Lindsay Lohan Biography

PHOTO: Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Dee Lohan actually changed her middle name to Morgan because she believed it to sound more professional. She was the first child to parents Michael and Dina, who were both former actors.

Lohan was lucky to be born into a family who were already financially settled. Michael Lohan had inherited his father’s multi-million dollar pasta enterprise after helping to build up its success, and previously to this worked as a trader on Wall Street. Dina Lohan was the probable inspiration behind Lindsay’s future career having been a former TV actress and a member of the Radio City Rockettes dance troupe. The Rockettes women were a well-known dance company in their native New York, famous for performing four shows a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year for more than 50 years.

It came as no surprise that Lohan’s parents saw the ‘star potential’ in their red-haired, freckled daughter. At three, Lohan was signed to Ford Modelling Agency, appearing in more than 100 advertisements and campaigns for the likes of Calvin Klein and Abercrombie Kids. She was the first red-head to be signed by the agency, due to the high-demand for blue-eyed, blondes at that time. At the age of seven, her first TV role saw Lohan playing the part of a piece of rubbish for a sketch on the ‘David Letterman Show’. By the time she was 10-years-old, the acting bug had bitten, leading to Lohan’s first major part as Alexandra ‘Ali’ Fowler in the Emmy award-winning soap ‘Another World’.

Despite her growing popularity, Lohan’s family were privately suffering their own personal crisis when her father Michael was sentenced to four years in prison for fraudulent trading in 1990. This was just the beginning of the black clouds Lohan’s father would force the family to endure.

In 1997, acclaimed director Nancy Myers gave Lohan her first big-screen break when she chose to cast her as estranged twin sisters in the Disney remake of ‘The Parent Trap’. The film was well received and marked Lohan’s arrival as a worldwide film actress, particularly in playing a role that was already so widely acknowledged through Hayley Mills’ performance in the 1961 original. The success of the film led Disney to offer Lohan a three-film contract.

Despite having given up her part in ‘Another World’ to make ‘The Parent Trap’, Lohan chose to turn down the role of Penny in ‘Inspector Gadget’ to attend Cold Spring Harbour junior and senior high schools where she excelled as a straight-A student, notably in science and maths. After high school she starred in the Disney TV channel films, ‘Life-Size’ (2000) and ‘Get a Clue’ (2002). She also appeared as Rose in the pilot episode of the short-lived comedy series ‘Bette’ (2000), featuring the world-famous Bette Midler. She resigned from the role when production moved from New York to Los Angeles.

Next for Lohan came yet another big-budget Disney remake, this time stepping into a previous Jodie Foster role in ‘Freaky Friday’ (2003). The part of Anna Coleman saw Lohan swap bodies with her mother, played by Jamie Lee Curtis, in what transpired to be an international box office hit, breaking the $100 million mark. In parallel with her acting career, Lohan began to showcase her singing talents. In 2002, she was signed to a five-album deal by Estefan Enterprises (owned by Gloria Estefan’s husband, Emilio Jnr), and sang the closing theme on the ‘Freaky Friday’ soundtrack, ‘Ultimate’.

In 2004, Lohan starred in two major films. The first, ‘Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen’ (the first non-remake script she’d undertaken) was a mediocre success but failed to set the critic’s enthusiasm alight. Yet Lohan’s first major lead role as Cady Heron in Paramount’s ‘Mean Girls’ out-balanced the blip of the previous let-down film. Lohan scored box office success that smashed the personal record she’d set with ‘Freaky Friday’. The film took $128 million internationally and instantly propelled Lohan onto the front cover of magazines worldwide.

Meanwhile, Michael Lohan was yet to see the end of his problems with the law. At the end of 2003, Lohan’s father faced charges of punching a sanitation worker who had inadvertently parked his truck in his way, and by 2004 he’d also pleaded guilty to putting his brother-in-law in hospital after a fight at Dakota Lohan’s (Lindsay’s youngest sibling) communion party.

The same year, Michael Lohan was arrested for allegedly ‘doing a runner’ from a $3,800 hotel bill. By February 2005, he encountered yet more serious criminal charges after crashing his car into a utility pole. He was found to be not properly licensed and way over the alcohol limit. He eventually pleaded guilty to drink driving, attempted assault, aggravated harassment (for threatening another brother-in-law over the phone) and criminal contempt. It was requested that he be sent to drug rehabilitation rather than prison, but the plea was denied and Michael faced up to four more years in prison.

By 2005, Lohan reunited with Disney for ‘Herbie: Fully Loaded’, the fifth in the Herbie franchise. In the same year, Lohan’s musical career was also experiencing long-awaited recognition. After signing a recording contract with Casablanca Records the previous year, Lohan made her debut album, ‘Speak’. As ‘Herbie: Fully Loaded’ was released at the film box office, ‘Speak’ was sitting high at number four in the charts, soon scoring Platinum status and establishing Lohan as a true cross-platform star. At the end of the year, Lohan’s second album ‘A Little More Personal’ didn’t quite live up to its debut and after remaining in the chart at position 20, it soon fell out of the top 100. The video for the album’s first single, ‘Confessions of a Broken Heart (Daughter to Father)’ was directed by Lohan and featured her little sister Ali.

Lohan’s next film release came in May 2006 with ‘Just My Luck’. The film wasn’t a success, taking only $33 million worldwide. In June of the same year, Lohan put her acting skills to the test by taking on a part that saw an exit from her more recognised teen roles. A ‘Prairie Home Companion’ directed by Oscar-nominated Robert Altman (Gosford Park) was received with warmer praise by critics and audiences alike. Starring big names such as Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones and Woody Harrelson, the film signalled a departure from Lohan’s comfort zone.

To add weight to her new ‘grown-up’ roles, Lohan ended 2006 in the film ‘Bobby’ opposite Elijah Wood. Bobby, the fictional story of the lives of several people in the final hours before Senator Robert F. Kennedy’s life, featured an all-star cast that included Anthony Hopkins, Demi Moore and Sharon Stone and went on to be nominated for a Best Picture award at the Golden Globes. Having come a long way since the days of prime-time TV, Lohan’s status as a serious actress with reputable talent had finally come to fruition.

Despite Lohan’s increasing success in regards to her career, she has frequently made the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Widely regarded as something of a ‘bad girl’ or ‘hell-raiser’, it is perhaps as a result of her troubled relationship with her father that she has been publicly seen to have ‘gone off the rails’. Lohan has also been the subject of many gossip columns thanks to her issues involving weight and alcohol abuse. She was noted as having lost a significant amount of weight during 2005, which she claimed to be a result of “old-school working out.” In 2006, Lohan was snapped attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in Los Angeles and was later reported to have checked into a rehabilitation clinic after a hefty spell of all-night partying.

Her next on-screen appearance was in ‘Chapter 27’, in which she played a John Lennon fan who makes friends with Lennon’s killer, Mark David Chapman, the day of the singing legend’s murder. Next up was a role in the comedy drama, ‘Georgia Rule’, from director Garry Marshall of ‘Beaches’ and ‘Pretty Woman’ fame. Unfortunately for Lohan, the film did not receive nearly such commercial success as the director’s previous hits.

In 2008, Lohan made an appearance on the small screen when she was cast as ‘Kimmy Keegan’, an old school friend of the show’s protagonist. At the time, the actress said in an interview with that she was “having fun” on set and described the cast and crew as “great”. She said: “It’s nice to be at work, doing what I love to do!” Her run in the show came to an end amid unsubstantiated rumours that the star had been cut due to her on-set [mis]behaviour.

Her relationship with DJ Samantha Ronson in 2008 and 2009 generated more headlines than her acting, and when asked about her sexuality in an interview with Harpers Bazaar, the actress said that she would “maybe” describe herself as bisexual.

After starring in ‘Labor Pains’ (2009) and ‘Machete’ 2010, Lohan made headlines for all the wrong reasons in 2011 when she charged with felony grand theft of a necklace reported to have been stolen from a jewellery store in January.

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