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Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 06/21/2010

Amanda Bynes: Is her retirement real?

By Jen Chaney

Amanda Bynes last year, clearly looking much like a retiree. (AP)

Amanda Bynes is retiring. That's right, she's cashing in her 401(k) and getting ready to move to a lovely planned community in Palm Springs, where she'll spend the rest of her days collecting Social Security payments, getting daily pedicures and playing mahjong with other former cast members of Nickelodeon shows.

Actually, the actress -- who is only 24, and will probably never see a Social Security payment in her life since the whole system will be defunct by the time she really hits retirement age -- is merely retiring from acting. She made the announcement over the weekend on Twitter, via a series of several appropriately succinct Tweets.

If I don't love something anymore I stop doing it
7:47 AM Jun 19th via web

I don't love acting anymore so I've stopped doing it
7:48 AM Jun 19th via web

I know 24 is a young age to retire but you heard it here first I've #retired
7:50 AM Jun 19th via web

This is where we are, ladies and gentlemen. Our resignation letters now require hash tags.

Bynes hasn't had the highest profile of late. After her starring role on Nickelodeon's "The Amanda Show," she broke into movies and found success in films like "Sydney White" and "Hairspray," as well as subsequent TV fare, like the sitcom "What I Like About You." Her allegedly last film, The "Scarlet Letter"-inspired "Easy A," comes out in September.

Understandably, some are reacting with skepticism and a bit of snark to this news. ("Is Amanda Bynes retiring from acting so she can spend more time doing Maxim cover shoots? Because, I'd be ok with that," noted DorkusMaximum1 in a comment on Celebritology earlier this morning.) Bynes is only 24. Can she really be set on retiring, or is this a publicity stunt?

To put some perspective on this, let's look at some other actors who recently suggested (at least allegedly) that they might hang up their Hollywood shoes and see how many actually followed through on that promise.

Viggo Mortensen: While doing the promotional rounds for "The Road" last year, news broke that Viggo Mortensen might retire from acting. When I asked him about that at the Toronto Film Festival, he said his comments had been blown out of proportion and that he didn't necessarily plan to leave the business.

Outcome: Mortensen is very much still acting; he's currently shooting "A Dangerous Method," a film that casts him as Sigmund Freud and reteams him with frequent collaborator David Cronenberg.

Joaquin Phoenix: In a move that goes down in the Hall of Fame of Hollywood Weirdness, Joaquin Phoenix mumbled his plans to retire from acting during a 2008 E! interview, then began to pursue a career in rap and behaving bizarrely on "The Late Show With David Letterman." Casey Affleck has made a documentary about Phoenix's alleged professional left turn, which still seems like some sort of Andy Kaufman-esque experiment.

Outcome: Phoenix still hasn't taken on any new movie projects. But we're withholding true-or-false judgments until we see that documentary.

Robert Pattinson: It's hard out here for a vamp. That's why Robert Pattinson implied last year that, perhaps, he might retire from acting in 2010, a decision clearly brought on by a rare condition known as Edward Cullen Fatigue.

Outcome: The guy hasn't retired at all. He's currently shooting "Water for Elephants," which could be a breakthrough serious role for him. And he's got two more "Twilights" to go, with "Breaking Dawn" slated to be shot as two separate films. He does, however, still appear to be suffering from a mild form of ECF.

Leonard Nimoy: Mr. Spock announced officially in April that he is retiring from acting after 60 years in the business.

Outcome: After 60 years (and at age 79), Nimoy more than deserves to take it easy. It appears he's definitely done, even if that does distress a good many fans of "Star Trek," as well as "Fringe."

With this data now collected, do you think Bynes is serious or just blowing Twitter smoke? Weigh in with a comment.

By Jen Chaney  | June 21, 2010; 12:01 PM ET
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Seems to me Alec Baldwin has announced his retirement several times recently, although he hasn't quite followed through on it yet.

Posted by: justmike | June 21, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

I'm inclined to cut Bynes some slack. She's still young, so might relish trying other pursuits in life (e.g., higher education) for a change. Then if she still decides she wants to return to acting after a while, fine.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | June 21, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Who is Amanda Bynes?

Posted by: Californian11 | June 21, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

I think Amanda's last remaining tween fan just burst into tears. Oh wait, sorry, no - that was just the toilet being flushed.

Posted by: kbockl | June 21, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

I thought Amanda was a lovely, funny and smart breath of fresh air among a whole bunch of trashy young "stars." Unfortunately, she never got much publicity for having some smarts and class besides being young and cute, talented and funny. Instead endless air time, print, pictures, etc., are devoted to the trashy behavior of Lindsay, Paris, the Kardasians, etc. What a shame. But on the other hand I understand that Amanda is extremely bright and should probably take time off, if not retire for good, to finish college and grad school. Hope she is happy and successful in all that she does. Seems like a nice kid with good sense, smarts, talent and class.

Posted by: Marlo4 | June 21, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Better to recognize that she needs to transition to another career than to undertake a series of desperate, poorly considered projects/publicity stunts.

If she takes the Ron Howard/Danica McKellar route she'll be much happer than the legions of former child stars who tried to hang on to life in front of the camera (hint, hint Miley). Of course, this assumes she CAN do something else.

Posted by: DCLocal20 | June 21, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't "Brangelina" always (self-righteously)let us know they are really getting out of Hollywood and leaving the whole show-bid-niz to pursue worldly humanitarian efforts ?

Guess maybe the UN doesn't pay enough to keep the clan in french castles and private jets !

Posted by: mypostID61 | June 21, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Who the heck is Amanda Bynes? I guess I won't miss her then. Oh well.

Posted by: martintomsal | June 21, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

You never know; she may stay gone like Kristy McNichol did. Or she may magically reappear like Jodie Foster did.

Posted by: BattleOffSamar | June 21, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Is this silliness really a part of "The Washington Post?"

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | June 21, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Amanda Bynes?

Heather Graham?

Hilary Duff?

Miley Cyrus?

Aren't they all just disposable blondes who strut and fret their moments on the stage, and then they are no more?

Posted by: bs2004 | June 21, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

I remember way back in the day, Mr. T said he was going to retire after he was in the biz for 5 years. Looking at his bio on, he did not go through with it.

Posted by: JLRGG | June 21, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

I thought she stopped acting when she was 12. All I've seen since then is mugging.

Posted by: groundhogdayguy | June 21, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

And in your reporting on this retirement you HAD to choose the one quote that paints some 24-year-old as just another piece of ass? Really? There weren't any non-Maxim comments?

Funny how you didn't see fit to paint any of your male "actors" as objects. And here I thought this was the Washington Post, not the NY Post.

Posted by: samanthasam | June 21, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Hey look, Jen used my quote from this morning! I feel special now.

Posted by: DorkusMaximus1 | June 21, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Elvis' co-star Dolores Hart retired to become a nun. Last I read, she's now a Mother Superior at a Connecticut convent.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | June 21, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Nimoy had indeed stated that back in April. However, in Fringe's youtube promotion of 3rd season, (time mark 0:49-1:00), he intimates that he could return to the series. So, he's not "definitely" done with the series or acting for that matter.

Posted by: khura | June 21, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Wow. This sort of thing really brings out the snark in everyone. What brilliant decisions were you making when you were 24? Nobel v. Pulitzer, was it?

This woman has been acting since she was a young girl, and if she chooses to leave it for awhile/ever, that's her choice. The fact she chose to announce it via Twitter only speaks to her age/demographic.

Posted by: pfallsgirl | June 21, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

"Who is Amanda Bynes?
Posted by: Californian11 | June 21, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse"

a real cutie who co starred with a Beautifull blonde in "what I love about you"

Posted by: DwightCollins | June 21, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

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