Perhaps best known as the mother of actress and tabloid darling Lindsay Lohan, Dina Lohan was born Donata Sullivan on September 15, 1962 in New York. She has been named one of the “Top 20 Long Island Mothers of Celebrities” by a Long Island-based organization, despite rumors that she partly influenced and acceded to her daughter’s alcoholism, which culminated in Lindsay’s rehab confinement in January 2007. She said she led a couple of interventions for Lindsay in the past and even convinced her to enter rehab.
Dina Lohan, who calls herself The White Oprah, is a mother of four who is said to give up professional dancing for motherhood and, eventually, to manage Lindsay’s career. She has appeared in a small role in the 1998 comedy Parent Trap, with the 12-year-old Lindsay playing the lead role, and in television shows, such as Driven, E! True Hollywood Story, and The View. She also claims that she worked as a Rockette, although Radio City Music Hall reports show otherwise. She was a Wall Street analyst before becoming Lindsay’s, and eventually Ali, their other daughter’s, manager. In 2005, she signed a separation agreement with husband Michael, and the divorce was finalized in August 2007.
In 2008, Dina starred in the E! reality show Living Lohan
, which chronicles Lindsay’s younger sister Ali’s attempt to make it big in Hollywood herself, while Dina also acts as her manager. While Living Lohan primarily revolved around this venture, other members of the family also gain some airtime. The show followed the Lohans from their Long Island residence to wherever Ali’s dreams may take them. For starters, Dina accompanied Ali to a Las Vegas studio to record her would-be solo album.
During the taping for the show, she got involved in a controversy with Anderson Cooper. It was short-lived, and she went on to support her children with their careers.