April 3, 1986: A baby girl named Amanda Laura is
born to Dr. and Mrs. Rick Bynes of Thousand Oaks, CA. Amanda is the youngest of
the Bynes children; the oldest is brother Thomas, the middle child is sister
1991: Kindergartener Amanda begins her
favorite hobby: drawing. Her parents conspire to keep her from running out of paper.
1993: Amanda makes her first television commercial, for Nestle Buncha
Summer 1993: Rick Bynes enrolls his
daughter Amanda in a comedy camp where she begins to perfect her laughmaking style.
1993-1996: Amanda continues to hone her
craft with personal coaching from Arsenio Hall and Richard Pryor. She adopts Jim
the late Lucille Ball and Tracey Ullman as personal comedy idols.
1995: Distinguishes herself in Ventura County theater with performances as Scout
in "To Kill a Mockingbird", Mary in "The Secret Garden", and
as one of the von Trapp kids in "The Sound of Music".
Summer 1996: While visiting the Laugh Factory in Los
Angeles, "All That" producer and former "Head of the Class" star Brian
Robbins sees Amanda Bynes doing a standup routine and getting laughs. Within months, the
young girl is signed to begin appearing on Nickelodeon's "All That", a series
Robbins produces in association with his old "Head of the Class" buddy, Dan
1996: Amid large fanfare, Amanda Bynes is introduced on "All That". With her
very first episode, her comic sensibility is forged as the sweet little girl who has the
capability to shock you. Within three episodes, the ten-year-old begins two
characterizations that become show favorites: Ashley, a less-than-sensitive advice
columnist, and Captain Tantrum, leader of the crew on the USS Spaceship. Her "All
That" character portfolio bulges before her participation in the series ends,
including characters such as the one and only Lucille Ball, "What-Everrrr!" star
Gina, strange little girl Megan Marples, new-age artiste Sky and teen sensation Jiffy
February 17, 1997: A fan posts a message
to alt.tv.nickelodeon asking where to find pictures of Amanda Bynes. It's the first
acknowledgement of Amanda by a fan on the Internet.
1997: "So if you wanna guess along with the panel, cover your ears and close your eyes." Nickelodeon tapes
its first episodes of a new panel show for kids called "Figure It Out". By the
sixth episode, Amanda Bynes becomes more or less a regular panelist on the show. The show
is an instant smash and gives Amanda a new fan base. The series was the first time the
real Amanda was seen by the public, and the double exposure gives her fans a
different view of her -- away from the scripts and costumes of "All
April 19, 1997: Amanda Bynes makes her
first appearance as a presenter on Nickelodeons Kids Choice Awards.
July 7, 1997: "Figure It Out" debuts on Nickelodeon. As is the case
with most of their shows, they show one of the strongest early efforts first:
Episode #109, which was Amanda Bynes' fourth episode. She shared panelist duties
with Danny Tamberelli, Lori Beth Denberg and Moira Quirk.
October 29, 1997: Eleven-year-old Amanda
is nominated for a CableACE award for her work on All That. One of Amanda's
comedy heroes, Tracey Ullman, is nominated, but it's Sandra Oh (Rita on
"Arli$$") who takes home the Ace. This was the final CableACE ceremony.
April 1998: A
new season of "Figure It Out" airs, with Amanda contributing to 12 of the
season's 40 episodes.
October 17, 1998: Amanda appears on
Nickelodeons Big Help-A-Thon. She appears as a cohost for all eight hours
of the show along with Phil Moore and many guest stars. The highlight of the show is
Amanda being levitated by magician Lance Burton.
Fall 1998: Nickelodeon commissions a
pilot for "The Amanda Bynes Show", which would be a spinoff show from "All
That" in which twin cousins, one a Hollywood actress and the other a farm girl, would
meet and compare lifestyles.
March 1, 1999: Amanda Bynes appears in a
series of vignettes airing on the new Nickelodeon Games and Sports Network where she
trains to be a vendor for the Boston Red Sox. She interviews many Red Sox and Yankee
players in these entertaining videos.
March 6, 1999: All That
telecasts its 100th episode live. Amanda's main contributions to the show are a
segment of "What-everrrr" and a "Fax Ashley" segment.
May 1999: Nickelodeon announces that
"The Amanda Bynes Show" will be on Nick's fall schedule.
May 18, 1999: Appears on "The Howie
June 1999: HBO's comedy series "Arli$$",
produced by Tollin/Robbins Productions, airs a new episode called "Our Past, Our
Present, Our Future". In it, a superstar ice skater played by Amanda Bynes learns
that her parents are spending her money. It's the first time Amanda has appeared in an
July 27, 1999: Amanda starts taping 19
segments of what will be the final season of "Figure It Out". She racks up 52
appearances on the show, making her one of the five most prolific panelists in show
Summer 1999: "The Amanda Show"
becomes the new title of the Amanda Solo Project, and the format changes to that of a
tightly-structured variety show (critics unanimously compare it to The Carol Burnett
Show) which would spotlight musical guests, such as "All That" did.
Production begins at the Paramount studios, with many of the "All That" staff on
in the same high places, most notably Dan Schneider.
Summer 1999: Amanda hits the road with
castmates including Nick Cannon, Danny Tamberelli and Josh Server for the "All That
Music and More Tour 1999".
October, 1999: Roughly a week before the
debut of "The Amanda Show", Nickelodeon launches a companion website called Amanda Please!, ostensibly written by Penelope
Taynt, a recurring character played by Amanda on the show. The site is a wonderful archive
of photos and multimedia centered around the show.
October 25, 1999: Amanda Bynes appears on the cover
of TV Guide Ultimate Cable, the large-format version of the magazine. Though its
distribution is limited, it's Amanda's first national magazine cover.
October 16, 1999:
"The Amanda Show" makes its debut on Nickelodeon, making 13-year-old Amanda
Bynes the youngest person to host a weekly network comedy-variety show. Introduced are
long-running characters Penelope Taynt, Judge Trudy, and The Klutzes. Taynt, an obsessed
fan, becomes the show's calling card character, appearing every week in her never-ending
quest to meet Amanda. Throughout the season, more characters are added, such as Babs
Wrestleberg, Blini Blokey of Blockblister Video, Lulamae the Hillbilly, and Doreen the
Dooper Girl. Amanda's crew assembles a supporting cast with teens Drake Bell (The
Jack Bull) and Raquel Lee (from Nike WNBA commercials), and adults Nancy Sullivan (Game Show Network) and John
Kassir ("Tales from the Crypt"). Musical artists LFO and Vitamin C appear, and
Andrew Keegan makes a memorable cameo appearance.
October 30, 1999: One of
"The Amanda Show"s
recurring blackouts, "Hillbilly Moment", is introduced.
December 31, 1999: Along with Kenan
Thompson, Amanda Bynes is a host for Nickelodeon's Nickelennium celebration.
January 22, 2000: To inaugurate the new Double
Dare 2000, Amanda and most of her cast play against the cast of 100 Deeds for
Eddie McDowd. Amanda's crew wins but does not complete the Slopstacle course. Amanda
is especially charming as the big baby in the high chair.
February 7, 2000: The Amanda
Show team returns to "Double Dare 2000" to challenge a team of Snow
Day actors, including future Amanda Show star Josh Peck. Snow Day wins
when Amanda and company cannot convert a Triple Dare Challenge.
March 14, 2000: Appears on Donny
March 22, 2000: Amanda Bynes is named
national spokesperson for Nickelodeon's "The Big Help".
April 2000: Amanda Show ends
its first season of 13 episodes.
April 15, 2000: Beating a field including
Jennifer Love Hewitt and Melissa Joan Hart, Amanda Bynes is the winner of the 2000
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award for favorite TV actress.
Summer 2000: A promotional magazine
distributed only in the Los Angeles area, "Creative Child", features an
interview with Amanda Bynes and a gorgeous full-page photo of a barefoot Amanda swinging
on a rope next to a treehouse. The magazine becomes a highly-sought-after collector's
Amanda Bynes tapes the intro for an episode of the Noggin series "A Walk In Your
Shoes" where a Jewish girl and a Catholic girl trade places. The show also features
Amanda regular Drake Bell providing his insights. The episode is cut
down to a half hour in 2002, eliminating Amanda's appearance.
October 2000: Rumpus.com, a purveyor of online cartoons, debuts a new
feature toon called "The Day I Saved America", in which Amanda lends her
voice to a young girl who helps George Washington become the first President of the United
2000: "The Amanda Show" starts Season 2 with a new segment called "Moody's
Point", a sendup of teen soap operas. In it Amanda plays Moody Fallon, a girl whose
life needs direction and guidance from her well-meaning father after her mother is lost in
a hot-air balloon. She gets it from girlfriends Brie and Misty, and potential beaux
Spaulding and Sternum. Other new wrinkles are spoofs of "The Sopranos" and
"Survivor", and "Amanda's Jacuzzi", where Amanda interviews famous
historical figures while seated in a jacuzzi. Handpainted tops and blue jeans give way to
a more glamorous onstage wardrobe, full of beautiful party dresses, halters and hip
huggers. Raquel Lee and John Kassir are gone, and Josh Peck (Snow Day") is
introduced as a regular during the season.
October 13, 2000: But is it art? In the
category Short Comedy, an episode of The Amanda Show is exhibited
at the Burbank International Childrens Film Festival.
November 2000: A new Amanda website makes a splashy
debut: her own. www.amandabynes.com is
distinctive as being the only official Amanda site. On the site she chooses to pay tribute
to her many "Amanda Show" coworkers, folks she's met at premieres and
gatherings, and friends and family. Galleries of her original fashion artwork provide an
intensely personal glimpse into her life. In time, she adds a page where she answers
writers' e-mail queries.
November 4, 2000: Amanda Bynes'
final "All That" as a regular cast member airs. She contributes a brief bit
in the green room open and an "Ask Ashley" segment.
November 19, 2000: Appears with Nick
Cannon at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, CA to host TJ Martell Foundation's Bogart
Backstage: On Tour for a Cure.
November 2000: Universal Pictures announces its first actors for a film in
development called "Lost and Found", a screenplay by Dan Schneider
concerning a young boy given to lying who travels cross-country to regain a
script stolen by an unscrupulous producer. They announce Frankie Muniz as the
movie's star, and Amanda Bynes as co-star -- marking Amanda's movie debut.
January 2001: Amanda finishes taping the
second season of "The Amanda Show" after spending the holidays in Hawaii with
January 19, 2001: Appears on Rosie
February 2001: Tapes a segment of the new
WB Saturday morning series "The Nightmare Room", based on the series of scary R.
L. Stine teen books.
March 17, 2001: Kathie Lee Gifford turns
in a manic comedic performance on "The Amanda Show" as ventriloquist Princess
Whiff, who Penelope enlists in order to get her closer to Amanda.
March, 2001: Amanda begins principal photography on her first film, now known as
Play". Rookie director Shawn Levy is at the helm.
April, 2001: Amanda appears at the
premiere of "Josie and the Pussycats" in Los Angeles. It's her first public
appearance in about three months, and we get the first look at her new shorter, more
April 21, 2001.
Amanda Bynes wins her second consecutive Kids Choice Award as Favorite TV Actress. She
exhorts her young fans to keep following their dreams. The next day on her website, she
thanks her fans and says, "Every time I meet a fan and they tell me about their
favorite skit or episode, I am genuinely touched."
April 2001: A one-shot magazine,
"All About You", sports an Amanda Bynes cover.
June 2001: Principal production is
finished on Amanda's first major feature film, now called "Big Fat Liar".
June 2001: Nickelodeon announces it will
have an all-new cast for the fall season of "All That", effectively and
officially ending Amanda's association with the show.
July-August, 2001: Amanda begins a period of high
public visibility with her appearances at the premieres of "The Princess
Diaries" and two Tollin/Robbins baseball films..."Summer Catch" and
August 31, 2001:
appears on the premiere episode of "The Nightmare Room". Her episode,
"Don't Forget Me!", is about Danielle Warner, who learns something disturbing
about the basement of her new house.
September 9, 2001: "The Amanda
Show" begins a run on TEENick, the Sunday night teen fare block on Nickelodeon.
During September there are two "Amanda-thons" featuring five different episodes
of the show.
September 11, 2001: After the horrific tragedies in New York City on this date, Amanda
posts on her official site that "we are no longer people who can come and go as we
please". Her reluctance to fly after the World Trade Center tragedy results in the
cancellation of a public appearance in Virginia.
26, 2001: Amanda Bynes appears on the hour-long season premiere of "The Drew Carey
Show". The show, promoted as a "back to school" special, features Amanda in
four different sketches, but as nothing more than a featured player. The show as a whole
suffers large second-half tuneout and does no better than 53rd in the ratings.
October 3, 2001: Variety reports that a
new sitcom starring Amanda Bynes is being developed by the WB Network for possible
placement on the 2002-2003 schedule. The proposed series, featuring Amanda and her sister
sharing an apartment, would be created by "Amanda Show" architect Dan Schneider
and co-written by "Friends" executive producer and writer Wil Calhoun.
November 11, 2001: Appears for the second year of "Bogart Backstage: On Tour for a
Cure", introduces musical guest Aaron Carter.
November 2001: The promotion of "Big Fat Liar" begins in earnest
as Universal Studios opens its official site, and releases promotional posters. They
announce a release date of February 8.
November 30, 2001: Appears at an opening-night party for Club One Seven, a combination
boutique/teen club in Hollywood.
December, 2001: Nickelodeon revises their SNICK strategy for its new season, which begins
on January 19, and "The Amanda Show" returns to the schedule, airing at 8:30PM,
after the new "All That". "Taina" also airs, and the two most talented
NICK girls displace "Brothers Garcia" and "100 Deeds for Eddie
January 2002: Nickelodeon institutes a new U-Pick competition weekdays during "Slime
Time Live", which includes voting for "The Amanda Show" and "All
That". Amanda quickly establishes herself as a favorite, winning nearly every time
her show is nominated. The promotion runs up until the Friday before Memorial
January 19, 2002: Amanda Bynes returns to SNICK as the hostess of "The Amanda
Show" with a new season of shows produced in the fall and winter of 2000. On the same date, a
new cast begins work on "All That", a show on which Amanda will make a guest
appearance later in the season.
February 8, 2002: "Big FAT Liar" opens to mixed reviews. Even some reviewers who
didn't like the film as a whole single out Amanda Bynes' performance as Kaylee. The film
makes $11.7 million in its first weekend, finishing second to "Collateral
Damage", and eventually outgrosses both of its weekend competitors,
"Damage" and "Rollerball". The film winds up grossing $47,811,275
in its nine-week run, a very nice surprise windfall for Universal, who only spent $15,000,000 making
the film. "Big Fat Liar", percentage-wise, was the third most
profitable movie based on costs released in 2003
(behind "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" and
February 2, 2002: Appears at the premiere
of "Big FAT Liar" with the entire film cast, screenwriter Dan Schneider, and
director Shawn Levy.
February 7-8, 2002: Appears in two pretaped "Slime Time Live" programs with
Frankie Muniz to promote "Big FAT Liar".
February 8, 2002: In an article, the Los Angeles Times reports that whatever the result of
Amanda's WB pilot, this will be the last season for "The Amanda Show".
February 8, 2002: Makes a cameo appearance on a special "Slime Time Live" airing
of "The Nick Cannon Show" titled "Nick Takes Over Hollywood".
March 2, 2002: Appears at the Writers Guild of America awards ceremony.
March 4, 2002: "The Amanda Show" begins airing in Canada on the Family Channel.
March 5, 2002: Amanda Bynes receives a third nomination for a Kids' Choice Award for
Favorite TV Actress, against Jennifer Aniston, Hilary Duff, and Melissa Joan Hart. The
awards will air live on April 20th on Nickelodeon, hosted by Rosie O'Donnell.
March 20, 2002: Jennie Garth, a ten-season veteran of "Beverly Hills
90210", gets the role of Amanda's older sister in her WB comedy
pilot, which will tape on April 9. The previous week saw the signing of the
other two series regulars, Simon Rex and Wesley Jonathan.
April 6, 2002: Amanda Bynes' guest appearance on "All
That" airs. On the episode she's trailed by Penelope Taynt yet again (and
chased by her perennial nemesis Barney), and appears on
the talk show "Sugar and Coffee". Also making an appearance is that screeching
advice columnist, Ashley.
April 20, 2002: Three-peat! Amanda Bynes wins the 2002 Kids' Choice Award for
Favorite TV Actress in ceremonies held in Santa Monica.
April 9, 2002: Amanda tapes the WB project pilot.
April 18, 2002: Amanda Bynes is reported as being in final negotiations to star
in her second movie, her first as a top-billed performer. The film, with the
tentative title "American Girl", is a coming-of-age piece directed by Dennie Gordon
May 2002: "The Day I Saved America" premieres on Showtime 2.
May 6, 2002: In an unprecedented move, the WB announces a 13-week commitment for
the soon-to-be-announced WB drama series "Everwood" and the hiring of
writers for the Amanda Bynes sitcom pilot, which later in the week will be given
the title "What I Like About You".
May 14, 2002: Amanda
Bynes' fourth television series and her first situation comedy, "What I
Like About You", is announced on the WB Fall 2002 schedule, Friday nights
at 8:30 PM, and is also given a 13-episode commitment. Amanda appears at both the
afterparties for the WB and Fox schedule announcements in New York City, marking
her first visit there since January 2001.
Late May, 2002: Immediately after the upfronts, Amanda Bynes jets to England to
begin filming "American Girl" (working title). She plays a girl named Daphne who
travels to England to meet the father she never knew. The film has a cast including Kelly
Preston (who films her scenes rather quickly then leaves), Colin Firth and Jonathan
June 2002: Amanda lends her voice and sparkle to a new
online video, reading the 1994 children's book "The Night I
Followed the Dog" by Nina Laden. The clip is part of the Screen
Actors Guild Foundation's new "Storyline Online" program, an
extension of their popular "BookPals" program.
July 28, 2002: Accompanies Colin Firth and Kelly Preston to one of England's
most prestigious sporting events, the Cartier International Polo Matches. (Picture
June 2002: Amanda promotes "Big Fat Liar" in England with an
appearance at London's Planet Hollywood.
June 28, 2002: "Big Fat Liar" opens in England and ranks
fourth in weekend box office with just over 400,000 pounds, behind "Spider-Man", "Murder by Numbers" and "Star
Wars Episode II". It bests fellow debuters "Birthday
Girl" and "Rollerball".
August, 2002: Wraps "American Girl" and returns to the United States
in order to start work on "What I Like About You".
August 19, 2002: Amanda's most recent "All That" episodes are set to begin airing
August 20, 2002: Amanda Bynes' first appearance on DVD is out: "The
September 20, 2002: "What I Like About You" premieres, riding a wave
of mostly positive reviews (and as with "Big Fat Liar", even
the negative reviews gave points to Amanda).
August 23, 2002: JC Chasez of the group 'NSYNC tapes a cameo appearance on the
third episode of "What I Like About You", a possible hint of the
show's star power.
September 17, 2002: Amanda's first episode of "Rugrats", titled
"Happy Taffy", premieres in Australia.
September 21, 2002: Amanda Bynes, Nicktoon Star: the US debuts her first
episode of "Rugrats".
September 24, 2002: "Big Fat Liar" is released on
VHS and DVD. The DVD features an raft of extra features, tied together by full-motion
interactive menus featuring Amanda
Bynes. DVD critics hail the film's transfer and detail but bemoan the fact that
it's full-frame rather then widescreen.
September 27, 2002: "What I Like About You" premieres in Canada on YTV.
In America, the episode "Spa Day" features a landmark mess for the
former "Figure It Out" junior slime queen: she takes two fully-clothed
dunks in a beauty mud bath.
October 4, 2002: Warner Bros. pictures renames "American Girl" to
"London Calling" and sets a release date of January 31, 2002.
October 13, 2002: Amanda appears at the Farm Fresh Supermarkets Extravaganza in
Hampton, Virginia. This was the appearance Amanda cancelled last year due to the
world climate at that time last year.
October 31, 2002: Another change for Amanda's second film: the new title is
"What a Girl Wants", and the new release date is March 7.
December 2003: Paramount Home Video announces a March
18th release date for "Charlotte's Web 2: Wilbur's Great
Adventure", a full-length direct-to-video movie produced by the
Nickelodeon Animation Studios. Wilbur the pig attempts to save his new
lamb friend Cardigan, with the help of a trio of teen spiders
(Charlotte's daughters) led by Nellie, voiced by Amanda Bynes.
November 8, 2002: "Big Fat Liar" begins a lengthy run on InDemand
November 14, 2002: The official site for "What a Girl Wants" opens.
November 15, 2002: The trailer for "What a Girl Wants" premieres,
being shown before "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets".
November 29, 2002: "What I Like About You" premieres in Latin America
on WBTV (Warner Channel).
December 2003: More voice work for Amanda Bynes as she records dialogue
for four episodes of Nickelodeon's new fall series "All Grown
Up". In this continuation of "Rugrats" she will again
play Lulu's niece, Taffy.
December 20, 2003: "What a Girl Wants" changes release dates
yet again, to April 4.
January 1, 2003: The Starz! premium cable service announces that
"Big Fat Liar" will premiere on the network on February 1,
2003, and will play 14 times throughout the month.
January 6, 2003: "Big Fat Liar" is released on DVD in the UK.
February 14, 2003: Amanda Bynes is nominated for two Kids Choice Awards,
for Favorite TV Actress and Favorite Movie Actress.
27, 2003: Amanda Bynes begins her part of the promotion
of "What a Girl Wants" with a stunning
appearance at the "What a Girl Wants"
premiere. In a low-cut black dress, she was certainly
the center of attention -- and nobody's "little
girl" anymore. Film stars Kelly Preston and Oliver
James accompanied her, and guests included her
"What I Like About You" crony Jennie
Garth. While all this is going on, controversy
swirls around her as the promotional art is altered to eliminate
Amanda's peace sign in light of recent flaps involving anti-war
sympathizer Susan Sarandon.
March 29, 2003: Selected theaters get a sneak preview of
"What a Girl Wants".
March 31, 2003: For the first time in Nick US history,
"The Amanda Show" gets a weeknight slot as it
airs Monday-Thursday at 8:30PM.
April 1, 2003: Amanda begins a promotional blitz unlike
any she has ever done, appearing on "Caroline
Rhea" and "U-Pick Live", with an
appearance on "Total Request Live" the next
day and "Craig Kilborn" still in the offing on
April 11 and "Wayne Brady" on April 15.
April 2, 2003: Amanda appears at a Rainforest Alliance
benefit screening of "What a Girl Wants" in
New York with movie co-stars Oliver James and Ben
April 3, 2003: "What a Girl Wants" opens in
Australia and New Zealand.
April 4, 2003: "What a Girl Wants" opens in
the USA and Canada.
April 4-6, 2003: "What a Girl Wants" makes $11.4M on its first
12, 2003. Amanda Bynes adds two to her growing total of
Kids' Choice Awards as she wins for Favorite TV Actress
and Favorite Movie Actress. She's one of the night's
biggest winners, as the only other performer to take
home two that night was Adam Sandler.
April 28, 2003: After a week in the Bahamas to have fun
and get wet, Amanda makes an appearance at the premiere of
"X2: X-Men United".
May 7, 2003: Attends the "Matrix: Reloaded"
May 12, 2003: Appears on "TRL" again as a
May 13, 2003: The WB announces that "What I Like
About You" will be on the WB Fall Schedule,
starting its second season in September on Thursday
nights at 9PM. At the upfronts, Amanda addresses the
advertisers and media, promising them that next year the
show would make more of an effort to concentrate on the
relationship between the two sisters.
May 14, 2003: Amanda Bynes is named as a presenter for
the 2003 MTV Movie Awards. The show will tape on May 31,
and be aired on MTV on June 6.
May 15, 2003. One of Amanda's idols, Jim Carrey, appears
with her on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno".