Actors who ruined their career in a matter of seconds

Lindsay Lohan

Being under the spotlight is nothing new for Lindsay Lohan, who began working as a child model when she was just 3 years old. She soon made inroads into the acting business, with her regular spot on soap opera Another World getting her noticed by Disney, which cast her in their surprisingly successful 1998 remake of The Parent Trap. The redheaded actress became a teen sensation in the years that followed, finding more success in 2003’s Freaky Friday, 2004’s Mean Girls, and 2005’s Herbie: Fully Loaded. Her hot streak came to an abrupt halt early in 2007.

On May 26, Lohan was taken to the hospital in Beverly Hills after getting into a car faccident. The actress had recently been discharged from the Wonderland Center rehab facility in Los Angeles for undisclosed problems, though the nature of these issues became all too clear when Lohan was charged with DUI, possession of cocaine, and misdemeanor hit-and-run following the incident. If her career wasn’t compromised on this occasion, it certainly was when she was arrested on the same charges just two months later, days after another unsuccessful stint in rehab.

The severity of her downfall was highlighted by the critical response to her next film, the “incoherent and semi-vile” I Know Who Killed Me. Lohan plays opposite herself in the two main roles, and her double performance won her the worst screen couple at the the 2008 Golden Raspberry Awards as well as worst actress. The film took home a record eight Razzies in total.