Having appeared as a regular on Another World at age 10, her breakthrough came in Disney Pictures' The Parent Trap (1998).The film's success led to appearances in a string of their televised films and the theatrical Freaky Friday (2003).
Born in 1943, Mario Monti studied in Italy and at Yale, specialising in the banking sector.
Prime Minister Berlusconi appointed him Italy's European Union commissioner in 1994, in which position he championed anti-monopoly measures.
The Italian political landscape underwent a seismic shift in the 1990s when the "Clean Hands" operation exposed corruption at the highest levels of politics and big business.
Several former prime ministers were implicated and thousands of businessmen and politicians were investigated.
The package was passed easily, as neither of the two main parties felt that they had anything to gain by sabotaging the bill and risking economic catastrophe.
However, Mr Monti is likely to face mounting opposition to his plan, particularly from the unions, once the public spending cuts start to bite.
The Berlusconi government had failed to muster a parliamentary majority in a routine budget vote as criticism grew of its handling of the crisis, seen as a serious threat to the financial stability of the eurozone.
Mr Monti, a former European Union competition commissioner, is expected to serve as a non-party prime minister until elections expected early in 2012.
Her musical endeavour saw her appearing on numerous soundtracks and releasing several radio singles including "Bossy", which peaked atop the Billboard Dance Chart.
Lohan also dabbled in fashion, beginning a line of her own titled 6126 (2008-present).
Mr Berlusconi sought to align Italy more closely to the US, breaking ranks with the country's traditional allies, France and Germany, in his support for the US-led campaign in Iraq.