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Coming of Age
From the beginning of her successful career, Lindsay Lohan
has aspired to be a modern-day Marilyn Monroe. Is she starting
to resemble her tragic idol? By Judy Bachrach
A Place in the Sun
Nylon polyester spandex bikini by OMO Norma Kamali. Leather-and-ribbon slingbacks by Bruno Frisoni. These pages: Hair, Christiaan; makeup, Fulvia Farolfi; manicure, Lisa Jachno. Prop stylist: Thomas Thurnauer. Fashion editor: Paul Cavaco. Details, see Credits page.
When Lindsay Lohan turned seven years old, the freckle-faced redhead received as a birthday gift a black dress with cap sleeves: "short and puffy, and it had little bows -- but not too many," she recalls. "It was like Marc Jacobs. That's who I could see doing something like that." And Lindsay wore this dress not once, but constantly; even school days would find her grabbing it. "Stop wearing it!" her mother, Dina, would say to her. A former Rockette who would become her daughter's manager, Dina held considerable sway over Lindsay's destiny. But the child refused -- she couldn't stop. Her parents were quarreling. Her father, Michael, she explains, was launching the process of "bailing from the whole situation, because that's what addicts do -- it's denial." But the little black dress -- like all its beautiful successors, the Chanels and Versaces crammed these days in her vast closets -- was magic. "It was like a comfort thing," she explains inside her trailer, which smells of havoc: warm curling irons, eyelash glue, and cigarette smoke -- her smoke. Fresh out of a month of rehab in West Los Angeles, she could use a bit of comfort just now. A hairstylist is blow-drying her hair while Lohan gazes critically in the mirror. Because she doesn't like her chin, she prefers not to be shot in profile; her hair should retain a bit of curl; the lashes need heft. All these elements are examined and sifted even as she discusses tragedy, frailty, pain, and success. At the far end of the trailer is a stern-faced young man, introduced by the star as "Yo, Ben! My sober companion," whose job it is to make sure she doesn't end up like her father. The heartache of her early family life was especially acute since young Lindsay knew she had failed in her mission. "I feel like a second parent in the sense that I helped raise my family," she says of her three younger siblings. "And I was put between my mother and father a lot. Well, I would put myself between them …