December 13, 2004 at 05:00 AM EST

What does it take for a star to be born? Talent, ambition, luck — and, for the assembled luminaries on 2004’s breakout list (a distinguished group that includes Kanye West, Zach Braff, and Summer’s pixie-haired frenemy from The O.C.), that all-important career-making moment. Leading the pack is teen queen Lindsay Lohan, who won’t let tabloids, paparazzi, or boy trouble keep her from getting to the top of the Hollywood ladder.

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