The public lives of young actresses in the ago were highly regimented in comparison with their counterparts now.
Their public profiles were strictly controlled by film directors and a few lived in the Hollywood Studio Club, that a chaperoned dormitory and house into actresses including Marilyn Monroe from the 20s to the 70s.
A ‘studio girl’ has been described as “a smartly dressed, graceful, and genteel woman tutored in etiquette as well as the performing arts.”
Today young actresses direct a sheltered existence. They make more cash and have greater control over their lives, and coupled with the media’s interest in their activities will also be more vulnerable.
For a few the media coverage of their chaotic private lives today overshadow their acting careers. A prime example is celebrity of Mean Girls Lindsay Lohan, whose all-night partying, hospitalizations, DUI arrests and tumultuous lesbian relationship with DJ Samantha Ronson is this type of tabloid staple that studio manager 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 youthful actress facing media over-exposure is Mischa Barton. The celebrity of adolescent series The O.C, Barton was admitted into a psychiatric hospital following a breakdown set of her most recent film, ironically of a supermodel with a drug addiction.
Also arrested for DUI, Barton’s partying, psychological issues and weight fluctuations (there’s speculation that she could be anorexic) have retained her in the information for everybody the incorrect reasons and might be jeopardizing her film career.