What the Hell Happened to Lindsay Lohan?

lindsay Lohan 2013

Lindsay Lohan isn’t just a train wreck.  She is a train that is perpetually wrecking.  It’s as though someone keeps rewinding the tape and replaying the same disaster over and over and over again.  The situation has gone from sad to funny and back again more times than I can count.  It’s hard to remember, but just ten years ago Lohan was the most promising actress in Hollywood.  She seemed poised for greatness.  On screen, she had a talent and composure beyond her years.  In reality, she was ill-equipped to deal with the pressures of her life.  Her public melt-down is in danger of lasting longer than her career.

What the hell happened?

Lindsay was the oldest of four children all of whom have been pushed into, I mean chosen a life in show business.  By now, most people are familiar with Lohan’s loving parents,  Dina and Michael Douglas Lohan, Sr.  Dina is known to have brought camera crews to film her visiting her daughter in rehab.  She also claims to be a former Rockette despite that no one at Radio City has any record of the claim.  Michael was a former Wall Street trader who was convicted of criminal contempt of court and sentenced to three years.  Since then, he’s been consistently in trouble with the law and in and out of rehab.  Guess that apple didn’t fall far from the tree.

It would be charitable to say that the Lohan clan is lead by deeply flawed people.  For now, I will leave it at that.

lohan - child model

Lindsay Lohan signed with the Ford Modeling Agency at the age of three.  How does a three-year-old sign a contract anyway?  My four-year-old can write her first name.  But something tells me that’s not legally binding.  I feel terribly guilty when I drop her off at daycare some times.  But her parents seemed okay with the head-trip of signing a contract with a modeling agency for their three-year-old.  Different parenting styles, I guess.

Lindsay Lohan and Mischa Barton

Here she is with a young Misha Barton in an ad for a clothing company called Caravan.

Lohan - Abercrombie Kids

Here she is in an ad for Abercrombie Kids at age 12.  I wonder how the two kids she has in a headlock are doing today?

lohan - calvin klein

And here’s Lohan’s serious face in an ad for Calvin Klein.

Lohan also appeared in tons of TV commercials like this grape J-ello commercial starring Bill Cosby:

Lohan - Another World

At the age of 10, Lohan started appearing on the daytime soap opera, Another World.  A soap magazine referred to her as a show biz veteran.  Here’s a clip:

She was the best actor in that scene.

Lohan - The Parent Trap

After a year in soaps, Lohan made the leap to the big screen in Nancy Meyers’ adaptation of the 1961 family comedy, The Parent Trap.

In the original, Haley Mills played a dual role as twins trying to reunite their divorced parents.  In the remake, the parents were played by Dennis Quaid and Natasha Richardson.  Lohan played the plotting twins.

The trailer actually ends with “… and introducing Lindsay Lohan”.  Disney had no idea what it was unleashing on the world.  Reviews for the remake were good and it became a surprise hit of the summer.

ABC MOVIE FOR TV

In 2000, Lohan appeared next to fellow model, Tyra Banks, in the TV movie, Life Size.  Lohan played a girl who brings her doll to life when she wishes to bring her late mother back to life.  Banks played a life-sized piece of animated plastic, so type casting.

I looked for a commercial for this movie, but I couldn’t find one.  You can watch the whole thing on YouTube if you are so inclined.  But after watching this painful clip of Banks lip-synching, I don’t think you will be inclined.

Disney is planning a sequel with Banks.  Presumably Lohan won’t be involved.

Next: Freaky Friday and Mean Girls

Posted on June 23, 2013, in Movies, What the Hell Happened?, WTHH Actress and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 243 Comments.

  1. midnight in pars was much different so was time travellers wife and she had alot of screentime in holmes almost much as law and downy jr her career is doing good not every actor can expect to have every leading role to be a hit not everyone is cruise hanks and ford supporting in successful movies are just as valid its better then doing leads in shit movies as long as there is alot of screen its good she is talented and doing since supporting roles dont mean lets take star wars away from ford

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  2. your right they said downey would never make a comeback but he made it i remember a lot of people were pissed when they announced him for iron man but now when it came out nothing but praise goes to him same thing with rourke his career then boom back in a list with wrestler although to be he never reached a list until iron man most of films before iron flopped some critically acclaimed but never really an audience and is considered forgotten then iron man came all of sudden he was mister blockbuster and is now considered a draw but i doubt lohan can come back she was never a respected actress just a cute disney girl with no real acting chops once she got old the cute roles dried up and she wasnt talented enough for real roles before iron man downey was mocked for being a drug addict but was still considered a great actor even got an oscar nom too

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  3. he was dumb to turn down hangover sure heathers role was short but maybe it would help branch lindsey a bit in adult roles

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  4. The time traveler’s wife is her playing another sweet girl in a chick flick romance. And downey and law were onscreen in nearly every frame in sherlock holmes. Her name may follow them in the credits, but her screentime was nothing compared to them. I thought anyone could’ve played her part.

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  5. she played it well and it success still helped her theres argument the sucess do sent count for law or downey since sherlock was already established franchisee people didnt see because of them watch family stone she was not sweet in that or a wanted man with exception of 2 well established franchise sherlock and iron man none of downeys movies made money

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  6. i’m sorry, but no one went to see sherlock because of rachel mcadams. Like u said, it probably helped her career, but she was just lucky to be in it. U don’t have to like them, but law and downey are the whole movie. Sherlock and iron man may have been established before downey and both probably would’ve made money with another actor in the roles, but there’s no way robert downey did not add to the success of those movies. Tons of downey’s movies make money. tropic thunder made a lot of money and he was nominated for an oscar, so did due date. I’ve seen the family stone, yes, her character was a little different.

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  7. iam sure her name got star power before sherlock holmes he was on verge of comeback with iron man but rachel was a big name of actress she had lots of hits before then most downys movies besides iron man dont make money tropic thunder was hit cause ben stillers silly comedies make money robert didnt carry it.due date was the only non franchise lead that made money however the plot was similar to hangover and zachs hangover success must of helped alot too rachel still has a better body of work then robert her career is doing fine iam sure they choose her for holmes cause of her star power

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  8. Tropic thunder may have been a hit because of ben stiller, but robert downey got the oscar nomination. It’s just what u said about richard gere in primal fear. He was the star, the movie was a hit, but edward norton got the oscar nomination. Yes, i’m sure she was cast because of her name, don’t think the director would want to go with an unknown for her part, but rachel does not have star power at the box office. She’s been in a lot of hits, but they’ve been other people’s movies. The one time she was the lead, in morning glory, the movie flopped. Her character in holmes was important, but she was definitely not the reason people went to see the movie.

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  9. only difference between primal and tropic is tropic made money primal did decent at best i forget he got nom for tropic primal dosent count as a hit for gere cause the only success it came from nom for norton tropic made alot of money primal didnt she was co lead in notebook she can carry a movie

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  10. Primal fear made money, check boxofficemojo. And i’m not saying rachel can’t carry a movie, she’s better than a lot of young actresses out there, but she’s not the star of sherlock holmes. The movie’s called sherlock holmes, not irene adler.

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  11. it still counts as a hit for her actually primial fear did ok it did decent it wasnt a smash only 4 of geres movies made alot of money those are office and gentleman pretty women runawa bride and chicago primal did decent it didnt make alot of money sherlocks holms did more for her career then primial did for gere

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  12. Yes, it counts as a hit for her, but primal fear was definitely a hit for gere. Whether or not u get an oscar, if your movie makes 100 million at the box office, i’d call it a hit.

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  13. primal fear didnt make that much only 4 of his movies made that much primal fear didn it did ok

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  14. it made 56 millon in the states

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  15. 102 million worldwide.

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    • You’re looking at it the wrong way. 56 Million in today’s dollars at the box office is nothing; that would be a modest box office take today. In 1996, almost 20 years ago, 56M domestically was a solid box office hit. Keep in mind, in the mid 90’s Hollywood still considered $100M to be the magic number to cross to be considered a blockbuster, so if Primal Fear made $56M back then it wasn’t a blockbuster by any means but it was a respectable hit for Gere at that point.

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  16. Very true

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  17. iam pretty sure in 90s 100 millions was the magic number and 56 million would still be et average back then its budget was 50 million it made back its budget didnt double it

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  18. rachles most wanted man is getting reviews while the judge is on the other end

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  19. I’m sorry, im still wondering why u think rachel has more star power than robert downey jr?

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  20. rachel has success in different genres most of downey success is from iron man

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  21. All of rachel’s box office hits have been other people’s hits, she’s been the supporting role. Robert is an oscar nominee, one of the highest paid actors in hollywood, and the star of two successful franchises. There’s no way she has more star power; that’s like saying kate hudson has more star power.

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  22. notebook was co lead with gosling people did not see iron or holmes for downey jr those were 2 established franchise look at the reviews her latest movie wanted man got better reviews the the judge which looks like crap http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/a_most_wanted_man/ http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_judge_2014/

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  23. No one, and i mean no one, saw sherlock holmes for rachel! A movie of rachel’s getting better reviews does not mean more star power. Like it or not, downey is popular. Everyone saw iron man and holmes for downey, he’s the star and the title character. Those are his franchises. The one time rachel was the lead in morning glory, the movie flopped.

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  24. If people didn’t see it for downey, then they probably were pretty disappointed, because he was in nearly every scene in both series. I think people were probably aware of that going in.

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  25. but its like saying people say batman for keaton it was already established role the holmes movies made before downy was in it them iron man was popular comic book character downey had alot of flops before iron man he had more flops then rachel

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  26. Again, rachel’s hits have been other people’s hits. She’s never the reason people went to see the movies. Channing tatum got most of the credit for the vow. her most memorable movie is still the notebook. Batman is a good example because remember when george clooney was batman? He was horrible, fans were upset, he never made another movie as batman. robert has played iron man in three movies, plus the avengers. He absolutely is part of the success of the series.

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  27. but iron man would have been successful without him tobey was in 3 spiderman that made money is he an a list.when vow came out channing was still fairly new so rachel was bigger star

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  28. This is gonna sound weird, but money and success is kind of different. george’s batman movie made money but it’s considered a disappointed and did damage to everyone’s careers. Iron man probably would’ve made money with another actor in the part, but robert is absolutely essential to the movie’s success, just like johnny depp with pirates. U think people went to see that because of orlando? Are u saying u don’t consider downey an a lister? He’s one of the biggest stars on the planet. Channing certainly wasn’t a new star, he was a new star when step up came out. I’ll admit rachel’s probably the better actor out of her and tatum, but he was a star then.

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  29. he had 1 hit going for a rising star but not yet star rachel had a bucnh downey was not a draw before iron man he was not important part of success

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  30. Step up, gi joe and dear john were all hits, they all had channing in them. 2012, when the vow came out, was probably the biggest year of his career with that, magic mike and 21 jump street. He was a huge star, probably thanks to teenage girls. Yes, iron man launched downey into superstardom which he hadn’t really experienced before that. U don’t have to like him, but it’s pretty ridiculous to say he contributes nothing to the success or iron man or holmes. Just because these things were established before he played them didn’t guarantee they were going to be a hit. Look at ryan reynolds in the green lantern, which bombed.

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  31. but his name didnt bring people in to iron man most of his movies post iron man flopped solosit

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  32. If his name didn’t bring people to iron man, they would not put it above the title. Yes, the soloist flopped, but that’s one movie, he got an oscar nomination for tropic thunder. just because the judge got a few bad reviews doesn’t mean it won’t be a hit. They might not have seen the first one for him, but they kept coming back and making the movies more successful. the third one made more than a billion dollars. Clearly fans love him in the role.

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  33. it got 58 % on rotton tomatoes it got more then a few bad review it dosent look like the type of movie that bring huge numbers since its an indie

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  34. That’s true, but sometimes an indie can be a modest success.

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  35. true like Napoleon dynamite but we will have to wait see downy and duvall got amazing reviews for acting they could still score acting noms however when a movie bashed the academy idnores acting noms even if performances are good they make wide release since downey is still coming of the avengers success

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  36. Let me know if it’s good if u see it at the festival

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  37. I can see Miley Cyrus becoming the next Lindsay Lohan:

    http://forum.earwolf.com/topic/10739-lol/page__view__findpost__p__73721

    I don’t think so. The Cyrus family seems (from what I know of looking at the cover of In Touch and People while waiting in line) like a solid, country-fried unit. That was Lohan’s problem; she has a s****y family and had no support system when she in trouble, everyone around her was enabling her drug and alcohol problems. I remember reading a Tina Fey interview a few years back and she was like “Lindsay, girl, please get your s*** together.”

    I guess I feel kinda bad for her (even though she’s rich and whatever) because she was just used as a money machine by her parents — her Dad even sued her at some point — and every tiny thing she does is picked over by “entertainment media”, like the entire world talks massive shit about her all over the internet and in print. That’s got to f***ing suck. And because this is how she grew up, she doesn’t know how else to live. I would kill myself.

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    • Not to defend Lohan, but unlike Cyrus Lohan was once quite good at her chosen career path; The Parent Trap, Freaky Friday, and Mean Girls were all very good movies and she performed quite well in them. Furthermore I thought Lohan was legitimately smoking hot back in the day, while Cyrus was never as attractive in comparison. Cyrus wasn’t all that good before or after this train-wreck, she’s sort of like the musical version of Tara Reid.

      Lindsay Lohan>>>Miley Cyrus:

      http://forum.earwolf.com/topic/10739-lol/page__view__findpost__p__73762

      I’m not sure how much of a decision they have in picking their projects or what projects are picked FOR them, but it’s gotta drive some of those younger actors crazy when they keep doing movies aimed at an audience that they’ve outgrown (or that’s outgrown THEM). I mean, when you’re talking about someone like Lohan, if you look at her work, she had a period of maybe a year or two where she was a really big deal, but then she kept doing the same bulls***, and it got really old. Meanwhile, you’ve got actresses like Dakota Fanning and Abigail Breslin who were doing movies early on that WEREN’T necessarily aimed at people their own age, and they’ve gone on to be perfectly sane people with no problems and careers that are likely to continue for quite some time. It might be a combination of people looking out for them and having parents that AREN’T sociopaths that does the trick. Jesus, Lohan’s parents have probably had more screen time in recent years than she has, and they are terrible, terrible people…

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    In show business, you either make or break it. Well, these guys made it, and then they broke it…badly! Join http://www.WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for the top 10 celebrity falls from grace.

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