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Happy birthday, Amanda Bynes! Despite making headlines for troubling antics over the past few years, Bynes was previously known as a sitcom star, a sketch expert and a young-adult rom-com boldface. Tracing back to her regular segments on All That, she was one of Nickelodeon’s best exports, on the fast track to becoming one of comedy’s leading ladies — regardless of the medium.
To properly celebrate her birthday, THR looks back at Bynes’ best onscreen moments:
What I Like About You (2002-06)
Bynes showed off her sitcom chops opposite Jennie Garth, Wesley Jonathan, Simon Rex and Leslie Grossman in the Wil Calhoun-Dan Schneider odd-couple series. She played Garth’s younger sister who moves in with her in New York City. The WB show ran for four seasons.
Easy A (2010)
Bynes shined as villainous religious fanatic Marianne — a perfect foil to Emma Stone‘s Olive — in the Will Gluck romantic comedy following a high school girl who pretends to lose her virginity. “Jesus tells us to love everyone — I mean, even the whores and the homosexuals, but it’s just so hard!”
As Penny Pennington, Bynes added the ideal amount of wide-eyed sweetness to Adam Shankman‘s star-studded adaptation of the hit musical. Plus, she can carry a pretty good tune.
All That (1996-2002)
Bynes first broke through on Nickelodeon’s comedy sketch show All That, and of the many characters she played over the years, Ashley from her “Ask Ashley” segment was the best. Each time, she answered innocent advice queries with hilarious rage.
What a Girl Wants (2003)
Bynes put her hilarious and heartwarming stamp on Hollywood’s “fish out of water” trope as an American teenager who reunites with her estranged father (Colin Firth) in England. Kelly Preston, Eileen Atkins and Oliver James also starred in the Dennie Gordon title.
She’s the Man (2006)
Among the many gender-bending roles in film history, Bynes’ turn in Andy Fickman‘s She’s the Man will remain one of the best. Opposite Channing Tatum and David Cross, she played Viola, a girl pretending to be her brother at an all-male academy in order to pursue her dreams of playing soccer.
The Amanda Show (1999-2002)
Bynes played many, many characters while on her own Nickelodeon show — including that of her polite stalker/fan, Penelope. Drake Bell and Josh Peck also appeared throughout the series’ three seasons, which featured segments spoofing Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and Judge Judy.
Happy birthday, Amanda Bynes. Cue the dancing lobsters!
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