Actress Lindsay Lohan's publicist fired back at the media on Thursday, saying
journalists had crossed a line by mocking a heartfelt letter the screen star
wrote following director Robert Altman's death last week.
Spokeswoman Leslie Sloane said the note -- which one columnist suggested was
composed by Lohan on "one of her legendary party benders" -- was instead dashed
off by the distraught 20-year-old actress on a Blackberry, moments after she
learned Altman had died.
Altman, who died on November 20 at age 81, directed Lohan in the last film of
his career, "A Prairie Home Companion."
"When I got the reports that he had died, I reached Lindsay on her cell
phone, and she had no idea. She was devastated. She started crying," Sloane told
Reuters. "She quickly put something together on her Blackberry."
"Here was a girl who found something special in this man that she felt so
close to," Sloane said. "And she was completely shocked and blown away that he
just died. It was written very quickly and it was from the heart."
Lohan titled her November 21 e-mail "Dead is hard, Life is much easier," a
quote she attributes to actor Jack Nicholson. In it, she sent condolences to
Altman's family, adding, "I feel as I've just had the wind knocked out of me."
The film star, who is famously estranged from her father, also describes
Altman as "the closest thing to my father and grandfather that I really do
believe I've had in several years."
Days after the missive was made public, Los Angeles Times columnist Patt
Morrison ridiculed it on a Web site as "alarmingly incoherent," apparently
referring to misspellings and grammatical errors by Lohan, and wrote that Altman
himself might find it "comedic."