The rise and fall of Amanda Bynes

Amanda Bynes has been making headlines lately. Here's a refresher on who she is and why some are calling her the next Lindsay Lohan.

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  1. If you're of an age where the phrase "Matt and Ben" means something to you, you can probably be forgiven for not knowing who Amanda Bynes is. Recently, the young actress has been making headlines for a variety of car-related offenses, from hit-and-runs to DUI. But before that, she was a bona-fide child star.

    One of her earliest performances (that you can find on YouTube, anyway) was at the age of 10, when Bynes performed stand up at The Laugh Factory in 1996.
  2. Amanda Bynes - 1996 10 year old stand up
  3. At this point, Bynes' child-star trajectory was set in motion and she became one of Nickelodeon's most recognizable faces. She starred in Nickelodeon's "All That" from 1996-2000, and then helmed her own show on the channel, "The Amanda Show," from 1999 to 2002.

    Bynes made the leap from television to film in 2003's "What a Girl Wants" opposite Colin Firth. Her 2006 film "She's the Man," in which her character hilariously tries to pass for her twin brother, made $119 million dollars in the U.S.
  4. Bynes' most recent feature film, "Easy A," was released in 2010. Just prior to the opening, she announced via Twitter that she was done acting. "I know 24 is a young age to retire but you heard it here first, I've #retired," she tweeted June 19 of that year. "Being an actress isn't as fun as it may seem," read another tweet from that day. Although Bynes' Twitter account shows that she's deleted all her past tweets, you can find many of her more curious tweets archived in the below post.
  5. So when did her troubles begin? It's a rather tangled web of hit-and-run incidents, plus a DUI charge that led a Los Angeles Superior Court judge to order Bynes not to drive.
  6. But that's not the end of it. TMZ reports that on Sept. 13, Bynes got behind the wheel anyway and "tapped" the bumper of a parked BMW (no one was hurt). This behavior has people wondering: Is Bynes the new Lindsay Lohan? Is this merely the fate of the child star?
  7. After Bynes' was stopped by police yet again on Sunday, and her car was then impounded, Lohan herself weighed in on Twitter.
  8. What's next for Bynes? After Sunday's incident, she received a misdemeanor citation for driving with a suspended license. Bynes is next due in court Sept. 21.
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