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The highly publicized troubles of Lindsay Lohan, left,

The highly publicized troubles of Lindsay Lohan, left, came up in David Letterman's interview questions.

Six months after her last national television interview, Lindsay Lohan spoke with David Letterman on Tuesday about her latest projects -- "Scary Movie V" and a cameo on Thursday's FX comedy, "Anger Management" -- as well as her next chapter, by now a familiar one: rehab.

Calling rehab a "blessing, not a curse," Lohan said: "I'm happiest when I'm working and healthiest. I think this is an opportunity for me to focus on what I love in life."

In a short clip released to the press before Tuesday's "Late Show" appearance, Lohan appeared to bristle when Letterman asked about rehab -- which she's expected to enter in a New York facility in early May -- saying, "We didn't discuss this in the pre-interview." Letterman, who at one point said rehab would be "a lifesaver, a career saver," started off by asking, "Aren't you supposed to be in rehab?" and "How many times have you been in rehab?"

She glared. The audience tittered. And viewers at home probably got a sense of why Lohan had canceled on both Letterman (in 2011) and Barbara Walters (last year).

And yes, there was a touch of deja vu here as well. Lohan spoke to Jay Leno on "The Tonight Show" and on "Good Morning America" last fall, when she portrayed Elizabeth Taylor in the Lifetime biopic "Liz & Dick." Her troubles came up then, too.

CBS released only the brief clip before deadline, but someone who saw other parts of the appearance said, "Dave was very warm to her. They had a playful banter, and toward the end she even got a bit emotional and teary because Dave was being 'so sweet.'"

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