After emerging as a child star on Nickelodeon in All That, it wasn’t long before Amanda got her own program – The Amanda Show. After that, she starred in several films including What a Girl Wants, She’s the Man, Hairspray, Sydney White, and Easy A.
In June 2010, Bynes announced she would be taking a break from acting as she did not enjoy what she was doing anymore, before deciding to permanently retire in 2012. A controversial period of personal trouble followed, including substance abuse and psychological problems.
In the last several years, Bynes has tried to focus on pursuing a career as a fashion designer and attended the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Irvine, California. In the hope that she succeeds, we are looking at Amanda Bynes’ transformation over the years.
1. Amanda pre-1996
She started out doing commercials for Buncha Crunch candies and appeared in the theater for productions of Annie, The Secret Garden, The Music Man, and The Sound of Music.
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“When I was 7, I started taking a comedy class for kids at the Comedy Store in Hollywood,” she said. After two years, including classes at the Laugh Factory, she was discovered by Nickelodeon and started acting in the sketch comedy series All That in 1996.
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She quickly became one of All That‘s lynchpins and network executives soon decided she had the potential for her own show. Bynes won the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award for Favorite TV Actress three years in a row for The Amanda Show.
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Attending a Seventeen magazine party and making an impression in sandals, jeans and a crop top.
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She made her theatrical debut in Big Fat Liar with Frankie Muniz. The movie made $48 million at the box office.
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Amanda was working the TV circuit again in WB’s What I Like About You. “That role helped me get back to where I was,” she latter said.
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Posing with teenage Lindsay Lohan after winning six Nickeloden Kids’ Choice Awards.
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She starred with then-low-key-star Channing Tatum on She’s The Man – a contemporary take on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.
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Amanda played Penny Lou Pingleton in the musical Hairspray which saw her starring with Queen Latifah, John Travolta and Michelle Pfeiffer.
She hooked up with The Hills reality star Doug Reinhardt but broke up after feeling he was exploiting her celebrity status. Reinhardt fired one back, revealing Bynes “wouldn’t even let me have a guys’ night out without flipping out on me.”
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A transformed Amanda starring alongside Emma Stone in Easy A.
Just a couple days after her birthday, she drove into a police car and was arrested for driving under the influence. Three months later she was charged with two counts of hit-and-run.
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She reportedly experienced a public meltdown and allegedly threw a bong out of a New York building. She was charged with marijuana possession, reckless endangerment and tampering with evidence.
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She went in therapy and moved back in with her parents after setting a stranger’s driveway on fire.
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Lately, she’s been seen to be enjoying some pampering and rocking some Lady Gaga shades.