From child star to mildly successful big-screen actress to legal trouble and drug addiction, Amanda Bynes is the latest celebrity to fall of the wagon. Former star of Nickelodeon’s 1990s hit television series All That and The Amanda Show,Bynes has starred alongside Hollywood elite such as Colin Firth, John Travolta, and Emma Stone.
Bynes’ downfall began in June 2010, shortly before the release of her film Easy A, when she announced via Twitter that she was quitting acting. “I don’t love acting anymore,” she said, “so I’ve stopped doing it.” Just a month later Bynes changed her mind and “unretired.” In a 2011 interview with People, she said “I’ve been acting since I was seven, and I’m 25 now. So, it’s not retiring so much. It’s just taking some time off.”
Then came the legal trouble.
- March 7, 2012- stopped in Los Angeles for talking on the phone while driving.
- April 6, 2012- arrested and charged with DUI in West Hollywood after sideswiping a police car.
- September 4, 2012- charged with hit-and-run for leaving the scene of two separate car accidents (April 10 and August 4, 2012) without providing proper information.
- September 6, 2012- drivers license suspended.
- September 16, 2012- caught driving on a suspended license, had her car impounded.
Then, Bynes announced for the second time she was quitting acting to pursue a career as a fashion designer in September 2012. Shortly after the beginning of 2013, she posted pictures of herself on Twitter revealing a drastically altered appearance including a long, curly platinum blonde wig, cheek piercings on both sides of her face, and makeup that even a drag queen would think was a tad bit excessive.
May 23, 2013 police went to Bynes’ Manhattan apartment complex in response to to a call about someone smoking marijuana in the lobby. After an investigation, she was arrested for criminal possession of marijuana, reckless endangerment, and tampering with evidence. Bynes *shocker* took to Twitter following her May 24th court appearance to inform her fans that she has didnt have marijuana, but instead was sexually assaulted by a police officer and then arrested when she tried to call for help. Sunday, May 26th, she used Twitter to lash out on her parents.
“[N]ever trust or listen to a word any person from my family says to the press. I am suing them for money laundering/unethical manager work, I never signed a contract with them, and they had been stealing my money without me knowing, claiming they were managing me somehow when they have no right to act as if they did anything to help or enhance my career and I want $ back that I earned on my own,” Bynes stated. “I’m 27 and don’t like when press talks to my parents. My parents are almost 70 years old. We are no longer on speaking terms. I would rather them be homeless than live off my money.”
The same day, Bynes attacked Rihanna saying, “Chris Brown beat you because you’re not pretty enough.” She quickly deleted the tweet, but not before Rihanna got wind of it. “Ya see what happens when they cancel Intervention?” the singer retorted.
Unlike Joaquin Phoenix who pulled a fast one on the world with his practical joke of a breakdown a few years ago, Amanda Bynes’ current downward spiral is anything but a joke. She is simply the latest in a long line of celebrities who can’t handle fame. Like Britney Spears, Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse, Macaulay Culkin, Lindsay Lohan, and many others before her, Bynes has started down a dark path, one which if not intervened could end up claiming her life.
Originally posted here on ANewVoice by Julia Porterfield.