Lindsay Dee Lohan (born July 2, 1986), known professionally
as Lindsay Morgan Lohan, is an American actress, pop music singer,
and former fashion model. She started in show business as a child
model for magazine ads and television commercials. At age ten, she
began her acting career on a soap opera; at eleven, she made her
motion picture début by playing both twins in Disney's 1998
remake of The Parent Trap. Lohan's breakout role as a leading actress
came six years later with Mean Girls, which shone the media spotlight
on her professional and personal livesincluding her nightlife
and her parents' marital and legal struggles.
As an adult, Lohan began to take on more varied roles and projects,
including Robert Altman's A Prairie Home Companion. While filming
Herbie: Fully Loaded in 2004, Lohan launched her career in music,
recording and releasing her first studio album, Speak; her second
album, A Little More Personal (Raw), was released in 2005.
Biography and career
Lohan was born in New York City and raised in Merrick, Long Island,
New York. She is the eldest child of Michael and Dina (née
Sullivan) Lohan, both former actors. She has three younger siblings:
brother Michael(December 1987) had a role as "Lost Boy at Camp"
in The Parent Trap (1998), sister Aliana (known as Ali) is an aspiring
model and actress, and brother Dakota (Cody) has modeled fashions.
Lohan is of Irish and Italian heritage and was raised Catholic.
She originally pronounced her name 'lo-han but later settled on
'lo-?n and, in 2005, explained to a TEENick audience that she had
changed her middle name to something that sounded more professional.
Lohan and her family have donated time and money to charity projects
such as The Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Foundation, Save the
Children, The United Cerebral Palsy Association, and her own charity
organization, Dream Come True.
Lohan's family was financially comfortable from its inception;
her father had inherited his family's pasta business, and Lindsay
helped him create Denata's Pasta Chips. Michael Lohan later sold
the business to trade in futures (briefly becoming President of
New York Futures Traders). More recently, he worked as an investment
banker, securing funding for independent films. Lindsay's mother,
a former Rockette at Radio City Music Hall, was a Wall Street analyst
before becoming her daughter's manager. Lohan attended a Long Island
public school until just before her high school graduation, finishing
her studies at home.
Like most celebrities, Lohan and her family have endured public
scrutiny of their private lives. It was revealed in 2004 that Michael
Lohan had spent much of Lindsay's preteen years in prison for securities
fraud. In 2005, he was sent back to prison for "aggravated
unlicensed driving" and attempted assault. Later that year,
Lindsay's parents settled their divorce case; her mother's attorney
said, "Dina and the children are delighted that this chapter
in their lives is finally over", while her father (through
his lawyer) said, "I look forward to the opportunity to rebuild
my relationship with my children."
In 2004, Lohan shared an apartment in the Los Angeles, California,
area with actress Raven-Symoné. The following year, she bought
a home in West Hollywood while still spending much of her time at
her family's home in New York.
Lohan began her career with Ford Models at age three and, at a time
when blue-eyed blondes were in highest demand, the freckle-faced,
auburn-haired child found little work at first. She persisted, and
eventually appeared in more than 100 print ads for Toys "R"
Us. She also modeled for Calvin Klein Kids (usually with siblings
Michael and Ali) and Abercrombie Kids. Through young adulthood,
Lohan was featured in such diverse magazines as Vogue, Elle, Bliss
(UK), High Club (Bulgaria), and Blenda (Japan).
Lohan's first auditions for television work did not go well; by
the time she tried out for a Duncan Hines commercial, she told her
mother that she would give up if she did not get the job. She was
hired, and Lohan went on to appear in over 60 commercials, including
a Jell-O pudding spot with Bill Cosby. Her ad work led to roles
in soap operas, and she was already considered a show-business "veteran"
in 1996 when she landed the role of Alexandra "Alli" Fowler
on Another World, "where she delivered more dialogue than any
other ten-year-old in daytime serials" of the time.
Lohan gave up Another World for the big screen when director Nancy
Meyers cast her as estranged twin sisters who try to reunite their
long-divorced parents (Dennis Quaid and Natasha Richardson) in The
Parent Trap (1998). Hired in 1997 at age 10, Lohan was 11 when filming
began in England and California (in Los Angeles and the Napa Valley).
"I left school for eight months," she said. "When
I came back, my friends [asked], 'Where'd you go?' I said, 'My family
and I went on a long vacation.' Then the movie came out, and they
were, like, 'Um, Lindsay? That's you in Parent Trap,' and I said,
'Oh, yeah. I also did this movie while we were gone.'". Trap
was well-received for a family comedy, bringing in US$92 million
worldwide. Film critic Janet Maslin found Lohan's dual performances
so forceful "that she seems to have been taking shy violet
lessons from Sharon Stone.". Critic Kenneth Turan called Lohan
"the soul of this film as much as Hayley Mills was of the original,
and ... she is more adept than her predecessor at creating two distinct
Signed by Disney to a three-film contract, Lohan was offered the
role of Penny in Inspector Gadget but, after seven months' work
on The Parent Trap, she turned it down. Later, she starred in two
original television movies, Life-Size (with Tyra Banks) and Get
a Clue. She also played Bette Midler's daughter in the first episode
of the short-lived series, Bette (2000), but Lohanthen 14quit
when the production moved from New York to Los Angeles. In 2001,
she hosted the ABC-TV commercial series commemorating Walt Disney's
100th birthday during a rebroadcast of The Parent Trap.
Following a brief hiatus, Lohan auditioned for (and won) the lead
teen role in another Disney remake; Freaky Friday (2003) starred
Jamie Lee Curtis and Lohan as a mother and daughter who each get
trapped in the other's body. Critic Roger Ebert praised Lohan's
"Jodie Foster sort of seriousness and intent focus beneath
her teenage persona," while Carrie Rickeywho panned the
filmcalled her performance "unpredictable and inspired.".
Through 2005, Friday was Lohan's biggest commercial film success.
Actor/producer Ashton Kutcher considered Lohan a sufficient ratings
draw in December 2003 to feature her in the second-season finale
of Punk'd, his MTV series that plays practical jokes on celebrities
(the episode was widely reported as the end of the seriesalso
a practical joke). Eleven months later, Lohan appeared on That '70s
Show opposite Kutcher and her then-boyfriend, actor Wilmer Valderrama.
Lohan was given the lead in two films, Confessions of a Teenage Drama
Queen (her first feature that was not a remake) and Paramount's Mean
Girls, both released in 2004. Drama Queen was a moderate success at
the box office, but a failure with critics; "Though still a promising
star," Robert K. Elder wrote, "Lohan will have to do a little
penance before she's forgiven for Confessions.". That "penance"
came with Mean Girls, her first PG-13 (and first non-Disney) film.
Her breakout lead performance pushed the critical and commercial hit
to grosses of over US$86 million domestically and US$129 million worldwide,
"cementing her status as the new teen movie queen," wrote
Brandon Gray. "Lohan dazzles us once more," said Steve Rhodes.
"The smartly written script is a perfect match for her intelligent
brand of comedy."
Mean Girls was scripted by Tina Fey and featured several alumni
of Saturday Night Live; Lohan was asked to host the show three times,
in 2004, 2005, and 2006.
Lohan returned to Disney for Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005), the fifth
film in the long-dormant Herbie series. Her rising popularity allowed
her to choose from a wider variety of projects and, at age 19, Lohan
felt Herbie would help her make the transition into more grown-up
roles. "In most of my other films, I was in high school,"
she said. "Here, [my character is] just out of college. It's
nice to be able to do something that I think will be acceptable
to the fan base I've accumulated from my Disney movies, but subconsciously
they'll see me getting older and maturing." Fully Loaded did
well at the box office, earning more in international release than
in the United States.
Her next film, Just My Luck, opened in May 2006 to poor reviews
and tepid box office receipts. The following month, A Prairie Home
Companionan ensemble film directed by Robert Altmanfared
far better, debuting at #7 in limited release. "Lohan rises
to the occasion," writes Peter Travers, "delivering a
rock-the-house version of 'Frankie and Johnny'.". Lohan completed
filming the independent Emilio Estevez film, Bobby, opposite Elijah
Wood, in December 2005; its release is scheduled for November 22,
2006. Chapter 27 with Jared Leto began filming in New York on January
9, 2006, and had wrapped by March.
Three new projects were announced in April 2006: Lohan will portray
a girl molested by her stepfather in Georgia Rule starring opposite
Felicity Huffman and Jane Fonda, and a speech assistant to Adrien
Brody in Speechless. In May, Lohan joined Annette Bening and Sean
Bean as the announced stars of the film adaptation of Oscar Wilde's
A Woman of No Importance.
Hoping to become a "triple threat" (actor/model/singer)
like her idol, Ann-Margret, Lohan began by showcasing her singing
talents through her films. For the Freaky Friday soundtrack, she
sang the closing theme, "Ultimate"; she also recorded
four songs for the Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen soundtrack.
Producer Emilio Estefan, Jr., signed Lohan to a five-album production
deal in 2002. "The minute I heard her sing, I knew she was
gifted," he said, "and [she] has an incredible ability
to connect with her audience. I am very excited to be working with
her." Lohanwho said she was "extremely excited"added,
"I am surrounded by a group of very talented people.".
Two years later, Lohan signed a recording contract with Casablanca
Records, headed by "diva-maker" Tommy Mottola. Her début
album, Speak, was released in December 2004, and peaked at number
four on the Billboard 200. By early 2005, it was certified Platinum.
Though primarily a pop-rock album, Speak was introduced with the
single "Rumors", described by Rolling Stone as "a
bass-heavy, angry club anthem". Its sexually suggestive video
reached number one on MTV's TRL and was nominated for Best Pop Video
at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards. "Rumors" eventually
earned a Gold certification.
"With just two hit films under her belt," wrote Stephen
Thomas Erlewine of All Music Guide, "Lohan decided it was time
to turn [herself] into a multimedia, cross-platform star ... and
so Speak was recorded quickly and rushed into the stores".
He called her music "a blend of old-fashioned, Britney-styled
dance-pop and the anthemic, arena rock sound pioneered by fellow
tween stars Hilary Duff and Ashlee Simpson. [However,] Lohan stands
apart from the pack with her party-ready attitude and her husky
In December 2005, her second album, A Little More Personal (Raw),
débuted at number 20 on the Billboard 200 chart, but fell under
the top 100 within six weeks. Reviews were mixed; critics wondered
why an album in which Lohan poured out her heart came across instead
as a "slick pop production." Slant magazine called it "contrived
... for all the so-called weighty subject matter, there's not much
meat on these bones.". Still, A Little More Personal (Raw) was
certified Gold on January 18, 2006.
The music video for her first single, "Confessions of a Broken
Heart (Daughter to Father)"directed by Lohan and featuring
the acting début of her sister, Aliwas a dramatization
of the pain Lohan says her family has suffered at the hands of her
father. She said "It's kind of offensive" but "I
hope he sees the positive side of the video rather than the negative."
Lohan announced plans to record a third album starting in April
2006. She also is set to perform "If it's Alright" for
Lohan became a regular subject of tabloid media after reports of
a catfight with Hilary Duff in 2003 over their relationships with
singer Aaron Carter. Lohan and Duff both later said there was no
"feud". Lohan was 17 when she moved in with Valderrama
in early 2004, and their breakup that November made the gossip columns;
numerous romantic rumors followed, forcing actors such as Bruce
Willis to refer to their relationships with Lohan as "purely
professional." Lohan was also portrayed as a "party girl"
who frequented clubs with Nicole Richie and Paris and Nicky Hilton,
among others ("people [say], 'Oh, she goes out and she parties,'"
Lohan said. "No, we are just going out and having fun."),
while accidental exposures to paparazzi brought repeated rumors
of breast enhancement ("they're real though," she affirmed.).
Lohan later lampooned the various rumors on SNL.
In July 2005, she participated in the Campaign for Tobacco-Free
Kids, an effort to help prevent teenagers from smoking cigarettes
and to help current smokers quit. (Lohan, who began smoking in 2004,
was also trying to break the habit as of early 2006.)
Lohan's three car accidents in 2005 made headlines. The first
was a minor rear-ender, though the victims later threatened to sue
her. She suffered minor injuries when a paparazzo who was following
her for a photograph hit her car (police called the crash intentional,
but prosecutors said there was not enough evidence to file criminal
charges). Lohan also struck a van in West Hollywood; police ruled
that the van's driver made an illegal U-turn. When VH1 named Lohan
"Big 'It' Girl" for its 'Big' in '05 Awards in December,
it was, Lohan quipped, "because being Big in '05 means getting
in three car crashes in one year, people!"
A Lindsay Lohan 'My Scene' doll was released by Mattel in 2005.
That same year, Lohan exhibited dramatic weight loss, which she
attributed to "old-school working out.". Later, Lohan
admitted that she "nearly died" and said, "I'm working
out with a trainer and eating healthily. I want my boobs back.".
Lohan spent about two days at a Miami, Florida, hospital after suffering
a serious asthma attack in January 2006. That same week, Vanity
Fair released an interview in which Lohan admitted using drugs "a
little" (she denied ever using cocaine, calling it a "sore
subject"). The article said she had recovered from "bulimic
episodes", and that her 2005 hospitalization was for "a
swollen liver and kidney infection". Lohan later said she was
"appalled" that her words were "misused and misconstrued"
for the article; the magazine replied, "Every word [was recorded]
on tape. Vanity Fair stands by the story."
Lohan was interviewed for the March 2006 issue of Allure magazine;
she said she hoped to be taken seriously as an actress, adding,
"I hate it when people call me a teen queen." She addressed
the numerous romantic rumors ("I know now that I don't need
a boyfriend.") and her weight loss ("I will say that I
went through a phase. I lost weight when I was in the hospital,
and then I wanted to keep it off."). Lohan says 2005 "felt
like five lifetimes because I've grown up a lot".
1998: The Parent Trap
2000: Life-Size (TV)
2002: Get a Clue (TV)
2003: Freaky Friday
2004: Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen
2004: Mean Girls
2005: Herbie: Fully Loaded
2006: Just My Luck
2006: A Prairie Home Companion
2006: Bobby Diane
2007: Chapter 27
2007: Georgia Rule
2007: A Woman of No Importance
Another World - 19961997
Bette (20002001) (appeared October 11, 2000, in pilot episode
Punk'd - one episode, December 14, 2003
Saturday Night Live - Host, May 1, 2004
That '70s Show - "Mother's Little Helper" episode, November
Saturday Night Live - Cameo for Weekend Update, December 11, 2004
Saturday Night Live - Host of the season finale, May 21, 2005
Saturday Night Live - Host, April 15, 2006
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