Before all the wild parties, booze, and drugs, Lindsay Lohan was this fresh-faced, adorable, little red-head. We loved her since her impressive performance in The Parent Trap. LiLo's future was bright and promising, and she already had an awesome filmography at such a young age. She has worked with Hollywood A-listers such as the late Natasha Richardson, Tyra Banks, and Jamie Lee Curtis.
To celebrate my favorite actress when I was growing up's 30th birthday on July 2, I ranked the chronological order of her most memorable film performances.
1. The Parent Trap (1998)
The 1998 film was an update of the 1961 film of the same name - and boy, was it a good one at that. How many of us wanted to find our own long-lost twins from the other side of the world after watching the film? And, if we did find them, trade places in an attempt to bring our parents back together?Okay, so maybe the reconciliation-of-parents bit didn't apply to everyone; but it would be pretty cool to find your exact replica with a different accent. What fun it would be; two is better than one!
2. Freaky Friday (2003)
Because of a meddling Chinese fortune cookie woman, Tess (Curtis) and Anna (Lohan) found themselves switched into each other's bodies.
This is one Lohan's movies that stuck with me the most. While it would be cool to switch bodies when you have exams that you really need to ace, or a bullying teacher you need to give a piece of your mind to... If each of your love interests get in the way, so many complications will ensue. As awesome as it would be for my mother to know how difficult it is to be a teenager nowadays, I think I will have to pass on the fortune cookie...
3. Mean Girls (2004)
Mean Girls was Lohan's departure from the girl-next-door/ tomboy roles she was known for at the time. This movie, which I'm sure almost everyone has probably seen (or knows of) by now, is considered *the* teenage film of our generation, and a rite of passage for teenagers everywhere. If you haven't seen this film yet, I've only got one thing to say to you:
4. Just My Luck (2006)
Just My Luck revolves around Ashley (Lohan), the luckiest person in Manhattan, and Jake (Pine), you guessed it, the unluckiest. Ashley gets random strokes of luck, sometimes ridiculously so (like being prom queen in a high school she didn't attend). Their lucks changed when they danced together, and later kissed at a masquerade ball Ashley organized. As ridiculous as it sounds, perhaps Chris really *did* take all of Lindsay's luck, considering he was still a newcomer during this movie. And now, he's Captain Kirk, though he did learn a lot co-starring with Lohan in that film.
5. A Prairie Home Companion (2006)
LiLo proved that she has a voice in Freaky Friday, and she shines again in this film about the behind-the-scenes of public radio shows. This film also features an impressive cast ensemble of Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson, Lily Tomlin, Garrison Keillor, Virginia Madsen, and John C. Reilly.
Nowadays, it seems like Lindsay Lohan has finally left her troublesome past behind, and even completed her court ordered community service last year.
Clean slate, fresh start indeed. Happy Birthday, LiLo - stay grool! Now she's back on her feet, we hope to see many more awesome performances from the amazing Lindsay Lohan!