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Lindsay Lohan has had her fair share of Hollywood drama. At just 24, she has been in and out of rehab and courtrooms. Studios will not hire her, and directors will not work with her. Lohan’s life is a perfect example of a Hollywood superstar who has been given too much, too soon. It is difficult to tell exactly what went wrong in the starlet’s life that eventually led her to her current position, today.
In 1998, Lindsay Lohan starred in her first major role “The Parent Trap,” a remake of the 1961 classic, alongside Dennis Quaid and the late Natasha Richardson. Lohan was a hit and earned a three-year contract with Disney.
A few years later, she made headlines for the first time when she dated teen heartthrob Aaron Carter in 2002. This created drama because Carter was also rumored to be dating another Disney superstar, Hilary Duff. Though Lohan claimed that she and Duff had no feud, the tabloids would not let go of the story.
However, this feud did not affect her career because in 2003, Lohan starred in “Freaky Friday,” another remake, this time alongside Jamie Lee Curtis. In the movie, she plays a more rebellious character, and even debuts her first single on the soundtrack. The film proved to be Lohan’s most successful to date, and earned 160 million. She also earned an MTV movie award for breakout artist.
In 2004, Lohan starred in her first relatively unsuccessful film, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen. Though the film was heavily criticized, most people agreed that the actress still had a promising future. Little did she know, Lohan was about to become a teen superstar.
Her most remembered role today, and the one that started her downfall was the comedy written by Saturday Night Live’s Tina Fey, “Mean Girls.” The film sparked the careers of cast mates Rachel McAdams and Amanda Seyfried, and made Lohan untouchable in Hollywood. She earned many awards for her role, and at 17, she even became the youngest person to ever host the MTV movie awards.
Lohan used this spark to launch her singing career. She was signed with Tommy Motolla in December of 2004, and her album “Speak” went platinum. Lohan’s busier-than-ever schedule and constant tabloid rumors took a toll on her, but not as much as the announcement of her parents’ separation. Lohan responded by releasing the single “Confessions of a Broken Heart (Father to Daughter),”which stars her sister in the video and expresses her anger towards her father’s abusive tendencies.
In an attempt to shed her Disney image, Lohan’s next 3 films were independent: “A Prairie Home Companion” with Meryl Streep, “Bobby,” and “Chapter 27.”
2006 was perhaps the year that Lindsay Lohan lost every thing. Her professional behavior was criticized for the first time when she starred in another remake, “Herbie Fully Loaded.” Perhaps this is what caused studios to replace her with other actresses. Later in 2006, she starred in “Just My Luck,” which was her least successful film to date. But her lowest point as an actress was in the summer when Lohan was working on “Georgia Rule” with Jane Fonda. A letter was released criticizing the actress for spending her nights partying with the Kardashians and other Hollywood actors, then showing up late on set and claiming “exhaustion.”
She was also seen with Paris Hilton and Britney Spears during this time, both notorious for being heavy partiers. Lohan was also rumored to be dating British tv actor Calum Best, who was known for his drug use. Finally, during the filming of “I Know Who Killed me,” Lohan checked into rehab for the first time. However, it was an unsuccessful visit and Lohan was arrested again. She got a DUI, went to rehab again, and wore a SCRAM ankle bracelet. Just two weeks after her second departure from rehab, Lohan is arrested yet again for possession of cocaine and a DUI. She attends rehab for the third time.
The next couple of months were not better for Lohan as her film “Labor Pains” went straight to DVD, and her father released voicemails of her and publicly asked her to get help. Just last year, Lohan was expected in court, but she skipped to attend the Cannes film festival. Later that month, she was required to wear the SCRAM bracelet again and comply with other regulations. When she did not cooperate with her terms, Lohan was sentenced to jail for 90 days, resulting in her lawyer quitting the job and yet another stint in rehab. Today, Lohan is under house arrest with the SCRAM bracelet, but hopefully the actress can get the help that she needs.