Amanda Bynes
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  • Faith: Spirituality
  • Career: Actress
  • Birthday:  April 03, 1986

Amanda Bynes is an actress. She started her career as a child, appearing on the Nickelodeon sketch comedy show “All That” and its spin-off series “The Amanda Show.” During her mid-teens, she played Holly Tyler on the sitcom “What I Like About You,” Kaylee in the film “Big Fat Liar,” and Daphne Reynolds in the comedy film “What a Girl Wants.” She also voiced Piper Pinwheeler in the animated movie “Robots.” As an adult, she starred as Viola Hastings in the rom-com “She’s the Man,” Penny Lou Pingleton in the musical “Hairspray,” and Marianne Bryant in “Easy A.”

Bynes is heralded for her acting work in the 1990s and 2000s, winning a Critics’ Choice Award and six Kids’ Choice Awards, among other accolades. In her highly publicized public life, she struggled with mental health and other issues and was in a conservatorship from August 2013 to March 2022. In June 2010, she retired from acting and in 2023, she announced her new career as a manicurist. Bynes was born and grew up in Thousand Oaks, California, a suburb of Los Angeles. She’s the youngest of three children born to Lynn and Rick Bynes. She started professionally acting at seven years old, appearing in TV ads for Buncha Cruncha candies, Cut and Style Barbie and Taco Bell.

During her childhood, she also appeared on stage in versions of “Annie,” “The Secret Garden,” “The Music Man,” and “The Sound of Music.” Later, she attended a comedy camp at the Los Angeles Laugh Factory, where she received advice from Arsenio Hall and Richard Pryor. A Nickelodeon producer spotted her at a performance at the Laugh Factory, which prompted the network to cast her on the sketch comedy series, “All That,” where she played various roles from season three to season six. The show brought Bynes considerable recognition, and she won a Kids’ Choice Award in 2000. She was also a regular member of the series “Figure It Out” from 1997 to 1999. At 13 years old, Bynes starred in the “All That” spin-off comedy “The Amanda Show” from 1999 to 2002.

Bynes had a breakthrough on the show, earning praise and acclaim. She won four Kids’ Choice Awards and received two Young Artist Award nominations. In 2002, she made her feature film debut in “Big Fat Liar,” starring as Kaylee, the best friend of co-star Frankie Muniz’s character. Although the film had a mixed reception, it was a commercial success, and she won another Kids’ Choice Award for her performance. In October 2014, Bynes accused her father of abuse in a series of tweets. After her parents protested and claimed innocence, Bynes tweeted that her father never abused her. Soon afterward, Bynes announced that she had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. In August 2018, paperwork was filed to continue the conservatorship until August 2020.

What religion is Amanda Bynes?

Bynes’ father is Catholic, and her mother is Jewish. In an interview, she described herself as spiritual, saying, “As far as religion, I was raised both. I learned about both Judaism and Catholicism. My parents said it was up to me to decide when I grew up. I’m sort of a spiritual person anyway. I haven’t decided yet. I don’t know yet exactly what I believe.”

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