(USA TODAY) Amanda Bynes seems to makes headlines daily.
She was arrested last week for reckless endangerment and threatened to sue New York police for sexual harrassment. This week, she was said to have been in a trampoline gym in Buffalo, a visit she is now denying. And she's been feuding with stars on Twitter, calling Perez Hilton, Jenny McCarthy, Rihanna, Courtney Love, Jay-Z and model Chrissie Tiegen "ugly."
The inescapable stories are prompting other stars, particularly former child stars, to speak up about Bynes.
- Mara Wilson wrote an essay for Cracked.com: "7 Reasons Child Stars Go Crazy." And the Matilda actress appears on Monday's episode of Katie and tells Katie Couric, "She had so much power; she had so much going on and now she doesn't have that anymore. She doesn't have a steady career anymore. They have that stability when they're young and then they lose it."
- Family Matters star Jaleel White also appears on Katie, saying that trying to reason with Bynes doesn't seem to be the way to go. "She has no clue the train is not on the tracks right now.' He adds, "All I can really do is pray for her, to be quite honest."
- Patty Duke related her battles of mental illness to the struggles of Amanda Bynes and other young actresses in an interview Wednesday on SiriusXM's Frank DeCaro Show, saying, "What's most upsetting to me is that the people or the entities surrounding those young women don't seem to be able to come to their aid as quickly as they are to come to their bank account. ... I got to be all the way to 35 before (my mental illness/manic depression) was diagnosed."
She added, "I don't know that these young women have clinical diagnoses hanging around them, but I do know that there is distortion in a child or a young person who is an actor. With all of the attention - more attention than even you can imagine, and then boom, it stops. That person has to wonder 'What did I do wrong? There must be something wrong with me.' And unfortunately, that can spiral into what we're seeing in some of our young actresses and actors. I pray for them a lot, and I know how lonely it can be at that age to be in a crowd of competitors and not know what the hell is going wrong."
- Courtney Love stopped by SiriusXM's Opie & Anthony show Thursday and talked to SiriusXM hosts Opie Hughes, Anthony Cumia and their co-host comedian Jim Norton.
"I think she likes the word 'ugly' a lot," said Love. "It's like, what's that about? Listen, when I was 14 I was so bloody ugly, and I thought I was Kate Moss. I chased this guy named Mark ... he was the hottest photographer in Portland, around ... I gotta show you guys these pictures, they're so ugly ... I had this big schnozz and I had like blusher on like this, and I'm wearing white gloves and black and white (things) ... and I am like this, making new wave faces and like vogueing and I am so ... homely and I had a gap in my teeth - and I thought I was the hottest thing in the world. And I was 180 pounds."
She went on to say, "So if someone calls me ugly, it sort of rolls off my back because ...it's not about looks, it's about attitude."
And, she added, "Disney kids - they're not educated, look at how she writes. I'm not educated either, but at least I'm autodidactic. At least I try and read Flaubert, do you know what I mean?"
Ann Oldenburg, USA TODAY