Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan released from formal probation

March 29, 2012 at 1:28 PM ET

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Lindsay Lohan is all smiles as she leaves Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday.

 A Los Angeles judge on Thursday lifted formal probation for Lindsay Lohan, freeing the actress from court appearances and official supervision that have ruled her life since a 2007 drunk driving arrest.

Lohan, 25, who has made multiple trips to jail and rehab in the past four years, got good marks from Los Angeles Superior Court judge Stephanie Sautner for completing months of community service at a Los Angeles morgue and court-ordered psychotherapy sessions.

The actress and her attorney, Shawn Holley, thanked the judge, and Lohan said that the judge's fairness "really opened a lot of doors for me."

Judge Sautner advised Lohan to obey all laws, stay out of nightclubs, and concentrate on her work. She noted that she realized Lohan had photographers and reporters following her, but said "That's the life you chose."

Although the "Mean Girls" actress will remain on informal probation for a 2011 jewelry theft, she will not have to report regularly to court and will no longer be compelled to live in Los Angeles, as long as she stays out of trouble for the next 2 1/2 years.

Lohan's once promising movie career was derailed by years of hard partying and personal turmoil. But the former "Parent Trap" child star is now on the comeback trail, with an upcoming guest part in TV musical "Glee" and a TV movie role as screen legend Elizabeth Taylor.

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