Chad Deal 6:58 p.m., May 21
Rosie O'Donnell Criticizes Lindsay Lohan for Playing Liz Taylor in TV Biopic
Reeling from her recent talk-show debacle on the OWN, Rosie O'Donnell decided to decompress a little with the Today show's Matt Lauer and Donny Deutsch.
TMZ reports that Rosie was none too happy with the announcement that Lindsay Lohan is set to play Elizabeth Taylor in the made-for-Lifetime biopic, Liz and Dick. I'd sooner see LiLo as Liz than Rosie as Betty Rubble.
O'Donnell grumbled, ""I feel very sorry for her ... I think she needs a lot of time away ... She's had a lot of trouble doing every single movie, including SNL. She was out and not in rehearsal. I think she's not in a place to work."
The talk-show diva and star of Harriet the Spy flipped out when Donny Deutsch dared to suggest "[Lohan is] our generation's Elizabeth Taylor." "You're out of your mind," Rosie shot back. "You're a crackhead! The last thing she did good she was 16."
Elizabeth Taylor was a movie star whose beauty blinded many into mistaking her for an actress. How much less (more?) alluring would Ava Gardner have been than Ms. Taylor walking down the aisle in Father of the Bride? Would Giant have been worse (better?) off had Jean Simmons played the part of Leslie Benedict? And all things being as they are, wouldn't Joan Collins have made just as cheesy a Cleopatra?
Not that Linsday Lohan is exactly setting the screen ablaze with a scorching run of successful pictures. She served her early teen comedies well and with a talented director has the makings of an actress, as evidenced by Altman's A Prairie Home Companion.
In their youth, Liz rode Flicka, LiLo commandeered Herbie, and audiences were none the worse for wear. While Liz has nothing quite as ghastly as Georgia Rule or I Know Who Killed Me to haunt her filmography, it's not because she didn't make the effort. With the exception of Winter Kills, in which Liz appears for five minutes, I defy you to make a case for any Taylor vehicle released after Secret Ceremony (1968).
Aside from courting a fair amount of tabloid covers, the two share another common bond: at one point they were both fully loaded. LiLo may have Liz beat in the age department, but the young actress has spent as much time in rehab as Taylor, who, in 1983 and again in 1988, checked into the Betty Ford Clinic.
I always assumed that Lohan's first biopic would have been The Ann-Margret Story. Throw a wig and a pair of contact lenses on the lass and there isn't anyone out there better suited to play the violet-eyed vixen than Lindsay Lohan.
Fortunately for LiLo, the similarities stop at the romance department. Samantha Ronson has nothing on that scene-stealing ham, Richard Burton.