Do you know what today is? It’s the glorious anniversary of Amanda Bynes' birth! If you can believe it, the actress-turned-fashion student is turning 28 years old today. And while one year ago we wouldn’t have been in such a celebratory mood, we’ve now only got positive things to look forward to from our girl ‘Manda. Huzzah!
For fans of Amanda’s early career, which spanned from her child star years on All That and The Amanda Show to teen hits like What a Girl Wants and She’s The Man, it was tough to watch the funny gal go through such a dark period in 2012 and 2013. The Amanda we knew was a totally relatable yet gorgeous gal with impeccable comedic timing. But when she started landing DUIs, throwing bongs out of NYC hotel windows, and sending out bizarre Drake-directed tweets, we didn’t know what to think.
Luckily, the young lady got the help she needed after a frightening (though mostly harmless) incident in July 2013 involving a random driveway fire. Following an extended stay in a psychiatric facility, Amanda emerged healthy and happier than ever. She’s stayed away from the Hollywood scene, renewed her relationship with her parents, and enrolled in the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in L.A. — where she’s apparently killing it!
Here’s to you, Mandy! You may have experienced some tough times, but you’ve only come out stronger. Heck, some might even say she’s got a lifetime of knowledge under her belt (zing!). Watch the video above to see how far Amanda’s come!