The Lohan lowdown

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Lindsay Lohan and her adorable freckles first won our hearts in 1998 when she blew Hayley Mills away in a remake of “The Parent Trap.” We hadn’t liked a redhead so much since Little Orphan Annie herself!

As her career progressed, we watched La Lohan with wide eyes, rooting for her when the toothsome and sinister Hillary Duff stole her boyfriend Aaron Carter, as fair-weather friends like Nicole Richie and Paris Hilton came and went and even when oily heir Brandon Davis took it upon himself to publicly insult her nether regions.

In short, we’ve been there from sweetheart to Skeletor. How can you hate a girl who named her dog Brooklyn?

In honor of the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s “Takeover” party on Nov. 3, which will feature live bands, beer and, most important, a Lohan retrospective — BAM will be screening “The Parent Trap,” “Freaky Friday,” “Mean Girls” and “I Know Who Killed Me” all in one night — GO Brooklyn has compiled a timeline of Lohan’s greatest achievements.


Those were simpler times. At age 11, Lindsay made her big screen debut in a remake of the classic family film “The Parent Trap,” and America fell in love with the freckled actress. A nation silently hoped that this star would be spared the fate of other famous children.


After taking center-stage in another remake — “Freaky Friday,” co-starring Jamie Lee Curtis — Lohan was on her way to becoming a household name. With “Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen,” the young starlet, now 17 and blonde, was ready to shake off her wholesome image. In addition to acting, Lohan contributed a song, “That Girl,” to the film’s soundtrack.

Much like “Heathers” before it, 2004’s “Mean Girls” defined a generation. Unpopular teens everywhere saw themselves in Lohan’s character, Cady Heron, and cheered her on as she took down her high school’s most evil clique. This blockbuster cemented Lohan as a bankable star with a broad range — and one of the rare actresses who can hold her own on screen with Tina Fey.


Being cast with the likes of Meryl Streep and Lily Tomlin in “A Prairie Home Companion” by famed director Robert Altman, Lohan seemed to have moved beyond teen queen territory and into the land of true movie stars. Rumors of her misbehavior on set were denied by a steely Streep in interviews, but by this point, Lohan’s fans knew something was amiss.


After a year of car accidents, drug busts and rehab, we were rooting for L.L. when “I Know Who Killed Me,” a thriller, in which she plays a stripper, came out in 2007. Although it quickly tanked, as the star’s real life had more drama than the film did, we know that sometimes things have to get worse before they get better. So, here’s hoping!

For more information about the “Lindsay Lohan Mid-Career Retrospective,” visit

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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Reasonable discourse

Bill Lucas says:
I hardly think Lohan blew Hayley Mills away. Her performance could not even come close to the original. I have not known anyone who liked the clumsy remake better than the original. Does Lohan have talent? Yes, but she cannot compare to the beautiful and lovely multi-talented Hayley Mills. In my opinion, there hasn't been a child star to date other than MaCulay Culkin who could even compare with Hayley. She was, and still is awesome. Blew her away...who are you trying to kid?
Nov. 2, 2007, 5:43 am
Fred Lauver says:
What are you talking about? Lindsay Lohan "blew Hayley Mills away" in the remake of "Parent Trap"? I think that's a crazy statement. There is nothing like the classic original and just because an feeble attempt to hash out a redo is released doesn't suddenly invalidate the indelible memory of Hayley's performance. There is just nothing like the original, especially when it comes to Hayley!

Nov. 3, 2007, 12:57 am
Cassie says:
Hayley Mills fans represent!
Nov. 4, 2007, 3:05 pm

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