On this day in 2006 in Lohan history, Lindsay, overcome with grief following the previous day’s news of Robert Altman’s death, released—surprisingly to USA Today and not US Weekly—a bizarre and lenghty rant that expressed her sorrow in a wonderfully unique way. Her message has improved with age:
“I would like to send my condolences out to Catherine Altman, Robert Altmans wife, as well as all of his immediate family, close friends, co-workers, and all of his inner circle.
I feel as if I’ve just had the wind knocked out of me and my heart aches.
If not only my heart but the heart of Mr. Altman’s wife and family and many fellow actors/artists that admire him for his work and love him for making people laugh whenever and however he could..
Robert altman made dreams possible for many independent aspiring filmmakers, as well as creating roles for countless actors.
I am lucky enough to of been able to work with Robert Altman amongst the other greats on a film that I can genuinely say created a turning point in my career.
I learned so much from Altman and he was the closest thing to my father and grandfather that I really do believe I’ve had in several years.
The point is, he made a difference.
He left us with a legend that all of us have the ability to do.
So every day when you wake up.
Look in the mirror and thank god for every second you have and cherish all moments.
The fighting, the anger, the drama is tedious.
Please just take each moment day by day and consider yourself lucky to breathe and feel at all and smile. Be thankful.
Life comes once, doesn’t ‘keep coming back’ and we all take such advantage of what we have.
When we shouldn’t…..
Make a searching and fearless moral inventory of yourselves’ (12st book) -everytime there’s a triumph in the world a million souls hafta be trampled on.-altman Its true. But treasure each triumph as they come.
If I can do anything for those who are in a very hard time right now, as I’m one of them with hearing this news, please take advantage of the fact that I’m just a phone call away.
God Bless, peace and love always.
That is certainly the most lovely use of the word “hafta” that I’ve ever read in a blackberry dispatched eulogy/motivational speech. The gossip media were predictably critical of Linds’s words and for some reason it took her spokesperson nearly two weeks to address the minor splash that they caused: “She was devastated, she was crying… here was a girl who found something special in this man that she felt so close to, and she was completely shocked and blown away that he had just died. It was written very quickly and from the heart.”
Devastated and crying. Understandable, then. On February 20, 2007, a memorial service was held for Altman in New York. Attendees included Lily Tomlin, Harry Belafonte, Julianne Moore, Kevin Kline and Tim Robbins—all of whom presumably considered the cranky director to be the closest thing to both a father and a grandfather that they really did have in the past several years. Lindsay, however, was not in attendence. It was later reported that she had spent the day of the memorial service in LA partying with Jackass “star” Steve-O.