Amanda Laura Bynes is an American actress known for her work in television and film throughout the 1990s and 2000s. Bynes began her career as a child actress, working on the Nickelodeon sketch comedy series All That (1996–2000), and had a breakthrough starring in its spin-off series The Amanda Show (1999–2002) and receiving several accolades. During her mid-teens, Bynes played Holly Tyler in The WB sitcom What I Like About You (2002–2006), and made her film debut in the comedy Big Fat Liar (2002). She went on to star in a number of successful films, including the comedy What a Girl Wants (2003) and the animated film Robots (2005); she has received praise for her roles in the sports comedy She's the Man (2006), the musical Hairspray (2007), and the comedy-drama Easy A (2010). In her highly publicized personal life, Bynes has struggled with substance abuse and faced legal issues. She announced an indefinite hiatus from acting in 2010 as she struggled with various personal problems. In 2018, Bynes expressed interest in returning to television acting. She was in a conservatorship from August 2013 to March 2022.
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