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" and Wall Street analyst 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
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
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 June, 2002.
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.