Date of Birth: July 2, 1986
Place of Birth: New York, New York, USA
Height: 5' 5"
Best Known For: Mean Girls
|Lindsay Lohan Biography
When it came time to find a young actress to assume the role of the twins (originated by Hayley Mills) for the 1998 remake of The Parent Trap, an exhaustive casting search occurred throughout the USA, Canada and even in London. Perhaps because the behind-the-scenes figures opted to avoid the obvious and cast the Olsen twins, thousands of girls were considered. After three callbacks and a screen test with stars Dennis Quaid and Natasha Richardson, auburn-haired, freckle-faced Long Islander Lindsay Lohan won the role. Although she was just eleven when she was cast, she had an impressive resume.
The oldest child of four born to former actors, Lohan became a child model at age three, purportedly the first red-haired child signed by the Ford Modeling Agency. TV commercials for various products followed, including a Jell-O spot with pitchman Bill Cosby. Lohan also had recurring roles on two daytime dramas, Guiding Light and Another World, before she landed the first movie role for which she ever auditioned. Playing separated at birth twins, one American and one British, for The Parent Trap remake, she turned in a delightful performance. Lohan next filmed the telepic Life-Size (2000)--originally a Wonderful World of Disney production later released on home video--opposite Tyra Banks as a Barbie-style doll come to life, part of Lohan's three-picture deal with Disney. In 2000, Lohan was cast Bette Midler's teen daughter on the short-lived CBS sitcom Bette (2000). After shooting the pilot episode, the show's producers decided it would be easier on the L.A.-based crew if filming moved to California, and Lindsay gave up the role to stay in New York, and the role was recast although the series was canceled shortly thereafter.
Lohan next played Lexy Gold in Disney Channel telepic Get a Clue (2002). The young actress also pursued a musical career when Emilio Estefan, Jr., took her under his professional wing in 2002. With a five-album production deal and the promise of an aggressive effort to sell her popular style "with a rock edge" to a major record label. She also has worked as a model for Abercrombie & Fitch Kids (A&F Kids) and Calvin Klein Kids.
Lohan continued her relationship with the Mouse Factory, signing on to play Anna Coleman in the theatrical remake of the body-swapping comedy Freaky Friday (2003) opposite Jamie Lee Curtis as the mother-and-daughter team who wake up one day in each other's bodies. The film was a surprise success, generating over $100 million at the box office, raising Lohan's profile even further and landing her in a public feud with fellow teen queen Hilary Duff (the two briefly shared a boyfriend: singer Aaron Carter). Like Duff, she also incorporated her singing career into his acting gig, with the Freaky Friday soundtrack including her debut single, "Ultimate." Lohan returned to the public eye carrying the girl-minded comedy Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (2004) on her solo shoulders. Lohan played Lola, an egocentric teen who is uprooted from the home town that seemingly revolves around her and finds herself competing for attention in Manhattan, with grander and grander schemes. The actress provided vocals on four songs from the film's soundtrack: "Drama Queen (That Girl)," "What Are You Waiting For," "A Day in the Life" and a medley that incorporates the original song "Don't Move On" with her take on Stevie Wonder's "Living for the City" and David Bowie's "Changes."
Next up was a slightly edgier role, taking on the lead in Mean Girls (2004), a funny if familiar comedy penned by Tina Fey exploring in-fighting amongst a clique of catty high school girls. The film proved to be a box office success and firmly cemented Lohan's star power, even beyond her teen and 'tween core audience. Under the wing of new mentor Tommy Mottola, the famed head of Sony Music, Lohan also released her first full album, Speak, which swiftly achieved platinum status, featuring the single "Rumors," in which she decried the gossipy buzz that had suddenly surrounded her every move.
Indeed, the young actress' rapidly maturing body and youthful sex appeal combined with a reputation for enjoying the Hollywood fast lane suddenly made her regular fodder for gossip magazines, which dutifully followed her denials about having received breast implants, her brief relationship with TV actor Wilmer Valderrama, her alleged hard-partying ways, an aggressive paparazzi pursuit that resulted in a fender bender, and, after her figure had turned voluptuous and her titian hair became her trademark, her eyebrow-raising rapid weight loss (which the actress attributed to a healthier lifestyle) and new look as a blonde. The actress also had to deal with press reports regarding her estranged father Michael Lohan, whose alleged substance abuse and short temper (he reportedly threatened the lives of his ex-wife and children) resulted in several brushes with the law, including a legal restraining order preventing him from contact with his family and jail time for a litany of legal offenses including assaulting his brother-in-law at his son's first communion party, violating terms of his restraining order and a 2005 drunk driving crash in which his vehicle struck a utility pole in Long Island and caught fire. Further estranging his famous daughter, he also sought to claim a percentage of his offspring's earnings.
Despite all the lurid press, Lohan's popularity continued unabated and Disney cast her in further family fare, this time the remake of the studio's famous Love Bug franchise, Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005) as a young girl who inherits the legendary Volkswagen Beetle and takes to the NASCAR race circuit. The Mouse House did have some concerns about the then-voluptuous Lohan's image for its young audiences in some scenes, and spent considerable sums to digitally decrease her burgeoning bust size when it was deemed distracting. Later in 2005 she was in her second auto accident of the year, again blaming pursuing paparazzi. her private life made headlines again when she confessed to Vanity Fair that she had indeed experienced an eating disorder, bulimia, that accounted for her significant weight loss, and was shocked back to healthy ways after she was confronted by Saturday Night Live's Lorne Michaels and Tina Fey while hosting the show in 2005. She also admitted to experimenting with drugs. The cover story was released just as Lohan was hospitalized for a reported asthma attack in Miami after ringing in 2006 there. Within a week, Lohan denied having made the statements to the magazine, saying her words were "misconstrued and misconstructed" - The magazine stood by the story.
She joined the cast of Emilio Estevez's independent film Bobby (2005), about the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, and was set to costar in Chapter 27 (2006), an indie film about a woman who befriends Mark David Chapman during the weekend that he kills John Lennon.
In February 2007, shortly after admitting herself to a medical rehabilitation facility, Lohan relinquished the role of Hester Worsley in a film adaptation of Oscar Wilde's A Woman of No Importance. The role then passed to Jessica Biel.
In May 2007, Georgia Rule was released in which Lohan starred alongside Felicity Huffman and Jane Fonda. The film — whose production received adverse publicity when a letter from a studio executive to Lohan criticizing her professionalism was made public — received mostly negative reviews.In July 2007, Lohan - in the wake of her arrest withdrew from a scheduled appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to promote her starring role as a stripper in the film I Know Who Killed Me.
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