Lindsay Morgan Lohan (born July 2, 1986) is an American actress and singer. Lohan was born in New York City and raised in Cold Spring Harbor. By 2004, her primary home was in Beverly Hills.
Lindsay Lohan began her career as a model for the Ford Academy at the age of three and has appeared in more than sixty television commercials. At first, the freckle-faced, auburn-haired Lohan found it difficult to find work as a child model, as the business was dominated by blond-haired, blue-eyed children. Faring better as a child actress, she was a regular on soap operas such as The Guiding Light and As The World Turns, then spent several months as Allison ("Alli") Fowler on Another World, only to give up the show for her first motion picture role. Lohan also appeared on Healthy Kids, a children's health show, along with Dina Lohan, her mother and business manager. As a teen, Lohan starred in two Disney Channel original movies, Life-Size and Get a Clue. She also played Bette Midler's daughter in the first episode of the short-lived series Bette before bowing out when the production moved from her native New York to Los Angeles.
In 2003, Lohan was Punk'd by Ashton Kutcher. Kutcher played a practical joke on Lohan, making her believe a vehicle had been stolen. (It was later revealed that the frustrated "limousine driver" who "missed" the birth of his child was really an actor.)
On November 8, 2004, Lindsay made a much-publicized cameo appearance on That '70s Show in an episode entitled "Mother's Little Helper". Lohan played "Danielle" opposite Kutcher ("Kelso") and then-boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama ("Fez").
Lohan has hosted Saturday Night Live twice.
Lohan debuted on the big screen in 1998, reprising Hayley Mills' role in The Walt Disney Company's remake of the 1961 movie The Parent Trap. Lohan, as had Mills, played twin sisters who conspire to reunite their estranged parents. The film, co-starring Dennis Quaid and Natasha Richardson, introduced Lohan to a wider audience.
Her next feature film, another remake, but of the 1976 classic Freaky Friday, would come five years later in the summer of 2003. She received second billing, playing Anna Coleman, daughter of Tess Coleman, played by Jamie Lee Curtis. In 2004, Lohan was given her first "star vehicles" (projects in which she played the lead character) in two films, Disney's Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (Disney's first non-remake involving Lohan) and Paramount's Mean Girls. Drama Queen received mixed reviews from critics, but was able to gross US$ 29 million domestically and was profitable, but not a major success. Mean Girls is widely considered Lohan's breakout film role. The film was a hit with both critics and audiences, and made Lohan a bankable actress when it grossed over US$86 million domestically on little more than Lohan's name and a script by Tina Fey. Mean Girls was also Lohan's first film to receive a PG-13 rating, as all of her previous films were G or PG rated family-oriented films.
Lohan's latest movie is Herbie: Fully Loaded, the fifth film in the Herbie series (the last installment was Herbie Goes Bananas (1980)), co-starring Michael Keaton, Matt Dillon and Breckin Meyer. For the Walt Disney film, it was reported that Lohan's breasts had to be "digitally reduced" so that family audiences would not be offended. The film's director, Angela Robinson, and Lohan both strongly deny the rumor.
Lohan's next film, Just My Luck, is set for release in 2005. She is currently working on A Prairie Home Companion (due out in 2006). Fashionistas and a project with Nick Cannon also are in development. Then, she will begin modeling for Vogue and release a new CD.
In addition to her film career, Lohan has also ventured into the world of pop music. In 2002, she signed a five-album production deal with Emilio Estefan, one of the most respected producers in the music industry. For the 2003 Freaky Friday soundtrack, she performed the theme song "Ultimate" (written by Jeff Coplan and Robert Ellis Orrall). The next year, she followed this up with the recording of four songs for the Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen soundtrack, including the theme to the film, "Drama Queen (That Girl)".
In 2004, Lohan signed a recording contract with Casablanca Records, a label headed by well-known 'diva-maker' Tommy Mottola. Her debut album, Speak, was issued on December 7, 2004, and reached #4 on the US Billboard 200, as well as the top ten of the Canadian album chart. By early 2005, it was certified platinum. The lead single off the album, "Rumors", was a strong digital seller, and eventually earned itself a gold certification. The video for the track was also popular, and, in addition to making it to #1 on MTV's TRL, was nominated for Best Pop Video at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards. Despite these successes, the song never really lit up the charts, aside from going top ten in Australia. Follow-up singles "Over" and "First" (which was featured on the Herbie: Fully Loaded soundtrack) were similar cases in that they also received heavy airplay on TRL, but never really took off on any charts (though, "Over" became a top forty hit in the UK and Australia).
In the media spotlight
According to news reports, there is some animosity between Lohan and Hilary Duff, both having previously dated singer Aaron Carter. At the Cheaper by the Dozen movie (in which Duff co-starred) premiere party, Duff and her mother allegedly tried to have Lohan thrown out (to no avail).
Lohan dated actor Wilmer Valderrama in 2004 and their breakup made tabloid headlines. The tabloids have linked her to everyone from Bruce Willis to Jake Gyllenhaal and Jerry Yan. The entertainment media also portray her as a "party girl" who spends too much time at clubs with friends Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie, Nicky Hilton, Kimberly Stewart, and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, which she denies.
In July 2005, Mattel released a Lindsay Lohan 'My Scene' Doll.
The tabloids targeted Lohan again in 2005 when she exhibited some dramatic weight loss, speculating that an eating disorder or drugs may be involved. She told People Magazine, "I got a trainer ... Just old-school working out." Lohan says there is pressure to stay thin in Hollywood, "(e)specially when you lose a lot of weight and then people are telling you, 'You look great!' You (ask), 'So... did I look fat before?'"
Lindsay's family name was originally pronounced LOW-han but, by 2005, the actress and her mother seemed to settle on LOW-en, suggesting a return to its European roots.
Lindsay is of Irish and Italian heritage.
Shortly after an apparent digital photograph of her California Driver's License was released on the Internet (after her card case was misplaced or stolen from a New York nightclub in 2004), Lindsay was asked her middle name by an audience member on the cable television show TEENick. She answered that it was originally (and, apparently, still is legally) Dee, but she later changed it to Morgan.
Lohan is involved in 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 has three younger siblings, Michael, Aliana ("Ali") and Dakota ("Cody"). Aliana is an aspiring model and actress.
Lohan's father, Michael Lohan, has had multiple problems with the law. In May of 2005, he was ordered to serve 1½ to 4 years in prison after pleading guilty to several charges, including aggravated unlicensed driving, attempted assault, and failure to pay a hotel bill. Michael Lohan begged for long-term alcohol rehabilitation, but was denied. He admitted to a drinking problem, saying he was being kept away from his children, but failed to address the reasons for the estrangement.
Lindsay Lohan's management has publicly suggested that she distance herself from her father because of his legal problems; still, on Father's Day, 2005, she told reporters, "I hope he's well. God bless him and I love him."
On June 1, 2005, Lohan suffered minor injuries in a car accident involving a paparazzo who was following her for a photograph. Police arrested the man after they determined that he hit her car intentionally.