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CNN PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

Profiles of Tom Cruise, Lindsay Lohan, Michael Caine

Aired July 3, 2005 - 19:00   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.


CAROL LIN, CNN ANCHOR: PEOPLE IN THE NEWS in just a moment, but first, a look at what's happening right now.
A development in the case of a missing teen in Aruba. Police escorted three suspects, one at a time, to the beach near the hotel where Natalee Holloway stayed. Investigators want to compare the suspects' accounts of what happened on the beach. The Alabama teen has been missing five weeks.

And a top al Qaeda terrorist was killed today in a clash in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He was wanted for terrorist acts in that country. A senior Saudi official said the al Qaeda member was killed in a fight between Saudi security forces and suspected militants.

And Attorney General Alberto Gonzales today made a surprise visit to Baghdad. The trip was kept secret for security reasons. Gonzales told U.S. troops that what they're doing is important for promoting freedom around the world.

I'm Carol Lin. Now to PEOPLE IN THE NEWS.

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ANNOUNCER: Next on PEOPLE IN THE NEWS, he's the Tinseltown titan who's notoriously tight-lipped.

TOM CRUISE, ACTOR: I'm not going to discuss any of that.

ANNOUNCER: Now with a fresh-faced fiancee and newfound outspokenness over Scientology, that famous cruise control has shifted into out of control. Will the off-screen antics of Tomcat make "The War of the Worlds" risky business? Hollywood screen legend Tom Cruise.

Then, she's the silver screen teen sensation, whose off-screen family feud has made her a fixture on the gossip pages.

MICHAEL FLEEMAN, PEOPLE MAGAZINE: The relationship between Lindsay Lohan's parents is all-out warfare.

ANNOUNCER: In the words of her hit song, will "Rumors," about her domestic drama, wild partying and physique derail Disney's darling?

LINDSAY LOHAN, ACTRESS: People say, you go out too much and stress and -- it is stressful, but I don't think I will be a flash in the pan.

ANNOUNCER: From red-haired cutie to blond bombshell, teen star Lindsay Lohan.

And later, Michael Caine is starring in two big summer movies, "Batman Begins" and "Bewitched." It's been quite a journey to international stardom.

MICHAEL CAINE, ACTOR: She said, your father has gone, now you two have got to look after me. And that formed my character for the rest of my life.

ANNOUNCER: From a background of poverty and family secrets, Michael Caine on film, on fame and what it's all about.

Now, from the pages of "People" magazine and the network for news, a look at the most fascinating PEOPLE IN THE NEWS.

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PAULA ZAHN, HOST: Hi, everyone, I'm Paula Zahn. Welcome to PEOPLE IN THE NEWS.

Tom Cruise seems to be everywhere these days, and that has a lot of people scratching their heads. Sure, he has a new movie out, "The War of the Worlds" hit theaters on Wednesday, but it's Cruise's life off-screen that's really raising eyebrows. Whether he's adamantly professing his love for his new fiancee, Katie Holmes, speaking out on Scientology or lambasting psychiatry as a pseudoscience, Tom Cruise has gone from being very private to being very, very public. Here's Kyra Phillips.

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KYRA PHILLIPS, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): He's a true Hollywood phenomenon. An icon who emerged from nowhere to become one of the biggest stars on the planet. With charisma to burn and that million-dollar smile, his films have grossed a staggering $2 billion.

LEAH ROZEN, FILM CRITIC, "PEOPLE" MAGAZINE: Tom Cruise is the biggest movie star going right now. He has whatever that thing is about a movie star that everyone who is watching him in some way identifies. Men would like to hang out with him, women would like to have more private moments with him.

PHILLIPS: Couple that with the Tinseltown trifectas: Three Golden Globe wins, three Academy Award nods. Yet, one thing continues to elude the man famous for his cruise control -- a golden statue by the name of Oscar.

ROZEN: I've never discussed this personally with Tom Cruise, but it seems pretty clear he very much wants an Oscar.

PHILLIPS: This summer, Cruise may get another shot. He continues his quest for the golden statue with "War of the Worlds." ROZEN: The buzz on this is really good, in that you have Tom Cruise re-teaming with Steven Spielberg. I mean, it looks like it has all the elements that you want for a big summer movie.

PHILLIPS: Big box-office numbers and a golden prize might be nice, but the only thing on Cruise's mind these days is actress Katie Holmes. The two are now engaged.

JESS CAGLE, SENIOR EDITOR, "PEOPLE" MAGAZINE: It just happened so fast, and Tom has always been fairly private about his private life. And he was shouting this one from the mountain tops.

PHILLIPS: In Rome...

KATIE HOLMES, ACTRESS: Should I go get him?

PHILLIPS: At the MTV Movie Awards, and on "Oprah Winfrey."

OPRAH WINFREY, TV PERSONALITY: Something happened to you.

TOM CRUISE, ACTOR: I'm in love.

CAGLE: The "Oprah" appearance caused a sensation, because we had never seen Tom Cruise act like that before. I mean, he was like a giddy teenager.

PHILLIPS: Cruise's over-the-top behavior is causing a stir. He's become more outspoken on Scientology and the controversial religion's position against psychiatry. He recently sparred with Matt Lauer over the issue on the "Today Show."

CRUISE: Matt, I'm asking -- Matt, I'm asking -- Matt, I'm asking you a question.

MATT LAUER, HOST "TODAY" SHOW: I understand there's abuse of all of these things.

CRUISE: No, you see, here is the problem. You don't know the history of psychiatry. I do.

PHILLIPS: Cruise's new outspokenness is raising eyebrows, after keeping his life private for so long.

He was born Thomas Cruise Mapother IV, on July 3rd, 1962, in Syracuse, New York. His mother was a teacher; his father an engineer.

ROBERT SELLERS, BIOGRAPHER: His father kept moving the family perpetually around the country as he looked for -- looked for work. Tom's father was chasing a dream, almost, to become a millionaire, to make his fortune. And unfortunately, most of his money-making schemes tended to fail.

PHILLIPS: Adding to the complexity of new schools and short- lived friendships, there were problems in the classroom.

CAGLE: He could not read. He was diagnosed as being dyslexic. PHILLIPS: There were also problems at home: His parents were drifting apart, and by 1974, the nomadic Mapothers were living in Ottawa, Canada. Tom was 12 when they made the fateful announcement.

SELLERS: The whole family was asked to go into the front room, and the news was told to them, that their parents were separating.

PHILLIPS: But in 1976, the running finally stopped. Security came in the form of Glen Ridge, New Jersey. And it was here, at 234 Washington Street, that Thomas Cruise Mapother's destiny began to unfold.

SARAH SAFFIAN, SR. EDITOR, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: He threw himself into sports, primarily wrestling, and he succeeded in that until a pretty serious knee injury took him out of the sport.

PHILLIPS: And into the theater. It was the senior class production of "Guys and Dolls." Urged by the teacher to try out, he landed the role of Nathan Detroit.

SAFFIAN: Once Tom Cruise realized he had this interest in acting, he went for it with a gung-ho focus that is now seen as characteristic Cruise.

PHILLIPS: Following graduation in July of 1980, he set off to New York. Eighteen years old, he left his family, lost his last name, and within just five short months, Tom Cruise hit the big screen.

CRUISE: You better not tell her what I just told you.

DAVID LETTERMAN, HOST, LATE NIGHT WITH DAVID LETTERMAN: How many people were up for the part that you got?

CRUISE: I don't know, overall it was like 7,000. So, I guess...

LETTERMAN: And you got it.

CRUISE: And I got it now.

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PHILLIPS: Cruise continued his march onto the big screen: Four films in 12 months.

ROZEN: "Risky Business" is the movie that made Tom Cruise a star. That was it.

CAGLE: He was rebellious and he was charming, and he was troubled. He danced in his underwear. And he was Tom Cruise.

PHILLIPS: Teen audiences could not get enough. Overnight, the 21-year-old was Hollywood's most wanted.

But in 1984, Cruise sustained a personal setback: His estranged father was diagnosed with cancer. SAFFIAN: By the time he died in 1984, he and Tom had reconciled, and Tom has talked about that being very important to him, to have that kind of closure.

PHILLIPS: At peace with his father, in 1986, Tom Cruise emerged at the top of his game.

ROZEN: "Top Gun" was the movie that absolutely solidified him as the leading man of the '80s.

PHILLIPS: Not only did audiences fall under his spell, so did actress Mimi Rogers, six years his senior. Come May 9th, 1987, the 25-year-old secretly wed.

CAGLE: The relationship with Mimi Rogers was really important for one thing, and that was Mimi Rogers was a Scientologist.

PHILLIPS: The honeymoon, however, would not last long. By 1989, tabloids began to take interest in the marriage. Cruise would later blame their impending split on his hectic schedule.

MIMI ROGERS, ACTRESS: They're shooting today like any other day. So, he couldn't be here.

PHILLIPS: By now, Cruise was shooting with the biggest names in the business -- Paul Newman in "The Color of Money," Dustin Hoffman in "Rainman." Both Newman and Hoffman took home Oscars.

Cruise got his own shot in 1989.

CAGLE: Finally, with "Born on the Fourth of July," Tom gets his own showcase, got his first Oscar nomination and really opened a lot of eyes in Hollywood.

PHILLIPS: The ride had just begun. His next film, "Days of Thunder," and a fateful meeting with a red-haired Aussie was moments away.

PHILLIPS: By January, 1990, Cruise finalized his divorce from Rogers. By December 1990, Cruise and Kidman were husband and wife.

Next, the Hollywood fairy tale comes to a startling end.

SAFFIAN: The announcement that Cruise was filing for divorce right on the heels of the announcement of the separation was a shock, and a shock to Nicole as well.

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ANNOUNCER: We now return to PEOPLE IN THE NEWS.

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PHILLIPS (voice-over): By the early '90s, Tom Cruise and his bride, Nicole Kidman, were the toast of the town. Everywhere they went, swarms of paparazzi followed. UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Watch your back (ph).

PHILLIPS: It was right about this time that Tom went into cruise control.

SAFFIAN: Cruise definitely is a man who wants control. Whether it's a percentage of the profits of his movie, or creative control on the set, or control with the media, where in an interview he'll tell you exactly what he feels like divulging and nothing more.

CRUISE: Your Honor, these are the captain chief's (ph) logs...

PHILLIPS: In December 1992, a military drama would be the first of a string of boffo box office hits.

CRUISE: I want the truth!

JACK NICHOLSON, ACTOR: You can't handle the truth!

PHILLIPS: But by May 1996, everyone was talking about Cruise's latest. His mission: The remake of a 1960s TV classic. The result: One monster of a payday.

JON VOIGHT, ACTOR: This tape will self-destruct in five seconds.

MICHAEL MUSTO, THE VILLAGE VOICE: Tom Cruise is about as wealthy as wealthy gets nowadays. And he's smart enough when he negotiates to do a movie not just to get a flat fee, which would usually amount to like 25 million -- not pocket change, exactly -- but often he'll negotiate for points in the movies. So for "Mission: Impossible I," he made 70 million. For "Mission: Impossible II," 75 million.

CRUISE: Show me the money!

PHILLIPS: In December 1996, another huge hit.

CRUISE: Fine! Fine! Fine!

ROZEN: I thought Tom Cruise's performance in "Jerry Maguire" was among the best he has given. You just saw him loosen up on screen in a way you hadn't. There was a kind of humor. There was also a desperate edge that just hadn't been there before.

PHILLIPS: That 1996 role brought his second Academy Award nomination, but his cruise control was about to be tested. In February 2001, just two months after Tom and Nicole had grandly celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary, publicists announced a joint separation. Three days later, Cruise filed for a divorce.

ANNE-MARIE O'NEILL, SR. EDITOR, PEOPLE MAGAZINE: Why did Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman break up? It's a burning question still, and it's something that everyone wants to know.

PHILLIPS: Tabloids, newspapers, rumors ran rampant. And as the buzz built, Cruise wouldn't budge.

CRUISE: I'm not going to discuss any of that. That's between Nic and I, and forever I will never discuss that, ever.

SAFFIAN: There have been rumors that Tom is gay. There were rumors that she was very cautious about Scientology.

PHILLIPS: Both rumors Cruise emphatically denied. Twice in 2001, he filed suit and won against individuals questioning his sexuality.

There were also rumors about Cruise's possible involvement with actress Penelope Cruz, a friendship that began on the set of 2001's "Vanilla Sky," and quickly moved to romance following the divorce.

In March 2004, a startling series of announcements. Expectations that Penelope Cruz would be Tom's future misses turned out wrong. Not only was the Cruise-Cruz union no more, the superstar was also letting go of his longtime publicist, Pat Kingsley.

CAGLE: In Hollywood, the breakup between Tom Cruise and Pat Kingsley was just Earth-shattering. Nobody really knows what happened.

PHILLIPS: Cruise had moved on, hiring his sister as his publicist, and falling for "Dawson's Creek" alum, Katie Holmes.

HOLMES: You know what, it's incredible. It's absolutely incredible. He's the most amazing man in the whole world.

PHILLIPS: Both actors have big movies hitting theaters this summer. Holmes with "Batman Begins," and Cruise stars in "War of the Worlds." Is it just a publicity stunt, or are these two really in love?

CAGLE: The movies are going to stand on their own. "Batman Begins" is a huge movie. Katie is really a supporting player in that film. "War of the Worlds" is Tom Cruise and Steven Spielberg. Nobody's going to go to that because he's in love with Katie Holmes, or stay away because he's in love with Katie Holmes. These are two movies that truly don't need any publicity.

PHILLIPS: With more than two decades and nearly 30 films behind him, Tom Cruise, Hollywood's reigning top gun, continues to live his life in typical cruise control.

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ZAHN: Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes haven't announced a date yet for their wedding.

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ANNOUNCER: When we return, the 19-year-old starlet who makes as many headlines off screen as she does on.

FLEEMAN: When she gained weight, she was too big. And now she's too thin. This is part of the hazards of living in the public eye.

ANNOUNCER: Lindsay Lohan, and growing up in the media spotlight. Her story next on PEOPLE IN THE NEWS.

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ZAHN: Chances are if you've ever glanced at a gossip magazine over the last year or so, you've probably come across the name Lindsay Lohan. The 19-year-old actress is a favorite of the tabloids and the paparazzi for her ever-changing figure, her night life and her ongoing family feud. Away from the tabs, however, Lohan is one of today's most bankable young stars.

Here again is Kyra Phillips.

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PHILLIPS (voice-over): Simply, she is one of Hollywood's it girls.

ROZEN: Not since Jody Foster have we really seen someone grow up before our eyes this way, who actually, it seems, can act as well.

PHILLIPS: She's a teenage triple threat: Movie star, pop singer and magazine cover girl.

BRUCE SMIRTI, FAMILY FRIEND: I just remember her as a 7- or 8- year-old freckly redhead kid, skinny as a rail. I guess you never know when somebody is going to blossom into this major movie star.

PHILLIPS: And blossom she did. With only five movie credits under her belt, she has established herself as the queen of a teen film. Her films have made more than $300 million.

CAGLE: Lindsay Lohan has a tremendous amount of talent. If she can survive growing up in the public eye, she is going to be a great star.

PHILLIPS: Coming of age in the limelight has made the 19-year- old a lighting rod for gossip. The source of most of the tabloid attention? The Lohan family feud, and her father's criminal problems.

FLEEMAN: He's gotten in fights and brawls and car accidents, driving with a suspended license. The list just goes on and on.

PHILLIPS: Besides her dad's legal troubles, Lindsay's break-up with another star made her tabloid news. And there's her highly publicized club hopping.

CAGLE: She's a favorite target of the paparazzi because she never stays home. She really is out at the clubs every night.

PHILLIPS: Lohan takes the tabloid attention with a grain of salt, shrugging aside any animosity toward the press.

L. LOHAN: This is a blessing, what I do. And it comes with a lot of things. Nobody's perfect. Everyone has their ups and downs, everyone has their own opinion, and they're entitled to it.

PHILLIPS: But behind the headlines and rumors is a young woman, a big sister, and a celebrity who also calls her manager "mom."

DINA LOHAN, MOTHER: It's not like I looked at her and said, you're going to be a superstar one day. You know, it just kind of -- it was a beautiful transition.

PHILLIPS: Lindsay Morgan Lohan's life began on July 2nd, 1986. Though she was born in New York City, she was raised in the upper middle class Long Island town of Cold Spring Harbor.

SMIRTI: It's a very tony area. It's a swell place. Everything's very low-key. It's just a great area to grow up. And Michael grew up there. Michael was a lacrosse star at Cold Spring Harbor.

PHILLIPS: Her father Michael was a Wall Street commodity broker, whose family had a lucrative pasta business. Lindsay's flare for the dramatic most likely came from her mom. Forty-four-year-old Dina was a Radio City Rockette.

D. LOHAN: I grew up as a dancer. Then went to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts for acting. And I was more the Broadway dancer person.

PHILLIPS: Lindsay showed her desire to entertain early on.

D. LOHAN: I taught dance all over Long Island and New York, and so I would drag her to all the dance classes. It was really funny, because all my friends would watch her looking in the mirror, like almost mirror imaging what was happening.

PHILLIPS: In the late '80s, the talented toddler was signed with the prestigious Ford Modeling Agency. She modeled for Calvin Klein.

FLEEMAN: She was reputedly the first redhead that Ford had ever hired. And she was only 3 years old. So before she could barely even speak entire sentences, she was in show business.

PHILLIPS: Lindsay appeared in several commercials, for companies like Duncan Hines.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Don't take our word for it.

PHILLIPS: Even at a young age, she was devoted to her budding career.

D. LOHAN: She wouldn't want to go to the birthday parties. She would want to go to the photo shoot.

PHILLIPS: But behind the scenes, life was not all perfect for her family. In 1990, her father Michael, who was then the president of New York's Futures Traders, was sentenced to federal prison for defrauding investors. FLEEMAN: Michael Lohan has had so many problems with the law, it's hard to keep track, going all the way back to fraud allegations and convictions when he was a businessman.

PHILLIPS: Lindsay's mother tried to keep Michael's prison sentence a secret from 4-year-old Lindsay. In the August 2004 "Rolling Stone" magazine, Lohan said, "my mom just said, dad's working, he's away, he's busy. I finally figured it out. I was like, mom, I'm not an idiot."

Despite her father's time away in prison, Lindsay pushed ahead with her acting. In 1996, she landed her first television role on the long-running soap "Another World."

L. LOHAN: No.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No?

L. LOHAN: That means you and I can get married when I grow up.

D. LOHAN: Working on a soap is such a great experience for a child, because she wasn't there every day.

PHILLIPS: But it would be her first on screen movie appearance that would make Lindsay a star. She was cast in the dual role of twins, Hallie Parker and Annie James, in the Disney remake of "The Parent Trap." The 1998 movie would test Lindsay's chops as an actress.

L. LOHAN: Mother, you can't avoid the subject forever. At least tell me what he was like.

D. LOHAN: We had another manager at the time. And I said to her, she's called me and she said, can Lindsay do an English accent? Lindsay like yelled from another room, "I saw 'The Secret Garden,' I think I can do that."

PHILLIPS: "The Parent Trap" opened number two at the box office, and garnered rave reviews for Lohan.

ROZEN: She was like a fresh little breeze in it. She was this adorable kid, bright red hair, freckles. And she was really very good.

PHILLIPS: Despite numerous offers to star in other films, Lindsay's family wanted her to be a child first and actor second. She went home to Long Island, and attended her dad's alma mater, Cold Spring Harbor High.

L. LOHAN: My family was -- especially my mother -- was very stern about the fact that I -- they wanted me in school, and to experience going through high school and have an education. You know, grow up with friends and go through all of that, and you know, have normal experiences. And I've always had that.

PHILLIPS: Not everyone welcomed the young actress to their inner circles in high school.

D. LOHAN: There would be the guys in the hall going, oh, "Parent Trap," you know, and girls thinking, oh, you know, just like cynical, normal kid stuff. Kids can be really mean. It built a thicker skin for her.

PHILLIPS: Though she was trying to live a normal teenage life, she still had a passion for acting. After high school, she was eager to return to the silver screen.

D. LOHAN: She was like, let's go, let's get on a plane. And she just wanted to do this. So Disney actually came to us, looking for us.

PHILLIPS: In 2003, Lohan won audiences over when she starred opposite Jamie Lee Curtis in the remake of the Disney classic, "Freaky Friday." She followed that up with "Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen" in early 2004.

LOHAN: I like your boots.

ROZEN: Lindsay Lohan clearly has the "it" factor. I mean, when she is on screen, you are watching her. You're not watching the other kids on the screen, you're watching her.

PHILLIPS: The 17-year-old was making a name as one of Hollywood's most bankable teen sensations.

But when we return, her father's legal troubles make for more family drama.

SMIRTI: I think he does things without understanding the possible consequences.

PHILLIPS: And is Lindsay shrinking? The teen's ever-changing figure makes the cover of magazines and raises eyebrows across the country.

L. LOHAN: Everyone has their own reason for why they want to be thin, or how they get that way.

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FREDRICKA WHITFIELD, CNN ANCHOR: Hello, I'm Fredricka Whitfield. PEOPLE IN THE NEWS continues in a moment, but first, here are top stories.

The latest details now on the Idaho girl who was found alive today, nearly seven weeks after she and her brother disappeared. Eight-year-old Shasta Groene was found in a restaurant near her home, with a registered sex offender. That suspect has been charged with kidnapping. Police say there's information indicating Shasta's missing 9-year-old brother, Dylan, may be dead. But they continue to search for him. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

BEN WOLFINGER, KOOTENAI COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT: I think we're just happy right now that we've got Shasta here, and you know, and there's still that unknown out there, you know. Until we get it totally confirmed, we're not going to go anywhere with that.

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WHITFIELD: Around the world, hundreds of thousands of fans have gathered for a series of rock concerts featuring many of the biggest names in music. The global event called Live 8 is aimed at fighting poverty in Africa.

Celebrating the life and music of the late Luther Vandross. A fascinating look back at the singer's career and personal struggles is coming up on "CNN LIVE SATURDAY" at 6:00 p.m. Eastern.

More headlines in 30 minutes. Now, back to more PEOPLE IN THE NEWS.

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ANNOUNCER: We now return to PEOPLE IN THE NEWS.

JAMIE LEE CURTIS, ACTRESS: You think my life is perfect?

L. LOHAN: You couldn't last one day in my high school.

PHILLIPS (voice-over): By 2003, with three Disney movies under her belt, 17-year-old Lindsay Lohan had made her mark as one of Hollywood's youngest stars. But by her 18th birthday, Lindsay would transform from freckled-faced teen to sexy stand-out actress.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Shut up!

L. LOHAN: I didn't say anything.

PHILLIPS: It would be her role in 2004's "Mean Girls" that would catapult Lohan to serious stardom. In her first film foray away from Disney, Lindsay landed a new audience.

ROZEN: "Mean Girls" was a very smart comedy, that I think worked both for the teenagers at whom it was intended, and also for adults. And Lindsay Lohan was terrific. I mean, she carried that movie.

PHILLIPS: Lindsay also struck a cord off-screen. She released her first full-length album, "Speak," in late 2004. With songs like "Rumors," Lindsay's record peaked at number four on the Billboard 200. And Lindsay's romantic life had the media buzzing. Lindsay was hot and heavy with the 24-year-old "That '70s Show" actor Wilmer Valderrama. And the paparazzi didn't miss a beat. A high-profile romance, a smash movie and a hit album. Lohan was becoming a media darling.

But by her 18th birthday, the press was more intrigued with her figure than her career. Provocative photos in magazines like "Rolling Stone" and revealing red carpet arrivals had the tabloids speculating about breast augmentation, a claim Lohan denied.

And if Lohan wasn't getting enough tabloid attention, her father's endless brushes with the law put his daughter back on the gossip pages. Michael Lohan had been convicted of seven criminal charges in 2004, including an arrest for attacking his brother-in-law with a shoe at a family party.

Attorney Bruce Smirti represented Lohan for a domestic dispute in 2002. And though the two have become friends, he says he doesn't understand Lohan's recent actions.

SMIRTI: Knowing Michael the way I do, I think he has an anger problem. He's impulsive. He doesn't think before he acts.

PHILLIPS: CNN contacted Michael Lohan for an interview, but according to his lawyer, a gag order prevented him from speaking about his family.

Despite her family problems, in 2004, Lindsay kept a strong front, defending her father.

L. LOHAN: You know, my dad is a grown man, and he's gone a little overboard with some of the things he says. But I love him, and he's my father.

PHILLIPS: But as her dad's troubles continued, Lindsay became less understanding.

FLEEMAN: She used to be very forgiving of him, but as he started making more and more shrill allegations, Lindsay now basically doesn't want to have anything to do with her father.

PHILLIPS: Dina filed for divorce in early 2005, a proceeding that would get uglier by the day.

FLEEMAN: They had tried to make it work. Then there was sort of a detente (ph). Now, they're just at each other's throats. The mother and the father are at war.

PHILLIPS: In 2005, Lohan was in trouble again. In February, he was arrested for DWI after crashing his car into a pole. Citing his recent criminal history and the court's previous leniency, Lohan was sentenced to up to four years in jail.

Family drama aside, Lindsay could not escape from the media spotlight. Barely dating a few months, the gossip pages were hot with the story of her breakup with Valderrama. And after her highly publicized breakup, the rumor mill began to portray Lindsay as a Hollywood party girl.

FLEEMAN: One week in April, we saw her at a different club every night of the week. When she's filming a movie, she is out very late. She is club-hopping all the time. PHILLIPS: While filming her latest movie, "Herbie: Fully Loaded," Lohan spent five days in the hospital. The gossip pages implied too much partying.

FLEEMAN: How many times can her publicist say, yes, she's got a cold or, yes, she's working out, or yes, she's just a little bit tired? People care about her. They really want things to work out for her. They want her to be healthy, they want to see her in movies.

PHILLIPS: Despite the rumors, Lindsay says her sick leave from "Herbie" was due to pure exhaustion.

L. LOHAN: They can say it was drugs or anything they want. Because that's what I was hearing, or meningitis, or whatever. You know, it's -- when you get tired -- I'm 18. And I'm still growing. And my body can't handle, like, going out, and then working and doing all that stuff.

PHILLIPS: And the tabloids still hadn't finished with Lohan. By early 2005, Lohan had transformed from busty redhead to waifish blond. The press chastised the new, svelter Lindsay. Did she have an eating disorder?

FLEEMAN: She lost a lot of weight in a very short amount of time. And this was all around the time that she was working very hard on movies and partying very hard in clubs. I think there's a real concern there among audiences that her lifestyle may be getting close to being out of control.

PHILLIPS: According to camp Lohan, rumors of an eating disorder are a big fat lie.

D. LOHAN: She's a little girl. We're not big-boned. And she lost 15, 20 pounds in the hospital. And when she came out, she liked how she looked. And when you're that age, you know, you have to find your own space.

L. LOHAN: Everyone has their own reason for why they want to be thin, how they get that way. And I'm healthy, and I'm not an idiot. And I have people around me that would say, hey, stop it, that I can trust and that I will actually listen to.

PHILLIPS: Too thin or too busty? Party girl or worn out actress? With the media circus that surrounds Lohan and her family, will her personal life continue to overshadow her career? Can she transcend the gossip?

FLEEMAN: Lindsay herself says that her dysfunctional family has actually weirdly helped her career. And she knows that these problems off camera just add to the heat of her career.

PHILLIPS: Despite the sometimes-harsh press, Lindsay Lohan has never been more popular, and the child star turned teen actress takes the glare of the spotlight like a pro.

L. LOHAN: There's a lot of misconceptions and there will be. And I understand that. But don't believe what you read. I just make sure that people that I'm with -- they know the truth and I know the truth. And as long as I'm happy, that's all that matters.

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ZAHN: Well, it seems the paparazzi aren't the only ones running into Lindsay Lohan. The young actress says her Volkswagen co-star ran over her foot during the filming of a music video for "Herbie: Fully Loaded."

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ANNOUNCER: Coming up: He's one of Hollywood's most prolific actors, but he hasn't always known fame and fortune.

CAINE: I came from a family which was very poor, and the only thing we didn't have was money.

ANNOUNCER: From Batman's butler, to playing father to Nicole Kidman in "Bewitched." A look at Michael Caine, on screen and off, when PEOPLE IN THE NEWS continues.

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ZAHN: Welcome back to PEOPLE IN THE NEWS. At an age when most stars begin to slow down, Michael Caine just keeps on acting and acting. This summer alone, he's starring in both "Batman Begins" and "Bewitched," but Caine's enormous success has been tempered by decades of hardship, heartaches and hard work.

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ZAHN (voice-over): Michael Caine is the world's most famous cockney, and proud of it.

CAINE: I remember people trying to discourage me because of my background and my voice and my education from trying to do anything, and I thought, well, if I ever get anywhere, I don't want to hide it.

CAINE: Most birds got (INAUDIBLE) hold of a bloke and the first thing they think of is (INAUDIBLE).

ZAHN: He's Alfie. He's Harry Palmer. He's Austin Power's dad. One man, a whole lot of movies.

SYDNEY POLLACK, DIRECTOR: He's essentially a character actor who's been elevated to a real leading man, although he does not have conventional leading man's looks.

ZAHN: Versatile and prolific, Michael Caine is, above all, a movie star. Critically acclaimed, internationally recognized.

The Oscar winner appeared in more than 80 films, from "Zulu" to "The Cider House Rules." And even though he is in his 70s, he shows no signs of wearing out his welcome.

Caine is in two films this summer, including "Batman Begins," a first of sorts for this veteran actor, who plays Alfred, the caped crusader's fateful butler.

CAINE: You have a name to maintain.

CHRISTIAN BALE, ACTOR: I don't care about my name.

CAINE: It's not just your name, sir. It's your father's name. And it's all that's left of him.

It was a beautifully written role in a blockbuster. I never get a chance of being in blockbusters because you can never find a good part.

It's fantastic.

Well, if it isn't my spell-casting magical daughter who gave up witchcraft.

ZAHN: Michael Caine continues to show his versatility this summer, with the big-screen version of "Bewitched," starring Nicole Kidman.

ROZEN: When he comes out on that screen, you have no idea, is this a good guy, is this a bad guy? You've no fixed image, and I think that's the key to Michael Caine.

ZAHN: Despite all his success, Michael Caine still seems amazed at all his good fortune. And it's been a long journey from a childhood of poverty and a dark family secret.

Michael Caine was born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite Jr. in 1933 in London's impoverished East End. He was born within earshot of the Bow Bells of St. Mary's, which, according to British lore, made young Micklewhite a true Londoner, a cockney.

CAINE: I came from a family which was very poor, and the only thing we didn't have was money. I was never hungry, I was never dirty, I was never unloved. None of those things which poor people are supposed to be responsible for.

ZAHN: But life was a struggle for the Micklewhites. Maurice Sr. was often unemployed, a casualty of the depression. Ellen Micklewhite brought in what she could by scrubbing floors. And Maurice Jr.? He found escape in the cinema.

CAINE: I used to see seven movies a week. I was completely obsessed with the cinema, and, of course, still am. I wanted to be a cinema actor.

ZAHN: Acting would have to wait. World War II brought the German blitz to London. While Maurice Sr. went off to fight at Dunkirk and later in Italy, his wife and two young sons fled to the countryside: A life-altering event. CAINE: She looked at the two of us, and she said, your father is gone, now you two have got to look after me. And that formed my character for the rest of my life. I'm like a benign godfather. Right, we'll take care of you, mum.

ZAHN: The man who would become Michael Caine began acting in grammar school. He joined a youth club in the East End and took to the stage. He also got a job in the mail room of a film company, anything to be near the theater.

But duty and war would delay Micklewhite's aspirations. He was called into the national service, into the Korean conflict. It was Maurice Micklewhite's best role to date.

CAINE: I couldn't take to army discipline, but I was very smart. I acted as though I was taking to it.

ZAHN: The end of the Korean War delivered Maurice Micklewhite from military service and back to London, where the aspiring actor set out to become a professional.

One of the first things to go was the family name. Maurice Micklewhite became Michael Caine, after "The Caine Mutiny," starring his favorite actor of all time, Humphrey Bogart.

But Caine's success was anything but overnight. It was more than a decade in the making.

CAINE: I was 10 years in the repertory theater, little tiny parts in second feature films. Again, the policeman and the butler. I was repeating the same thing in the movies. I did 10 movies a year, I did 10 lines, in 10 movies in one year, you know, and earned 10 pounds.

ZAHN: By 1960, Michael Caine was a father, he was divorced, and he was broke.

But success was just a movie away. "Zulu" put Caine on the map.

CAINE: Fire!

I've made "Zulu," which was my first proper part in a real film, when I was 29. The first movie, you never make any money. And so I was absolutely broke until I was 30. And then when I was 32, I bought my first car, which was a Rolls-Royce.

ZAHN: "The Ipcress File" introduced secret agent Harry Palmer, the anti-James Bond.

CAINE: Thank you for a wonderful evening.

ZAHN: It was Caine's first movie with his name above the title, a name that would become known around the world thanks to Caine's next role in...

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Alfie. CAINE: He had a tremendous sense of innocence. Although he was treating the women badly, it wasn't sadistic.

But at the end of the film, he does look at the camera, and says, sometimes I look back -- I think sometimes I look back at my life and I wonder, what it's all about, you know what I mean? And he realizes what he's been doing hasn't been satisfying.

ZAHN: Caine received his first Oscar nomination for "Alfie." He had arrived in London and now Hollywood. The poor kid from South London found it all a little hard to take in.

CAINE: Shirley MacLaine gave a party, and the first person to come in was Gloria Swanson and the second person was Frank Sinatra. I was the guest of honor. I didn't know what to say to anybody, I just stood there dumbfounded.

ZAHN: Professionally, Caine was on top of the world. Personally, he was enjoying his hard-won celebrity and his bachelorhood.

CAINE: I had no intention of getting married at all. I mean, one of my recurring nightmares was I'd wake up in the middle of the night sweating in a wedding ceremony somewhere.

ZAHN: Caine may not have been looking for love, but love was about to find him.

Coming up, Michael Caine finds his soul mate, and discovers a long lost brother.

CAINE: I obviously didn't know my mother had had an illegitimate child.

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ANNOUNCER: Welcome back to PEOPLE IN THE NEWS.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Look!

CAINE: Danny! Brass it out!

ZAHN: "The Man Who Would Be King" continued a string of outstanding performances by Michael Caine. The epic adventure paired Caine and his long-time friend, Sean Connery.

"The Man Who Would Be King" also featured a cameo by the new love in Michael Caine's life, an exotic model named Shakira. She literally caught Caine's eye as he was watching a Maxwell House commercial on TV.

CAINE: I just saw her, and I thought, My God, that's the one. And I -- I got in touch with the advertising agency and found out who she was, and I found her and married her.

ZAHN: Caine finished the '70s with some less memorable appearances in such films as "The Swarm." But as he had done throughout his career, Caine would find redemption by taking risks.

CAINE: I told you, I do not want to do it.

CAINE: Michael Caine's portrayal of a disheveled alcoholic teacher in "Educating Rita" brought him his third Oscar nomination for Best Actor.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Doctor, are you drunk?

CAINE: Drunk? Of course I'm drunk.

ROZEN: "Educating Rita" was, in some ways, almost his comeback role as, oh, he's really quite a bit older now. Oh, he can play character parts.

ZAHN: Caine was again passed over at the Oscars, but he wouldn't have to wait long for another chance. "Hannah and Her Sisters" proved to be an artistic success and a sleeper hit.

CAINE: And the surprise of my life was to be nominated. When they rang me and said, "You've been nominated," I said, how did this -- the film had been forgotten.

ZAHN: Caine's surprise nomination for "Hannah and Her Sisters" led to his first Oscar win for Best Supporting Actor. But Caine wasn't available to pick up his award. He was off making "Jaws IV: The Revenge."

Though Caine admits that he's made some bad movies; he also likes to add that he's made a lot of money at the same time.

CAINE: I remember my agent said, he said, well, if you're going to be a hooker, charge a lot.

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ZAHN: By the end of the 1980s, Michael Caine was an Oscar winner. He was rich, but he was homesick. Caine, his wife, Shakira, and their daughter, Natasha, returned to London. The homecoming, however, was bittersweet.

CAINE: My mother died, but she was quite old then, and it was -- I mean, it's not one of those unexpected things, you know, where she was 89. She'd never been ill in her life, and she died in her sleep. So I thought that was fair enough.

ZAHN: But Michael Caine's mother had taken a shocking secret to her grave. She had given birth to another son out of wedlock and kept him hidden. It wasn't until two years after her death that Caine learned he had an older half-brother and that he had spent most of his life in mental institutions.

CAINE: I obviously went and saw him, and then I sort of started to improve his situation a little bit. And he used to talk to me, but I couldn't understand what he was saying. But he knew who I was, because he had a television, and he had a picture of me on the wall that my mother had given him, of her with me, and then a picture of me in "Zulu."

He died about 18 months after I found him.

ZAHN: Michael Caine took some time away from his movie career in the early '90s. He wrote his autobiography, "What's It All About?" He also advised others with a how-to book on "Acting in Film." "An Actor's Take on Movie-Making" featured Caine's now famous advice that actors in dramatic roles should never blink.

CAINE: You don't blink in a serious situation or in a situation where you want to show a position of strength. You just hold someone, as I'm doing you now. And I can do this forever, you know what I mean?

ZAHN: Caine continued to impress audiences and critics alike with "The Cider House Rules." As Dr. Wilbur Larch, Caine donned an American accent for the first time.

CAINE: Are you so stupid you imagine you're going to find a more gratifying life?

ZAHN: "The Cider House Rules" earned Michael Caine his fifth Oscar nomination and his second award for Best Supporting Actor.

In 2000, Caine was honored again, not for an individual film but for a lifetime of achievement. The Cockney actor born Maurice Micklewhite received a knighthood and became Sir Michael Caine.

CAINE: I always look forward. I always look on the bright side of life. I never see the negative side of anything.

ZAHN: Michael Caine likes to say that he was 30 years a loser, 40 years a winner. He's known poverty and despair, but also fame and fortune. For Caine, that's what it's all about.

CAINE: I just came along, tried to amuse you for a few years, and that was it. That was all. And I consider myself blessed, having been a movie actor, which is what I always wanted to be. I just consider myself very lucky.

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ZAHN: Michael Caine will appear in yet another film this year. He's co-starring alongside Nicolas Cage in "The Weatherman," a comedy/drama due out in October.

That's it for this edition of PEOPLE IN THE NEWS. Coming up next week, missing in Aruba, the Natalee Holloway case. I'm Paula Zahn. Thanks so much for joining us. Hope to see you again next week.

ANNOUNCER: For more celebrity news, pick up a copy of "People" magazine this week.

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