Happy 'Mean Girls' day! : Lindsay Lohan then and now

By Christina Colavecchia,

The movie Mean Girls was released 8 years ago today and instantly became a pop culture hit. TheCelebrityCafe.com is celebrating Mean Girls Day with a look back at Lindsay Lohan's career (or lack of) over the past 8 years.

Tina Fey's Mean Girls rocketed Lohan's career immediately, and the then 18-year-old teen became an instant celebrity. Although Lohan had appeared in various roles before (The Parent Trap, Freaky Friday), she experienced a new kind of stardom following the made-for-teens movie.

As the success of Mean Girls continued to propel Lohan towards celebrity status, she released an album that now characterized her as a triple threat - a singer, actor and dancer. Lohan's album, Speak, peaked at number four on Billboard 200 and earned platinum certification.

Over the next couple of years, Lohan starred in films that received mixed reviews (Herbie: Fully Loaded, Just My Luck) and, after her parents' divorce in 2007, began her downward spiral both in her career and in her personal life.

While Lohan did continue to work and star in more independent films (A Prairie Home Companion, I Know Who Killed Me) her tumultuous personal life began to take over much of her career.

After several DUI and drug charges over the next couple of years, Lohan attended both mandatory and voluntary rehab visits. In October 2009, Lohan's probation was extended further after she failed to report to court-ordered substance abuse programs.

In May, 2010, while Lohan was in Cannes for the film festival, she missed a mandatory DUI progress hearing and a warrant was issued for her arrest. She posted bailed and, after a judge deemed her probation had been violated, was sentenced to 90 days jail and 90 days in inpatient rehab treatment. Lohan only spent 14 days in jail (due to overcrowding) and was released from the rehab program after only 23 days.

On September 24, 2010, as her film Machete was actively being promoted by her co-stars, Lohan's probation was again revoked and she spent part of the day in jail before she was released on bail. She spent the last part of the year in a 3 month, court-ordered rehabilitation center.

On February 9, 2011, Lohan was charged with stealing a necklace that was reported missing from a jewelry store in January. She was sentenced to 120 days in jail and 480 hours of community service for misdemeanor theft and probation violation, to which she plead no contest. Due to jail overcrowding, Lohan served her jail time at home.

In November Lohan was found to have violated the terms of her probation by failing to perform the required community service. She was sentenced to 30 days of jail and 400 hours of community service. She spent less than 5 hours in jail, due to overcrowding. On March 29, 2012, Lohan's supervised probation ended. She will be on informal probation for the theft of the necklace until May, 2014.

Lohan's latest film, Liz & Dick, will soon appear on Lifetime. As the drama continues to follow Lohan (she was recently allegedly assaulted in her hotel room after bringing a male she had just met home with her from a club) we hope she can (re)find the success and stardom she was once known for.



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