Amanda Bynes: biography
Amanda Bynes is a famous American actress who was at the peak of her popularity in the 1990s and early 2000s. The audience knows her for the roles in the movies She’s the Man, Love Wrecked, Hairspray, and so on. Since 2010, the star has stopped appearing on the screen; tabloids often publish news where Bynes is involved in scandals. The woman has been a mental hospital patient: she got rid of bipolar disorder and drug addiction.
Childhood and youth
Amanda Laura Bynes was born on April 3, 1986, in Thousand Oaks, California. The girl’s mother, Lynn Organ, worked as a dental assistant and an office manager; the father, Rick Bynes, was a dentist as well and liked stand-up comedies.
Amanda’s relatives from the maternal line come from Toronto, Canada. The actress’s mother is Jewish. The Catholic father was born in Chicago. Bynes has Polish, Russian, Romanian, and Irish roots. Amanda identifies herself as a Jewish but prefers to talk little about her religion.
Amanda has two siblings. Her elder brother, Tommy, was born in 1974; he followed in the parents’ footsteps and chose medicine. Today, he is a chiropractor. The actress’s elder sister, Jillian, was born in 1983. She studied history at the University of California. Besides, she is also interested in acting.
Amanda was going to enter New York University. The father instilled the love of theater and comedy in his daughter from her early childhood. Amanda debuted at the theater when she was three. When the girl went to school, she performed at Comedy Store club. By ten, the young talent had much experience of collaboration with comedians.
Bynes debuted in the series All That in 1996; she played there for six years. When Amanda turned 13, all American girls were envious: their peer had her own TV program, The Amanda Show on Nickelodeon channel. This project made the teenager famous and brought her Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Television Actress award for four years in a row.
Soon, producers noticed Bynes. In 2002, the actress stepped into the world of big cinematography. At that time, Dan Schneider collaborated with the children’s channel and invited the young artist to his movie Big Fat Liar. This role brought Amanda a new achievement: Best Performance in a Feature Film: Leading Young Actress. In a while, Bynes was offered a role in the series What I Like About You; this work made her even more popular.
The movie What a Girl Wants was peculiar: the actress had the chance to cooperate with Colin Firth. Again, Bynes received Kids’ Choice Award and the recognition of European movie lovers.
The actress’s career was taking off rapidly. Producers noticed the young woman’s comic talent and showered her with offers in comedies. Amanda Bynes played in Love Wrecked, She’s the Man, and Sydney White.
In Love Wrecked, the actress played Jenny Taylor, a charming young woman who dreamed of seeing her icon, Jason Masters. As she learns that the man is on vacation in the Caribbean, she goes there with her friend Ryan to meet the favorite artist.
The movie She’s the Man showed the actress’s talent from a different angle: Amanda personified Sebastian’s twin brother who wanted to play soccer with boys because the girls’ team had been dissolved.
Sydney White brought another lead role. Bynes’s character entered the college to join the organization that her mother had founded. Still, things are different in the sorority: arrogant Rachel commands everybody. Thus, Sydney joins the group of “outcasts” to teach the overweening blonde a lesson.
In 2009, the actress began to play in her last movie: she played Marianne Bryant in the 2010 comedy Easy A.
Amanda can be ironic to herself; she is not afraid to look stupid and ridiculous for others. Perhaps, the woman’s father contributed to the development of this skill.
Amanda Bynes has never been married, but the list of her boyfriends is pretty long. In 1999, the actress was dating the comedy actor, singer, and guitarist Drake Bell. In 2001-2002, journalists saw the artist with her colleague Taran Killam. In 2002, Bynes met the actor and racing car driver Frankie Muniz at the movie set of Big Fat Liar. Soon, they began to date.
In 2003-2004, Amanda had an affair with Nick Zano. She mentioned that relationship was useful for her as she gained much experience. In 2006, the actress had a romance with the actor David Cross whom she had met at the movie set of She’s the Man. At the same period, the media were spreading rumors that the woman was seeing her movie colleague Channing Tatum.
In 2008, the beauty had a relationship with the scriptwriter, producer, actor, and director Seth MacFarlane. The same year, she started dating the baseball player Doug Reinhardt, Paris Hilton’s ex-boyfriend.
In 2008-2009, the press marked the tendency: Bynes stopped having affairs with actors. In 2010, she dated the hip-hop musician Kid Cudi (Scott Mescudi). The man initiated the break-up: according to him, Amanda shared too many personal details on Twitter, and the young man was irritated by that.
At the beginning of 2014, the paparazzi noticed Bynes with Liam Hemsworth, the then ex-boyfriend of Miley Cyrus. The actor asked Cyrus to delete her Twitter account for the same reason. At the end of the year, the star announced she was engaged to some young man, Caleb, a salesman from California who was nine years younger than Amanda. In the same interview, Bynes mentioned she would like to have many sons. Since that time, there has been no information about the woman’s lovers.
In 2012, Bynes started having legal problems because of her drug abuse. The woman was drunk driving and caused several accidents; she was deprived of her driving license. The actress fled from the crime scene twice. Another star hooligan, Lindsay Lohan, immediately reacted to this news on Twitter: Lohan was arrested and imprisoned for the same actions. However, Bynes did not avoid her punishment: soon, she got three years’ probation.
In a while, the actress was accused of drug intake outside her house and storing illicit substances. During the arrest, she threw a marihuana smoking device out of the window. After this incident, the woman was sent to the psychiatric examination, yet her insanity was not proven.
In 2013-2014, Amanda Bynes was moving from The Canyon rehab center in Malibu and the mental hospital in Pasadena, California. The woman was hospitalized after she had set the apartment of her parents’ neighbors on fire. What happened to her is unknown.
During that incident, Amanda burned her own dog; its body was dirty with a flammable mixture. The pet survived and stayed with Bynes’s parents who were given the custody of their daughter. Rumors had it the actress had gone mad. According to the pre-diagnosis, Amanda had schizophrenia. Further on, doctors diagnosed her with bipolar disorder and transferred the star to a prestigious rehab unit to treat her drug addiction. Medics claimed the actress was recovering quickly; she came back home several months later.
However, the scandals involving Bynes continued. In 2013, the fan of Twitter organized the harassment on her colleagues whom she did not like for some reason. Without embarrassment, the actress created the list of the “ugliest” celebrities: Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, Cher, Courtney Love, and other stars were included. Doctors believe that Byne’s behavior could be explained by alcohol and drug addiction.
Amanda did not show herself on the public for the next five months; she went out in 2016, had her hair dyed dark, and put on weight. The actress used to say that her height was 171 cm. (the media usually say it was 173 cm.), and her weight was 62 kg. Today, there is no information about the woman’s current weight.
Before that appearance, the actress celebrated her 30th birthday at the Six Flags Magic Mountain theme park in California. Later, she either hid from the press or did not go out often.
At some moment, the actress signed a five-year contract with Steve&Barry’s clothing brand. She wanted to create her own line, but her dream did not come true: the company went bankrupt in a year.
In 2016, Bynes entered the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising; today, she avoids appearing in the media often.
In 2017, the woman posted photos on her Instagram where she was a blonde.
In 2009, Bynes announced she finished her acting career, but the next year brought the news about her comeback. By now, there have been no new projects with the star.
As Amanda Bynes has disappeared for a while, there were some “well-wishers” who wanted to earn a little using her name. They created false accounts in social networks, pretended to be the actress, and asked for financial assistance. These frauds complained that “Amanda” had no money for medicines, and her friends presumably ignored her. By the way, they asked for minor sums like $63. The star addressed Instagram and Twitter many times and asked to delete the pages that cheated people. Fans feel sorry for “Amanda Bynes” but do not rush to donate.
In February 2018, Amanda posted a photo with her friends on Twitter and wrote: “Dinner with friends at Girasol.” She was fair-haired then.
Not long before that, Bynes gave the first interview after a long period of silence. She declared she was going to continue her acting career, but she wanted to graduate from the fashion college first. The celebrity also added that she was still a good comedian, even though her appearance changed. The actress’s lawyer said that his client had several interesting offers.
In spring, the paparazzi caught Bynes in the street and took the pictures. One can see the woman has experimented with her appearance again: her hair is black. Fans believe that this color makes Amanda look much older.
- 1996-2002 – All That
- 2002 – Big Fat Liar
- 2002-2006 – What I Like About You
- 2003 – What a Girl Wants
- 2005 – Love Wrecked
- 2006 – She’s the Man
- 2007 – Hairspray
- 2007 – Sydney White
- 2008 – Living Proof
- 2010 – Easy A