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Hollywood Stars of Today vs. Yesteryear

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There's a Web site called The Ghoul Pool which takes bets and sets odds on which celebrities are, at any given moment, a good wager to die.

The latest celeb to cause a lot of action on the betting site is Lindsay Lohan. She is exciting bettors because she actually gets caught drunk-driving while holding, and presumably ingesting, cocaine, with the added touch of doing so in an alcohol-monitoring ankle bracelet. This exhibits a bit of devil may care that piques the interest of Ghoul Pool oddsmakers and bettors for obvious reasons.

Other candidates for odds in the bettors' favor of course would be Britney Spears and Paris Hilton. But between them, Brit is the better bet because she is so darn impulsive and reckless in her own way.

Nobody thinks she is going to die over the fact she let her dog poop all over designer clothes she was supposed to wear for a photo shoot, but it's the kind of thing that makes a Ghoul Pool person scratch his chin and say maybe, just maybe.

Now in the old days our star-crossed celebrities were something larger, shall we say. Within a short period of making the misfits, all three of these major movie stars were dead: Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe and the tortured Montgomery Clift. But these were real stars with real larger-than-life Hollywood tragic and heroic lives.

But this crop today, can you imagine an Elton John of today writing a "Candle in the Wind" about Lindsay Lohan? I don't think so.

Actually, I don't think any of them are going to die — at least anytime soon. They're just going to go on being living train wrecks who pop up on the news every few days and then someday disappear into some personal fog.

At least one hopes.

That's My Word.

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