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How Amanda Bynes went from comedy sensation to a troubled, retired child actress and newly engaged college grad

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  • Amanda Bynes was an influential child actress who rose to stardom in the late 1990s and early 2000s, starring in Nickelodeon comedy shows “All That” and “The Amanda Show.”
  • In 2010, she announced her retirement from acting and made headlines in following years for arrests related to driving under the influence and other substance-related incidents.
  • Bynes opened up in a 2018 interview for Paper Magazine about her mental health and substance abuse, saying at the time that she has been sober for four years and wants to return to acting.
  • Most recently, Bynes announced her engagement on Instagram but has yet to reveal details about her fiancée.
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In her prime, Amanda Bynes was often compared to the generation’s next Lucille Ball or Carol Burnett.

When she was just 13 years old, Bynes hosted and performed sketches on her own series, “The Amanda Show,” on Nickelodeon. She racked up Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards and starred in popular comedy movies throughout the 2000s, from “Big Fat Liar” to “She’s The Man.”

In 2010, Bynes took to Twitter to announce her retirement from acting, and since then, the former child star’s life appeared to take a downward spiral. Bynes has since opened up about how substance abuse led her to erratic behavior and trouble with the law following her retirement from acting.

Here’s how Bynes went from a Hollywood star with a seemingly bright future to a mostly low-profile, retired child actress — who recently announced her engagement to a mystery fiancée.

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