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In the past week, the name of Amanda Bynes returned to the headlines in a negative context, similar to the headlines about her in the last decade.
The one who started her life as a child-star who conquered television and cinema, earned millions and spent time with everyone in Hollywood, was found wandering naked on the streets of Los Angeles, before being taken to a psychiatric hospital.
Baines' fall was slow, publicized and shocking.
Like a train hurtling towards a wall, it was clear that the promising star was on a direct crash course and we had nothing to do but watch the horror broadcast live.
So what happened to her?
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Amanda Baines was born in 1986, the third child of her parents who practiced dentistry.
Already when she was three years old, she began memorizing the lines from a play her older sister was participating in at her school.
The parents realized that Amanda had potential, and she signed with the agency when she was seven years old.
After showing exceptional talent in acting workshops, starring in commercials and musicals, she successfully auditioned for a Nickelodeon series and became the star of "All That" at the age of ten.
Three years later she starred in her own comedy called The Amanda Show.
In an interview she gave to Paper magazine, Bynes told about the plans: "It was like a dream come true."
Derek Bell, who played alongside her, said that she was a great actress: "Everything comes to her completely naturally."
The money started flowing into the bank account of the Baynes family and according to various estimates, Amanda earned between two and three million dollars a year even before she turned 14.
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The next step was beyond the big league: Hollywood.
She starred in a number of films that were successful at the box office, one of the most memorable of which is the film "She Has Eggs".
Baines was 20 years old when the film came out and later said that participating in it led her to a deep depression.
"I was in a depression that lasted between four and six months. I played a boy, the costumes and make-up distorted my appearance. It was an out-of-body experience and I fell into an unhealthy spiral."
Not long after that, Bynes developed an addiction to the pills and in 2010 announced she was taking time off from playing.
In fact, it was the sign of the beginning of the decline and the end of her career.
"I worked all my life and suddenly I was left with a terrible Rick," she said in an interview.
"I had nothing in my life but free time."
This led her to start using illegal substances and after two years the entanglements with the law began: Bynes was arrested time and time again on charges that included driving under the influence of alcohol, possession and possession of drugs.
When police arrived at her apartment, she threw a bang out of the 36th floor window.
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To alleviate the boredom, Bynes decided to open a Twitter account.
Over time, her tweets became particularly dark and bizarre.
Among other things, she wrote to President Barack Obama that he should fire the police officers who arrested her when she was driving under the influence of alcohol.
In 2013 she was admitted to a psychiatric hospital and her parents asked to become guardians of her and her property.
A few months later, Bynes accused her father of sexually abusing her.
After her parents denied the things in the media, Amanda went back on her words on Twitter, blaming the "microchip that was implanted in my brain, making me say these things."
She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, began receiving medication and went through rehab.
Bynes started studying fashion design in college and graduated.
She said that rehab and mental stability are her top priorities, apologized for the things she said and admitted that she got off, thanks to them she was four years sober.
For a moment, fans hoped that she would return, either to the world of acting or in a new incarnation as a fashion designer.
So they hoped.
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In 2020, Bynes uploaded a photo to her Instagram account and announced that she was engaged to
, whom she had met a few months before in another rehab.
A few weeks later, Amanda shared an ultrasound photo on social media and wrote that she was expecting a boy.
Her lawyer was interviewed by E!
and said "Amanda is not expecting a child. She is in a place where she is protected."
If you thought the love story ended happily ever after, you are in the wrong section.
The couple separated, and after a relatively quiet period it was reported that the guardianship that her parents had received over her was terminated.
Bynes returned to an independent life and this week, as mentioned, she was hospitalized after another psychotic episode.
Her ex-fiancé said she stopped taking her pills and called her "crazy."
But Baynes is not crazy, but one of countless child stars who have become unstable adults.
We'd like to think this story will have a happy ending, but we know it won't happen anymore.