It was 1998 and I was 7. Off my family went to the local video store to pick up a movie for my sister and I to watch. What we brought back was a movie starring a freckly red headed girl who nobody expected to see plastered over their weeklies 10 years later for rehab trips and DUIs. The Parent Trap was the beginning of a lifetime of images of this girl that I was about to endure. She captured an audience then, too, as she does now. Though I didn’t know her name, I knew who she was.
Flashforward to 2002 and there she is again, grown up to the age of 16. Immediately, the world recognizes her. Still red haired and freckly, but now tall, lean, and voluptuous. Her first dose of tabloid frenzy is over a relationship with Aaron Carter and a jealous Hilary Duff. Then, Freaky Friday arrives in 2003.
Mean Girls comes out in 2005 and she is catapulted to stardom compared only to the likes of Britney Spears and Ashton Kutcher. She hits newstands every week for dating other stars like Fez from That 70’s Show. Her performaces in Freaky Friday and Mean Girls prove her talent in acting and show that, unlike other young stars, her skill extends far beyond her looks.
The year 2004 begins Lindsay’s downward spiral. During filming of Herbie: Fully Loaded, Lindsay is hospitalized for a kidney infection as well as stress and exhaustion and is accused of “un-disney-like behaviour”. Her career, as well as her personal life, is beginning to take its toll on her mentality.
Between 2004 and 2007 Lindsay’s personal life consists of frequent break-ups and hook-ups, living out of hotels, and re-occuring car accidents to which she doesn’t field the blame. Her physical self undergoes dramatic changes as she loses her signature curves, dies her hair blonde, and undergoes treatment to remove her freckles. There is some speculation of an eating disorder or drug use.
The downward spiral continues with the flop of Lohan’s second album and the lacklustre box office performance of her 2006 film Just My Luck. When I saw this film, the only thing that captured my attention was the strange appearance of Lohan’s face – pale, caved in, weathered.
The Industry becomes impatient with Lindsay in 2006 and 2007 when she frequently arrives late on set after all night parties and is hospitalized again for exhaustion as well as for appendix surgery. Early in 2007, Lindsay checks herself into her first of many rehab stays. All the while, she is busy filming I Know Who Killed Me (another box office disaster). After the completion of that film, it is clear that industry professionals are apprehensive to include Lindsay in their cast, one citing “insurance reasons”.
Her major problems today all began on May 26th, 2007. She is arrested for DUI and re-enters rehab. Not as well known is that when under arrest, the police find a small bag of a powdery white substance in her car. This evidence, however, is thrown out because the police did not have a search warrant. She remains in rehab for 45 days, but just 2 months after her first arrest, Lohan is arrested again for DUI and cocaine possession and again enters rehab.
Following these arrests, Lohans spends 84 minutes in jail, pays fines, and spends 4 years under probation in which she must attend an alcohol education program.
After a few years of an almost non-existent career, Lindsay misses a court hearing in May 2010 and is put on a severe probation, including a SCRAM bracelet, weekly drug tests, and alchohol education classes. However, by June it is deemed that Lohan failed to fulfill her requirements and she is sentenced to 90 days in prison and 90 days in rehab. She serves just 14 days in jail and 23 days in rehab. After failing a drug test this September, Lohan will wait until late October to find out if she will return to jail or not. Either way, the near future looks grim for Lindsay Lohan as legal troubles and addiction plague her once promising career.