In New York, NY, on 02 July 1986, Lindsay Lohan became the first
child of a proud couple: Dina (a one-time Radio City "Rockette"
who now manages her daughter's career) and Michael Lohan (a long-time
Wall Street trader who developed, then sold, his family's multi-million-dollar
pasta business to fund and develop major studios and independent
Hollywood productions). Three siblings (Michael, Aliana and Dakota)
would follow in the years to come.
Lindsay started modeling (she was the first redheaded child ever
signed by the prestigious Ford Modeling Agency) and acting at
the tender age of 3. People in the business quickly recognized
her talent, and she was hired to shoot more than 60 commercials;
including spots for Pizza Hut, Wendy's and Jell-O (with Bill Cosby).
In 1993, Lindsay was one of several New York-area children to
appear in a Halloween skit with David Letterman, dressed as garbage
("Things You Find on the Floor of the D-Train"). Within
weeks, Letterman left NBC for CBS.
A plum role soon followed on the NBC-TV series Another World.
Lindsay was the third actress - in late 1996 and early 1997 -
to play "Alexandra 'Alli' Fowler". (AW ran until 1999.)
It was not until 05 January 1997 that she knew she would be cast
in a major motion picture. The director of The Parent Trap, Nancy
Meyers, called Lindsay that day and told her that she had the
part - or is that parts - of the twins. As you no doubt have seen
(after all, you're here), Lindsay proved that she is an actress
of considerable skill, deftly handling two different personalities
in one single movie.
Lindsay was officially recognized for her talent as well; earning
a Young Artist Award for Leading Actress (which she shared with
Stepmom's Jena Malone), and nominations for a YoungStar Award
and a Blockbuster Entertainment Award.
Early in 1999, Lindsay filmed another movie. Life-Size - originally
a Wonderful World of Disney production later released on home
video - allowed Lindsay to act with Tyra Banks.
In 2000, Lindsay won the role of "Rose" in Bette Midler's
television sitcom, Bette. After shooting the pilot episode, the
show's producers decided it would be easier on the crew - most
of whom lived near Los Angeles - if filming moved to California.
Lindsay gave up the role to stay in New York, and Los Angeles-area
actress Marina Malota was pegged to take over the role of Midler's
teen-aged daughter. The series was canceled only a few months
later, due to sagging ratings and the strain on its stars (ironically,
Midler had to fly cross-country from her New York home to tape
her own show).
In June, 2001, Lindsay completed filming the role of "Lexy
Gold" in Get a Clue, the Disney Channel Original Movie of
the Month for January, 2002 - later rescheduled for telecast in
Walt Disney Pictures announced on 31 July 2002 that Lindsay had
signed on to play Anna Coleman in the theatrical remake of Freaky
Friday. In cannibaliz- ... er, that is, we mean updating yet another
film from its vaults, Disney signed Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis
(A Fish Called Wanda) as the mother-and-daughter team who wake
up one day in each other's bodies. Lohan - who already proved
she could fill Hayley Mills' shoes and then some - took on a role
that helped propel a young Jodie Foster to stardom.
In September, 2002, Lindsay appeared poised to fulfill her lifelong
dream of becoming a singer when one of the biggest names in music,
Emilio Estefan, Jr., took Lindsay under his professional wing.
Estefan Enterprises announced a five-album production deal and
the promise of an aggressive effort to "sell" her pop
style "with a rock edge" to a major record label.
In 2003, Lindsay accepted the lead role in Disney's Confessions
of a Teenage Drama Queen (originally a New Line project written
for Hilary Duff, who had to pass due to her full schedule). Filmed
in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and in New York City, Queen was released
in theatres on 20 February 2004.
Later in 2003, leaving The Mouse behind (for the moment), Lindsay
jumped over to Paramount Studios to re-team with Freaky director
Mark S. Waters for Mean Girls (opening on 30 April 2004). Principal
photography ended in November, 2003, and, during filming, she
began negotiations to star in Dramarama for Warner Bros.
Lindsay Lohan shares her birthday with the late US Supreme Court
Justice Thurgood Marshall, the late civil rights activist Medgar
Evers, the late King Olav V of Norway, former Philippine First
Lady Imelda ("I have more shoes than you") Marcos, New
Hampshire Congressman John Sununu, WWF wrestler Bret "The
Hitman" Hart, retired NASCAR driver Richard "The King
of Stock Car Racing" Petty, and the late Wendy's Restaurant
founder Dave Thomas (really!). Fellow actors born on 02 July include
Yancy Butler (Witchblade), James McNichol (General Hospital, brother
of actress Kristy McNichol), Jerry Hall (Batman, ex-wife of Mick
Jagger), Ron Silver (Billionaire Boys' Club), Brock Peters (Star
Trek), Ken Curtis (Gunsmoke), and Polly Holliday (Flo on television,
"Marva Kulp, Sr." in The Parent Trap).
Lindsay also has worked as a model for Abercrombie & Fitch
Kids (A&F Kids) and Calvin Klein Kids.
Her family's last name is pronounced "low-han" but,
when speaking quickly, they tend to say "lowen".
Lindsay was raised on Long Island, NY, where her family still
maintains its home. She hasn't ruled out moving to California,
however, following high school.
Her birthday is 02 July, not 11 October. That birthday was shared
by Annie James and Hallie Parker, Lindsay's characters in The
Lindsay earned the roles of the twins after a six-month casting
search. Later, Life-Size and Get a Clue were offered by Disney
as part of a three-picture deal signed after Trap was filmed.
Immediately after Trap, Disney offered Lindsay the lead female
role in Inspector Gadget but, having just finished seven months'
work on The Parent Trap, she declined. The role instead was accepted
by Michelle Trachtenberg. Soon, a rumor began to circulate that
Trachtenberg "gave" the Trap role to Lohan, who later
"gave" the Gadget project to Trachtenberg. The rumor
is not true. (On the other hand, did you know Michelle's "birthday
is on October 11th??! How weird is that?")
Following a self-imposed hiatus, Lindsay auditioned for Freaky
The body-switch comedy opened on 06 August 2003, and immediately
took its place as the top comedy at the box office, earning well
over $100 million in US release. Lindsay's singing debut, Ultimate,
helped propel the film's soundtrack album into Billboard Magazine's
Top 20 in under three weeks.
Ultimate was written for Friday by songwriters Jeff Coplan and
Robert Ellis Orrall.