At the same time, she was actively rumored to be dating Channing Tatum, who played the football player Duke in this comedy, who her character Viola falls in love with.
In 2008, Amanda had a brief affair with actor and director Seth MacFarlane, after she voiced a secondary character in his animated sitcom "Family Guy". That same year, she had a romantic fling with baseball player Doug Reinhardt, who was Paris Hilton's ex-boyfriend.
In 2010, Bynes made headlines with her romance with hip-hop artist Kid Cudi, who dumped her because of her tendency to share details of her personal life with the world.
After four years, the actress was spotted in a nightclub with the handsome Liam Hemsworth, who at that time had broken up with his beloved Miley Cyrus.
In the fall of the same year, the 28-year-old star told journalists that she was going to marry a 19-year-old young man named Caleb, a salesman, and showed off the ring he had given her. Since then, nothing has been known about the actress's romances, as she has been focused on her recovery.
Amanda Bynes Now
In January 2019, after a relapse, the actress had to return to a rehabilitation clinic where she received professional help from specialists in treating drug addiction and mental disorders.
In June of the same year, she shared a new photo on Twitter and information about completing her studies at FIDM college and gaining knowledge to build a successful career in the fashion industry.
In February 2020, it became known that the actress was attending Alcoholics Anonymous. There she met her new love, Paul Michael, and decided to get engaged three months after meeting. However, the wedding was called off just three weeks later. At the same time, there was media speculation about the star's pregnancy, but this was denied by Amanda's agent.
In 2022, Amanda managed to free herself from her parents' enforced guardianship. In March 2023, Amanda was spotted walking t
he streets of Los Angeles naked. She was detained and taken to a psychiatric hospital, where she was diagnosed with an acute psychosis episode.
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