A Timeline of Lindsay Lohan's Train Wreck

October 20, 2011 By:
A Timeline of Lindsay Lohan's Train Wreck

This morning Lindsay Lohan was to start her community service at the L.A. County Morgue. This was part of the judge’s orders for getting out on bail after her courtroom arrest. In typical Lindsay fashion, she showed up to the morgue an hour late, and they turned her away. The Coroner’s Office will notify Lohan’s probation officers, according to TMZ.

Watching Lindsay Lohan get handcuffed out of court yesterday was a little sad. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed watching it happen, but a part of me couldn’t help feel sorry for her.

Back in 2001, Lindsay Lohan had everything going for her. She was adorable, she was a decent actress and everyone loved her. She could’ve very well joined the ranks of Rachel McAdams, Scarlett Johansson or Anne Hathaway. Instead, she became the poster child for the Disney Curse. Yesterday, Lindsay took her fifth mug shot. At this point, we could make a coffee table book of her mug shots.

So at what point did Lindsay make her transformation? So glad you asked. We’ve put together a timeline of her descent from talented to train wreck.
1998: Lindsay Lohan stars in The Parent Trap and establishes herself as Hollywood’s cutest child actress. Everyone is excited about her future. How silly of us.
2003: Lindsay becomes friends with Jamie Lee Curtis as they both star in Freaky Friday. She’s only 17 years old, and she wins Best Breakthrough Female at the MTV Movie Awards.

2004: Move over Hilary Duff! Lindsay becomes the Queen of Disney as she makes Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen. Every guy in America waits for her to turn 18. She also makes Mean Girls, written by Tina Fey. It’s a hit. She becomes friends with the SNL crew, and even hosts the show. She looks slightly less voluptuous, and people start worrying about her weight.

2005: While shooting Herbie: Fully Loaded, Lindsay is hospitalized for exhaustion. This was probably the very start of her descent. She pissed her boss off and went from thin to scary skinny.

2006: Lindsay just barely stars in Georgia Rule. This is when she starts making a name for herself as the actress you don’t want to work with. She keeps calling in “exhausted” and the producer writes her a long, serious letter mid-shoot. She starts going to rehab and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. But all hope is not lost. Lohan regains some of her weight and sanity to appear on the cover of Vanity Fair. It helps to maintain her status as sultry Hollywood starlet and says, “I knew I had a problem and I couldn’t admit it.” She admits to an eating disorder and some drug use. This was the perfect time for a comeback. She sowed her wild oats, so now it was time to focus on a serious acting career, right?

July 2007: Nope. Lindsay has her very first mug shot. How sweet. She’s busted for DUI. Cops also find cocaine in her car. If I had to put a year on it, I’d say this is the point of no return. She’s arrested, put into a rehab facility and fitted with a SCRAM bracelet to monitor her sobriety. And if that’s not enough, she gets arrested for DUI again. She’s put on probation for three years. Oh! And she actually goes to jail. Her jail time? 84 minutes. The image of Lindsay Lohan in an orange jumpsuit? Priceless.
2008 Lindsay likens herself Marilyn Monroe when she recreates her New York Magazine shoot. Her career is not going well, so she resorts to being naked to distract the world. It works, for a little while at least.

2009: This year’s a struggle for Lindsay to get back on track. She tries to get by with bit roles and a guest judge spot on Project Runway. She appears in Labor Pains, a comedy. Joanna Weiss of The Boston Globe says Lindsay “looks to be coasting through a part that requires little effort anyway.” Who knew that would be the nicest thing anyone would have to say about her for the next two years?

2010: She was set to play porn star Linda Lovelace in the film Inferno. But the producer later withdrew their offer to cast her, saying she was impossible to insure her. In May, she was supposed to appear for a scheduled DUI progress report. She skipped it and the judge issued a warrant for her arrest. Long story short, in 2010, the courtroom is basically her second home. Her first home is rehab.

2011: If she wasn’t brushed off as a lost cause before, Lindsay made it a done deal when she allegedly stole a necklace from a Venice Jewelry store. She was sentenced to 120 days in prison, 360 hours of community service at the Downtown Women’s Center and 120 hours at the morgue. We’re now brought to present day. After having her probation revoked and forgoing prison by paying the $100,000 bail, Lohan is expected to show up to the morgue this week to begin her service.

To put the nail in the coffin, no pun intended, her infamous father came forward on Thursday to say that he thinks his daughter is smoking crack or meth after seeing her rotting teeth.

“That’s from smoking a pipe with meth or crack,” Michael Lohan said. “She’s smoking either crack or meth, on or the other. I’m not going to shade it.”