Amanda Laura Bynes (April 3, 1986) is an American former actress, singer, and fashion designer. Bynes appeared in several successful television series, such as All That and The Amanda Show, on Nickelodeon in the mid to late 1990s and early 2000s, and in 2002, she starred in the TV series, What I Like About You. She transitioned to a film career. Her first film break came in 2002 where she starred alongside other child star Frankie Muniz in the comedy Big Fat Liar before starring in several other films aimed at teenage audiences, including What a Girl Wants, Love Wrecked, She's the Man, Hairspray, and Easy A.

She appeared on All That from its third season replacing Angelique Bates until the sixth season, from 1996 to 2000. She was the host and star of The Amanda Show from 1999 to 2002. Because of her Nickelodeon roles in the mid-to-late 1990s, she was also a recurring panelist on the game show Figure It Out, which aired during that time, appearing in 52 episodes. She also appeared in a 1998 episode of Blue's Clues wishing Blue a Happy Birthday along with Michelle Trachtenberg. Later, from 2001-2002, she had a recurring voice role as Taffy on Rugrats, who was hired as the babysitter for the main characters.

The All That character Dr. Bynes, played by Josh Server, is named after her father, Rick Bynes, who is indeed a dentist. Among her most notable characters on All That were the advice-giving Ashley. On The Amanda Show, she played Melody, Cynthia WorthingtonLula Mae, Amber, and Penelope Taynt.

She has won six Kids' Choice Awards, four for Favorite Television Actress on All That and The Amanda Show, including one for both shows in 2000, and two for Favorite Movie Actress, first for Big Fat Liar and then for What a Girl Wants. For the latter, it was awarded at the 2004 Kids' Choice Awards, which aired on April 3 of that year, her 18th birthday.


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