27 years ago today, Lindsay Morgan Lohan — née Lindsay Dee Lohan — was born in New York City.
It would be easy enough to mark the occasion by snarking about the state of her career — or with a much darker headline. Somehow, though, doing that wouldn’t feel right. Despite everything — and I do mean everything — Lindsay has said, done, and struck with her car over the past nine-ish years, there’s still a part of me (and maybe even a part of you) that wants to see her bounce back from her self-imposed train-wreckitude and emerge newly born, like a phoenix rising from an ashy nest of hair extensions and cigarette butts.
But why, exactly, am I rooting for Lindsay — and still fascinated by her, after all these years? Let me count the ways:
1. Her ace black and white court attire. It’s the duality of Lohan, guys!
2. Mean Girls, which — let’s face it — may as well be reasons 2-27 on this list. Some movies give an actor a lifetime pass, no matter what else they do professionally or in their personal lives; Mean Girls is one of those movies.
3. Her first-ever television appearance — on Letterman, in 1992, as a trick-or-treater dressed as garbage.
4. Her close and, by all accounts, genuine friendship with Charlie Sheen.
5. Her intense love triangle with Hilary Duff and Aaron Carter, circa 2003.