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Lindsay Lohan

Judge Sautner's Tough Love

Saved My Career!

2/22/2012 3:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Judge Stephanie Sautner
's zero-tolerance, no-BS attitude saved Lindsay Lohan's career -- at least that's what the actress is telling friends.

Sources close to Lindsay tell TMZ, LiLo wasn't a big fan of Sautner in the beginning -- but she now realizes that without Sautner laying out a blueprint for success ... she never would've gotten her act together.

We know ... the judge met with the prosecutor and Lindsay's lawyer, Shawn Holley, before LiLo was sentenced and decided it was unwise to do what the other judges had ordered -- requiring Lindsay to perform hundreds of hours of community service within a year. 

The judge and Holley realized Lindsay needed more rigid structure -- each month she'd be required to come to court and show she's completed the latest installment of community service, and if she didn't she was going directly to jail.

It worked. 

What's more ... Lindsay actually gets it and realizes the only reason new opportunities have surfaced -- including "Saturday Night Live" and a new Liz Taylor movie -- is because producers are watching and think she's turned it around.

Lindsay is in court today at 10 AM PT. We're told she performed her latest installment of community service at the morgue and she'll get another glowing review from Judge Sautner.

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61.

andyscandy    

Bail Bondsman on stand by..with a blank check by Vikram her owner..since he has ridden her like seatle slue its his obligation

892 days ago
62.

Tammy    

So, what do you think will happen when her probation is over and she no longer has to follow the structured/rigid schedule of the judge? Anyone want to guess? I have a pretty good idea.

892 days ago
63.

taz    

It's too late for this girl. Shes a nut job and that doesn't go away because a judge set some rules. Her face is messed up from all the cut rate plastic enhancements. Her crack days have left her looking like a 50 year old truck stop hooker. Nobody cares that she is going to murder the memory of Liz Taylor. What did she ever do as an ACTRESS that was any good apart from her teen flicks a million years ago? Go away already!!

892 days ago
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jwoolman    

Actually, Lindsay might find herself longing for the happy carefree days in LA courtrooms and the morgue. Now that the IRS has found two years with substantial discrepancies between owed and paid, they will be looking for more. Hope she reported every cash payment, because at some point there is a transition from "oops, I forgot" to "tax evasion". She may not have unpaid tax bills as high as some others, but still a lot higher than the rest of us turnips. That makes investigation worth their while.

892 days ago
65.

Jay W.     

Let's hope so...

892 days ago
66.

Sarcia    

See, I knew she can do it. Keep up the good work Lindsay... Stay clean and make that money, girl. I'm rooting for you! :)

892 days ago
67.

TheMarshmallowMan    

Too bad she is still doing drugs

892 days ago
68.

brad    

Jeez ... it seems like there's a "hate on Lindsay club" out there. Most of them seem to be women.

If TMZ does a post about Lindsay, it's like catnip or something and all the "Lindsay haters" come out of the woodwork. They need to cut Lindsay some slack.

If Lindsay is still a good actress and she gets good reviews and so forth she's GOING TO get more acting jobs.

There's acting jobs for all kinds of roles out there. Actresses don't necessarily have to be "perfect people" who go to church every Sunday, only have 1 or 2 boyfriends their whole life, and never party or get into any trouble with the cops. There's all types of acting roles for women just like there's all different types of women in real life out there. In real life, there's "Good girls", "Bad girls" and everything in between.

892 days ago
69.

themare    

Any payment she gets for SNL and the Liz Taylor TV show will go straight to the IRS. She will be working for The Man for quite a while

892 days ago
70.

brad    

Lindsay just needs to get her some momentum going in her career again. Doing a Lifetime movie about Liz Taylor might lead to a bunch of other opportunities for Lindsay if she does a good job.

By the way, Elizabeth Taylor wasn't a "perfect person" either, especially when she was married to Richard Burton. That's the period Lindsay will be doing in the Lifetime TV movie. In her real life, she was a "bad girl" quite a bit actually. She drank heavily, did a few drugs and popped lots of pills like actresses have been doing for at least the last 60 years.

Fortunately for Liz, she was successful enough and smart enough to have other people drive her around when she was partying so she never got a DWI like Lindsay did. If Liz did drive drunk, the cops might have let her go without a DWI road test in those days.

Liz just needed to smile and hand the cop her driver's license and I bet the cop was star struck. The cop probably then called her a cab on his CB radio and maybe even drove her home if nobody was around.

892 days ago
71.

Firefly    

I don't get it, I just don't get it. What is it about this woman/child that people just fall over backwards to give her second third fourth..... chances. What does she have that is different from anyone else? Except for the boobies that hang to her navel. Everyone has seen them over and over again until you want to tell her to roll them back up and put them away. And don't get me started on the hair extentions. Why pull your hair back and up to expose where the extentions are attached. It's ugly and makes you look like your balding. Oh that's right, you are. LOL. The lips, what can I say about someone that would purposely have a suction cup surgically implanted on your face? I guess now you can say one thing that is true. With that suction cup mouth...She s.u.cks. Don't get to close to those windows when you window shop Lindsay, your lips might get stuck to the glass.

892 days ago
72.

themare    

I can see her pay stub now:

Gross pay $10,000

Net pay $0

Due to a tax lien per the IRS

892 days ago
73.

Red Cloud    

MAXIMUM LOL!!!!
This is getting better each day. So many here just can't stand the fact that Lindsay babe is getting it together. Good grief, you want to believe the CS is BS, the movie role(s), etc......... Funny!!!! Well, Lindsay is coming back and non-fans are not feeling too good about that. I'm a nice guy and will not rub it in, not much. No more raving anger from me. I must admit, it's embarrassing. I'll just smile and laugh.

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gone...........

892 days ago
74.

Truth    

WHAT A CROCK OF PR SH*T!! HERE'S A BETTER PLAN LINDSAY - HOW ABOUT STOP DOING CRACK, WEED, COKE, ALCOHOL... GO TO REHAB AND GET A PSYCHIATRIST AND YOU WOULDNT HAVE BEEN IN FRONT OF THE JUDGE IN THE FIRST PLACE. OH YEA, GETTING A POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION AFTER HIGH SCHOOL WOULD HAVE HELPED ALSO... WHAT A F*CKING LOSER!! THEN EXPLAIN WHY BILLIONS OF PEEPS AROUND THE WORLD WHO DONT HAVE THIS PROBLEM, NEVER BEEN IN FRONT OF A JUDGE, NEVER BEEN HIGH, NEVER BEEN IN JAIL, NEVER BEEN SUED A 100 TIMES, NEVER HAD TO DO PROBATION HAVE LED NORMAL INTELLIGENT LIVES AND DONT NEED TO BRAG ON A CELEB GOSSIP SITE??? EXACTLY... BITCH NEEDS TO **SIT** SRUSLY... #TRUTH!!

892 days ago
75.

stef    

And guess what will happen once this 'structure' ends. She'll be a crack whore yet again.

892 days ago
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