Best of 2012 Lindsay Lohan: When Did it Go Wrong?

The year started off on a high for the actress, but see how it all went terribly wrong along the way

The year started off with a bang – the feel-good kind – for Lindsay Lohan when she's named a frontrunner to play screen legend Elizabeth Taylor in the Lifetime biopic Liz & Dick. "It's a very serious selection," the film's executive producer Larry Thompson tells E! News. "It's like casting for Hollywood royalty."

At a Feb 22 progress hearing stemming from a previous DUI and necklace theft, the 25-year-old is praised for keeping up with her community service and therapy sessions: "You seem to be getting your life back on track," Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner tells the actress.

Billed as her comeback, the Mean Girls star's March 4 hosting stint on Saturday Night Live proved she still had comedic chops – and that she could take a joke. "Wait, so the alarm goes off if I leave the stage?" she said, referring to 2011 her house arrest.

Less than two weeks after her SNL triumph, Lohan hits another car in the parking lot of a Hollywood club in the early morning of March 14, and then reportedly drives away. Calling the incident "a complete lie," Lohan says, "I attempted to wish a friend happy birthday, which I didn't even get to do because I was freaked out by all of the paparazzi. These false accusations are absurd."

In another casting coup, Lohan is hired in March to star in a late-season episode of the Fox musical-dramedy, making a cameo appearance as a judge (the irony!) in a glee club competition. During shooting, rumors swirled that the actress was late to the set, but her Glee costars denied any difficulties.

On her way to the L.A. set of Liz & Dick on June 8, Lohan slams her Porsche into the back of a dump truck. Complaining of pain, she's rushed to a Santa Monica hospital. Later, the truck driver claims a Lohan associate allegedly tried to bribe him into not reporting the accident to police.

After a 911 caller claims the actress is unconscious in her L.A. hotel room, an ambulance rushes to the scene on June 15. Citing dehydration and exhaustion, Lohan's rep blames the latest drama on her "grueling schedule" filming the Elizabeth Taylor biopic.

After a trouble-free three months, Lohan is arrested in New York Sept. 19. The charge: leaving the scene of a crime after allegedly hitting a man with her Porsche near the Dream Hotel. After Lohan's picked up by the police, her rep issues a statement on her behalf, saying: "While some of the facts are still being gathered, it appears that this is much ado about nothing."

After a night of clubbing Oct. 10, Lohan and her mom, Dina, clash in the back of a limo, prompting Lohan to call her father, who in turn calls 911. While police arrive on the scene at the actress' childhood Mineola, N.Y., home, no arrests are made. The next day, mother and daughter patch things up with a hug – in full view of the paparazzi.

Lohan gears up for the Burton-Taylor film's much-anticipated Nov. 26 premiere, tweeting, "Hey guys! #LIzandDick is on@LifetimeTV! Got any questions for me? Please send them my way." But the question foremost on critics and viewers' minds was: How Lohan was completely miscast as Taylor.

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