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Amanda Bynes Biography


Singled out by Entertainment Weekly for her "knack for slapstick reminiscent of Lucille Ball," Amanda Bynes stars as the impetuous Holly in the sophomore comedy What I Like About You. Born and raised in Thousand Oaks, California, the young actress began her career at a comedy camp. As she continued to work on her craft, it was at a showcase performance in Los Angeles that producers Brian Robbins and Dan Schneider discovered her and added Bynes to the cast of Nickelodeon's All That. After just one season, she was nominated for a 1997 Cable Ace Award, putting her in the company of such established actresses as Tracey Ullman and Janeane Garofalo. Working steadily since the age of 10, Bynes charmed audiences in the hit comedy Big Fat Liar with Frankie Muniz. In the spring of 2003, Bynes starred in her first lead role in the hit film What A Girl Wants, co-starring Colin Firth and Kelly Preston.

Known for her unique style of bold, no-holds-barred physical comedy, Bynes rose to the top on the Nickelodeon series and remained on All That for four seasons. By the age of 12, Bynes became the youngest performer to host her own variety sketch show, The Amanda Show, which earned her the Favorite Television Actress honor four years in a row from Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards, and in 2003 she won Favorite Movie Actress for What A Girl Wants. In July of this year, Bynes was featured on the It's Totally Raining Teens cover of Vanity Fair. In addition, Bynes has hosted Nickelodeon's Nickelennium millennium celebration, The Big Help and Kid's Choice Awards, and was nominated for The Hollywood Reporter's Young Star Award in the category of Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Comedy Television Series. In 2003, she was nominated for Choice TV Actress in a Comedy at the Teen Choice Awards. Bynes, who currently resides in Southern California, spends her free time drawing, painting and writing.

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