Friday, April 12, 2024

Shock: “Boyhood” Director Richard Linklater’s Actress Daughter Was Arrested Last Year for Cocaine Possession, Now on Probation


A really sad story moved on the wire just now: Lorelei Linklater, the 24 year old daughter of director Richard Linklater, was put on probation for cocaine possession.

It turns out that last year, unbeknownst to anyone, Lorelei was involved in a car accident in Texas. She had pills and cocaine when the police found her. The arrest affidavit said Linklater “had a blank look on her face … could not remember what lane she was traveling and said she was on medication for depression.”

Lorelei played the sister of Ellar Coltrane in her father’s Oscar nominated instant classic, “Boyhood.” The movie was filmed over 12 years and was released to huge acclaim. She was praised for her natural acting ability.

We spent so much time with Lorelei and the “Boyhood” cast that the entertainment press got to know them pretty well. Lorelei is such a nice young woman, from a great family, and very talented. This was no doubt a shock to her family when it happened last year. But it also shows you that this can happen to anyone, and that you’ve got to watch your kids even when they’re grown.

Kudos to the Linklaters for keeping it out of the press. And many good wishes to them and to Lorelei. It’s hard to be young in 2017. “She is a very nice, young lady who made a very simple mistake and accepted responsibility for it, and the judge imposed a very appropriate punishment,”  Linklater’s attorney, Rob Swanton, told the Waco Tribune. He’s right. And so hard when you’re in the public eye.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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