The Lindsay Lohan Factor: Drunk Drivers Aren’t Tolerable at Any Age

Lindsay-Lohan-Alcohol-Bracelet I've always respected Lindsay Lohan as an actress. I wish I could say the same about her as a person.

I'm sorry, but drunk driving isn't cool. Not at twenty-four — her age now, after a recent birthday — and it certainly won't be at thirty-four or fifty-four.

She's lived a full life already. There was a time in her short, young career where she could have had any film she wanted. Having  been chosen by Prairie Home Companion movie director Robert Altman for his last film, to star along side of Academy Award winners  such renowned actors Meryl Streep Tommy Lee Jones, Tim Russell, John C. Reilly, Woody Harrelson and Lily Tomlin.

The talent–the spark–was there once. But the drive has to be there, too.

We all have our demons. Sometimes the come out of a bottle. When that happens, there is the likelihood of injuring or killing someone. Nothing cute about that.

It should be interesting to see what a 90-day stint in prison will do to her. Will it be a wake-up call, or drive her deeper into the abyss of self-doubt, self-hatred, and self-destruction?

As a parent, as a former fan, I pray for the former.

 I know this much: I wouldn't want my kids to go through the hell she'll need to endure to get through the next few months — and then face the true underlying issues that put her there. 

On the other hand, she's got it pretty easy. If she wasn't Lindsay Lohan, her sentence might have been longer, or maybe she wouldn't have gotten the probation to break in the first place.

You can see her reaction in this CNN video clip….

And here's an article that has an insightful assessment of her fall from grace.

—Josie

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Danielle Steel: Aide Embezzled Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars!

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Danielle Steel leads the lush life she writes about: gorgeous gowns, jewels, furs, mansions in San Francisco's tony Pacific Heights (the one she owns, the former Alma Spreckels mansion, is one of the city's showpieces) Because I'm all authors grabbing the brass ring and making it big, I applaud Ms. Steel's tenacity, and the body of work and fans that have paid it off.

Even as I walk past her stunning home, I hadn't fathomed just how MUCH money a financially successful novelist can make. I guess because so many of us — make that TOO many — don't make even enough to do our craft full time, if we want to eat and pay our rent, too.

I guess that's why, when I saw this newsbyte, you could have knocked me over with a feather.

With all due respect to Ms. Steel:

Hell yeah, if $400,000 was missing from my account (I'm sure it was taken in bits and pieces: you know, a thousand here, another thou there) I would have figured it out — and fast!

Here's the report from the Associated Press:

Tue Sep 29, 12:46 am ET
SAN FRANCISCO – A former aide to Danielle Steel is facing time in federal prison after admitting she stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from the romance novelist.
Federal prosecutors announced Monday that 47-year-old Kristy Watts, who also goes by the name Kristy Siegrist, pleaded guilty last week to one count of wire fraud and four counts of tax evasion.
Prosecutors say Watts admitted stealing at least $400,000 while handling accounting and other duties for Steel.
Watts worked for the best-selling author from 1993 to 2008.
Investigators determined Watts had deposited checks from Steel's accounts into her own account and used Steel's credit cards for herself.
Sentencing is set for Feb. 4 in federal court in San Francisco.

I guess you can be too rich, if not too thin,

—Josie

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Orange (Prison Orange, that is) Is the New Black

Hiltonwax_narrowweb__300x4190 Looks like Paris Hilton has started another trend.  If newspaper accounts are accurate, both gal pals Nicole Ritchie and Lindsay Lohan will be doing time, ala the Devine Ms. P.

Madame Tussauds in New York commemorated Paris' unfortunate incarceration with this makeover. Granted, Paris is model thin enough to wear horizontal stripes. And with her pro catwalk pose, she can carry off any outfit.

I am a bit worried that stripes might have helped Nicole look beefier than she'd like, and driven her toward a hunger strike. Thank gawd prison pret-a-porter has moved on to solid hues—albeit a glaring orange. The good news is that Nicole will only getting four days. Not much of a hunger strike—unless you're 85 pounds, like Nicole.

LiLo's forced vacation will likely be a bit longer. By then, her hair may have grown out to its natural auburn hue. I hope so. It was one of the features that set her apart, both in looks and personality.Well, that, and at one time she could REALLY act. Better yet, she cared to do so.  Them were the days . . .

I'm ready for Gen Y to morph Gen Why, and celebrate the actresses in their generation who revel in their craft. How about starting with Natalie Portman, who, since age twelve, when she starred in The Professional (Leon), has been showing pure genius in her craft, and using her fame and fortune to promote worthy causes. 

Now, THAT'S hot.

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