A Comprehensive Timeline of Amanda Bynes’ Downfall… and Comeback?
Whatever happened to Amanda Bynes?! The Amanda Show ended its run on Nickelodeon in 2002, but because of the actress’ roller-coaster life, it feels like we’ve been watching one of her zany sketches ever since.
Once famous for her roles on TV (All That, What I Like About You) and in movies (She’s the Man, Hairspray, Easy A), the 31-year-old is now infamous on account of her arrest record and a long string of negative press. It’s not all bad news, though: Amanda is apparently eyeing a comeback! (More on that later.) While we wait for her return to the spotlight, let’s look back at the past seven years.
June 22, 2010: Amanda announces her early retirement, tweeting, “I don’t love acting anymore, so I’ve stopped doing it.” She announces her un-retirement the following month.
March 7, 2012: Amanda drives away from a traffic stop after a Los Angeles Police Department officer pulls her over for talking on her phone.
Amanda in 2012.
April 6, 2012: Amanda tries to pass a cop car and ends up rear-ending it, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. She’s arrested on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence.
April 10, 2012: Amanda crashes a rental car into another vehicle on an LA freeway and flees the scene, according to TMZ.
June 6, 2012: Amanda’s attorney enters a not guilty plea following her DUI arrest. Amanda takes it upon herself to ask the president for help, tweeting, “Hey @BarackObama … I don’t drink. Please fire the cop who arrested me. I also don’t hit and run. The end.”
Aug. 4, 2012: A woman says Amanda rear-ended her vehicle, decided there was no damage, and drove off. She claims there was $800 worth of damage.
Sept. 13, 2012: TMZ runs photos of Amanda smoking from a pipe in her car before driving around LA on a suspended license.
Sept. 16, 2012: Amanda is pulled over for driving with a suspended license. Police issue her a misdemeanor citation.
Amanda in 2013.
Sept. 17, 2012: Amanda locks herself in the dressing room of a West Hollywood clothing store for two hours.
Sept. 26, 2012: Amanda locks herself in the bathroom of an NYC cupcake shop.
Nov. 1, 2012: Amanda threatens to sue In Touch over a report of her walking around an NYC tanning salon naked. “I’m not ‘troubled,'” she told Us Weekly. “I don’t get naked in public. I’m 26, a multimillionaire, retired. Please respect my privacy.”
Feb. 6, 2013: Amanda calls multiple celebrities “ugly” — including Jay Z, Drake, Zac Efron, Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, and the Obamas.
March 21, 2013: After calling him ugly a month prior, Amanda tweets that she wants Drake to “murder [her] vagina.”
May 23, 2013: Amanda is arrested in NYC after allegedly smoking marijuana in her apartment lobby and throwing a glass bong out the window. She claims it was “just a vase” and accuses the arresting officers of sexual harassment. The NYPD later says it didn’t find any evidence of harassment.
July 21, 2013: Amanda is reportedly asked to leave a retirement community near her childhood home in Thousand Oaks, CA, after management accuses her of trespassing while drunk.
July 22, 2013: After starting a fire in the driveway of a neighbor’s home, Amanda is put on a 5150 involuntary psychiatric hold.
Aug. 9, 2013: An LA judge extends Amanda’s involuntary psychiatric hold to 30 days and gives her parents temporary conservatorship.
September 2013: Amanda leaves the UCLA Medical Center and checks into a Malibu rehab center.
December 2013: Amanda enrolls as a student at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, according to TMZ.
June 30, 2014: A judge drops all charges in connection to Amanda’s NYC marijuana bust a year prior.
Sept. 28, 2014: Amanda is arrested on another DUI charge, this time in the San Fernando Valley.
Oct. 1, 2014: TMZ reports the FIDM has kicked Amanda out of its classes after she showed up high and offered classmates money to do her homework.
Amanda in 2014.
Oct. 8, 2014: Security guards at a Barney’s location in NYC bust Amanda for allegedly shoplifting a $200 hat. The store lets her go, but not before making her sign an agreement that she would never come back. Earlier that day, she allegedly tried to shoplift a shirt from a Pookie & Sebastian store.
Oct. 10, 2014: Security guards boot Amanda from NYC’s LaGuardia International Airport after she gets into a shouting match with a ticket agent. That same day, Amanda’s parents have her put on another 5150 involuntary psych hold.
Nov. 15, 2014: TMZ publishes audio recorded by Amanda’s roommate in which the former child star talks about murdering her father, slitting her mother’s wrists, and burning their house down.
Dec. 19, 2014: Amanda tours the University of Southern California and reportedly says she wants to enroll as a psych major.
Oct. 12, 2015: Amanda resumes classes at FIDM.
Feb. 27, 2017: Amanda’s probation for her 2014 DUI case ends.
Dec. 28, 2017: Amanda’s lawyer tells Page Six that she’s finishing her FIDM education and thinking about returning to acting. “In 2018, she looks forward to completing fashion school and dipping her toe back into acting. She has had several offers but is waiting for the right one to come along for a comeback.” We’ll be waiting!