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Amanda Bynes

Amanda Bynes Bio Bio

Born April 3,1986, Bynes is an actress, fashion designer, and former host of her own eponymous sitcom on Nickelodeon. Bynes was born in Thousand Oaks, Calif., to Rick Bynes, a dentist who also practiced stand- up comedy, and Lynn Organ, a dental assistant. Bynes has two older siblings, Tommy and Jillian.


Arsenio Hall and Richard Pryor helped the young talent hone her acting skills at a comedy camp. Bynes began professionally acting at the age of seven, appearing in a television advertisement for Buncha Crunch candies. Bynes became a regular cast member of Nickelodeon’s Figure It Out and All That (both in 1996) and later became the star of The Amanda Show, also on Nickelodeon. Bynes made her film debut in 2002’s mild box office success, Big Fat Liar. Her first major leading role was in 2003’s What a Girl Wants. She also starred in the WB sitcom What I Like About You, opposite Jennie Garth, from 2002 to 2006, before starring in She’s the Man, a comedy based on William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. In July 2007, Bynes appeared in mega-musical Hairspray. Bynes currently stars in Sydney White, a coming-of-age story based on Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs.