LOS ANGELES Lindsay Lohan was taken to jail on Tuesday to serve a 90-day term for violating her probation on a 2007 drunk-driving and cocaine-possession charge.
The 24-year-old "Mean Girls" actress, whose promising career has foundered during two years of strenuous partying, made a brief, silent appearance at a Beverly Hills courtroom where she was formally ordered into custody by Judge Marsha Revel.
"I am going to order her to be remanded at this time," Judge Revel said.
Revel ordered TV cameras and photographers not to take pictures of Lohan as she was handcuffed. She was later driven away from court to jail in a vehicle with tinted windows that entered the jail via a back entrance. Local TV news helicopters showed live pictures of her journey.
Lohan, wearing a grey T-shirt, looked tired and tense at the brief court hearing. She did not speak.
Her time behind bars could be reduced to about three weeks under programs for good behaviour and jail overcrowding, officials have said.
"I don't know exactly how long the jail will keep her. I can only impose the sentence," Revel said on Tuesday, adding that there would be no house arrest or electronic monitoring alternatives.
Revel said Lohan's new lawyer, Robert Shapiro, had quit the case on Monday. The actress was represented on Tuesday by Shawn Chapman Holley, who had herself previously resigned after failing to save Lohan from jail.
Lohan, who has voluntarily spent the past week in a sober living facility in Los Angeles, is expected to serve her jail time in isolation for her own security.
She seemed philosophical about her plight on Monday. "(T)he only 'bookings' that I'm familiar with are Disney Films, never thought that I'd be 'booking' into Jail... eeeks," Lohan wrote on Twitter on Monday evening.
Revel sentenced a tearful Lohan two weeks ago after ruling that she had missed multiple alcohol education classes imposed in 2007. Lohan must also attend a 90-day residential rehabilitation program on her release from jail.
Lohan's estranged father Michael Lohan said he spent the morning praying for his daughter. "He is devastated she is going to jail," Michael Lohan's representative told reporters.
Lohan found fame at age 11 in a remake of "The Parent Trap," and her subsequent work in "Freaky Friday" and "Mean Girls" established her credentials as one of Hollywood's most promising actresses.
But her career has declined since 2007 when she admitted she was addicted to drugs and alcohol, yet maintained a hectic night-clubbing schedule.
Lohan will serve her time in the all-female, 2,200-bed Century Regional Detention Facility, south of Los Angeles, in a 12 ft by 8 ft (nine square-metre) cell, jail officials said.
The actress spent 84 minutes there in 2007 as part of her sentence for the two 2007 drunk driving and cocaine possession offenses. Socialite Paris Hilton also spent 22 days there in 2007 on a probation violation.
Lohan will be booked, finger-printed and be given a standard orange prison jumpsuit. Jewellery must be handed in and cellphones and computers are prohibited.
Lohan's next movie "Machete", an action thriller in which she plays a socialite with a penchant for guns, is due to be released on September 3. It will be distributed by 20th Century Fox.
(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; editing by Dean Goodman and Christine Kearney)