07/20/2007 05:11 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Loving La Vida Lindsay

I recently wrote a piece for MSN Movies defending the career of Lindsay Lohan, an actress I believe troubled, talented and, sorry (well, no I'm not sorry) interesting. Since she just surrendered to the police over that DUI incident, I am further hoping that the young woman I like to watch on film will get her shit together and not go the way of Tatum O'Neal (an actress I loved as a kid and a major talent in her time).

So with all the La Vida Loca Lindsay-ness flashing throgh the blog-o-sphere, I'm placing part of my MSN piece here:


"Viva La Lindsay"

Leave Lindsay Lohan alone. I'm serious. Just leave that girl, or, at this point, that woman and, lest we have forgotten, that actress alone. Why? Because all this negative attention concerning her personal drama deflects from what she does best: act.


That's right, act. Forget the freshly 21-year-old's stints in rehab (or rather, her time to reflect on healing, cheeseburgers, boys and the next time she might hang with Karl Lagerfeld), because despite tabloid fodder -- be it real (her lateness, her unprofessionalism on set, her DUI, her alleged cocaine problem) or imagined -- she is an actress, first and foremost. And when cast in the right role, she's an interesting one at that.

And yes, I know she seems to court controversy and even brings it upon herself -- ever thought of staying in one night and simply watching Valley of the Dolls, not living it, Lindsay? I only wish her mother, Dina, would stress the implications of overpartying to her child and point her not to Los Angeles' notorious hot spot, Forty Deuce, but instead to its legendary film and drama bookstore, Samuel French. While among books ranging from the films of director Howard Hawks to the plays of Ibsen, Lindsay could study up on Bette Davis, Jane Fonda and Elizabeth Taylor, women who themselves endured intense scrutiny, and in some cases public hatred, yet emerged not only as Oscar winners but also as legends. Sure, they didn't have the same round-the-clock Internet surveillance and predatory paparazzi covering their every move (can you imagine if poor Patty Duke, who suffered from bipolar disorder, or the luminous Tuesday Weld, who was drinking before she was a teenager, had to endure such vampirism?), but they did undertake a fair share of controversy.

Now before you claim I'm comparing La Lindsay to Dame Elizabeth or my beloved Tuesday Weld, I'm not -- Lindsay hasn't lived long enough, she hasn't nabbed enough meaty roles, she hasn't exposed her extra layers of depth -- and looking at her family, you know she's got a lot from which to draw. But plenty of other sexy stars from the golden period (Lana Turner, Ava Gardner, Marilyn Monroe) had to prove themselves past their obvious sexuality while using their genetic gifts with sparkling, salty charisma and, when given the chance, their major league acting talent. The big screen loves talent, but it also loves a gorgeous face.

But wait...there's more. Read the rest of my MSN piece on Lohan, including my defense of her acting skills here. And go ahead and yell at me. Just take it easy on the kid.

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