Ugly Betty/Amanda Tanen

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Amanda Tanen
Ugly Betty
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Actor Becki Newton
First Appearance 1x01 - Pilot
Series Billing Series: Billed
Episode Count 23 (through season 1)
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Basic Information

Amanda Tanen is the receptionist at Mode magazine and is one of three individuals who wants to make life a living hell for Betty.

Character History

Amanda is the daughter of an investment banker with a habit for embezzling. She also goes on non-stop eating binges, is not that all that smart, and has a hard time learning the spanish language, using mangled pronounciations like HO-la and Bare-rio. Prior to working at MODE, Amanda was an actress, and appeared as a hostess in a commercial for a Medieval themed restaurant.

While Amanda may torture Betty, she has shown at times to be friendly towards the personal assistant, and eventually gave up her pursuit of going after Betty's job. And like Betty, she too found herself becoming the victim of a prank herself when a rival employee sent her a hobble dress that Amanda thought came from a designer.

She once had the hots for Daniel Meade, Betty's boss, but somehow realized that she is just a one-night stand to Daniel, who forgets who he slept with, including Amanda, who decided to end her pursuit of him. She even had a romantic fling with a closeted straight designer named Tavares, but would end it after he took advantage of her generosity.

In the first season finale "East Side Story", she was trapped in Fey Sommers' secret room ("love dungeon", whom she discovered) with Christina McKinney after which they consequently got drunk and began confessing secrets to each other. Though most of Amanda's revelations initially revolved around her sexcapades, she revealed to Christina that Sommers was a friend of her family and that her father had appealed to Fey for help in getting Amanda a job at MODE after her career as an actress didn't pan out. After Christina uncovers a red safe hidden under a scarf the pair managed to get it open and discover a bunch of photos of Amanda as a child, a diary and a genuine birth certificate, naming Sommers as Amanda's biological mother.

Memorable Moments