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Guys, I think I have this Amanda Bynes thing figured out. Although her behavior has seemed mystifyingly strange lately, what with racking up those endless driving violations and all (I mean, when Lindsay Lohan bags on someone for being a public menace you know the situation's officially gotten out of control), Bynes actually started flying her freak flag more than two years ago.
I'd totally forgotten about this, but Bynes made headlines in June of 2010 when she jumped on Twitter at 3 a.m. to announce that she was done with acting. "I know 24 is a young age to retire," she wrote, "but you heard it here first I've retired."
She "unretired" a whopping 35 days later, and according to some sources, the retirement was all a cover-up for the real reason she wasn't being seen on the big screen: Hollywood was sick of her increasingly bizarre behavior.
According to the Daily Beast, in the spring of 2010, Bynes was kicked out of the Farrelly brothers’ film, Hall Pass. Although Bynes tweeted that she left because of "scheduling conflicts," word on the street says otherwise:
One source said Bynes had acted strangely during the filming—paranoid and fearful. Star Owen Wilson and the Farrellys wanted Bynes to continue in the film if she could get a hold of herself, but nothing changed—the co-directors, the source said, kept the cameras running in between takes to show Bynes' odd behavior in case anyone from her camp decided to sue.
Bynes was named one of People's "25 Hottest Stars Under 25" in 2006, but before her "retirement," she had a number of professional missteps: a failed clothing line, a canned TV pilot, and a movie that went straight to video. And despite the fact that she retired from retiring, she hasn't worked since 2010's Easy A.
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So basically she went from being a hugely popular child star to a young woman who can't find success in Hollywood. Is it any wonder she's been headed straight for a giant meltdown? I'm not saying it's a valid excuse, I'm just saying that based on historical evidence, the odds on her transitioning to adulthood as a healthy, well-adjusted person weren't good.
Who knows what's going to happen next with Amanda Bynes, but based on the reports of her mental instability -- including yesterday's disturbing behavior in a clothing store dressing room -- it sounds like she's headed for a pretty big fall. Here's hoping someone can convince her to get some help before it's too late.
Do you think Amanda Bynes' early fame contributed to her current problems?
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