Amanda Laura Bynes is an American former actress. After appearing in commercials and in plays, Bynes rose to prominence as a child star in the late 1990s and early 2000s on the Nickelodeon series All That and The Amanda Show. From 2002 to 2006, she starred in the sitcom What I Like About You on The WB. She has also starred in several films, including What a Girl Wants , Shes the Man , Hairspray , Sydney White , and Easy A . In 2012, Bynes announced that she was retiring from acting.
Bynes was born in Thousand Oaks, California, the youngest of three children of Lynn , a dental assistant and office manager, and Rick Bynes, a dentist. Her father is Catholic, and is of Irish, Lithuanian, and Polish descent. Her mother is Jewish . Bynes maternal grandparents are Canadians from Toronto, Ontario.