Amanda Bynes was a young actress with a huge future ahead of her. At 13 years old, she already had her own series — The Amanda Show — on Nickelodeon and starred in several hit movies.
Her infectious laugh and talent would produce hit films such as Big Fat Liar, What A Girl Wants and Sydney White. Bynes was seen as a promising young starlet, full of potential and headed for the A-list.
The brunette beauty shocked the world in 2010 when she announced she was retiring from Hollywood, claiming she no longer had a “passion” for acting.
Two years later her world began to spiral out of control with multiple arrests — including a hit-and-run violation and DUI, followed by some truly bizarre moments that had the whole world shaking their head. She stepped away from the limelight, but returned in 2018 to tell her story in an interview with Paper magazine.
Earlier this year, Bynes made headlines when she announced she was pregnant, but her attorney confirmed later that wasn’t true.
The What I Like About You actress appears to be doing well these days, as she recently celebrated a milestone on October 11, with fiancé Paul Michael.
“Celebrating our one year anniversary!” the 34-year-old captioned a since-deleted pic on her Instagram. In the photo, Bynes sported a green T-shirt with jeans and clear glasses, while Michael wore a white tank top with black pants.
Bynes will be forever remembered to many as the young girl who made us laugh on All That, but for most she will be remembered for her more obscure moments.
OK! takes a look at 10 times former child star Amanda Bynes made us cringe.
That Time She Was Arrested For Driving Under The Influence
Bynes was arrested for driving under the influence in West Hollywood, Calif. The actress was pulled over after hitting a stopped police car. She then initially refused to take a test to determine if she was drunk or using drugs.
That Time She Pleaded To Obama For Help
After being formally charged with a DUI, the young starlet pleaded her case to then-President Barack Obama via Twitter. “Hey @BarackObama… I don’t drink. Please fire the cop who arrested me. I also don’t hit and run. The End,” she wrote at the time.
That Time She Got Her Cheek Pierced
In June 2013, Bynes posted a photo on her new Tumblr page (yes, Tumblr was a thing then), revealing that she had gotten a hard-to-look-at cheek piercing.
That Time She Lashed Out At Rihanna
Bynes lashed out at the “Pon de Replay” singer on Twitter, calling the superstar ugly. “Chris Brown beat you because you’re not pretty enough,” Bynes said, adding that she “almost named her new dog Rihanna,” insinuating RiRi looks like a dog. Woof, indeed!
That Time Her Drug-Fueled House Party Was Exposed
In May 2013, InTouch detailed a look inside Byne’s “drug-fueled house party,” claiming she sleeps on a bare mattress and that her windows are spray-painted black.
That Time(s) She Wore Those Wacky Wigs
Bynes was continuously showing up around town in different colored wigs. She even appeared in court wearing a blonde wig that was a MESS!
That Time She Sexually Propositioned Drake
Ah, how could we forget when Bynes tweeted rapper Drake saying that she wanted him to “murder her vagina.”
That Time She Claimed She Had A Doppelganger
Bynes — or someone who shares her features, piercings, and hair color was seen walking around Manhattan. The Easy A actress took to Twitter claiming it was an imposter. “My hair is blonde, I've never been a redhead! Somebody keeps posing at me…” Sure, Jan.
That Time She Debuted New Claws
In 2016, the She’s The Man star debuted rather interesting looking new finger nails. They were rather pointy and looked like straight up daggers on her fingers.
That Time She Got A Face Tattoo
In December 2019, Bynes posted a photo on Instagram that showed a large heart tattoo on her cheek.