Nowhere is family dysfunction played out as tragically, comically and scandalously as in Hollywood. These days, the rifts between parents and their famous children are so brutal that they make Macbeth look like an episode of 7th Heaven. And for some reason, these celebrity family feuds seem to be happening with alarming frequency. This might be because things are a little slow in Hollywood right now, so the celebrities have decided to air their dirty laundry. Take, for example, Britney Spears. That baby-dropping, panty-discarding, head-shaving, one-time pop star is blaming her mother for all her problems. Lynne Spears, who has always remained quietly in the background of Spears' life, was recently described by her daughter as 'needing help'. The younger Spears was peeved at her mother for allegedly forcing her back into rehab a few months ago, and the singer told the paparazzi that she was 'praying' for her. To add fuel to the fire, Spears also had a lawyer write a letter to her mother, ordering her to stay away from her two baby grandsons. It all seems a bit vicious, given that a mother would have to be crazy to see her child spinning out of control and not insist that she get help. Speaking of crazy mothers, Lindsay Lohan - generally known as Li-Lo - might just have one of those. Dina Lohan - or Di-Lo - could be Lindsay's older sister; she's all blonde tresses, lean body and big white smiles. She also parties with her daughter as if she were another 21-year-old headed for rehab. But Di-Lo's ex-husband, Michael (Mi-Lo?), has blamed her for contributing to their daughter's fragile state of mind. In retaliation, Di-Lo - a one-time wannabe actress - has barred Mi-Lo from seeing their daughter while she's in rehab. Not that daddy dearest is much of a role model: he spent time in prison for securities fraud, and has been charged with 'aggravated unlicensed driving' and attempted assault. So, maybe all of Lindsay's troubles are in the genes. But these celebrity family rows have been going on for years. Tatum O'Neal had a well-publicised falling out with dad Ryan; Angelina Jolie feuded with her father Jon Voight over comments he made to the media; and Jennifer Aniston was peeved at her mother for the same reason. Jolie and Aniston say they've been working towards a reconciliation (and in Aniston's case, the word is that the two have kissed and made up). It seems the closer parents get to the Hollywood scene and their celebrity kids, the higher the risk of family feuds. Numerous stars have fired and/or sued their parents for mismanaging them, including country singer LeAnn Rimes and Macaulay Culkin. In an industry where ego rules, it can be hard for parents to keep a respectful distance, especially if they envy their child's fame. That must be what Oprah Winfrey's father, Vernon, was thinking when he said he was writing a tell-all book about his multi-billionaire daughter. Winfrey says she didn't know about the project until a family member let it slip, but she's not pleased. What's the likelihood the book will make it on any Oprah's Picks list? But sometimes there are happy endings. Tori Spelling, the sweet if rather air-headed daughter of the late TV producer Aaron, fell out with her mother Candy over the terms of her father's will. They didn't talk for a year, but reconciled as Spelling was in the hospital, about to give birth to her first child, Liam. Apparently, grandma Spelling cried and sobbed and hugged her daughter - and then went out and spent US$1,700 on baby goodies, including a leather diaper bag. Now that's what family in Hollywood is all about.