Amanda Bynes Biography

Attained fame since her Nickelodeon stint ‘The Amanda Show’, Amanda Bynes is an American actress who started her Hollywood career when she was only 8 years old. Check out this biography to get detailed information on her childhood, life & timeline.

Quick Facts

Birthday: April 3, 1986

Nationality: American

Famous: Actresses American Women

Age: 33 Years, 33 Year Old Females

Sun Sign: Aries

Also Known As: Amanda Laura Bynes

Born in: Thousand Oaks, California, United States

Famous as: American actress

Height: 5'7" (170 cm), 5'7" Females


father: Richard Bynes

mother: Lynn Organ

siblings: Jillian Bynes, Tommy Bynes

U.S. State: California

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education: Thousand Oaks High School (2004)

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Amanda Laura Bynes is a popular American actress who became a star after her long association with Nickelodeon as a child artist. She was born and brought up in California and her parents supported her aspirations to act professionally. She was sent to many Hollywood based comedy classes and soon she was spotted by Nickelodeon and was offered a sketch comedy show of her own ‘The Amanda Show’, for which she won many Nickelodeon Awards. She soon stepped into Hollywood and did big movies like ‘Big Fat Liar’, ‘What a Girl Wants’, ‘Hairspray’, etc. She was also popular on the television with the series like ‘What I Like About You’. Bynes declared on Twitter, around the year 2010, that she was to retire from the acting profession because it does not interest her anymore but later in the same year she ‘unretired’ from Hollywood and did a cameo in the movie ‘Easy A’. Since 2012, Bynes has been in trouble with the law and exhibited erratic and questionable behavior in the public. As of now, she has been diagnosed with possible schizophrenia and is taken under extended involuntary psychiatric hold by the law.

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Childhood & Early Years
  • Amanda Bynes was born in Thousand Oaks, California to Lynn and Rick Bynes. Her father was a dentist and mother a dental assistant. Her family has both catholic and Jewish beliefs but she was given full freedom to follow her own faith.
  • When Bynes was merely 7 years old, she started taking comedy class for kids at the Comedy Store in Hollywood and after that she attended the Laugh Factory for another comedy class. While she was taking the class, she started to get offers to act professionally.
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  • When she was 7 years old, Bynes got her first acting stint in a Nestl�’s candy commercial, called ‘Buncha Crunch’ candies. After that she was noticed by the producers and got hired to act on stage in ‘Annie’, ‘The Secret Garden’, etc.
  • Around that time, she also became a regular cast member of Nickelodeon’s shows ‘Figure It Out’ and ‘All That’. She became more and more famous in ‘All That’, which fetched her a sketch comedy show of her own ‘The Amanda Show’.
  • Throughout 1999, she became very famous with ‘The Amanda Show’ in which she developed unforgettable characters like Judge Trudy, Penelope Taynt, etc. It fetched her Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards for Favorite TV actress for 3 years.
  • In 2002, with her Nickelodeon popularity, she stepped into the world of motion pictures with ‘Big Fat Liar’, starring along with Paul Giamatti and Sandra Oh. She also starred in the WB series ‘What I Like About You’.
  • In 2003, Bynes did ‘What a Girl Wants’, starring along with Hollywood aces like Colin Firth, Olive James and Kelly Preston. She also gave her voice in the movie ‘Charlotte’s Web 2: Wilbur’s Great Adventure’ and appeared on ‘Vanity Fair’s’ cover.
  • In 2005, Bynes did a romantic comedy called ‘Lovewrecked’. The movie received negative reviews and was initially supposed to be distributed by the Weinstein Company but it was later sold to ABC Family Channel and appeared on TV 2 years later.
  • In 2006, she did the movie ‘She’s the Man’, which is a comedy film loosely based on William Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’. She starred opposite Channing Tatum in the movie and the movie was a worldwide commercial hit.
  • In 2007, Bynes appeared in the remake of the musical called ‘Hairspray’. She played the role of a dorky teenager and starred along with Hollywood actors like Queen Latifah, John Travolta, Zac Efron, Michelle Pfeiffer, etc. It was a huge commercial hit.
  • In the same year, she did a comedy called ‘Sydney White’, which is also known as ‘Sydney White and the Seven Dorks’. It was a modern day twist on the story of ‘Snow White’. The movie received mixed reviews.
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  • Around the same time, she launched her own clothing line called ‘Dear’ and signed a 5 year deal with Steve & Barry’s. Within next year Steve & Barry’s filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and Bynes’ fashion line was cut in 2009.
  • In 2008, Bynes did a Lifetime Television movie called ‘Living Proof’. The movie was based on the true life story of Dr. Dennis Slamon. Bynes played the role of the student assistant to Henry Connick, Jr.’s character.
  • In 2009, she appeared in the movie ‘Easy A’, with Emma Stone. She signed 2 picture deal with Screen Gems and ‘Easy A’ was a part of it. She was supposed to act in Hairspray 2 in the same year but it got cancelled.
  • In 2010, Bynes declared via Twitter, that she is done with acting and she is retiring. She wrote that ‘Acting isn’t as much fun’. After a few weeks, she re-tweeted and said that ‘I’ve unretired’.
Awards & Achievements
  • Bynes has won 7 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards throughout her acting career, for her television shows ‘All That’ and ‘The Amanda Show’ and for movies ‘Big Fat Liar’ and ‘What a Girl Wants’.
  • She has also won multiple awards for her musical ‘Hairspray’ (in which she starred along with John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, etc.), Hollywood Film Festival award, Broadcast Film Critics Association award and Palm Springs International Film Festival award.
Personal Life & Legacy
  • In 2003, Bynes, after calling it quits with her ‘The Amanda Show’ co-star Taran Killam, she started dating her ‘What I like About You’ Co-star Nick Zano. She told ‘CosmoGirl!’, the magazine, that she was in love with Zano.
  • In 2008, Bynes was reported to have been seen getting cozy with Doug Reinhardt. They were spotted kissing each other at one of the L.A. Lakers game but the relationship did not have much mileage and they broke up by the end of the year.
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  • In 2012, she collided with a police car and was arrested for driving under influence but her father claimed that she did not have any alcohol that night. Three months later, she was again arrested for hit and run.
  • In 2013, Bynes was seen on Twitter with the dramatic new changes in her appearance. She was seen in the pictures with long and curly hair extensions, heavy makeup and cheek piercings. A few months later she was seen with a shaved head.
  • The same year, she was booked on the charges of possessing marijuana in her house and tampering with evidence when police came to question her by throwing a bong from her Manhattan high-rise apartment.
  • Recently, she was found near a small fire that was started on the driveway of a Thousand Oaks, California home. She was taken under involuntary psychiatric hold for 72 hours and it was reported that she has behavioral issues.
  • Bynes started a verbal fight on Twitter with the singer Rihanna by calling her ‘ugly’.
  • It is said that her wild behavior comes from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
  • She tweeted about singer Drake and wrote that she wants him to ‘murder her vagina’ and then in another tweet she called him ‘ugly’ and then apologized and called him ‘gorgeous’. To this Drake responded by calling it ‘Weird and disturbing’.
  • She was considered for the part of ‘Jess’ in ‘New Girl’ but the role went to Zooey Deschanel.
  • She is estranged with her sister Jillian Bynes because of her bizarre lifestyle.

1. She's the Man (2006)

  (Romance, Sport, Comedy)

2. Easy A (2010)

  (Drama, Romance, Comedy)

3. What a Girl Wants (2003)

  (Romance, Comedy, Drama, Family)

4. Sydney White (2007)

  (Comedy, Romance)

5. Hairspray (2007)

  (Family, Drama, Music, Romance, Comedy, Musical)

6. Big Fat Liar (2002)

  (Family, Comedy, Adventure)

7. Love Wrecked (2005)

  (Adventure, Comedy, Romance)

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