Kicked off her career in the entertainment industry at merely age 3, Lindsay Lohan first modeled for Ford and appeared in over sixty television commercials, including spots for The Gap, Pizza Hut, Wendy's, and Jello where she played opposite famous comedian Bill Cosby, before people and critics began noticing her acting ability in 1996 that she could secure herself spots on such soap operas, as "Guiding Light" and "As The World Turns." Nevertheless, it was not until she had a yearlong performance as Alli Fowler on the television soap opera "Another World" that the little girl could secure more prestigious and noticeable projects, being cast by Oscar-nominated writer Nancy Meyers to play the dual roles of the estranged twin sisters who try to reunite their long-divorced parents in the 1998 remake of "The Parent Trap" which was also Nancy's directorial debut. "I left school for eight months," so said the 11-years old Lindsay when she began filming the flick. "When I came back, my friends [asked], 'Where'd you go?' I said, 'My family and I went on a long vacation.' Then the movie came out, and they were, like, 'Um, Lindsay? That's you in Parent Trap,' and I said, 'Oh, yeah. I also did this movie while we were gone.'"
Being in the same scene with senior actors Dennis Quaid and Natasha Richardson earned Lindsay such critical acclaim that paved her way to be nominated for the 1998 Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Comedy Film YoungStar Award and 1999 Favorite Female Newcomer Blockbuster Entertainment Award while at the same time won her the 1999 Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actress Young Artist Award. Subsequent to the success of "The Parent Trap" to enter the box office charts at number 2 with a U.S. gross of over $66 million, Lindsay was signed by Disney to a three-film contract. Turned down the role of Penny in the 1999 live-action film "Inspector Gadget" the studio offered to her, the starlet preferred to make a small screen return, starred in the original TV movies "Life-Size" released in 2000 and "Get a Clue" released in 2002. Also performed the role of Rose in the pilot episode of the short-lived comedy series "Bette" (2000), which starred Bette Midler as well, she quit when the production moved from New York to Los Angeles.
In June 2001, Lindsay decided to take a break from acting in order to pursue music career, signed a five-album production deal with producer Emilio Estefan, Jr.'s Estefan Enterprises in September 2002. In between times working on her music career, she claimed a lead role in another Disney remake "Freaky Friday" (2003), starred alongside Jamie Lee Curtis and Mark Harmon among others. It was this film that catapulted her to international stardom, won her the 2004 Choice Movie Hissy Fit Teen Choice Award and MTV Movie Award for Breakthrough Female Performance. Relocated permanently to Los Angeles proved to give Lindsay wider access and much more opportunity to secure more film roles, like that of the leads in "Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen" and "Mean Girls", both released in 2004. Unlike the first movie which was a flop and experienced a quick death at the box office, the high school comedy drama "Mean Girls" was an instant success, made its way to become the #1 film in America at 2,839 theaters during its opening weekend and experienced a long life at the box office with its worldwide total gross $129,042,871, making it the 24th highest grossing movie of the year.
Still hoping to become a singer, Lindsay began showcasing her singing talents through the "Freaky Friday soundtrack" for which she sang the closing theme "Ultimate" and recorded four songs for the "Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen soundtrack". By the year 2004 she signed a recording contract with Casablanca Records, under which her debut album "Speak" was released and peaked at number four on the Billboard 200 before later achieved Platinum status. Added the album's success was its hit single "Rumors" which Lindsay co-wrote herself and was nominated for Best Pop Video at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards. The album spawned the second single "Over" and the third one "First", which was featured in the 2005 comedy "Herbie: Fully Loaded" which Lindsay starred in. Next starred in comedy romance "Just My Luck" (2006), she followed it up with "A Prairie Home Companion", Robert Altman's film adaptation of the long-running public radio show of the same name which cast her opposite Meryl Streep.
Kept adding more film projects into her resume, Lindsay joined the cast of "Bobby" before then teamed up with Jared Leto to star in the film about the murder of The Beatles' member, John Lennon entitled "Chapter 27" (2008), in which she portrayed a fictional fan of Lennon who also befriends Leto's Chapman. Intended to pursue a degree, she openly revealed her plan to enroll at New York University, saying "I would go to New York University. I'm a New York girl, and it's easy to get to London and LA from here." Though so, she kept working on her acting career, signed on to star in "Georgia Rule" (2007) only to receive heavy negative reviews from critics, led many to assume it was the beginning of the end of her acting career. Her subsequent flick, "I Know Who Killed Me" (2007), in which she had a starring role as a stripper, sad to say was a flop as well. Though so, still Lindsay persisted to try her luck in the business, signed on to play the lead role in the musical romance "Dare to Love Me" (2008). Attempted for a career reinvention, Lindsay saw her second album "A Little More Personal (Raw)" released in December 2005, debuted at number 20 on the Billboard 200 chart, but fell under the top 100 in within six weeks. "Confessions of a Broken Heart (Daughter to Father)", revealed the pain Lindsay said her family had suffered at the hands of her father, was released as the LP's first single and was the first single of her to secure a spot on the Billboard Hot 100.
Was busy juggling her celebrity status and her personal life, Lindsay tasted a bitter life experience when her parents Dina Lohan, a former Radio City "Rockette" and Wall Street Analyst who then remained as her manager, and Michael Douglas Lohan, Sr., who was a long-time Wall Street trader, split in 2005. The divorce in hand Dina the full custody of Lindsay and her siblings, younger brothers Michael Douglas Lohan, Jr. who's an actor and Dakota Lohan, and younger sister Ali Lohan. Badly affected by her parents' divorce the starlet exhibited dramatic weight loss, thus prompted assumption that she suffered from anorexia. Did recover after that, she kept becoming media attention with her uncontrolled behavior, the most publicized were her alcohol addiction and run in with the law.
Was a frequent attendee at various nightclubs and social events, Lindsay was labeled a party girl which left no surprise at all to people when she involved in numbers of car accidents with her first happened in August 2004 in Studio City, California was a minor rear-ender. In October the following year, she struck a van but was left an injured. Police determined that the van's driver made an illegal U-turn. In November 2006, she suffered minor injuries when a paparazzo who was following her for a photograph hit her car. In that same year, Lindsay was hospitalized for at least four times because she cut herself on a broken teacup while in London, broke her wrist, suffered an asthma attack while in Miami, Florida, and the last was for treatment of overheating and dehydration. It was during this time that Lindsay's career experienced a down fall.
Intended to get back on the right track, she checked herself in to the Wonderland Center rehabilitation facility in West Hollywood's Laurel Canyon area on January 17, 2007, claimed in a statement released through her representative "I have made a proactive decision to take care of my personal health. I appreciate your well wishes and ask that you please respect my privacy at this time". Completed her stint in rehab in the following month, she was soon back to work filming scenes for her movie, "I Know Who Killed Me". Continued the program as an outpatient, Lindsay nevertheless got back to her old partying habits and encountered a more serious problem when she was caught on tape snorting cocaine in the toilets of Teddy's within the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood in early March, less than two months since leaving rehab. Initially planned to celebrate her 21st birthday in style by hosting a bash at Pure nightclub in L.A. on July 2, she had to unfortunately cancel the party following her arrest on May 26 for driving under the influence of alcohol and crashing her Mercedes on Sunset Boulevard that forced her to again check into rehab, admitted herself to the Promises treatment center in Malibu on date 28. "The party was canceled officially ... Lindsay will not be having the birthday party at Pure and is focusing on her recovery 100 per cent," her spokesperson confirmed in a statement.
Extended her initial 30 days rehab stint, Lindsay successfully completed her 45 days of residential and care treatment at Promises and finally left the facility on July 13 yet made the decision to wear an alcohol monitoring bracelet in support of her sobriety. On July 24 the same year, just 11 days after she completed her extended 45-day rehab stint in Promises, Lindsay was arrested again after being involved in a high-speed car chase with the mother of her personal assistant. She was charged on suspicion of driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license, possession of a controlled substance and bringing contraband into a custody facility. Being booked into the Santa Monica police station at 4:23 A.M., she was released at 6:20 A.M. on US$25,000 bail. This unfortunate forced her to withdraw from a scheduled appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" which was meant to promote her starring role as a stripper in the film "I Know Who Killed Me". Was then reported to check into the Cirque Lodge drug and alcohol treatment center in Sundance, Utah by August, her representative merely said the starlet was receiving "medical treatment," while wouldn't disclose on the location. She checked out of the center on October 5.
Was initially sentenced to four days in jail concerning her second DUI arrest, Lindsay had her lawyer scored her a plea deal on August 23, with prosecutors agreed she could serve 10 days of community service in lieu of two days behind bars. She was also given credit for one day served from her July arrest, leaving only 24 hours she had to serve. As part of the plea deal, she was also ordered to complete 18 months of an alcohol education program while as well placed on three years probation. Began performing her first of 10 days of community service volunteering for the American Red Cross in Pomona, Calif on November 12, 2007, Lindsay soon checked herself in to the Los Angeles County women's detention center in Lynwood at 10:30 A.M. on November 15, spent only 84 minutes in behind the bars. Released at 11:54 A.M. she had her original daylong sentence reduced because she met the criteria that took into account overcrowding at the lockup and the fact that her crime was nonviolent.
Lindsay, a New York native, was born Lindsay Morgan Lohan on July 2, 1986. Found fame at her very early age, needless to say, she had no trouble adjusting to the lifestyle of the Tinseltown. The one aspect in her life that was deeply influenced by Hollywood glamor was her love life as she'd been involved in a string of short-lived romances with numbers of men, naming some were singer Aaron Carter, actor Wilmer Valderrama whom she dated from 2004 to 2005, Harry Morton who was the son of Hard Rock Cafe owner Peter Morton, British reality star Calum Best, and snowboarder Riley Giles whom she met while in rehab at Cirque Lodge, Utah back in August.