Celebrity Then And Now
Lindsay Lohan
Name: Lindsay Lohan
Birthdate: January 1, 1970
Famous Years: 1998-Present
Currently Known For: Sick Note
Networth: $500,000Famous For: Mean Girls, Freaky Friday, The Parent Trap
Lindsay Lohan
Name Lindsay Lohan
Birthdate January 1, 1970
Famous Years 1998-Present
Currently Known For Sick Note
Networth $500,000
Famous For Mean Girls, Freaky Friday, The Parent Trap

In Hollywood, it’s never easy to make the transition from a child actor into sustained A-list fame. Sure, there are those such as Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jessica Biel and Leonardo DiCaprio that have made it, but for everyone of those stories, there seems to be about 10 that are similar to the one of Lindsay Lohan.

Lohan was born on July 2, 1986 with three younger siblings and a troubled childhood that included her parents seemingly separating and getting back together frequently. Her father, Michael, had been a Wall Street trader that had been arrested for insider trading when Lohan was just four years old. Her mother Dina had pushed Lohan and her siblings into fame at a very young age, but it was Lindsay that came out shining the brightest.

When she was just three years old, Lohan was signed to a modeling contract with Ford Models, appearing in dozens of different advertisements both in print on and television. She was able to parlay that success in advertising to a scripted acting career that began in the soap opera circuit, appearing on “Another World”.

Then, Lohan’s career took off like a rocket in 1998 when she played both twin sisters in the remake of Disney’s “The Parent Trap”. Lohan’s performance in both roles received a lot of critical praise, and producers were lining up to get her into films. Lohan would take a step away from the big screen momentarily so that she could appear in television movies such as “Life-Size” and “Get a Clue”, but returned to the big screen with Disney yet again for “Freaky Friday” in 2003.

The next year was an even bigger one for Lohan, who starred in the films “Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen”, and perhaps her most notable role yet in “Mean Girls”. Lohan was riding a wave of successes that she wanted to turn into a tsunami by branching out into music. She released her album “Speak” in late 2004, and even though it wasn’t a huge hit in the United States, the album (and its singles) still did well overseas. She followed that album up the next year with “A Little More Personal (Raw)” that didn’t catch on quite as well.

Problems would then start to arise as the stress of being a young A-lister took its toll on Lohan as she was filming “Herbie: Fully Loaded”. An infection led to her hospitalization during shooting, and the swarming paparazzi around her at all times caused her to crash multiple vehicles, prompting a lot of jokes at her expense.

It seemed that Hollywood took a quick turn on Lohan as she appeared in the commercial and critical bomb “Just My Luck” in 2006, and things would only get worse in Lohan’s personal life from there. Lohan admitted that she had a drinking problem around this time, entering herself in Alcoholics Anonymous, and eventually rehab in early 2007.

Later that year, Lohan was arrested for the first time in an incident that stemmed from a hit and run accident. She would be charged with a DUI and possession of cocaine, sending her back to rehab. Once again in 2007, Lohan was arrested; this time for driving with a suspended license, cocaine possession and DUI for a second time each.

Lohan wouldn’t have to spend extensive time in jail, but was back in rehab once more and on probation. She would violate that probation, causing it to be extended. In 2010, Lohan violated her probation once more and was sentenced to 90 days in jail, which showcased the viral video of her crying upon hearing the news. Lohan served just 13 days in jail before being sent to rehab, but the problems just wouldn’t stop.

2011 saw Lohan in trouble with the law yet again as she was arrested for felony grand theft after allegedly stealing a necklace from a jewelry store that caused more jail time to be sentenced. It seemed that every month for a seven year span, Lohan was in and out of a courthouse, a jail cell or a rehab facility. It wasn’t until 2015 that Lohan’s probation finally came to an end, opening up a chance to continue her career.

Producers, directors and fellow actors have said that she’s too unpredictable to work with, which is why she’s not the A-list star she once was. Since her problems began in 2007, Lohan has only appeared in a handful of movies, none of which are the big budget type where she’s front and center on the posters. Slowly but surely, though, she’s working her way back to being in the good graces of the public.

Now living in Dubai, Lohan says that there’s a much needed change compared to New York City or London. “I don’t have to open suitcases and live out of hotels and bags,” she said. “Everything is where it should be. It’s a cleansing of your head, which is what I needed, and it took me a while to do it...There’s a certain calmness I find there. There’s no paparazzi, no cameras; that’s a big deal for me.”

At only 31 years old, you certainly can’t rule out a huge comeback for Lohan. There have been plenty of other success stories in Hollywood about those that have hit rock bottom and made their way back. Just look at the likes of Robert Downey Jr., Winona Ryder, Owen Wilson and many more. Hollywood is all about second (or third, or fourth…) chances, so it’s only a matter of time before Lohan gets another crack at making the A-list once more.