Lindsay Dee Lohan (pronounced /ˈlɪnzi ˈloʊən/; born July 2, 1986 is an American actress, model, and pop singer. Lohan started in show business as a child fashion model. At age 11, she made her motion picture debut in Disney's 1998 remake of The Parent Trap.
Lohan rose to stardom between 2003 and 2005 with leading roles in the films Freaky Friday, Mean Girls and Herbie: FullyLoaded. She subsequently appeared in independent movies like Robert Altman's A Prairie Home Companion and Bobby. Her career was interrupted in 2007 as two DUI incidents and three visits to rehabilitation facilities led to several lost movie deals. She guest starred in the TV series Ugly Betty in 2008 and filmed Robert Rodriguez's Machete in 2009.
Lohan began her career with Ford Modelsat age three, but found little work as a fashion model. She persisted and eventually appeared in more than 100 print-ads for companies like Toys "R" Us and fashion brands like Calvin Klein Kids and Abercrombie Kids. Lohan's first auditions for television work did not go well; by the time she tried out for a Duncan Hines commercial, she told her mother that she would give up if she did not get thejob. She was hired, and went on to appear in over 60 commercials, including a Jell-O spot with Bill Cosby. Her ad work led to roles in soap operas, and she was already considered a show-business veteran in 1996 when she landed the role of Alexandra "Alli" Fowler on Another World, "where she delivered more dialogue than any other 10-year-old in daytime serials" of the time.
Lohan gave upAnother World for the big screen when director Nancy Meyers cast her to play the dual roles of the estranged twin sisters who try to reunite their long-divorced parents (Dennis Quaid and Natasha Richardson) in the 1998 remake of The Parent Trap. Trap was well-received for a family comedy, bringing in US$92 million worldwide. Film critic Kenneth Turan called Lohan "the soul of this film as much asHayley Mills was of the original, and ... she is more adept than her predecessor at creating two distinct personalities". Trap won Lohan a Young Artist Award for best performance in a feature film.
She played Bette Midler's daughter in the pilot episode of the short-lived series, Bette (2000), but Lohan, then 14, quit when the production moved from New York to Los Angeles. She also starred in twoDisney television movies, Life-Size with Tyra Banks in 2000, and Get a Clue in 2002.
Rise to fame
Lohan won a lead role in another Disney remake in 2003: the family comedy Freaky Friday with Jamie Lee Curtis. At Lohan's initiative, her character was rewritten and changed from a Goth style to be more relatable. Critic Roger Ebert wrote that Lohan "has that Jodie Foster sort of seriousness and intentfocus beneath her teenage persona". Friday earned Lohan an award for Breakthrough Performance at the 2004 MTV Movie Awards As of 2009 it was her biggest commercial and critical film success, earning US$160 million worldwide and receiving an 88% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
In 2004 two films were released with Lohan in the lead. The first, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, earned adomestic box office total of $29 million, "well above expectations as it was strictly for young girls", wrote Brandon Gray of Box Office Mojo. It was a failure with critics. "Though still a promising star, Lohan will have to do a little penance before she's forgiven for Confessions," Robert K. Elder said. The teen comedy Mean Girls was Lohan's first movie outside of Disney. A critical and commercialhit, it ended up grossing US$129 million worldwide and, wrote Brandon Gray, "cementing her status as the new teen movie queen". "Lohan dazzles us once more," said Steve Rhodes. "The smartly written script is a perfect match for her intelligent brand of comedy." Lohan received four awards at the 2004 Teen Choice Awards for her work on Friday and Mean Girls, including Breakout Movie Star. Mean Girls...