Amanda Bynes' Downward Spiral From Innocent Nickleodeon Actress To Troubled Starlet

Amanda BynesAmanda Bynes had a promising start as a child actress. But everything changed in 2010.

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Amanda Bynes, 26, has had a tough year. From suspected DUIs to hit-and-runs to reports of erratic behaviour, the former child star seems to be on a downward spiral reminiscent of Britney Spears shaving her head or Lindsay Lohan‘s legal troubles. 

For her part, Bynes has denied she’s in any trouble. TMZ reported that the actress said she is “perfectly capable of making her own life choices.” 

We investigated Bynes’ journey from illustrious child star to movie star to retirement at age 24. We also chronicled her erratic behaviour as of late. 

We hope that Bynes will sort out her legal troubles and get back to being a talented actress. 

Amanda Bynes was born in Thousand Oaks, California.

She had an upper-middle-class upbringing with her parents, a dentist and a dental assistant. Her dad also practiced stand-up comedy.

The comedy program also starred Kenan Thompson, who went on to star on 'Saturday Night Live.'

Then Nickelodeon promoted her.

Bynes starred in 'The Amanda Show,' a program where she did comedy skits.

Bynes successfully transitioned to a film career.

She starred in teen successes 'She's The Man' and 'What A Girl Wants.'

Amanda's last film credit is is playing mean girl 'Marianne' in 2010's 'Easy A.'

But then, in 2010, Amanda announced on Twitter that she was retiring from acting.

The then-24-year-old tweeted 'I don't love acting anymore so I've stopped doing it.'

She claimed she wanted to get into writing, directing and producing.

Soon after, Amanda began displaying erratic behaviour on Twitter.

She deleted and re-activated her account and posted revealing pictures of herself.

To read the best (or most disturbing) of Amanda's Twitter rants, click here.

In April, Amanda was arrested on suspicion of a DUI.

She hit a police car in Hollywood.

Then, in August, she was accused of a hit-and-run.

A woman said that Bynes rear-ended her and then drove away without getting her information. Soon after, another woman came forward to say she had a similar experience with Bynes.

This month, Bynes was photographed driving her car and smoking a drug pipe.

After being busted with drugs, police confirmed that her licence had been suspended. She then cleared her Twitter account.

One of Bynes' neighbours told TMZ he had seen her talking to inanimate objects.

He said the conversations could go on for hours.

People at Bynes' gym also talked about her erratic behaviour.

She was allegedly in the gym last week looking dazed, talking to herself and laughing hysterically for no reason.

Bynes' car was impounded this week.

She was driving around an airport parking lot aimlessly with a suspended licence when police apprehended her. Her BMW was later towed away.

Then, Bynes spent hours in a West Hollywood dressing room.

She stayed in the boutique's dressing room for two hours, then left without paying for some items. She promptly came back and paid for them.

Amanda has zero upcoming projects listed on her IMDB page.

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