Woody Allen Would Cast Lindsay Lohan, Other Actresses He Admired

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Lindsay Lohan got some pretty respectful compliments as Woody Allen said that he "wouldn't hesitate to use her in a movie because she's a very talented girl." Allen, who has directed almost 50 movies since he broke into filmmaking in 1966, knows what it takes for an actress to make it in Hollywood.

Over the last four-plus decades, he has handpicked some of Hollywood's brightest stars for his various movie roles.

Diane Keaton

Much like Alfred Hitchcock before him, Allen always seems to find a muse in the women around him. His first major female star was Diane Keaton, who really owes much of her career to Allen. The actress starred in "Sleeper," Allen's fifth movie and then starred in his next four films, as well.

Her best known roles were in Allen's two best films, "Annie Hall" and "Manhattan." Their relationship became strained after that and the two never worked together again. However, Keaton still holds a soft spot for the director.

"I miss Woody," she wrote in her memoir, "Then Again." "He'd cringe if he knew how much I care about him, but I'm smart enough not to broach the subject … I still love him."

Mia Farrow

The next object of Allen's infatuation was Mia Farrow, an actress who led Allen to his biggest public scandal. Over their relationship together, Farrow appeared in 13 Allen films, the first film being "A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy," a performance that earned Farrow a Razzie nomination.

Of course, all their films together were overshadowed when Allen left Farrow and eventually began to date, and marry, Farrow's adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn. That was a crime that some have still not forgiven the director for.

"Happy father's day -- or as they call it in my family, happy brother-in-law's day," Allen's son Roman Farrow tweeted on Father's Day 2012.

Scarlett Johansson

More recently, Allen became infatuated with the unique beauty of Scarlett Johansson. While the two have only made three movies together, it was clear Allen saw something in the actress before many other directors and long before she became a bombshell in "The Avengers."

"She's very charming, very bright, very amusing. She livens the set up," Allen said. "The minute she walks on the set, the amperage goes up 200 points. She's a great kid and very talented. … Whenever there's a part she could play, she would probably always be my first choice."

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