She’s all that All That! Amanda Bynes has had a roller-coaster of a ride in Hollywood since she first rose to fame as a cast member on the ‘90s Nickelodeon sketch show.
At seven years old, the California native jumped into the entertainment industry and quickly became one the most prominent child actors of her generation. After displaying her comedy talents, she was invited to perform at the International Comedy Festival. All ThatAfter a few seasons, she was able to get her own series. Amanda ShowThe, which ran between 1999 and 2002.
Bynes’ time on both comedy and drama shows was over in 2022. She made her big screen debut as Kaylee on the big screen in 2022. Big Fat Liar. Her success in movies only grew from there, landing the role of Daphne Reynolds in 2003’s What a Girl Really WantsBefore you star alongside Channing Tatum in 2006’s She’s the Man.
The What I Like about YouThrough the early 2000s, alum was a Hollywood staple with hits such as Hairspray Sydney White. She took a brief hiatus from acting in 2010 and announced at the time that she was retiring at 24, explaining via Twitter that “being an actress isn’t as fun as it may seem.”
She quickly “unretired” a few weeks later, sharing that she was playing Marianne in 2010’s Simple AStarred also by. Emma Stone Penn Badgley.
Two years later, the former child star’s personal life began to make bigger headlines than her career after she was arrested on suspicion of DUI in April 2012. Although she pleaded not guilty to the charges, Bynes was charged in September 2012 with two misdemeanor hit-and-run counts.
In August 2013, Bynes was placed under temporary conservatorship due to a number of mental health and substance abuse issues. The decision came one month after Bynes was hospitalized and put on a psychiatric hold for setting a fire in a stranger’s driveway in July 2013.
The CannedActress has since spoken out about her mental health struggles, telling Paper Magazine in November 2018, “I just had no purpose in life. I’d been working my whole life and [now]I was doing nothing. I had a lot of time on my hands, and I would ‘wake and bake’ and literally be stoned all day long. [I was] hanging out with a seedier crowd and I isolated a lot … I got really into my drug usage, and it became a really dark, sad world for me.”
The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising graduate — who hasn’t had an acting role since 2010 — filed to end her conservatorship in February 2022 after nearly nine years. According to court documents obtained from Us Weekly, Bynes “desires to live free of any constraint” in the future after working toward becoming a healthier and independent person free from drugs.
Scroll down to see Bynes’s ups and falls over the years.