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Amanda Laura Bynes was born on April 3, 1986 in Thousand Oaks, California. The youngest of three children, she became interested in acting and performing from the very young age of three, when she would say her older sister Jillian's lines with her while she performed in plays. It was from then on that her family and friends knew that she would be a star some day.
Her acting debut was in 1996 when she auditioned for and got the role as a newcomer on "All That." Right away, she became very popular as people enjoyed her acting and skits, especially the "Ask Ashley" skit where she played a little girl running an advice column who would get very angry every time she read a letter.
In 1999, thirteen-year-old Amanda was given her own variety show, "The Amanda Show," in which she starred in all of the skits except "Totally Kyle".
In 2001, she co-starred with Frankie Muniz in "Big Fat Liar" as Kaylee, Jason's friend who helps him prove that he really did write the essay "Big Fat Liar" and regain his father's trust. It was also in 2001 that she began dating Taran Killam, from "The Amanda Show" and "Big Fat Liar," who is four years and two days older than she is. She also won a Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award and, at age fifteen, ended "The Amanda Show."
In 2002, she began co-starring with Jennie Garth in "What I Like About You" as Holly, a 16-year-old girl who moves in with her sister after their father decides to move to Japan. She also celebrated her Sweet Sixteenth birthday and got her drivers license on April 3, 2002.
In 2003, Amanda won two KCA Awards and starred as Daphne, a girl searching for her father in "What a Girl Wants" with Colin Firth and Kelly Preston as her parents. She continued acting in "What I Like About You" and broke up with Taran.
On April 3, 2004, Amanda celebrated her eighteenth birthday on the 17th Annual KCA Awards where we she won an award for best actress for her role in "What a Girl Wants." She graduated from Thousand Oaks High School's independent study program on June 10, 2004 and filmed "Lovewreck" in 2004.