The rise was not as spectacular as the fall but entertaining, nonetheless. To the casual observer, Lindsay Lohan was just another failed actress who gave in to excess. But as for Lindsay Lohan, she didn’t see a problem.
She started young. Lindsay Lohan was a mere three-year-old when she began working as a child model. She modeled for Abercrombie and Calvin Klein Kids and then she began working commercials. She was seen in over 60 commercials that included Wendy’s and Pizza Hut and she also was seen in a Jell-O commercial with pudding pops King Bill Cosby.
Lindsay Lohan was only ten-years-old when she grabbed her first starring role in the long-running soap opera Another World. Her appearance only covered four episodes but her early track record took her into the open arms of the Walt Disney Company.
The rise of Lindsay Lohan began in earnest in 1998 when she pulled down her first major role in the Disney remake of The Parent Trap. In it, Lohan starred as twins opposite Dennis Quaid and Natasha Richardson, taking on a role that was first made famous by Disney veteran Hayley Mills. For her performance, Lindsay Lohan won a Young Artist Award and was also awarded a three-contract deal with Disney. She was on her way.
After The Parent Trap, Lindsay Lohan went on to star in the ABC movie Life-Size with Tyra Banks and then followed that up with the Disney Channel movie Get a Clue.
Up next for Lindsay Lohan was another Disney remake, this one she co-starred with horror legend Jamie Lee Curtis in Freaky Friday. The familiar story, one where mother and daughter magically switch bodies and learn lessons about each other, was updated musically to more appease Lohan’s style of music. To date, it is Lohan’s most commercially successful movie. It was also during this time that Lindsay began to carve out a singing career.
Lindsay Lohan stuck with Disney for her next movie, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen. While starring in the movie, she was also writing lyrics for her first album, Speak, which came out in late 2004.
Also in 2004, Lindsay Lohan made her first film independent of Disney with Mean Girls. While Mean Girls didn’t top the box office Freaky Friday took in, it still made a lot of money, further cementing her growing reputation as a teenage movie queen. The table was almost set.
Lohan came back to Disney for her sixth, and sadly, final time with the movie Herbie: Fully Loaded. It was actually a fun film that co-starred Michael Keaton, Breckin Meyer, and Justin Long, but it wasn’t the hit Disney or Lindsay Lohan were hoping for. Still, the movie did nothing to hurt her growing reputation as an up and coming actress, nor did the release of her second album A Little More Personal (Raw).
As Lindsay Lohan’s star continued to rise the new-found interest in her burgeoning love life and party girl persona was starting to take its toll.
LINDSAY LOHAN’S DOWNWARD SPIRAL
Lindsay Lohan stepped away from Disney and right into the open arms of the tabloids. She began to hit the New York nightclubs with more frequency, creating a tabloid feeding frenzy as they began to report on anything concerning Lohan including her struggles with bulimia to her father’s prison scandals.
Michael Lohan has often been associated with his daughter’s many struggles as the disgraced Wall Street trader has been jailed multiple times and has been accused of abuse, both physical and mental. His influence on Lohan has been noted as one of the many things that attributed to her downfall. But the main thing, which is undeniable, is that Lindsay Lohan was her own worst enemy.
Lindsay Lohan’s life took a drastic turn. It wasn’t sudden, but it was a complete 180 from the teenage star she had become. Excess was becoming her way of life and it was beginning to take its toll. In 2007, Lohan was twice arrested. In both of these arrests, she was found to be in possession of small amounts of cocaine, but she was never charged with possession. Instead, the falling actress was charged both times with driving under the influence and one time with reckless driving. 2007 was also notable for Lohan in that not only was she dealing with her run-ins with the law, but she also had three stints in rehab. Her fall from grace was in freefall, her abuse on overload, and her denial from it all only made it worse.
Life for Lindsay Lohan continued to deteriorate at an amazing pace. From 2007 to 2012 she was in rehab five times for a total of 250 days. She has appeared in court over 20 times, in front of four different judges, sentencing to over six months in jail for various probation violations, and was confined to her home for 35 days. Her timeline of abuse and troubles is lengthy, too lengthy to list here but eye-opening, nevertheless.
Most of Lohan’s troubles stem from her drug and alcohol abuse, her court appearances which usually didn’t go well for the troubled actress, and a felony charge of theft from the Venice, California jewelry store Kamofie and Company. Allegedly, Lindsay Lohan walked out with a one-of-a-kind necklace that was worth $2,500, around her neck. The Los Angeles Police Department obtained a search warrant for her apartment, but the necklace was handed over to the police by an associate of Lohan’s before the search could begin. Eventually, the felony charge was dropped to a misdemeanor.
LINDSAY LOHAN ATTACKED IN RUSSIA
Lindsay Lohan’s acting career was in the crapper. She was spending more time in rehab and the courts than she was in front of the camera. She made an occasional TV appearance (Ugly Betty, Glee, Anger Management, 2 Broke Girls), a feature or two (Scary Movie V, The Canyons) but mainly she was null and void on the screen. But then there was that Russian incident.
Lohan was in Moscow (reasons unknown) when she begins to live-stream her attempt at first helping a homeless Syrian refugee family and then turning it into an accusation of child trafficking. Lohan recorded the entire incident, which can be seen below, and it was as crazy as it sounds. Lohan is speaking to the family in English and what may also be broken Arabic. The whole thing ends with Lohan getting punched out by the mother. Check it out.
Bizarre, to say the least. Lohan commented on how she uses Instagram and Twitter to keep lines open between her and her fans, but that it doesn’t always turn out how she intends. She told Paper magazine, “I recently made the mistake of having my phone recording live video, and that I learned from. But I think it’s also important because if you’re doing something and you want to give direct access to your fans, you can contact them and see their thoughts and get an opinion.”
Lindsay Lohan eventually addressed the Moscow incident, something she had been trying to avoid for the longest time, through an emailed statement to the media outlet. “I’ve read the situation wrong. I’ve learned from it,” she wrote. “And that’s all I have to say.”
Lindsay Lohan is one of the few female celebrities who isn’t on board with the #metoo movement. She has, in the recent past, slammed what she called female attention seekers and their #metoo movement.
Lindsay Lohan was not happy that so many women decided to share stories years after their alleged incidents took place. She also didn’t curry any favor when she came out defending Harvey Weinstein per the Cheat Sheet. “He’s never harmed me or did anything to me — we’ve done several movies together. I think everyone needs to stop — I think it’s wrong.”
LINDSAY LOHAN NOW
Now 34-years-old, Lindsay Lohan says she is finally clean and sober. She was back in front of the camera in a recurring role on the series Sick Note and also started her own reality TV series on MTV called Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club. The series followed Lohan and her business dealings, this one at her beach club in Mykonos. She played more of a mother hen to the staff and spent limited time in front of the camera. The show lasted one season.
Lohan also announced her return to music with the upcoming release of her third album. Her first single, Back to Me, from the album, came out earlier this year to positive reviews.
Lindsay Lohan also says she’s moving back to the United States after living in Dubai for an extended amount of time. With her move back to the U.S. she intends to resurrect her Hollywood career. What that may look like is anyone’s guess. Hollywood seems to be the place where Lohan finds most, if not all, of her troubles.