Did you see Lindsay Lohan as the late Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor? It was like watching a high school production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Don't put all the blame on Lindsay. The entire cast was burdened with a lame script. If Liz & Dick was any cheesier, it would've been a fondue. Years ago, one of my best friends introduced me to the talented little Lindsay Lohan. She urged me to see the 1998 remake of Disney's The Parent Trap. I did and I was charmed. Lohan was delightful in it, as was Hayley Mills in the 1961 original. I did an interview of Tina Fey at the Directors Guild in New York City when 2004's Mean Girls went to DVD. Fey is in it and she wrote it. Lohan starred. I watched the teen comedy and, again, was impressed with her acting skills.
Her second Oscar nomination placed her in the Best Actress category. In Ken Russell's 1975 rock musical, Tommy, she was the mother of the blind pinball wizard.
She won the the respect of acclaimed Hollywood veterans like Barbara Stanwyck and Joan Blondell. She worked onscreen with Bette Davis, Bing Crosby, John Wayne and starred opposite Claudette Colbert in the TV adaptation of The Two Mrs. Grenvilles.
This 1987 made-for-TV movie, based on a novel by Dominick Dunne (seen in photo with the two stars), was a return to the cameras for Claudette Colbert and it was also her last film. Colbert and Ann-Margret were Emmy nominees for their performances.
Look at the impressive resumé of Ann-Margret's career. She went from Bye Bye Birdie...
...to playing Blanche DuBois in a 1984 special ABC TV presentation of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire. Treat Williams co-starred as Stanley Kowalski.
I wish Lindsay Lohan could get that pain out of her heart, revive her talents, and be like Ann-Margret. Not like Neely O'Hara in Valley of the Dolls.