The public lives of young actresses in the past were highly regimented compared with their counterparts today.
Their public profiles were strictly managed by film bosses and some lived in the Hollywood Studio Club, a chaperoned dormitory and home to actresses including Marilyn Monroe from the 20s to the 70s.
A ‘studio girl’ was described as “a smartly dressed, graceful, and genteel woman tutored in etiquette as well as the performing arts.”
Today young actresses lead a less sheltered existence. They earn more money and have more control over their lives, and coupled with the media’s interest in their activities are also more exposed.
For some the media coverage of their chaotic private lives now overshadow their acting careers. A prime example is star of Mean Girls Lindsay Lohan, whose all-night partying, hospitalizations, DUI arrests and tumultuous lesbian relationship with DJ Samantha Ronson is such a tabloid staple that one studio boss said “Her career was over long before she had these troubles … Right now, she’d have to pay a studio to get herself into a movie.”
Another young actress facing media over-exposure is Mischa Barton. The star of teen series The O.C, Barton was admitted into a psychiatric hospital following a breakdown on set of her latest film, ironically about a supermodel with a drug addiction.
Also arrested for DUI, Barton’s partying, mental issues and weight fluctuations (there’s speculation she may be anorexic) have kept her in the news for all the wrong reasons and may be jeopardizing her film career.