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Lindsay Lohan’s Comeback: Looking Back At Her Troubled Life In Hollywood

Lindsay Lohan is making a return in Hollywood. The 36-year-old actress featured in the Netflix holiday film “Falling for Christmas“, which was released earlier this month. This is her first significant acting job in almost a decade. Lohan, a former child star, was one of Hollywood’s reigning girls in the early 2000s before her promising career was derailed by a string of highly publicized legal problems and substance abuse issues.

Lindsay Lohan is no stranger to the spotlight. “For me, my whole life, acting is like riding a bicycle. It’s just in me,” Lohan told the Hollywood Reporter last month. In “Falling for Christmas”, Lohan plays spoiled hotel heiress Sierra Belmont, who is left with amnesia after a skiing accident. She is taken in by a kindhearted widower and local lodge owner Jake Russell (Chord Overstreet). In the days leading up to Christmas, Sierra finds herself falling in love with Jake and learning to embrace the simpler things in life.

Falling for Christmas Lindsay Lohan Source: CNN

While Lohan’s success in Hollywood continued with the release of Mean Girls in 2004, her issues began to overshadow her career. The “Confessions of a Broken Heart (Daughter to Father)” songstress appeared in court more than 20 times amid her substance abuse struggles from 2007 to 2012.

While reflecting on some of her darkest hours, Lohan revealed at the time that she had no regrets about her troubled past. “I got arrested for my first DUI when I was 20 and they found me with drugs,” Lohan told Piers Morgan in 2013. “And from then on the press was on me all the time. It was the first time I’d taken drugs; I was out in a club with people I shouldn’t have been with, took cocaine, and got in the car. It was so stupid”.

1998

The Parent TrapSource: Eonline

 For her portrayal in the adaptation of the 1961 classic, Lohan received a Young Artist Award.

2002

Freaky FridaySource: Get a clue

In the early 2000s, Lohan continued to work with Disney, playing opposite Tyra Banks in Life-Size, Brenda Song in Get a Clue, and Jamie Lee Curtis in Freaky Friday.

2004

Mean GirlsSource: Alarmy

Lohan’s teen queen status was solidified in 2004 following the releases of Mean Girls and Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen. That same year, Lohan dropped her debut album, SpeakLohan was the youngest person ever to emcee the MTV Movie Awards in 2004, and she also received a Golden Popcorn for her role in Freaky Friday.

2007

Lindsay Lohan DUISource: The Independent

As Lohan’s fame rose, she began to make news for reasons other than her films. She was arrested for DUI in May 2007 and afterward entered into treatment. Later that summer, she was arrested for cocaine possession, and driving under the influence. Following her guilty plea, Lohan was sentenced to one day in jail. In November 2007, she was imprisoned for 84 minutes.

2010

Lindsay Lohan in court 2010Source: Csmonitor

The I Know You Killed Me star’s legal problems worsened after she failed to appear at a required hearing in 2010. A court later found that she had broken the terms of her probation, and sentenced her to 90 days in prison and 90 days of rehabilitation.

2014

Lindsay 2014Source: Boston Herald

Lohan tried to take back the narrative in the eight-part docuseries, Lindsay, in 2014.

2016

Lindsay Lohan's Beach ClubSource: The Guardian

In 2016, the former child actor began building a chain of nightclubs in Greece. Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club, a reality show about her crew at the Mykonos, Greece, club, aired three years later. MTV aired the show for one season in 2019.

2020

Lindsay Lohan Source: Pinkvilla

Lohan, who turned 34 in July 2020, moved back to the United States from Dubai to manage her sister Ali’s music career and released her music.

2021

Lindsay Lohan and husbandSource: People

Lohan just completed a Christmas movie for Netflix with Glee alum Chord Overstreet, her first main role since 2013. Falling for Christmas tells the story of a pampered heiress who suffers amnesia while skiing shortly before Christmas and is taken in by a gorgeous lodge owner and his brilliant daughter.

She announced her engagement to beau Bader Shammas in November 2021 after nearly two years of dating. Lohan captioned an Instagram gallery from the proposal.

2022

Falling for ChristmasSource: CNN

In February 2022, Netflix announced a two-picture contract with the actress. “We’re excited to continue our work with her,” said Christina Rogers, Netflix’s president of independent projects, in a statement. “We are excited to provide more of her videos to our subscribers all around the world.”

In November 2022, Lohan released a cover of “Jingle Bell Rock” as part of the soundtrack for her Netflix film Falling for Christmas. The rendition came out nearly two decades after the actress danced to the song in the teen classic Mean Girls.

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