Everybody knows the Lohan. Lindsay Lohan has been a celebrity legend for decades, and she's still one of the youngest legends on our list. Let's get into some of details of the Lohan legend.
Lindsay Dee Lohan was born July 2, 1986 in New York City. She grew up in Merrick on the south shore (like Debbie Gibson) and Cold Spring Harbor on the north shore. I've been to both, and they're both very nice. If you like the beach, Merrick is cool, but Cold Spring Harbor is very quaint and you are right on the Sound.
Lindsay's parents are Dina and Michael. Lindsay became so famous that her parents became famous. Now that's famous!
Lindsay has three siblings who are actors: Dakota (Cody), Aliana (Ali) and Michael Jr.
Lindsay was a child model with Ford models. This got her into ads for high class outfits like Calvin Klein and Abercrombie.
By 1996, Lindsay was playing Alexandra "Alli" Fowler in the television soap opera Another World. She was only 10, but already a big star.
Lindsay's big break in films was Disney's "The Parent Trap" (1998). The film was a huge success, making $92 million worldwide, and everyone loved Lindsay's genuine performance. It was a difficult role playing twins, and Lindsay was brilliant.
Of more importance to Lindsay than everyone saying how wonderful she was, Disney gave her a three-film contract.
Lindsay next filmed a television pilot, "Bette," but the series did not last very long.
Lindsay also filmed a couple of Disney television films, "Life-Size" (2000) with Tyra Banks, and "Get a Clue" (2002).
Lindsay needed another big hit, and she got it: "Freaky Friday" (2003) with Jamie Lee Curtis. It was a humongous success and once again everyone loved Lindsay. It was another difficult role because it involved body-switching, and once again Lindsay was brilliant.
It was time for Lindsay to really build on her renewed success, and she hit the jackpot with "Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen" (2004) and "Mean Girls" (2004). Both became instant classics, and Mean Girls became iconic. They also, incidentally, earned a ton of money.
At this point, Lindsay was on top of the film world, and you know what they say about what happens when you are on top: the only way left is down. Well, let's not get ahead of ourselves, but that's the general gist of things.
Lindsay hopped on a venerable franchise with "Herbie: Fully Loaded" (2005). Lindsay had some health problems and was breaking up with her boyfriend. She also was recording an album. Anyway, the film made money, but some rumors started surfacing that Lindsay was difficult on the set. Still, the movie made $144 million, and money talks.
Lindsay also was having some issues with her parents. She was still a teen, but took a permanent place at the Chateau Marmont, a Beverly Hills hotel. When you were 16, were you living in a five-star hotel? Probably not. But Lindsay was.
Lindsay's next film, "Just My Luck" (2006), was not a success. However, Lindsay herself earned a ton of money. Some reports said that she was paid $7 million. That's pretty cool for someone who hasn't even reached her 20th birthday.
Lindsay turned to "prestige productions." Those are films by "auteurs" which don't have big budgets and never make much money. Robert Altman's comedy "A Prairie Home Companion" (2006) is a perfect example of the genre. Any time that you can act with Meryl Streep, it's a good opportunity.
"Georgia Rule" (2007) was another prestige production, with Jane Fonda. However, the backstage drama overshadowed the film. A producer released a letter which slammed Lohan for unprofessional behavior: being late, throwing tantrums, that sort of thing.
Lindsay also started having issue with the law, such as DUI infractions.
Lindsay also had some more health issues, including appendix surgery.
Lindsay turned to television, and filmed some guest spots. She had a recurring role on "Ugly Betty."
Through all of this, Lindsay was blossoming into womanhood. She started making the "hot girl" lists. Maxim Magazine placed her No. 3 on its "Hot 100" list in 2006 and No. 1 in 2007. Not too many ladies make No. 1.
Lindsay continued acting, but her off-screen antics became the story. She missed some court appearances due to filming schedules and wound up spending two weeks in jail.
The issues began to mount for Lindsay. Her probation was revoked in 2010 for failing a drug test.
Lindsay wound up back in jail, then at the Betty Ford Center. Her films also were starting to suffer, and some had difficulty finding distributors. That is generally a bad sign for an A-list star.
Lindsay filmed a pictorial for Playboy magazine. It was a huge success, and Hugh Hefner said that it was "breaking sales records."
Lindsay hosted Saturday Night Live in March of 2012, and the show had huge ratings. However, her film career was continuing its tailspin. At around the same time, she starred in a tv biopic, "Liz & Dick," and pretty much everyone hated it or felt that her performance was at best "adequate."
Lindsay pleaded No Contest to misdemeanor reckless driving and providing false information to a police officer. Back she went to rehab.
Lindsay was feeding the oddness of her life by releasing bizarre pictures of herself, such as her holding an knife and pretending to stab someone.
Perhaps the nadir of Lindsay's career was "The Canyons" (2013), in which she starred with a top male adult actor. It was written by Bret Easton Ellis and directed by Paul Schrader, but once again the film was overshadowed by Lindsay's backstage antics. Someone released an audio tape of Lindsay screaming at her costar for being unprofessional. An adult film star being unprofessional on a mainstream film set, well, that's a shocker right there. The image created by the tape was that Lindsay was becoming a monster Diva.
Since then, Lindsay has begun pulling things together. She filmed a documentary series for Oprah Winfrey's OWN cable network which followed her as she went to rehab and moved to New York City.
Lindsay filed a lawsuit against Rockstar Games for stealing her image and using it in Grand Theft Auto V.
She also went to London to do some theater work. Playing Karen in David Mamet's "Speed-the-Plow," Lindsay at least got mixed reviews this time.
Probably the best news for Lindsay was that a judge finally ended her probation after 8 long years.
Lindsay has had an under-the-radar music career. She has released a couple of albums. One of her singles, "Confessions of a Broken Heart (Daughter to Father)," actually hit No. 57 on the Billboard singles chart.
Lindsay has been involved in several odd occurrences off-screen (aside from the arrests). She was targeted by the "Bling Ring," a bunch of kids who targeted fashionable celebrities. Lindsay's surveillance system helped to catch them. In addition, for some reason she released a list of her Hollywood lovers. It was a long list. Word is that the list was not exhaustive, either. She apparently forgot one or two or... more.
She also for some reason got involved in Brazilian politics, tweeting support of Aecio Neves. Why she suddenly became interested in that is just another of those mysteries of the Universe. The truth is out there... somewhere. Oh... and Aecio lost.
Lindsay has jokingly hinted that she may run for President in 2020. No, not President of Brazil. She may have been joking. Unfortunately, though, she wouldn't meet the requirements in the US, where you have to be 35 to be President.
Lindsay has had some high-profile relationships. She dated Aaron Carter, then a big teen star, in 2000 and 2001.
She dated Wilmer Valderrama in 2004. That was the one that she was breaking up with on the "Herbie" set.
She dated the Hard Rock Cafe heir Harry Morton next, then Calum Best, then Riley Giles.
Lindsay hit the PR jackpot with her next relationship, DJ Samantha Ronson. They were seen everywhere together. It actually was one of her longer relationships. The press loved every second of it. Lindsay later denied, though, that she was gay or bi. She said she just wanted to try something "different."
Lindsay sang over the end credits in "Freaky Friday." The song was called "Ultimate."
Offered the role of Penny in "Inspector Gadget," Lindsay turned it down.
Lindsay is of German, Irish, and Italian ancestry.
Lindsay says that she fell asleep at the premiere of The Parent Trap.
Lindsay's album "Speak" went platinum.
Lindsay is allergic to blueberries and horses. She has bronchial asthma.
Lindsay loves Marilyn Monroe. We both agree that Marilyn was fabulous in "Niagara."
Lindsay was offered the role of Jade in "The Hangover" but turned it down.
Lindsay wanted the part of Alice in Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" but lost out. The film went on to make a billion dolllars.
Lindsay once saved her brother Cody from drowning.
Lindsay crashed her Porsche on 8 June 2012 and was hospitalized.
Lindsay suffered a miscarriage in 2014.
Lindsay lost the lead role in Steven Soderbergh's "Side Effects" (2013) because of her legal issues.
Lindsay wore an ankle bracelet for a month at home once.
The character of Niki Stevens in "The L Word" is based on Lindsay.
Lindsay is good friends with Jessica Alba and Amanda Seyfried.
Lindsay loves to sing karaoke and liked to go to Beverly Hills bar with friends to sing.
The Parent Trap (1998), Freaky Friday (2003) and Herbie Fully Loaded (2005) - Lindsay's biggest hits - were all remakes of previous Disney films.
Lindsay won the 2006 Kids Choice Award for Best Female Actress on Nickelodeon.
Lindsay's preference in "Mean Girls" was to play the heavy, Regina George.
Lindsay hosted the MTV Movie Award Show in 2004. She won an award herself at the show for Freaky Friday.
Lindsay was on the David Letterman Show way back in 1982. She dressed up as garbage for a skit.
Lindsay started modeling at age 3.