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Lindsay Dee Lohan (born July 2, 1986) is an American actress and pop music singer. Lohan started in show business as a child fashion model for magazine advertisement and television commercials. At age ten, she began her acting career in a soap opera; at eleven, she made her motion picture debut by playing both twins in Disney's 1998 remake of The Parent Trap.
Lohan rose to stardom with her leading roles in the financially successful films Freaky Friday, Mean Girls and Herbie: Fully Loaded. Her subsequent adult roles include appearances in Robert Altman's final film, A Prairie Home Companion and Bobby. In 2004, Lohan launched a second career in pop music yielding the albums Speak (2004) and A Little More Personal (Raw) (2005).
In recent years, Lohan has been the subject of intense media scrutiny focusing on her celebrity nightlife activities and legal troubles in 2007 arising from DUI charges as well as cocaine possession.
Lindsay Lohan was born in The Bronx and grew up in Merrick and Cold Spring Harbor on Long Island in New York. She is the eldest child of Michael Lohan, a onetime actor, and the former Donata "Dina" Sullivan, who has claimed that she worked as a Rockette, though Radio City Music Hall records have failed to verify this claim.
Lohan has three younger siblings: brother Michael had a role as "Lost Boy at Camp" in The Parent Trap (1998), sister Aliana is an aspiring model and actress, and brother Dakota (Cody) has modeled fashions. Lohan is of Irish and Italian heritage and was raised as a Catholic. She originally pronounced her name 'lo?hæn but later settled on 'lo??n; in 2005, Lohan explained to a TEENick audience that she had decided to use Morgan as her middle name because it sounded more professional.
Lindsay's family was financially comfortable; her father Michael Lohan had inherited his family's pasta business, which he later sold to trade in futures (briefly becoming President of New York Futures Traders). More recently, he worked as an investment banker, securing funding for independent films. Lohan's mother Dina, was a Wall Street analyst before becoming her daughter's manager.
Despite the family's wealth, Lohan-when she wasn't tutored on film sets-attended public schools on Long Island, including Sanford H. Calhoun High School, finishing her studies at home through Laurel Springs School.
Michael Lohan had spent much of his daughter's preteen years in prison for securities fraud. In 2005, he was sent back to prison for "aggravated unlicensed driving" and attempted assault.
Later in 2005, Lohan's parents settled their divorce case.
In February 2007, shortly after admitting herself to a rehabilitation facility, Lohan relinquished the role of Hester Worsley in a film adaptation of Oscar Wilde's A Woman of No Importance to focus on her health. The role then passed to Jessica Biel.
On May 11, 2007, Georgia Rule was released in which Lohan starred alongside Felicity Huffman and Jane Fonda. The film - whose production received adverse publicity when a letter from a studio executive to Lohan criticizing her professionalism was made public - received mostly negative reviews. Its grossed $6.7 million at the box office in its opening weekend and to date has grossed $22,224,343 worldwide.
On July 24, 2007, Lohan - in the wake of her arrest for cocaine possession - withdrew from a scheduled appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to promote her starring role as a stripper in the film I Know Who Killed Me. Leno instead interviewed comedian Rob Schneider, who satirically impersonated the actress. The film received overwhelmingly negative reviews - with RottenTomatoes.com showing a 6% approval rating from critics. On its opening weekend, it was #9 at the box office - grossing an "abysmal" $3.5 million.
Her personal difficulties led to her withdrawal from the independent film Poor Things. As of July 24, the producers of Dare to Love Me say that Lohan is still expected to begin 3 weeks of filming in Romania in September. However, E Online quoted a source close to the production as saying, "The talk... is that Lindsay will never hold on to her role."
Entertainment Weekly quoted the head of a major film studio as saying, "Her career was over long before she had these troubles... Right now, she'd have to pay a studio to get herself into a movie."
Hoping to become a "triple threat" (actor/model/singer) like her idol, Ann-Margret, Lohan began by showcasing her singing talents through her films. For the Freaky Friday soundtrack, she sang the closing theme, "Ultimate"; she also recorded four songs for the Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen soundtrack.
Producer Emilio Estefan, Jr. signed Lohan to a five-album production deal in 2002. "The minute I heard her sing, I knew she was gifted," he said, "and [she] has an incredible ability to connect with her audience. I am very excited to be working with her." Lohan-who said she was "extremely excited"-added, "I am surrounded by a group of very talented people." Two years later, Lohan signed a recording contract with Casablanca Records, headed by "diva-maker" Tommy Mottola.
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