Liz and Dick and Lindsay: Lohan made this Taylor biopic her own | Emma G Keller

Lindsay Lohan's performance as Elizabeth Taylor was universally panned, but it saw art imitate life to perfection

The howls of outrage over the wretchedness of Liz & Dick, the Taylor-Burton biopic that aired on Lifetime on Sunday night, missed a larger point. Substitute the name Lindsay for Liz – but keep the cigarettes, the booze, the shades, the shaky poses, the pouting and the paparazzi – and it became the life story of a different actress. No acting necessary: the movie was a credible rendering of the Lindsay Lohan story. She could recite the lines straight; they had their own veritas.

"Apparently I was very cool," said Lohan/Liz, retrospectively, at the start of the two-hour movie in a voice that sounded like a full ashtray at 3am.

As in real life, while Lohan's interactions with her romantic lead seemed fake and staged, she sparkled when the paparazzi were around. "Call yourselves journalists?
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