Lindsay Lohan may be the prototypical poor little rich girl. She has been in front of a camera in a professional capacity since she started modeling at age three. Since then she has been in numerous television commercials and starred in hundreds of television programs and big screen movies. Few people on planet earth enjoy her fame or fortune. That’s the good news.

The unfortunate news is fame and fortune are not always what they are cracked up to be. History records this to be true for Marilyn Monroe, Kurt Cobain, Jimmy Hendrix, Heath Ledger, River Phoenix, John Belushi, Jim Morrison, just to name a small sample of those whose famous lives were cut short due to drug issues.

Lindsay Lohan might be on the fast track to join them. One never knows for sure until it is too late. What we do know is a judge with a spine may have recently accorded Lohan her greatest gift — some forced discipline in the form of 90 days in jail.

This comes after Lohan has been issued repeated DUIs and made multiple trips to drug and alcohol treatment centers. Understandably, perhaps, upon hearing the judge pronounce her sentence, the actress burst into tears. In it she saw her free-wheeling lifestyle and, for that matter, her freedom in general, come to a screeching halt. It is long overdue.

There comes a time in everyone’s life when the realization dawns that freedom and license are not one in the same. There are limits. Until this past week, for Lindsay Lohan, restrictions were things other people had to deal with.

This may seem like bad news, but great benefit sometimes accrues from apparent tragedy. The good news is that in dealing roughly with her, the judge may have saved her life. Time will tell. We hope so.


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