Millennials feel a crazy nostalgia when they hear the name Amanda Bynes. They remember flocking to Nickelodeon to watch their funny questions answered, and they also remembered to celebrate their performance when they got their own show.
Later generations may not remember her fondly. They are more likely to remember her than the woman who tweeted at Drake to kill her vagina. They had stopped laughing at the characters she portrayed and started laughing at her.
Bynes is further publicly scrutinized for her increasingly erratic behavior. A judge finally put her in a conservatory with her mother. What does this mean for Bynes’ mental health? Does she really have to be in a conservatory?
Rise to fame
Nickelodeon Producer Dan Schneider discovered Amanda Bynes at a crazy young age. Bynes was in a comedy camp at the Los Angeles Laugh Factory. Her Carol Burnett-inspired comedy mixed with her natural charm made her a direct hit.
Their first appearance was in a segment called “Ask Ashley!” on the Hit Show All That. Her popularity fostered her from an ensemble cast to the lead role The Amanda Show. This was only the beginning of Bynes’ success.
Her commercial film success began as she starred in the lead role Big fat liars I have Frankie Muniz. It continued with movies like She is the man, Hairspray, & Simply A. I have Emma Stone. But like many child celebrities, their road to fame would soon become a way of infamy.
2012 marks the beginning of Amanda Bynes’ descent into what some call ‘crazy’ behavior. In April, she was accused of driving under the influence. In May 2013, she was charged with marijuana possession and cautious danger. Against very little punishment, both cases were eventually dropped.
She was placed in a seventy-two hour stop for a mental health assessment after she allegedly burned at a foreign property. While both her parents asked for the conservatory, she was temporarily given to her mother, Lynn Bynes.
Lynn got into Amanda’s conservatory after the actress took to Twitter to accuse her father, Rick, of sexual abuse. She was later diagnosed with bipolar disorder. In August 2018, Lynn’s temporary conservatory was extended until August 2020.
Dad knows best
The general public is no stranger to a former child star adult display of mental instability as they land in a conservatory. In fact, some may argue that the term only came into the public consciousness because of Britney Spears.
In January 2008, a California court placed Britney under the care of her father, Jamie. The Princess of Pop has shown some disturbing behavior. When these behaviors began to involve their children, the conservatory became stricter.
However, the decision eventually turned out to be more detrimental to Britney than helpful. She started accused Jamie of taking advantage of her finances & trying to control her. While he eventually resigned from the role, it left some considerations to be considered for the legitimacy of any conservatory.
Mom knows better
Amanda Bynes is not “crazy” – she fights like so many others. But the courts have seen her as needy because of her increasingly erratic behavior. So, they extended their mother’s role as conservator until the next hearing in March 2023.
Bynes’ situation is similar to that of Spears. She is a child star who achieved ripe success and then ended up with a parent as a conservator after he showed irregular behavior. Unlike the Spears Conservatory, however Dem Bynes’ mother respected her agency as an adult.
In 2018, Bynes earned her Associates of Art Diploma in Merchandise Product Development & announced her intentions to pursue further education. She is currently engaged to Paul Michael, whom she met in Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).
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