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Lohan, Lindsay

July 2, 1986 New York, New York

Actress

Lindsay Lohan was introduced to filmgoers in 1998 when she faced the difficult task of filling the shoes of beloved child actress Hayley Mills in a remake of The Parent Trap. Lohan offered herself up for comparison again five years later when she starred in Freaky Friday, another classic teen film from a generation ago. Remakes can be tricky, having to live up to the expectations of fans of the original while also appealing to those seeing the film for the first time. In both of these films, Lohan offered a fresh perspective on her characters while staying true to the spirit of the originals, earning the admiration of a broad spectrum of viewers and the adoration of her teenage and preteen fans. Lohan was crowned one of the new teen queens, with her freckled face suddenly appearing on magazine covers everywhere. She hosted Saturday Night Live in May of 2004 and the MTV Movie Awards the following month. More than just a pretty face, Lohan had become an in-demand actress, appearing in two 2004 films, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen and Mean Girls, with plans to star in no fewer than four films in 2005.

A childhood spent in front of cameras

Born on July 2, 1986, Lindsay Morgan Lohan was a member of a family with close connections to show business. Her father, Michael, a former child actor, has dabbled in a number of careers; he owned a pasta business, worked in finance as a Wall Street trader, and produced films. Lohan's mother, Dina, has also proven to be multitalented. The former professional dancer, one of the world-famous Radio City Music Hall's Rockettes, also worked as a Wall Street analyst and then became her daughter's manager. Lohan's younger brother, also named Michael, is an actor as well, having made his feature-film debut in a small role in The Parent Trap. Lohan has two other younger siblings, Aliana and Dakota.

"I'm not as hard on myself as I used to be. But that's what happens when you're growing upyou don't like things about yourself that much. I didn't like my body or my freckles or my red hair. I still don't like my freckles that muchthey just bug me."

With her striking red hair and green eyes, Lohan has been turning heads from an early age. She began modeling at age three, represented by the prestigious Ford Modeling Agency. She appeared in more than sixty television commercials during her childhood, advertising such brands as Pizza Hut, Wendy's, the Gap, and Jell-O. At age ten Lohan was cast as Alli Fowler on the soap opera Another World, a role she played from 1996 to 1997. In early 1997 the young actress learned that she had been chosen from a group of thousands of girls to star in a major film, Disney's remake of its 1961 classic The Parent Trap. Just as in the original, the role of the twin girls was played by a single actress, with Lohan doing the double duty first performed by Hayley Mills (1946). Lohan successfully met the challenge of playing two different parts, skillfully portraying the girls' different personalities and even different accents. In the film, twin sisters Hallie and Annie are separated during their infancy when their parents divorce. Each grows up, one in the United States and the other in England, not knowing of the other's existence until they meet by chance at a summer camp. After initially clashing, the girls form a tight bond, and their newfound relationship leads to a master plan to reunite their mother and father.

Somewhat overwhelmed and tired out from her hard work in The Parent Trap, Lohan took a break from acting, resuming her "normal" life of going to school and spending time with friends. In 2000 she returned to show business, acting in Life-Size, a made-for-television Disney movie starring model and actress Tyra Banks. That same year Lohan was cast in a new sitcom, Bette, starring comedian, singer, and actress Bette Midler. But when the production for the show moved from New York to Los Angeles, Lohan chose to stay on the East Coast and left the show. Disney came calling again soon after, casting Lohan in Get a Clue (2002), a movie made for broadcast on the company's cable station, the Disney Channel.

Drama queen rules comedies

Lohan's breakthrough role came in 2002, when she was cast as teenager Anna Coleman in another Disney remake, Freaky Friday. Lohan plays a teenage girl embroiled in constant conflict with her widowed mother, Tess Coleman, portrayed by Jamie Lee Curtis (1958). Anna and Tess have little understanding of one another. Tess complains about her daughter's loud music, punk-rock clothing, and taste in boys. Anna resents her mother's plans to remarry, her attempts to control details of her daughter's life, and her refusal to take Anna's musical ambitions seriously. After dinner at a Chinese restaurant one night, Anna and Tess receive identical messages in their fortune cookies, a signal of the mysterious occurrence that results in mother and daughter waking up in each other's bodies the following morning. In a role originated in 1976 by acclaimed actress and director Jodie Foster (1962), Lohan gracefully handled what amounts to a dual role: Anna the teenager and Tess the mother trapped in a teenager's body. The film, released in 2003, became a hit, its combination of wacky comedy and touching family ties winning over adults as well as its younger target audience.

Her success in Freaky Friday launched Lohan to a new level of fame and made her a must-have actress for young-adult comedies. Lohan once again joined forces with Disney for Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, released in early 2004. The movie, about a drama-loving teenager coping with her family's move from the big city to the suburbs, earned lukewarm reviews, although many took note of Lohan's magnetic presence. She fared better in her next film, released a few months later. In Mean Girls, written by (and costarring) Saturday Night Live head writer Tina Fey, Lohan played Cady, a teen who grew up traveling the world with her scientist parents. Having been home-schooled all her life, Cady is unprepared for the viciously competitive world of high school cliques. With the help of some new friends, Cady takes on the school's most popular girls, a group known as the Plastics. Mean Girls charged ahead of its competitors at the box office, reaching number one in its first weekend of release. Michelle Tauber wrote in People magazine that this film marked a defining moment in Lohan's career: "Thanks to the critical and financial success of Mean Girls ... Lohan has zipped straight to the head of the class."

Before her eighteenth birthday, Lohan had a number of successful, high-profile film roles under her belt, with more in the works, including yet another revisiting of a Disney classic (1968's The Love Bug ) with Herbie: Fully Loaded, as well as the comedy Dramarama. Her visibility has meant that every step of her transition to adulthood has been documented by the media. Commenting on her physical development in her late teen years, some critics speculated that Lohan had surgery to increase her breast size, a rumor she denounced as ridiculous. A well-publicized tiff with fellow teen queen Hilary Duff revealed Lohan's tough, self-confident nature and, according to Tauber in People, "established Lohan's reputation for making waves." Many news reports have suggested that Lohan heartily enjoys the nightlife, and she has been frequently spotted in clubs, dancing the night away with other young celebrities. Lohan has refused to apologize for her youthful behavior, telling People that "I'm 17. I'm learning, and I'd rather make my own mistakes and learn from them than have to be sheltered my whole life."

Not content to spend all of her time acting, Lohan has also begun developing a singing career. Crafting a style that combines pop, rock, and hip-hop, Lohan started working on her first album in 2003, having earlier signed a multi-album production deal with Emilio Estefan Jr. (1953), a highly respected producer and the husband of singer Gloria Estefan (1957). Lohan performed the song "Ultimate" for the soundtrack of Freaky Friday, helping the album reach Billboard magazine's top twenty. The young actress, filled with self-confidence, seems determined to explore her potential on a number of fronts. In numerous magazine articles, including a 2004 profile in Girls'Life, Lohan has explained the reasons behind her career choices and the decisions she makes in her personal life, by expresseing her go-for-it philosophy: "Life is way too short"too short to worry about what other people think about her, too short to stay at home when she could be out dancing, and too short to settle for starring roles in films when she could become a pop star as well.

For More Information

Periodicals

Bryson, Jodi. "Confessions of a Teen Queen." Girls'Life (April-May 2004): p. 44.

Gostin, Nicki. "Newsmakers." Newsweek (February 23, 2004): p. 67.

Leydon, Joe. "Freaky Friday. " Daily Variety (July 21, 2003): p. 6.

"Lindsay Lohan." People (May 10, 2004): p. 26.

Tauber, Michelle. "Teen Star with a Twist." People (May 24, 2004): p. 79.

Web Sites

"Lindsay Lohan." Internet Movie Database. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0517820/ (accessed on June 28, 2004).

"Lindsay's Biography." LLRocks.com. http://www.llrocks.com/index.php?a=bio.html&b=blank.html (accessed on June 28, 2004).

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Lohan, Lindsay

Lindsay Lohan

Singer, actor

With red hair and freckles galore, as a child Lindsay Lohan was a fresh face in the modeling and acting world. As Lohan matured, her films did as well, and after 2004's Mean Girls and 2006's Bobby, Lohan proved herself to be a sought-after actress capable of both comedy and dramatic roles. Lohan's music career, unfortunately, was often overshadowed by her films as well as her perpetual appearance in tabloid magazines. With her vibrant acting roles and now two solo albums, Lohan's well-rounded career has helped her standout from the "teen queen" set. "I feel blessed to be able to do this," Lohan said about her music career in an AOL online interview. "And I'm not trying to put something out there that is not real or me."

Born on July 2, 1986 in New York City, Lohan grew up in Long Island with three younger siblings and her parents Dina (a former Rockette) and Michael (a former Wall Street trader). At five years old, with endless freckles and red hair, Lohan was a standout in a sea of blondes as a Ford Model. Appearing in some 60 commercials, Lohan's acting career took off with a role on the television soap opera Another World, and later with the lead role in Disney's 1998 remake of The Parent Trap.

Lohan wasn't just acting by the time she was six, she was also taking voice lessons. "I've been singing since I was a little kid," Lohan said in an interview with MSNBC.com. "I used to put on shows for my Barbie dolls singing Madonna or Paula Abdul. But I started acting first, so it made more sense to just go with that, and I was young when I started." The Parent Trap was just the beginning of a slew of Disney films Lohan would make, including another remake with 2003's Freaky Friday. Lohan co-stars with Jamie Lee Curtis in a role in which mother and daughter switch bodies. In the film, the daughter happens to play in a rock band, and subsequently, Lohan sang the film's theme song "Ultimate," which also appeared on the popular soundtrack. Now fully a maturing teenager, the success of Freaky Friday was the beginning of Lohan's perpetual appearance in the celebrity gossip realm. Rumors abounded when the media propelled an alleged conflict between Lohan and actress/singer Hilary Duff over a mutual ex-boyfriend, pop singer Aaron Carter.

In Lohan's next tween film, 2004's Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, she got to show off her singing voice in the starring role. Four songs from the film were included on the album's soundtrack. The movie and its soundtrack failed; however, these were eclipsed by the spring release of Mean Girls, Lohan's first PG-13 role. Mean Girls, a film written by Saturday Night Live alumni Tina Fey, brought in a remarkable $112 million at the box office alone. As Lohan's fame rose, so did her tabloid coverage. Speculating on everything from her underage drinking in nightclubs to rumored plastic surgery, after Mean Girls, Lohan was officially more than famous.

In July of 2004, Lohan turned 18 and the following month appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. Now a legal adult, Lohan went public with her relationship with the then 24-year-old actor Wilmer Valderrama from That '70s Show. Lohan's year was made complete when she signed to Tommy Mottola's reemerged label Casablanca Records for her solo album debut.

With a handful of top-notch producers who previously made hits for Britney Spears, Destiny's Child, and Ashlee Simpson on her team, Lohan began working on her debut album at the same time she was filming Disney's Herbie Fully Loaded. Her schedule was so tight that she recorded much of the album in her trailer on the Herbie set. Lohan got so overworked during this period that she was hospitalized for exhaustion, and subsequently began to lose weight.

Released in December of 2004, Lohan's album Speak was teased by the single "Rumors." The song, which was actually a bonus track tacked on the end of the album, was a slickly produced pop song set for the dance clubs. The song and its glossy video spoke of something Lohan knew about personally: gossip magazine rumors and the endless paparazzi. "You can't really complain [about the gossip] because it's what you have to accept is going to happen when you're in the spotlight. And you want this. And I understand that," Lohan told MSBN about the song. "At the same time, it's hard when you're just waking up and you're going out to get your mail and there are people there. It bugs me sometimes, of course." The provocative video earned a nomination for Best Pop Video at MTV's 2005 awards show. In Lohan's interview with AOL, she explained the message behind the album title, stating "… it was titled Speak encouraging people to know that it is always okay … to speak your mind. In terms of speaking about … love, hate, fear, anger, truth, lies … everything. Just to be open to what's out there. It's very therapeutic."

Even when Lohan wasn't busy filming her next slew of movies in 2005, her name and face were constant gossip material. Lohan's parents had separated and her father was sent to prison in 2005 for aggravated assault and a handful of other charges. When Lohan was a preteen, Michael Lohan had served a four-year prison sentence for stock fraud. The Lohan family was boiling over in 2005, which only fueled the tabloid fire. Ironically, Lohan's public family troubles added some validity and emotion to Lohan's music. A year after Speak, Lohan released A Little More Personal (Raw), debuting it at number 4 on the Billboard 200. Contributing more of herself lyrically and emotionally to her second record, Lohan used her tumultuous relationship with her father as the subject of the album's first single. Lohan co-wrote the jarring "Confessions of a Broken Heart (Daughter to Father)" and directed the video in which she and her look-alike younger sister appear. "This album has been so therapeutic for me," Lindsay stated on her website. "But at the same time I think it captures the kind of collective hyper-existence a lot of young people find themselves in these days. I'm just thankful music has provided me with a forum to break out and express the kind of emotions that often get pushed aside."

With the work of writers/producers including Butch Walker (Avril Lavigne, The Donnas), Greg Wells (Michelle Branch), and former Evanescence guitarist Ben Moody, Lohan was able to work more directly on each song's lyrics and feeling than she had on Speak. Many critics compared the album with Ashlee Simpson's sophomore album, and like All Music Guide's Stephen Thomas Erlewine, agreed that Lohan's had more heart and artistic vision. "She really means it … when she sings about her father, or when she sings about alienation and heartbreak, and this emotional investment when married to the duly professional, straight-ahead songcraft of her collaborators makes for interesting listening."

For the Record …

Born Lindsay Lohan on July 2, 1986, in New York City, New York; daughter of Dina and Michael Lohan.

A child model and actress, Lindsay Lohan began her music career singing pop songs for her film soundtracks' including Freaky Friday, 2003; Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, 2004; signed to Casablanca Records/Universal, released Speak, 2004; A Little More Personal (Raw), 2005. Actress in feature films including The Parent Trap, 1998, Freaky Friday, 2003, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, 2004, Mean Girls, 2004, Herbie Fully Loaded, 2005, A Prairie Home Companion, 2006, Just My Luck, 2006, Bobby, 2006.

Addresses: Record company—Casablanca Records/Universal Motown Records, 2220 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90404; 1755 Broadway, New York, NY 10019. Website—Lindsay Lohan Official Website: http://www.lindsaylohanmusic.com.

Before and after recording her sophomore album, Lohan was almost continually filming movies. Released in 2006 alone, Lohan had roles in Just My Luck, A Prairie Home Companion, and Bobby. In Robert Altman's A Prairie Home Companion, Lohan not only sang a song during the film, but appeared on the soundtrack as well.

Selected discography

(Contributor) Freaky Friday (soundtrack), Hollywood, 2003.
(Contributor) Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (soundtrack), Hollywood, 2004.
(Contributor) The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (soundtrack), Disney, 2004.
Speak, Casablanca Records, 2004.
(Contributor) Herbie: Full Loaded (soundtrack), Hollywood, 2005.
A Little More Personal (Raw), Casablanca Records, 2005.
(Contributor) A Prairie Home Companion (soundtrack), New Line, 2006.

Sources

Periodicals

Rolling Stone, August 19, 2004.

Online

"Lindsay Lohan," All Music Guide, http://www.allmusic.com (November 9, 2006).

Lindsay Lohan Official Website, http://www.lindsaylohanmusic.com/ (November 6, 2006).

"Lindsay Lohan on Breasts, Break-Up," MSNBC.com, http://msnbc.msn.com/id/6680479 (November 6, 2006).

"Lindsay Lohan Speaks!," AOL Music, http://music.aol.com/aiminterview/chat_lindsay_lohan (November 9, 2006).

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Lohan, Lindsay 1986–

LOHAN, Lindsay 1986

PERSONAL


Full name, Lindsay Morgan Lohan; born July 2, 1986, in New York, NY (some sources say Long Island, NY); daughter of Michael (a child actor, Wall Street trader, and businessman) and Dina (a dancer, Wall Street analyst, and talent manager) Lohan; brother of Michael Lohan (an actor). Avocational Interests: Swimming, basketball, shopping, singing, reading, writing, gymnastics, collecting beanie babies, and rollerblading.


Addresses: Agent Endeavor, 9701 Wilshire Blvd., 10th Floor, Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Contact c/o 223 Wall St., #192, Huntington, NY 117432060.


Career: Actress. Previously worked as a model, beginning at the age of three, for companies such as Abercrombie & Fitch and Calvin Klein Kids; appeared in more than 60 television commercials, including The Gap, Pizza Hut, Wendy's, and Jello.


Awards, Honors: YoungStar Award nomination, best performance by a young actress in a comedy film, 1998, Young Artist Award, best performance in a feature filmleading young actress, Blockbuster Entertainment Award nomination, favorite female newcomer, 1999, all for The Parent Trap.


CREDITS

Film Appearances:

Hallie Parker and Annie James, The Parent Trap (also known as Disney's The Parent Trap ), Buena Vista, 1998.

Annabell Coleman, Freaky Friday, Buena Vista, 2003.

Mary Elizabeth Cep, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, Buena Vista, 2004.

Cady Heron, Mean Girls, Paramount, 2004.


Television Appearances; Series:

Ali Fowler #3, Another World, NBC, 19961997.


Television Appearances; Movies:

Casey, LifeSize, ABC, 2000.

Lexy Gold, Get a Clue, The Disney Channel, 2002.


Television Appearances; Pilots:

Rose, Bette, CBS, 2000.


Television Appearances; Specials:

The 2003 Teen Choice Awards, Fox, 2003.


Television Appearances; Episodic:

Herself, 20/20, ABC, 2002.


RECORDINGS

Taped Readings:

Provided voice for Abbie in Abbie, Girl Spy.

Music Videos:

Appeared in "What I Like about You" by Lillix.


OTHER SOURCES

Periodicals:

People Weekly, August 24, 1998, p. 70.


Electronic:

Lindsay Lohan Official Site, http://llrocks.com, December 2, 2003.

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Lohan, Lindsay

Lindsay Lohan

Actress and singer

Born Lindsay Morgan Lohan, July 2, 1986, in Long Island, NY; daughter of Michael (a salesman and actor) and Dina (an actress, dancer, analyst, and talent manager) Lohan.

Addresses: Office—LL Rocks, Inc., PMB 179, 223 Wall St., Huntington, NY 11743-2060. Website—http://www.llrocks.com.

Career

Actress in films, including: The Parent Trap, 1998; Freaky Friday, 2003; Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, 2004; Mean Girls, 2004; Herbie: Fully Loaded, 2005; Just My Luck, 2005. Television appearances include: Another World, NBC, 1996-97; Guiding Light, CBS; Healthy Kids, The Family Channel; Life-Size (movie), 2000; Bette, CBS, 2000; Get a Clue (movie), Disney Channel, 2002; King of the Hill (voice), 2004; MTV Movie Awards (host), 2004; Saturday Night Live (host), NBC, 2004; That '70s Show, Fox, 2004. Signed five-album production deal with Emilio Estefan, Jr., 2002; signed record contract with Casablanca Records, 2004; released Speak, 2004. Appeared in television commercials as a child for companies such as The Gap, Jell-O, and Pizza Hut; modeled for Abercrombie & Fitch Kids and Calvin Klein Kids.

Awards: Young Artist award for best leading young actress in a feature film, for The Parent Trap, c. 1998; MTV Movie Award, breakthrough female, for Freaky Friday, 2004.

Sidelights

With her first film as a child actress, 1998's The Parent Trap, Lindsay Lohan (pronounced LOW-han) had box office success. After appearing in a number of television productions as she made the transition from child to teenager, she made several successful films as a teen actress. They included Freaky Friday and Mean Girls, both hits at the box office. Lohan also tried to launch a career as a singer, signing a recording contract with music guru Tommy Mottola. After contributing tracks to several film soundtracks, she released her first album, Speak, in 2004.

Born July 2, 1986, in Long Island, New York, she is the oldest child of Michael and Dina Lohan. Her father is a one-time Wall Street trader who also worked as an entrepreneur and in food sales, selling products like pasta. Her mother had been an actress, dancer, and one-time Rockette, who later worked as a Wall Street analyst. When her daughter's career took off, Dina Lohan became her manager. Lohan's younger siblings—two brothers, Michael and Dakota, known as Cody, and a sister Aliana—also had acting and modeling careers.

Growing up in Cold Spring Harbor, New York, Lohan began her modeling career when she was a toddler. She signed to the Ford Modeling Agency at the age of three in 1989, allegedly the first redheaded child model taken on by the agency. She modeled for companies such as Calvin Klein Kids and Abercrombie & Fitch Kids. As a youngster, Lohan also appeared in more than 60 television commercials. She appeared with Bill Cosby in a commercial for Jell-O, as well as commercials for The Gap, Wendy's, and Pizza Hut.

By the time Lohan was ten years old, she was transitioning into acting roles, though she never took an acting class or studied the craft. In 1996, she landed a recurring role on the daytime soap opera Another World; Lohan spent a year playing Ali Fowler. She also had a role on Guiding Light and appeared with her mother on the Family Channel series Healthy Kids.

Lohan had her first big break in 1998 when she had the starring role in the film remake of The Parent Trap. The original was made in 1961 and starred Hayley Mills. As Mills did, Lohan played both leads, identical twins Hallie and Annie Parker. The Parker twins were separated at birth by their parents when they divorced, and raised in different countries. One was raised in Great Britain, the other in the United States. Each did not know about the other's existence until they meet up at a summer camp. After overcoming an initial dislike and then realizing they are twins, the girls try to get their parents back together by switching their identities and living with their non-custodial parent. They reveal the deception before their father gets engaged to another woman, but continue their quest.

Lohan beat out 4,000 other actresses to get the role. Her whole family came along when she did the six-month shoot to keep her life as normal as possible. Each member of her family had a cameo role in The Parent Trap. The shoot was demanding since Lohan had to remember both characters' lines and do movements exactly the same twice in each scene the twins appeared in to create the illusion. The dual images were put together with a computer to complete the scene. All of Lohan's hard work paid off since the film made more than $66 million in the United States alone.

After the success of The Parent Trap, Lohan focused on school. She continued to attend public schools, including Cold Spring Harbor High School. Eventually the demands of her career compelled her to turn to home schooling to complete her education. Though her education took up much of her time for several years, she continued to work as an actress.

Much of Lohan's work from 2000 to 2003 was in television. In 2000, she had a leading role in the television movie Life-Size. It co-starred model Tyra Banks, whose Barbie-doll character comes to life. The movie originally aired as part of The Wonderful World of Disney, and was later released on home video. In 2002, Lohan appeared in another television movie. She played Lexy Gold on a Disney Channel movie called Get a Clue.

Lohan also tried to move into series television. In the 2000 pilot for the CBS situation comedy Bette, a vehicle for actress and singer Bette Midler, Lohan played her daughter. The pilot was shot in New York City and the show was picked up by the network. However, when producers decided to move the production to Los Angeles, Lohan did not want to move with it, so she gave up the role. Lohan's part was taken over by another actress, but the situation comedy was soon canceled.

In 2003, Lohan returned to features. Her next film, Freaky Friday, was also a remake. Based on a novel published in 1972, the original film was made in 1976 and starred Jodie Foster in the role Lohan would play. In the film, Lohan played Annabelle (Anna), a teenager who wants to be a rock star. Her psychotherapist mother Tess Coleman, played by Jamie Lee Curtis, is about to re-marry. Suffering from communication problems, the pair somehow switch bodies for a day. The switch forces them to walk in the other person's shoes and creates many comic situations. The film was praised by critics, and earned more than $100 million at the box office. Freaky Friday also marked the debut of Lohan as professional singer. Her song, "Ultimate," appeared on the Freaky Friday soundtrack.

Lohan had two feature films released in 2004, both teen comedies. The first was Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, based on the novel by Dyan Sheldon. Lohan played Mary, a teenager who moves from New York City to New Jersey after her parents' divorce. Lohan's character changes her name to Lola and creates a number of schemes to get attention, including befriending a famous rock star and helping her new best friend deal with bullying girls at school. Lohan also contributed four songs to the film's soundtrack. Confessions was not particularly well-received.

Lohan had a bigger hit with Mean Girls, penned by Saturday Night Live head writer Tina Fey. The screenplay was based on the book Queen Bees & Wannabes by Rosalind Wiseman. Lohan played Cady Heron, a naïve girl who was home schooled in Africa by her zoologist parents. The family comes back to the United States so that Cady can attend high school. She finds herself dealing with the intricacies of high school cliques. As part of an experiment, she becomes part of the popular set of girls, dubbed "The Plastics." However, Cady gets caught up in her newfound popularity and, for a time, becomes just as mean as the rest of the popular girls.

Mean Girls received much critical praise and was a hit at the box office. The number-one film in the United States the week it opened, it went on to earn more than $86 million. Lohan's performance as Cady was particularly praised, and she was seen as a film star. Industry expert Paul Dergarabedian told People, "This really puts her on the map as far as being a box office draw."

After the release of Mean Girls, Lohan remained in the public eye. In 2004, she became the youngest person ever to host the MTV Movie Awards. At the ceremony, she also showed she could dance. Later in the year, she was the guest host in an episode of Saturday Night Live. Dating actor Wilmer Valderrama of the hit situation comedy That '70s Show for several months brought Lohan tabloid press attention.

The tabloids also followed Lohan around for other reasons. She allegedly had a public feud with another young actress/singer, Hilary Duff, over a common boyfriend both had. There was also speculation on whether Lohan had plastic surgery, including breast augmentation. Lohan's family situation was also tense and drew press attention. Her father had served time in prison for securities fraud, and had been arrested several times in the early 2000s for assault. Dina Lohan took out a restraining order against her husband and filed for divorce in 2005. Lohan told Gill Pringle of the Observer, "People try and dramatize every little thing I do, and it's hard dealing with stuff and having my friends read about me and them calling and being like, 'OK, I know this isn't true, but I just have to ask .' It's weird, but you deal with it."

Lohan also focused on her singing career. She contributed a song, "I Decide," to the Princess Diaries 2 soundtrack, and looked to record a full album. After signing a five-album production deal with Emilio Estefan, Jr. in 2002, and recording several demos, she signed with Casablanca Records in 2004. Casablanca was run by the former head of Sony Records, Tommy Mottola, who took charge of Lohan's recording career. In addition to singing, Lohan wanted to write her own songs and had a publishing deal arranged by Mottola as well.

In December of 2004, Lohan released her first record, Speak, which had a rock, pop, and urban feel. She co-wrote five of the songs on the record, with lyrics inspired by her life. Though the first single "Rumors" reached number 23 on Billboard's Top 40 charts, the album and single were not highly regarded by critics. While some believed that Lohan could sing well enough, they found the material generic, second rate, and not fitting with her personality. As Jim Farber of the Daily News wrote, "What Lohan's album really needed was more of the sass—not to mention the tune—of Ashley Simpson's CD, a worthy album regardless of Simpson's actual input. After all, you don't need great talent to make a fun teen-pop album. You just need to have fun."

Having a singing career remained secondary to Lohan's acting career. In 2004 and early 2005, she shot several more films including a remake of Disney's Herbie the Love Bug called Herbie: Fully Loaded. Lohan also appeared in Just My Luck, as the title character. She played the luckiest woman in the world who loses this touch. Lohan remained in demand as an actress and had many other film roles lined up, including Fashionistas, Dramarama, and Gossip Girl.

Lohan also had a life outside of work. Having completed high school by home schooling, Lohan moved to Los Angeles by 2004 and lived with fellow young star Raven for a time before buying her own home. She also talked about going to college, perhaps to study entertainment law. But for the immediate future, Lohan remained focused on acting, and hoped to move beyond the teen roles she was currently doing. Lohan told Jamie Portman of the Ottawa Citizen, "This, acting, is what I aspired to do. It's what I want to do in life. It's what I want my career to be. So to just kind of put it aside right now and leave it to go to college when this is what I want to do ... I can't do that yet."

Selected discography

(Contributor) Freaky Friday (soundtrack), Hollywood Records, 2003.

(Contributor) Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (soundtrack), Hollywood Records, 2004.

(Contributor) The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (soundtrack), Disney, 2004.

Speak, Casablanca Records, 2004.

Sources

Books

Celebrity Biographies, Baseline II, 2005.

Periodicals

Associated Press, January 19, 2005.

Billboard, December 18, 2004.

Daily News (New York, NY), May 26, 2004, p. 32; June 20, 2004, p. 3; December 7, 2004, p. 49.

Los Angeles Times, December 7, 2004, p. E8; December 7, 2004, p. E1.

Observer (London, England), June 13, 2004, p. 32.

Ottawa Citizen, April 28, 2004, p. E6.

People, August 24, 1998, p. 70; May 24, 2004, pp. 79-80; July 12, 2004, p. 51; September 6, 2004, p. 70; November 8, 2004, p. 26; November 22, 2004, p. 21; December 13, 2004, p. 46; December 20, 2004, p. 70.

Sacramento Bee, June 7, 2004, p. E1.

Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN), August 2, 1998, p. 6F.

Toronto Star, August 10, 2003, p. D4.

USA Today, December 6, 2004, p. 1D.

Variety, July 27, 1998, p. 51; July 28, 2003, p. 27; February 23, 2004, p. 34.

—A. Petruso

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