Actors who ruined their career in a matter of seconds

Amanda Bynes

Once upon a time, Amanda Bynes was a rising star. But that was a long time ago. The star of The Amanda Show and She’s The Man ran afoul of drugs and alcohol like many child stars before her, but what truly killed her career was her complete and total Twitter meltdown in the weeks after her arrest. It was like a teenager getting fired from McDonald’s for tweeting how much they hated working there, only so much worse.

Her 2012 tweetstorm, as compiled by E! Online, included such claims as how much she wanted rapper Drake to “murder [her] vagina,” a suggestion Drake wisely passed on. She also tweeted Rihanna, taunting that “Chris Brown beat you because you’re not pretty enough.” She called Miley Cyrus and Jay-Z “ugly” and berated herself for being the same. Away from Twitter, she apparently set a driveway (and her own pants) on fire. All this resulted in her being diagnosed with bipolar disorder and twice placed in a psychiatric facility, and her career being placed on ice. Years later, a seemingly reformed Bynes is still trying to regroup and regain her life. She went to Los Angeles’ Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising to learn about clothing lines and claimed she had no real interest in acting. Considering what acting had already done to her, that was probably a wise choice. In June 2017, that wisdom went out the window when she stated she was ready to come back. Let’s hope she can keep it together this time.