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Lindsay Lohan Biography


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Birth Name: Lindsay Lohan
Born: 07/02/1986
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA


Born July 2, 1986 in New York City, Lindsay Morgan Lohan was the oldest child of four born to mother Dina Lohan, a former Radio City Rockette, and Michael Lohan, a long-time Wall Street trader. Their daughter began modeling at age three and was purported to be the first red-haired child signed by the Ford Modeling Agency. Television 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" (CBS, 1952-2009) and as Ali Fowler on "Another World" (NBC, 1964-1999) - before she landed the first movie role for which she ever auditioned. Playing twins separated at birth - one American and one British - for "The Parent Trap" (1998) remake, she turned in a delightful and skilled performance which led to numerous offers for the youngster. Lohan next filmed the TV movie "Life-Size" (2000) opposite Tyra Banks as a Barbie-style doll come-to-life; part of Lohan's three-picture deal with Disney who was suitably impressed with the young girl's acting chops and effervescent onscreen appeal. Lohan was next cast as Bette Midler's teen daughter on the short-lived CBS sitcom, "Bette" (2000). After shooting the pilot episode, the show's producers decided to movie production to Los Angeles so Lohan gave up the role to stay in New York. Finding consistent work, she next played Lexy Gold in the Disney Channel telepic, "Get a Clue" (2002). The multi-talented performer also got the chance to pursue a musical career when Emilio Estefan, Jr. took her under his professional wing in 2002, offering up a five-album production deal to sell her popular style "with a rock edge" to a major record label. The busy youngster also worked as a model for Abercrombie & Fitch Kids (A&F Kids) and Calvin Klein Kids.

Even as she began to branch out professionally into other ventures, movie stardom remained the most important and rewarding aspect for Lohan, who was becoming recognized as an emerging big screen talent. Finally making the move to L.A. - where she roomed with child and future tween superstar Raven-Symoné - Lohan's potential was confirmed when she starred in another highly successful remake, "Freaky Friday" (2003) opposite Jamie Lee Curtis. As the mother-and-daughter team who wake up one day in each other's bodies, both Curtis and Lohan received raves from critics as well as sparking over $100 million at the box office. Showered with excellent reviews and attention, Lohan soon found her actions under increased scrutiny. The press eagerly reported on her public feud with fellow Disney teen queen Hilary Duff after the two briefly shared a boyfriend, singer Aaron Carter. Like Duff, Lohan also sought to blend an acting and singing career, and contributed her debut single, "Ultimate" to the "Freaky Friday" soundtrack. Her follow-up comedy, "Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen" (2004), gave Lohan the blessing and curse of opening a movie all by herself. In the film, Lohan plays an egocentric teen who has renamed herself Lola and competes with classmates for attention. Although not a smash, the film did moderately well and Lohan proved she was a strong lead. She also continued to expand her music career, singing four songs from the film's soundtrack, including "Drama Queen (That Girl)," "What Are You Waiting For," "A Day in the Life," and a medley that incorporated the original song "Don't Move On" with her take on Stevie Wonder's "Living for the City" and David Bowie's "Changes."

Lohan broke through to superstardom with her next role, making her an international star and changing the course of both her career and her life. Taking the lead in the edgy "Mean Girls" (2004), a dark comedy penned by "Saturday Night Live" head writer-performer, Tina Fey, Lohan played Cady Heron, a teenager who has grown up in Africa with her zoologist parents. Unprepared for the complex, dangerous system of cliques and power struggles that go on among high school girls, Cady enrolls in an American high school and quickly finds herself a pawn, then a queen, in the game of popularity. With a strong cast of exceptional actresses - including Amanda Seyfried, Rachel McAdams, Amy Poehler and Lizzy Caplan - the film's exploration of female competition and its ultimately uplifting message of self-reliance and sisterhood won powerful champions across the board. Crossing over from the core teen and tween audiences, "Mean Girls" drew people of all ages and was quickly crowned an important and lasting film. At the epicenter of the film and its impact, Lohan saw her star power cemented, hosting several awards shows as well as "SNL" (NBC, 1975- ). Under the wing of new mentor Tommy Mottola, the famed head of Sony Music, Lohan released her first full album, Speak, which went platinum and featured the lead single "Rumors," in which she decried the increasing gossipy buzz that surrounded her every move.

Indeed, the young actress's rapidly maturing body and youthful sex appeal - combined with reports that she enjoyed the Hollywood nightlife, despite being underage - suddenly made her a hot topic for celebrity gossip. Media outlets of every sort covered Lohan's friendships with a fast crowd that included Paris Hilton, her supposed plastic surgeries, her string of famous boyfriends and alleged hard-partying - reports that Lohan herself denied. The actress also had to deal with press reports regarding her parents, portraying Dina as an enabler and hanger-on, and estranged father Michael Lohan as a menace to his own family. Dina and Michael Lohan's marriage had indeed been a turbulent one, and Michael did have several brushes with the law, including a legal restraining order preventing him from contact with his family as well as jail time for a litany of legal offenses. In a move that further estranged his famous daughter, Michael also sought to claim a percentage of his offspring's earnings. At this point, Lohan began a long stint living in hotels, most famously a lengthy stay at L.A.'s Chateau Marmont. Publicly, Lohan shook off the lurid press and Disney cast her in further family fare, this time in the remake of the studio's famous "Love Bug" franchise, "Herbie: Fully Loaded" (2005) as a young girl who inherits the magical Volkswagen Beetle and takes it to the NASCAR race circuit. Unfortunately, Lohan was now considered too voluptuous by Disney for the kids' movie and the company spent considerable sums to digitally decrease her bust size. As whispers increased on gossip blogs and outlets, Lohan's personal life drew official condemnation from the Mouse House. According to Vanity Fair, Lohan's behavior after a painful breakup with "That '70s Show" star (Fox 1998-2006) Wilmer Valderrama was one of the reasons she was dropped from the promotional tour and de-emphasized on the film's poster. The pressures of such intense global fame, coupled with personal turmoil finally took its toll on Lohan, who was hospitalized in October 2004, reportedly suffering from exhaustion and asthma.

This would not be the last time Lohan would be hospitalized for a variety of ailments. She was in her second auto accident of the year, again blaming pursuing paparazzi. The actress, who had risen to fame as a healthy, natural redhead, lost a large amount of weight and dyed her hair blonde, fueling more reports that her new appearance reflected an unhealthy lifestyle. Her private life made headlines yet again when she confessed to Vanity Fair that she had struggled with bulimia, accounting for her significant weight loss, and that she was shocked back to healthier ways after being confronted by "SNL" producer Lorne Michaels and Fey while hosting their show. She also admitted to experimenting with drugs. The cover story was released just as Lohan was hospitalized for a reported asthma attack in Miami in early 2006. Within a week, Lohan denied having made the statements to the magazine, saying her words were "misconstrued." Lohan's second album only added fuel to the fire: A Little More Personal (Raw) came out at the very end of 2005, with a controversial lead single. "Confessions of a Broken Heart (Daughter to Father)" was an aching power ballad from the perspective of an abused, neglected child to an absentee father. In the video, actors portraying the Lohan family live in a series of glass cases on display to a crowd. While the father hits the mother and trashes the living room, Lohan and her real-life sister, Ali, cower and cry. As a co-writer on the song as well as the video's director, Lohan could not have been unaware of the explicit, painful parallels between her music and real life. The song was Lohan's only charting single, but the album sank after moderate sales with no follow-up singles.

One thing detractors and fans agreed on, however, was Lohan's acting talent. Even in the atrocious bomb "Just My Luck" (2006), where Lohan played the world's luckiest woman who trades places with the world's unluckiest man, critics saw a career worth saving. In an attempt to get her fortunes back on track, Lohan left behind her teen image with more adult parts. She joined the impressive cast of Emilio Estevez's independent film "Bobby" (2006) - which included Anthony Hopkins and Sharon Stone - about the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, and co-starred opposite Meryl Streep in Robert Altman's last film, "A Prairie Home Companion" (2006). She co-starred with her reported off-screen love interest, Jared Leto, in "Chapter 27" (2007), an indie film about a woman who befriends Mark David Chapman during the weekend in 1980 that he assassinates John Lennon in New York City. Little seen as these movies may have been, Lohan's willingness to tackle interesting parts in challenging movies was applauded. Still, the open secret of her increasingly wild lifestyle off set threatened to end her career. At first, Lohan's casting in "Georgia Rule" (2007) seemed like an ideal project to redeem the young actress and position her as a future great, worthy of a place alongside co-stars Jane Fonda and Felicity Huffman. While the final result was lambasted by critics and a box office failure, the most damning aspect of it all came during production.

Frustrated by Lohan's erratic attendance, producers took the unprecedented step of releasing to the media the contents of a scathing letter to Lohan, calling her various illnesses "bogus excuses" and accusing her of partying all night. James Robinson went on to write: "To date, your actions on Georgia Rule have been discourteous, irresponsible and unprofessional. You have acted like a spoiled child and in so doing have alienated many of your co-workers and endangered the quality of this picture. Moreover, your actions have resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage. We will not tolerate these actions any further." At the same time online blogs and tabloid websites zoomed in on this now seemingly wayward actress, photographing her several times without underwear while wearing a short skirt. Lohan and fellow party girls Paris Hilton and Britney Spears seemed almost to enjoy the media frenzy they would cause. By the end of the 2006, GQ named Lohan its "Obsession of the Year." Days later, the press reported - and Lohan later confirmed but downplayed - that a doctor was called to the Chateau Marmont for a rumored overdose. This shocking announcement was followed in quick succession by her mother Dina admitting on Ryan Seacrest's radio program that her daughter had begun attending Alcoholics Anonymous.

Only weeks into the new year, Lohan was back in the news for entering rehab at L.A.'s Wonderland Treatment Center. Hopes that Lohan was on the road to permanent recovery were dashed when on May 26, 2007, Lohan was driving down Sunset Boulevard at and lost control of her car, crashing into a hedge and fleeing the scene of the accident. Police found what they believed was a "usable amount" of cocaine. Three days after the accident, Lohan checked herself into Promises Treatment Center in Malibu. She left rehab in late June and voluntarily agreed to wear an alcohol-monitoring device. Lohan - who turned 21 that summer - quietly surrendered to Beverly Hills Police for her Memorial Day weekend incident and faced charges for a misdemeanor hit and run, as well as driving under the influence. Mere days after turning herself in, however, Lohan was arrested in Santa Monica shortly after midnight after police received a frantic report of a car chase. The vehicle in pursuit was driven by Lohan, and the vehicle being chased was driven by the mother of Lohan's personal assistant, who had quit her employment earlier in the evening. Lohan was taken into custody in the parking lot of the Santa Monica Civic Center, refusing a field sobriety test. Back at the station, she registered a blood alcohol level of about 0.12, well above the California legal limit of 0.08. She was later charged with suspicion of drunken driving, possession of cocaine, bringing a controlled substance into custody and driving on a suspended license. Lohan was released on $25,000 bail and was set to be arraigned on Aug. 24, 2007 - the same day she was scheduled to appear in Beverly Hills for her Memorial Day weekend DUI.

Lohan did a third stint in rehab at Cirque Lodge in Utah, where she met and started a brief relationship with snowboarder Riley Giles, which set off another round of gossip blog activity. She pled guilty to cocaine use and driving under the influence, and on November 15, served 84 minutes in jail and was put on probation for three years. Because of her legal troubles, Lohan pulled out of an appearance on "The Tonight Show" (NBC, 1954- ) to promote her new film, the dark thriller "I Know Who Killed Me" (2007). Playing dual roles in the film, Lohan faced a serial killer with an affinity for blue knives and dismemberment. Responding perhaps more to the popular perception of Lohan and her notoriety, the film was declared one of her worst and was showered with Razzie awards and damning reviews. Despite her struggles personally and professionally, Lohan still had supporters who believed in her ability. James Robinson, the producer who had penned the infamous "Georgia Rule" letter, told reporters that if Lohan received proper medical care, he would work with her again, since she was "one of the most talented young women in the movie business today."

At the same time she appeared to be crumbling in the spotlight, Dina, often accused by critics of using her famous daughter to fuel her own show business dreams, received her own reality show, "Living Lohan" (E!, 2008). Focusing on herself and her attempts to make younger daughter Ali the next star of the family, the show was universally panned, with some detractors expressing shock at Dina's perceived parenting irresponsibility. With three different stints in jail under his belt, Michael Lohan became even more vocal, giving interviews about Lindsay and to Lindsey when she would refuse to speak to him. While Dina and Ali's profiles faded after the cancellation of their reality show, Michael became a prominent fixture on gossip outlets, seemingly thriving on the very scandals which he claimed to be quelling. As interest in the other Lohans shrank, tabloid and blog interest in Lindsay remained insatiable, with a series of pictures of Lohan playing with knives and striking hom rotic poses with another woman at a party making the rounds. At times, she seemed to actively court controversy, recreating Marilyn Monroe's oft-nude "Last Sitting" photo shoot for New York magazine, creating uneasy parallels between the two troubled stars. Perhaps the most damning indictment of Lohan's reputation came when she volunteered to lend her face, image and time to help with the Obama presidential campaign and was denied because of her notoriety.

Consistently linked romantically in the press to a long list of male celebrities, Lohan surprised many when she began a romantic relationship with Samantha Ronson, a famous local DJ and singer who had performed a song on the "Mean Girls" soundtrack. Cagey at first with the press, eventually both Ronson and Lohan acknowledged their unlikely relationship to surprisingly strong public response, with the general belief being that Ronson seemed to be a stable, grounding influence on Lohan. Ronson received a large dose of reader sympathy as well when Michael Lohan blasted her in a vicious, homophobic press attack - which he later recanted. The is-she-or-isn't-she ambiguity gave Lohan's profile a huge bump, and reports of quarrels with Ronson only added to the increased fascination. When Ronson and Lohan officially split in 2009 - with Ronson and her family going to extreme measures to separate themselves from the troubled actress - gossip outlets could not cover the story gleefully enough.

Playing off a dramatic "I'm So Alone!" headline and cover story US Weekly had splashed across newsstands, Lohan made a comedic dating ad for the website "Funny or Die." In the spot, which parodied a ubiquitous series of eHarmony commercials, Lohan poked fun at her struggles with the law, with drugs, and with her reputation, saying: "So if you think you can handle a redhead with a little bit of sass, and by that I mean, a redhead who's crazy, I mean, don't pretend like you don't know me, we've all read about it. We'll crash a few parties, crash a car or two but at the end of the day I promise you, I never lose my Google hits, just my underwear." The video became an Internet sensation and Lohan earned her first good reviews in a long time for the funny piece, which she conceived and co-wrote - a hopeful sign that she was turning a corner and was more than a little self aware of her now obvious issues. Lohan's career seemed to be back on track when the producers of the hit show "Ugly Betty" (ABC, 2006-10) made a very public show of good faith by hiring her to appear in a six-episode arc in which she played a former high school bully of Betty's (America Ferrera) who comes back into her life, asking for forgiveness. Although all eyes were on Lohan, the comeback attempt backfired. Lohan's six episodes were cut down to four, and even though the official word remained positive, it was reported that Lohan's unprofessional behavior or feuding with Ferrera were the true cause. Still, Lohan's efforts were enough to get her cast as the star of another movie intended for theatrical that went directly to TV, "Labor Pains" (ABC Family, 2009), the story of a young office worker who pretends to be pregnant to save her job. In the end, the comedown from A-list film star to ABC Family cast a pall over any success the movie enjoyed.

While her acting career floundered, Lohan was having more success with a fashion line, 6126 (invoking Marilyn Monroe's birthday), that developed into a full collection from a start of just making leggings. The brand's success allowed Lohan to release a self-tanning spray, Sevin Nyne, in collaboration with Sephora, and to enjoy an amazing opportunity: being named artistic advisor for fashion house Emanuel Ungaro in September 2009. Unfortunately, the collection presented under Lohan's tenure was considered "disastrous" and she was dismissed the following year. She also made news in 2010 for filing a $100 million lawsuit against the financial company E*TRADE - famous for its talking baby ads - for a commercial in which the E*TRADE baby is accused of stepping out with a little girl called "that milkaholic, Lindsay." Professionally, Lohan's career got a surprising, albeit small-spike, in popularity when trailers for Robert Rodriguez's campy "Machete" (2010) started to hit. Starring Danny Trejo as a Mexican bounty hunter, the purposely trashy film was meant to lovingly evoke the grungy, graphic action films of previous decades, built around a well-received fake trailer from "Grindhouse" (2007). In a surprising cast that included Robert De Niro, Jessica Alba and Steven Seagal, Lohan caught attention aiming a gun while dressed as a nun, at least channeling her notoriety into a film project. However, once again it was her off set antics - falling down outside of clubs, hurling insults at her ex-girlfriend Ronson, etc. that continued to fascinate the public. Her life had become the ultimate Hollywood "trainwreck" - with perhaps one of the most indicative moments occurring when her father released sobbing, private phone messages from his own daughter to the press, claiming he was pushing the issue of rehab publicly to force her hand.

Courtrooms and legal woes remained very much a part of Lohan's world in 2010, when she attended the Cannes Film Festival in May, ostensibly to promote being cast in an upcoming biopic as "Deep Throat" (1972) porn star Linda Lovelace. While continuing a streak of missing or postponing court dates and hearings for violating the terms of her DUI probation, Lohan reached the end of L.A. judge Marsha Revel's patience when she failed to appear at a May 20th court appearance, claiming that she was unable to leave Cannes because her passport was stolen. The judge issued a bench warrant for Lohan's arrest. After posting bail, Lohan appeared in court shortly after her arrival in the States, where she was again ordered to attend alcohol education classes once a week and was fitted with a SCRAM alcohol monitoring bracelet. Despite making some last minute effort to attend alcohol education meetings, the SCRAM bracelet alarm was triggered the night of the MTV Movie Awards. Bail was revoked and then re-posted. On July 6, Lohan appeared in court for her official probation hearing and, with her estranged father Michael in attendance, was found in violation of probation and sentenced by the unsympathetic judge to 90 days in jail, followed by a mandatory 90-day stay in an in-house rehab center. As the actress openly sobbed in court, she was ordered to surrender on July 20. Two weeks later on the predetermined date, Lohan surrendered to the court and began her sentence at the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood, CA. After serving 14 days of her sentence, Lohan was released and immediately put into a UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital rehab at UCLA. Under the doctor's supervision, Lindsay was released early from that as well, with them declaring they did not believe her to be an addict; more that she was simply misdiagnosed with ADHD and put on a medication (Adderall) she did not require.

It came as a shock to some; not to others, when less than a month after being released on probation from UCLA and during the publication of a mea culpa Vanity Fair cover story in which she stated she was determined to get her life and career back on track, Lohan failed two drug tests for cocaine and amphetamines. On September 19, Lohan's probation was revoked and another bench warrant issued for her arrest. This time, she Tweeted, she was "ready to face the consequences of her actions." Only days later, the judge denied bail and reprimanded her into custody immediately. It was believed the actress would spend significantly more time behind bars this time, due to denial of bail. However, only hours after her arrival back at Lynwood, Lohan was released after her lawyer appealed that the actress was legally entitled to bail, as it was misdemeanor charges and not felony. Lohan wasted little time before checking herself into the Betty Ford Center in Palm Springs, CA where she remained before her next court appearance. On October 22, Lohan dodged a bullet by being ordered back to rehab till the new year. She would serve no jail time. While in rehab, she welcomed her father, Michael Lohan, back into her life. On a darker note, she was accused of assaulting a Betty Ford employee, but charges were not filed against her. When she was released from rehab in January 2011, it did not take long for the actress - who appeared to be committed to her sobriety this time - to make headlines yet again when she was accused of stealing a necklace worth over $2,000 from a Venice, CA jewelry store. On February 8, Lohan entered a plea of not guilty in the felony grand theft charge. Before remanding her into custody, Judge Keith Schwartz set her bail at $20,000 and warned, "If you violate the law, I will remand you and there will be no bail." The judge also revoked Lohan's probation in the previous DUI case and set this bail at $20,000, totaling $40,000. During her February 23rd hearing, Lohan refused to cop a plea and do jail time, instead choosing to go to trial. On April 22, she was sentenced to 120 days in jail for violating her probation, though the charge was reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor, and it was made clear to her she would stand trial for the theft.

In May of 2011, Lohan was sentenced to another 120 days in jail after pleading no contest in the jewelry theft case. However, chronic jailhouse overcrowding led to the troubled actress serving out her time under house arrest, while fitted with an electronic monitoring device on her ankle. Despite being admonished for having parties during her sentence, Lohan was released from home confinement 35 days later. Back in court she was instructed to resume the community service work previously required of her at both the Los Angeles Downtown Women's Center and the Los Angeles County Morgue, in addition to regularly scheduled therapy sessions. In October, a visibly irate Judge Stephanie Sautner ordered Lohan to be handcuffed and taken back to jail after the actress "blew off" her community service work at the Women's Center. After posting bail and later admitting that she had once again violated her probation, Lohan was sentenced to another 30 days in jail. She served less than seven hours before being released. An exasperated Judge Sautner then ordered Lohan to complete her remaining community service at the L.A. County Morgue, as the Women's Center felt Lohan would be a "bad example" and refused to have her back. Then, just as it seemed to many that the embattled star would never turn things around, a period of calm and focus - gratefully acknowledged by the judge in several probation reviews - preceded a number of high-profile, non-legal related appearances by Lohan. In the January 2012 issue of Playboy magazine, a platinum-blonde Lohan caused a stir by posing for a nude pictorial that recreated Marilyn Monroe's infamous nude calendar. Two months later, she hosted "Saturday Night Live" for the fourth time. Poking fun at herself and her recent foibles in many of the skits, a clearly game Lohan earned high marks from both critics and the show's cast. Near the end of that month - after completing 50 hours of janitorial service at the county morgue and successfully attending multiple therapy sessions - Lohan was deemed to have satisfied all the terms of her probation. Placed on an informal probation until 2014 for the jewelry theft conviction, the judge optimistically told Lohan that she need only obey the law in order to stay out of jail.

Enjoying her first bit of positive media buzz in years, Lohan prepared herself for a career comeback with a planned guest spot on the musical series "Glee" (Fox, 2009- ) and a role as film icon Elizabeth Taylor in the Lifetime Channel biopic "Liz and Dick." Unfortunately, drama continued to follow the actress. In the summer of 2012, while shooting the Taylor biopic, Lohan rear-ended a semi truck on the Pacific Coast Highway and claimed to police on the scene that she was not behind the wheel. After wrapping the TV movie, she found herself in headlines yet again when her father leaked a phone conversation to the media in which his hysterical daughter claimed Dina was partying with her and out of control on cocaine. She later denied what she said in the call, insisting she would never speak to Michael again. In November, "Liz and Dick" premiered to decent Lifetime ratings but was skewered in the press, with most reviewers taking potshots at the actress for being wildly miscast and the film being virtually unwatchable. Days later, she was arrested in New York City for allegedly assaulting a fellow clubgoer, at the same time finding charges filed against her on the West Coast for lying to police at the scene of her summer car accident. Not surprisingly, her probation was revoked in December.