Hilary Erhard Duff born September 28, 1987 is an American actress, singer-songwriter, entrepeneur, and book author. After working in local theater plays and television commercials in her childhood, Duff gained fame playing the title role in the Disney Channel television series Lizzie McGuire. She subsequently ventured into motion pictures and has appeared in many successful films, including The Lizzie McGuire Movie, Cheaper by the Dozen, A Cinderella Story and Cheaper by the Dozen 2. She most recently appeared in According to Greta, Stay Cool, and Bloodworth. Her upcoming films include The Story of Bonnie and Clyde, and She Wants Me.
Duff has expanded her repertoire to include pop music and has released three RIAA-certified platinum albums. Metamorphosis, her debut studio album, was certified triple platinum. Her next two albums, Hilary Duff and Most Wanted, were also certified platinum. In 2007, Duff released her third studio album, Dignity, which was certified gold and spawned her highest charting US single to date, "With Love". Best of Hilary Duff, a compilation of her greatest hits, was released in the last quarter of 2008. Duff has sold over thirteen million records worldwide Billboard ranked her the 69th best selling artist of the 2000s.
Branching into the fashion industry, Duff has also launched her own clothing lines, Stuff by Hilary Duff and Femme for DKNY Jeans, and has signed with IMG Models. She has also released two exclusive perfume collections with Elizabeth Arden. Her other business ventures include writing a young adult novel, Elixir, and working as an executive producer for According to Greta and as a producer for the films Material Girls and Beauty & the Briefcase.
* 1 Life and career
o 1.1 1987–99: Early life and career beginnings
o 1.2 2000–03: Lizzie McGuire, rise to fame and Metamorphosis
o 1.3 2004–06: Hilary Duff, A Cinderella Story and Most Wanted
o 1.4 2007–08: Dignity, independent film roles and Best of Hilary Duff
o 1.5 2009–present: Television appearances and young adult novels
* 2 Other work
o 2.1 Entrepreneurship
o 2.2 Philanthropy
* 3 Personal life
* 4 Filmography
* 5 Discography
* 6 Awards and nominations
* 7 References
* 8 Further reading
* 9 External links
Life and career
1987–99: Early life and career beginnings
Duff with her sister in April 2008
Duff was born in Houston, Texas,to Susan Colleen (née Cobb), a homemaker, and Robert Erhard Duff, a partner in a chain of convenience stores. classes with Haylie. Both girls won roles in local theatre productions.At the ages of six and eight, the two sisters participated in a BalletMet Columbus production of The Nutcracker Suite in San Antonio. The sisters became increasingly interested in acting professionally. Their mother moved with them to California, but their father stayed in Houston to maintain his business. Because she had been pursuing a professional acting career at such a young age, Duff was home-schooled. The sisters auditioned for several years and were cast in several television commercials.
Early in her acting career, Duff primarily played minor roles. In 1997, she appeared uncredited in the Hallmark Entertainment western miniseries True Women. The following year, she played an uncredited extra in an ensemble dramedy, Playing by Heart. Her first major role was a young witch, Wendy, in Casper Meets Wendy. The film, however, was released to mostly unenthusiastic reviews. In 1999, Duff appeared in a supporting role in the television film The Soul Collector, which was based on a Kathleen Kane novel. For her performance, Duff won a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Movie or Pilot (Supporting Young Actress).
2000–03: Lizzie McGuire, rise to fame and Metamorphosis
Duff first rose to fame in 2000 when she was cast as one of the children in the pilot episode of the NBC sitcom Daddio. Her co-star, Michael Chiklis, stated, "After working with her the first day, I remember saying to my wife, 'this young girl is going to be a movie star'. She was completely at ease with herself and comfortable in her own skin." When Duff was dropped from the cast before the show aired, she became reluctant to pursue her acting career further. Her manager and mother, however, urged her on. A week later she auditioned successfully for the title role of a newly developed children's television series, Lizzie McGuire.