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Lindsay Lohan

Judge Sautner's Tough Love

Saved My Career!

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

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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What Career? Dope, booze and Homosexuality is not a career, not one that pays anything anyway.

974 days ago


TOUGH LOVE? LMAO, she got off easy if you ask me, Lindsay your career is over, nobody likes you anymore.

974 days ago


That old helmet haired bag of a judge could just as well spent all this time doing something to removed the criminal element of the illegal immigrants now infesting our land. Send them home and tell them to reapply at an immigration office of admittance. This helmet haired judge has been of no help to our country during her term.

974 days ago


Lyndsay we have all seen you naked already what is there to see now?

974 days ago


whoooooah - no need to put the cart before the horse haven't even made your appearance on snl yet.

974 days ago


Zephyr.... Stop talking out of your A$$ & shut the $#@! up.
U have no idea what the hell is going on.

974 days ago


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974 days ago

who dat    

The more i see behind the scenes during tmz live, the more i realize this company is mostly losers and wannabees.

974 days ago

delusional much LL?    

this is lowhan's version of bringing cupcakes to the judge.
a little gossip-site kissing-up.
everyone knows she's been given pass after pass,so yeah something does smell rotten in denmark.
that's okay though cause she has reaped what she has sown and will continue to do so.
she will inevitably f-up,she always does.

974 days ago


Reportedly, ElizaLinds is hanging out now with her Lifetime co-star Pete Doherty. They plan on channeling Liz and Burton by slamming smack and gacking bricks of cocaine... just to get into character. Taylor and Burton were well-known speedball freaks, weren't they?

974 days ago


Does anyone remember how long she will be on informal probation?

974 days ago

Red Cloud    

Just one more little chop bust and I'm gone>>>>>>>>>>>>
The first poll from yesterday was 59% yes, and 43% no. Look now.

The second poll was 54% yes, and 46% no, so on the second poll Lindsay loses 1% yes.

Take Our Poll
Will you be tuning in for the Lindsay Lohan-hosted "SNL" on March 3?

a.--- No way. She's over.
b.--- Yes! If she's willing to poke a little fun at her own behavior, I think it could be hilarious, and a real comeback for her.


a.-- 38%
b.-- 63%


Will SNL Lead To Something More?

Yes 53%
No 47%

974 days ago


She's got to fight for her right to not par-teee!

974 days ago


I disagree with this. The only person who can save Lindsay's career is Lindsay herself. Im thrilled that Lindsay is going to have another "glowing" report but this makes two in a long time. I think Lindsay has quit a ways to go to prove that she has finally changed and matured for the better. Also the real test here will be the end of March when Judge Sautner is no longer keeping a close watch on Lindsay. I think Judge Sautners strict terms are the only reason why Lindsay has been doing so good but that will end in March.It will be up to Lindsay to continue down the right path and she will have to stay out of trouble while no longer being on a tight court leash. I have hope for her.

974 days ago


I want my red hair Lindsay back !!!!!!!!!!! God, make her change the hair color again .... F-k the TROLLS ! She will rise again, like phoenix from the ashes ....

974 days ago
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