Amanda Bynes' career was the envy of child stars and actors alike. With her comedic talent and captivating personality, she emerged as a beloved child star, solidifying her position as one of Nickelodeon's premier talents in the early 2000s.

Bynes was only 13 years old when she skyrocketed to fame as a cast member on the popular children's variety show "All That," appearing alongside Kenan Thompson, Nick Cannon, Kel Mitchell, and numerous others. She later headlined her own comedy series, "The Amanda Show."

Bynes' discovery was highlighted in an episode of the docuseries "Quiet on Set: The Dark Side of Kids TV." This controversial documentary delves into the working environment at Nickelodeon, the experiences of its stars, and the impact of producer Dan Schneider.

After her time on the children's network, Bynes transitioned into becoming a comedic teen sensation, gracing magazine covers, headlining romantic comedies, and earning accolades for her performances.

Despite her flourishing career with leading roles, Bynes eventually chose to step away from acting. This decision was influenced by health challenges, legal issues, and the establishment of a conservatorship.

As of March and April 2024, Bynes has not provided a response to requests for comment from

Let's take a retrospective glance at Amanda Bynes' career trajectory, her health journey, and her path to recovery.

Has Amanda Bynes reacted to ‘Quiet on Set’?

Bynes' ascent as a child star on Nickelodeon is chronicled in "Quiet on Set," although she does not directly engage with the documentary. The series has reignited public curiosity about Bynes' career and her tenure on the children's network. However, she has not issued any public statements or reactions to the series or its content.

Amanda Bynes’ rise as a Nickelodeon child star

Hailing from Thousand Oaks, California, the 37-year-old actor embarked on her career journey at the tender age of 7. Her breakthrough arrived with an invitation to join the cast of the Nickelodeon variety sketch show "All That," where she showcased her talents in skits from 1996 to 2000.

Reflecting on this pivotal opportunity, she expressed to Paper magazine in 2018, "It was a dream come true. It was unbelievable for me."

Bynes quickly emerged as a standout presence on "All That," ultimately earning her own spinoff sketch show, "The Amanda Show."

Airing from 1999 to 2002, the series also featured Drake Bell (who recently disclosed his experience of childhood sexual abuse) and Josh Peck.

Similar to "All That," "The Amanda Show" gained renown for its memorable sketches, including parodies like "Judge Trudy," a spoof of "Judge Judy," along with segments such as "Moody's Point," "The Girl's Room," and "Totally Kyle."

Throughout her tenure on Nickelodeon, the beloved actor garnered numerous nominations for and clinched multiple Kids' Choice Awards, solidifying her status as a fan favorite.

Amanda Bynes became a queen of rom-coms

Following her success on television, Bynes ventured into the realm of feature films, marking her debut in the 2002 comedy "Big Fat Liar," alongside Frankie Muniz, when she was just 15 years old.

Simultaneously, she embarked on a transition to more mature television roles, portraying Holly Tyler in The WB's "What I Like About You," alongside former "Beverly Hills, 90210" star Jennie Garth.

Bynes continued to captivate audiences with her charm in popular romantic comedies, including the 2003 film "What A Girl Wants," where she portrayed a teenager on a quest to find her estranged father in England.

In addition to her notable television roles, the actor starred in the comedy "She's the Man," opposite Channing Tatum, a high school-set movie inspired by William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night."

Bynes also graced the screen in the 2007 musical feature film "Hairspray," as well as "Sydney White," which premiered the same year.

While Bynes' on-screen characters often found themselves with fairy-tale endings, behind the scenes, the teen star faced familial challenges.

According to accounts featured in "Quiet on Set," Bynes reportedly fled from home during her teenage years. In a video shared on his YouTube channel on March 19, former Nickelodeon showrunner Dan Schneider recounted an incident when Bynes, in distress after a dispute with her parents, reached out to him during the early hours of the morning.

"The phone rang, I answered. It was Amanda, and she was upset, in distress. She had had some conflict with her parents — I believe her father — and she called me," Schneider recalled. "I was immediately concerned about her safety. I contacted someone I knew who was fairly nearby. That person was able to go and pick her up, ensuring she was safe... she was eventually taken to the police."

According to both "Quiet on Set" and Schneider, Bynes also pursued emancipation from her parents when she was around 16 or 17 years old, although this request was ultimately denied by a judge.

In his video on March 19, Schneider disclosed that Bynes had sought support from "her team," including him, as she pursued emancipation.

"Amanda was between the ages of 16 and 17 and she wanted to be emancipated from her parents, which was a fairly common thing with successful young actors, at least at the time," he explained. "She desired that for herself, so she turned to her team, which included her lawyer, her agent, her manager, her publicist, and me — because she regarded me as part of her team. We supported her, she attempted to obtain emancipation, but it didn't work out in the end."

Drug use and departure from Hollywood

Bynes' final film before stepping back from Hollywood was the 2010 comedy "Easy A," starring Emma Stone. In the film, Bynes portrayed Marianne, a devout Christian and leader of the Cross Your Heart Club.

While initially set to appear in the 2011 comedy "Hall Pass," Bynes later withdrew from the project and subsequently retired from acting. In her interview with Paper magazine, Bynes disclosed her history of substance use, revealing that she began smoking marijuana at the age of 16 but did not develop an addiction at that time.

"Later on, it progressed to doing molly and ecstasy," she explained, noting that she experimented with cocaine three times but never found it enjoyable. However, she admitted to abusing Adderall around the time of "Hall Pass," describing how it left her feeling scattered and unable to focus on her lines or memorize them.

Alongside her struggles with substance use, Bynes also grappled with body image issues. She recalled feeling self-conscious about her appearance when seeing herself on screen, experiencing moments of distress over perceived flaws such as feeling her arm looked fat. This discomfort persisted even during a screening of "Easy A," where Bynes, under the influence of marijuana, found herself unable to tolerate her own appearance to the extent that she concluded she should never act again.

"After watching myself in 'Easy A,' I was high on marijuana, but for some reason, it really started to affect me. I don't know if it was a drug-induced psychosis or what, but it altered my brain in a way different from others. It completely changed my perception of things," she reflected.

Following her decision to retire from acting, Bynes revealed that she became deeply immersed in drug usage, leading her into a dark and sorrowful realm.

In November 2018, Bynes disclosed that she had been sober for nearly four years.

Amanda Bynes’ conservatorship, explained

In 2013, Bynes was placed under a conservatorship overseen by her parents, Lynn and Rick Bynes, following a series of struggles with substance abuse and legal issues.

At the age of 26, Bynes was arrested in April 2012 for misdemeanor DUI after colliding with a police car. Two years later, she pleaded no contest to alcohol-related reckless driving, receiving a sentence of three years of probation and three months of alcohol education classes, as reported by The Associated Press.

In May 2013, Bynes faced another arrest in New York for allegedly discarding a bong out of her window. Charges included tampering with physical evidence, reckless endangerment, and criminal possession of marijuana. However, the case was dismissed several months later.

In July of the same year, she underwent a mental health evaluation after reportedly igniting a fire in a neighbor's driveway in Thousand Oaks, California.

With the backing of her parents, Bynes initiated the process to terminate her conservatorship in February 2022. A judge subsequently ended the conservatorship the following month, as reported by NBC News.

Following the ruling, Bynes released a statement expressing her commitment to improving her health and striving for independence. She also hinted at upcoming projects, including a fragrance line, expressing enthusiasm for the future.

Enrolling in school and personal life

In 2014, Bynes embarked on a new path by enrolling at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles. She dedicated herself to her studies and successfully earned an associate degree in merchandise product development.

In 2019, she proudly shared a photo of herself donning her cap and gown at her FIDM graduation, marking a significant milestone in her journey of personal and academic growth.

In February 2020, Bynes made headlines when she revealed her engagement to a man named Paul Michael. However, their relationship eventually came to an end, with the engagement being called off and the couple parting ways in 2022, as reported by E! News.

Amanda Bynes’ continued health issues

In May 2020, Bynes disclosed that she had undergone a two-month treatment program. Prior to this, her attorney had clarified that she sought treatment for ongoing mental health challenges, refuting speculations about substance abuse issues.

In a now-deleted Instagram post, she shared her progress, mentioning that she focused on developing coping mechanisms to address her social anxiety, which had led her to withdraw from school months earlier. She expressed optimism about her recovery, stating that she was back on track and residing in transitional living while engaging in therapy sessions weekly.

In March 2023, Bynes was placed under a 72-hour psychiatric hold. At the time, her longtime attorney refrained from commenting on the matter to NBC News.

On April 11, a source close to the situation confirmed to NBC News that Bynes had been discharged from a medical facility and was undergoing outpatient care.

Where is Amanda Bynes now?

Bynes has maintained a relatively low profile, occasionally sharing updates with her followers on social media platforms, although she tends to delete posts and videos after sharing them.

In early April, all content from her official Instagram page was removed, and her TikTok account appeared to be scrubbed around the same time.

Before deleting her posts, Bynes mentioned in a 2023 Instagram video that she was collaborating on a podcast. However, she and her co-host, Paul Sieminski, only released one episode before pausing production.

During the same period, she opened up about undergoing plastic surgery on her eyelids in a now-deleted TikTok video.

"I saw a few stories online saying I have a new look. I never talked about this before, but I had blepharoplasty surgery on the skin folds and corners of my eyes so I don't have those skin folds anymore," she explained. Bynes expressed that the surgery had boosted her confidence significantly.

On April 9, 2024, Bynes took to her Instagram story to inform her followers that she had returned to school.

"Since I haven't passed the board exam yet to get my manicurist license, I started back at school to study manicurist theory and to practice doing acrylics before I take the test again so I'll be good to go when I get a job at a nail salon," she wrote in white text against a black background.

In October 2022, Bynes had shared on her Instagram story that she was "in cosmetology college to become a manicurist," as reported by E! News at that time.