Amanda Laura Bynes is an American former actress.
Bynes was born in Thousand Oaks, California, the youngest of three children of Lynn, a dental assistant and office manager, and Rick Bynes, a dentist. Her father is Catholic, and is of Irish, Lithuanian, and Polish descent.Her mother is Jewish (from a family from Romania, Russia, and Poland). Bynes’ maternal grandparents are Canadians from Toronto, Ontario.
Bynes attended a comedy camp, and began professionally acting at the age of 7, appearing in a television advertisement for Buncha Crunch candies. During her childhood, she also appeared on stage in versions of Annie, The Secret Garden, The Music Man, and The Sound of Music. Bynes rose to prominence with her various roles in All That for seasons three through six. She later became a regular member of Nickelodeon’s Figure It Out (1997–99). At the age of 13, she began starring in her own sketch comedy show, The Amanda Show (1999–2002). In 2002, Amanda began to establish her fan base with her debut film role in Big Fat Liar (2002) opposite Frankie Muniz, and a co-starring role in the WB sitcom What I Like About You (2002–06) with Jennie Garth. She also made her voice-over debut in Charlotte’s Web 2: Wilbur’s Great Adventure and later in the animated comedy Robots (2005).
Amanda’s film career took off over the next two years, with a role in the romantic comedy Lovewrecked (2005) and a starring role in the comedy She’s The Man (2006). She also appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair’s July 2003 edition. Bynes was named one of Teen People’s “25 Hottest Stars Under 25” in 2006.Later that year, she starred in She’s the Man, a comedy based on William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Bynes appeared in another romantic comedy, Love Wrecked. In 2006 release the film She’s the Man but released after it, showing in cinemas outside of the United States in 2005 and 2006 and debuting in the U.S. on the ABC Family network on January 21, 2007.
Bynes’ next role was Penny Pingleton in Hairspray. The film was a critical and commercial success. Hairspray went on to become Amanda’s most successful film at the time. Bynes was featured on the Hairspray soundtrack, which went on to get a Grammy nomination. Bynes’ next role was in another comedy, Sydney White, released on September 21, 2007. In August 2007, Bynes teamed up with Steve & Barry’s to create her own fashion line called Dear, consisting of apparel and accessories. The line was cut short when Steve & Barry’s filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2008 and went out of business in January 2009. In 2008, Bynes appeared in the Lifetime Television movie Living Proof as the student assistant of Harry Connick, Jr.’s character.
In June 2009, Bynes signed a two picture deal with Screen Gems. The first of the two movies was the 2010 teen comedy Easy A, starring Emma Stone and Lisa Kudrow. The film was once again another critical and commercial success with many critics praising Bynes role. Bynes appeared on the cover of the February 2010 issue of Maxim magazine. That June, Bynes stated that she planned to retire from acting, announcing on her Twitter page, “I don’t love acting anymore, so I’ve stopped doing it.” A month later, Bynes had an apparent change of heart and “unretired”.
In September 2012, Bynes said that she would instead focus on launching her career as a fashion designer. She is currently enrolled at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Irvine.
- Her inspirations are Bette Midler and Lucille Ball.
- Trained by Arsenio Hall and Richard Pryor at a comedy camp she attended.
- First concert she ever attended was Britney Spears.
- Was considered for the role of Elizabeth Swann in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.
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