Lindsay Lohan is undoubtedly one of the most-loved and most-controversial actresses of our time. Although her career began with modeling, she was soon recognized for her acting skills. Subsequently, she started getting offers from Hollywood. She starred in a number of soap operas and made her motion picture debut with the evergreen ‘Disney’ classic ‘The Parent Trap,’ which catapulted her to fame. Soon, a number of films like ‘Freaky Friday,’ ‘Herbie: Fully Loaded,’ and ‘A Prairie Home Companion’ followed. She also released her debut recording album ‘Speak’ and followed it up with ‘A Little More Personal’ — the albums were certified platinum and gold, respectively. Although her career had a brilliant start, she experienced a lean patch and got entangled in several controversies towards the end of her teenage years. She had a troubled relationship with her father and made frequent visits to rehabilitation centres, which cost her several movie contracts. However, she gradually overcame all the difficulties and went on to launch her own clothing line and resumed her acting career. She has also faced several legal suits.
Childhood & Early Life
Lindsay was born Lindsay Dee Lohan on 2 July 1986, in New York City, USA, to Michael Lohan and Donata Sullivan. Her father ran a pasta business, while her mother was an investment banker. She has three younger siblings.
She began modeling for ‘Ford Models,’ ‘Calvin Klein kids,’ and ‘Abercrombie kids’ at the tender age of three.
She attended ‘Cold Spring Harbor High School,’ where she excelled in mathematics and science. After grade 11, she was homeschooled.
Her parents had a turbulent relationship and later got divorced, which affected her and her siblings psychologically during their childhood.
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She landed her first major role in the film ‘The Parent Trap,’ a remake of a popular 1961 movie. Her performance in the film earned her critical acclaim.
At the age of 14, she starred in the television series ‘Bette.’ However, she left the show when the production shifted from New York to Los Angeles.
She got her second big break with ‘Freaky Friday’ and ‘Mean Girls,’ released in 2003 and 2004 respectively. She was appreciated for her performances and was considered a bankable star by numerous directors.
She released her first recording album ‘Speak’ on December 7, 2004, which was certified platinum.
On October 18, 2005, four months after her father was sentenced to four years in prison, she released the music video ‘Confessions of a Broken Heart (Daughter to Father)’ which addressed her parents’ turbulent relationship and her broken relationship with her father.
She once again joined hands with ‘Disney’ and starred in the final installment of the ‘Herbie: Fully Loaded’ series in 2005, which marked the actress’ transition to more serious roles.
As her celebrity status grew, her struggles with drug addiction also grew, making her one of the favorites among paparazzi. In 2007, she starred in ‘I Know Who Killed Me’ where she played the role of a stripper.
She made a guest appearance in the sitcom ‘Ugly Betty,’ and also starred in the movie ‘Labor Pains’ which released in 2009. Around the same time, she also worked on her new album.
In 2012, she starred as ‘Elizabeth Taylor’ in the movie ‘Liz & Dick,’ which was aired on television.
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She made a guest appearance in the show ‘Anger Management’ in 2013. The following year, she appeared in an eight-part documentary series titled ‘Lindsay,’ which was based on her rehabilitation recovery and struggles in her personal and professional life.
In 2015, she acted in the thriller ‘Among the Shadows’ which was eventually released in March 2019. She played a recurring role as ‘Katerina West’ in the second season of the TV series ‘Sick Note’ in 2018.
Lohan made her stage debut in a West End production of ‘Speed-the-Plow,’ which was directed by David Mamet in October 2014. The play received mixed reviews from the critics.
After taking a significant break from acting, Lindsay Lohan went on to venture into other businesses. She opened a resort named ‘Lohan Beach House Mykonos’ in the Greek island Mykonos. She opened a second resort named ‘Lohan Beach House Rhodes’ in the Ialyssos Beach, Rhodes. The former was defunct as of June 2019.
She signed with ‘Casablanca Records’ in June 2019 to finish her long delayed third studio album.
She also launched a lifestyle website called ‘PREEMIUM’ in June 2017.
Her first major breakthrough film was ‘The Parent Trap,’ which earned her worldwide recognition. In the film, she played a dual role of twin sisters. The movie grossed $25,800,000 internationally and $66,308,518 domestically. It received positive reviews from critics.
Lohan starred alongside Jamie Lee Curtis in ‘Freaky Friday.’ She delivered an award-winning performance, which also became one of her best performances as an actress. Till date, it remains her most successful film.
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Her film ‘Mean Girls’ was a critical and commercial success, grossing $129 million worldwide. She received numerous awards for her role in the film and soon became a household name.
‘Speak,’ her debut album, became the first high-seller from ‘Casablanca Records’ after several years. It sold over 1,000,000 copies in the United States. The album peaked at number four in the ‘Billboard 200’ and its single ‘Rumours’ was certified gold.
Awards & Achievements
She won the ‘Young Artist Award’ for ‘Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Artist’ for ‘The Parent Trap’ in 1999.
In 2004, she won the ‘Teen Choice Award’ for her performance in ‘Freaky Friday.’
Her role as ‘Cady Heron’ in ‘Mean Girls’ won her numerous prestigious awards, including the ‘Teen Choice Award’ for ‘Movie Breakout Star’ and ‘MTV Movie Award’ for ‘Best Female Performance’ in 2004 and 2005, respectively.
She won the ‘Hollywood Film Award’ for ‘Breakthrough Actress’ for her performance in ‘Bobby’ in 2006.
Personal Life & Legacy
Throughout her childhood and teenage years, Lindsay battled psychological issues and suffered frequent bouts of depression due to her strained relationship with her father.
She has been a victim of substance abuse and was charged for driving under the influence, possession of drugs, and jewelry theft. She was arrested for allegedly stealing a $250,000 necklace. She was also arrested for possession of cocaine several times.
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She was involved in romantic relationships with a number of men, including Wilmer Valderrama, Stavros Niarchos, Harry Morton, and Calum Best.
When she was young, she attended ‘Alcoholics Anonymous’ to get rid of her obsession with alcohol. She also had to spend time in rehabilitation centres, which affected her public image.
In 2012, she was hospitalized after she hit a dump truck with her Porsche on a Pacific coast Highway near Los Angeles.
She was arrested on charges of third-degree assault for punching a woman at a nightclub.
There were several tweets in April 2013, claiming that Lohan was pregnant.
She is actively involved in humanitarian efforts and contributes large sums of money to ‘American Red Cross’ every year.
The character of ‘Niki Stevens’ in the television series ‘The L Word’ is based on this famous personality.
This actress is allergic to blueberries.
She took voice lessons as a young girl.
This Hollywood actress is an ardent fan of Marilyn Monroe. She even has a clothing line mirroring Monroe’s style and fashion.