Amanda's mug shot. (Splash News)Looks like Amanda Bynes is the latest former child star to fall from grace. The 26-year-old actress who once headlined Nickelodeon's "The Amanda Show" and co-starred with Jennie Garth on sitcom "What I Like About You" has been arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence in West Hollywood, California. The sheriff's department there says it was about 3 a.m. Friday when an L.A. County Sheriff's deputy "was stopped at the intersection of Robertson Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard preparing to turn right onto Santa Monica Boulevard when a black BMW driven by actress Amanda Bynes attempted to pass the right of the radio car, colliding with the right rear quarter panel of the radio car." Although officials report there was only "minor paint transfer to both vehicles," the damage was done: Bynes was taken to jail and released on $5,000 bail mid-morning.
This isn't the first time Bynes has had a brush with the law. Gossip Cop, which first reported the arrest, noted that just last month Bynes was pulled over by talking on her cell phone without using a hands-free device while driving, then sped away from the police officer. TMZ is reporting that its cameras caught Bynes as she "appeared to be extremely intoxicated" while getting behind the wheel as she left Hollywood hot spot Greystone Manor on St. Patrick's Day.
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Bynes as a Nickelodeon star. (Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)Bynes hits the red carpet. (Jordan Strauss/WireImage)
Before any of these incidents, Bynes was raising eyebrows with the candid comments she was espousing in her Twitter feed. You'll remember she briefly retired from acting in June 2010. "Being an actress isn't as fun as it may seem," she wrote. "If I don't love something anymore, I stop doing it. I don't love acting anymore, so I've stopped doing it. I know 24 is a young age to retire ... I've never written the movies and tv shows I've been a part of. I've only acted like the characters the producers or directors wanted me to play." She changed her mind a month later, when she wrote "I've unretired." The former teen queen also posted provocative photos, like one showing her from the waist down and flashing a belly ring.
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After "What I Like About You" ended in 2006, Amanda starred in the 2007 comedy "Sydney White," was part of the ensemble cast of John Travolta's "Hairspray," and played Emma Stone's nemesis in the teen comedy "Easy A." Currently, her IMDb entry lists no new acting projects.
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