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As a concerned mother, I am writing to you to encourage you to improve your life. I do not want things to get so bad for you that I am given the grim task of having to explain your sudden death to my two young daughters who are great fans and love you.
I was relieved when I learned of your jail sentence, not because I want you to suffer or to be unfairly punished, but because I believe that serving time will force you to be accountable for your actions and may save your life. Your problem has always been the ability to pretty much walk away from your troubles with the law. Even when that walk was encumbered with an alcohol-monitoring ankle bracelet, you still managed to make excuses and continue with your inappropriate behavior.
Now, as you sit in jail, there are no more excuses, no more passes, no more get-out-of-jail-free cards. It's time to pay for your crimes, irresponsibility and selfishly endangering the life of others.
Your behavior has been disrespectful to your family, fans, the entertainment industry that has supported you, the judge in your case and most importantly yourself. My daughters love you in The Parent Trap, Life-Size, Freaky Friday and Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen. I use "love" in the present tense because they own copies and still watch them repeatedly. They look up to you because, like many young girls, they dream of the stardom that you have achieved as an actress and singer. Whether you like it or not, you are a role model to many young women. You owe your dedicated fans a better example -- they are the people who've made you famous, not the ones who've made you an addict.
You have squandered your career as a direct result of partying, alcohol and drugs. Studios cannot risk hiring you for projects and your recent work has been heavily panned.
Now that you are finally being forced to face the music and pay the piper, you have a great opportunity to successfully do something that you've been unable to accomplish in the past -- save yourself! Your parents can't do it and your friends and lawyers, no matter how determined, have failed -- so take your life into your own hands and make a decision and commitment to stop your cycle of self-destruction.
For 90 days, spent mostly in solitude, you will have a lot of time to yourself. Use it wisely to meditate, read, pray, detox and self reflect. When you are finally released, don't stop healing yourself, keep seeking help, have faith and surround yourself with positive influences and those who want you to succeed at beating addiction.
In other words, leave behind the role of the "little girl lost" that we loved on-screen and simply do what so many of us have had to -- grow up!
My daughters and I wish you all the best and are rooting for you.
The concerned mom of two of your many fans
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