Lindsay Lohan began in commercials at the age of eight and was a bonafide star by twelve, thanks to the 1998 Parent Trap remake. Amid family problems (her parents’ rocky road to divorce, her father’s jail time for DUI), her career soared with a three-pic Disney deal, hit flicks like Freaky Friday and Mean Girls, and famous boyfriends like Aaron Carter and Wilmer Valderrama. She was a near-perfect “triple threat” when a series of disasters proved she was just a plain threat — to herself.
Wherever Lilo went, the paparazzi followed. The once fresh-faced star was snapped partying at all hours of the night, and the constant drinking and drama landed her in the hospital in November 2004. “I was overtired and working myself to death,” she claimed. After her third hospital stint, while shooting Georgia Rule in 2006, she was chastised in a letter sent by the CEO of the film’s production company: “We are well aware that your ongoing all-night heavy partying is the real reason for your so-called ‘exhaustion.’”
The redhead checked into rehab in January 2007, stating, “I have made a proactive decision to take care of my personal health.” Four months later she drunkenly crashed her car into a tree and fled the scene. Back into rehab she went, and this time scored a chic alcohol-monitoring anklet. When she was nabbed again two months later, for coke possession and DUI, she added 84 minutes of jail time to her rehab habit. She admitted through her publicist that “it is clear to me that my life has become completely unmanageable because I am addicted to alcohol and drugs.”
LiLo has since stayed out of trouble — thanks to rumored girlfriend Samantha Ronson. And her relationship with Dad has mended — will her career be next?