Hilary Duff Biography

Hilary Ann Duff was born on September 28th, 1987 in Houston, Texas to Bob and Susan Duff. When Hilary was six, she had been traveling in the Cechetti Ballet with her sister Haylie, but decided she wanted to fulfill her dream of acting. Her first part was in the mini-series, True Women (1997) (TV), but her first starring role was as Ellie in "Soul Collector, The (1999) (TV)_", for which she won a "Best Performance in a TV Movie or Pilot (Supporting Young Actress)" Young Artist Award.

Hilary also starred in Casper Meets Wendy (1998) (TV) in 1998, in which she played the young witch Wendy. Success came again as she took the role of the starring title character "Lizzie McGuire" in the #1 Disney Channel Hit Series, "Lizzie McGuire" (2001). "Lizzie", is now in its 2nd season which proves to be a hit with all sorts of audiences. Hilary recently finished the Disney Channel movie Cadet Kelly (2002) (TV) and will return to the big screen for the first time in 5 years to release her successful "Lizzie McGuire (2003)" movie in early 2003.

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Hilary Erhard Duff (born September 28, 1987) is an American actress, pop singer/songwriter and entrepreneur. She has an elder sister, Haylie Duff, who is also an actress/singer.

Duff's early career was marked by playing minor roles, starting off with an uncredited appearance in Hallmark Entertainment's western miniseries True Women in 1997. She also served as an extra, again uncredited, in writer-director Willard Carroll's ensemble dramedy Playing by Heart in 1998. Her first major part was as a star of the 1998 film Casper Meets Wendy, playing the young witch Wendy, who encounters the animated character Casper. Like Casper: A Spirited Beginning (1997), the second sequel to the successful Casper (1995), the film was released direct-to-video with mostly unenthusiastic reviews.

Duff's first serious shot at fame came when she was cast as one of the children in the pilot episode of the NBC sitcom Daddio in 2000. Actor Michael Chiklis, co-star of Daddio 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."

The Duff sisters are due to lend their voices to the computer animated comedy Foodfight!, which is to be distributed by Lions Gate Films in 2008. The film's director, Larry Kasanoff, said that he is "absolutely thrilled to have the Duff sisters as part of the cast". Duff is currently slated to star opposite John Cusack in War, Inc., due for release in late 2007. On September 7, 2007, Duff confirmed on Much On Demand, that she would be filming two films from September through October. The films will be called Greta, and Safety Glass.

The first single, "Play with Fire", became a minor club hit but failed to chart in the U.S.; the second single, "With Love", was more successful, becoming Duff's biggest U.S. Hot 100 hit and topping the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart. The music video for "With Love" was used as a commercial for Duff's first fragrance, With Love... Hilary Duff, which was launched in September 2006; the video reached number one on Total Request Live. Initially slated for release in late 2006, the album was released in April 2007 in North America and earlier elsewhere. It reached the top five in the U.S. and Canada, the top twenty in Australia and the top forty in the UK. The Dignity tour began in mid 2007. A third single, "Stranger", was a number-one U.S. club hit. Duff is currently recording her next single "Reach Out", which samples Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus". The single is most likely to be in the re-release of the Dignity album which will be released in the CDVU+ format.

Duff launched her clothing line, Stuff by Hilary Duff, in March 2004, with clothes distributed through Target in the United States, Kmart in Australia, Zellers in Canada and Edgars Stores in South Africa. The company, initially started as a clothing line, has expanded its business into furniture, fragrances, and jewelry, targeted at the teen and preteen crowd. In 2007, the internet website Stardoll.com featured Duff's clothing line on the website where players will get the opportunity to dress up any paper doll (which include Hilary Duff's own doll) with the clothes. This will enable them to preview the clothes before purchasing.

Playmates Toys released a celebrity doll of her in 2004. In late 2006, Mattel released a Hilary Duff Barbie doll. The doll was anatomically correct and Duff designed the clothes for the doll herself.

Duff is also involved with various charities, is an animal rights enthusiast and a member of Kids with a Cause. She also donated US$250,000 to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. In 2005, she donated over 2.5 million meals to Hurricane Katrina victims in the south. In August 2006, Duff traveled to a New Orleans elementary school and worked with USA Harvest to distribute meals.

In 2004, reports emerged that Avril Lavigne and Duff were having a spat. "I read that I was supposedly mad at my fans for dressing like me", Newsweek quoted Lavigne as saying. "They quoted Hilary Duff saying, 'Avril needs to appreciate her fans more and blah, blah, blah.' I'm like, excuse me? First off, it's not even true. I never said that. And second, who the hell cares what she has to say about my fans? Whatever. Hilary Duff's such a goody-goody, such a mommy's girl". Recently, there were reports of drama between the two at a Maxim party in New York. Evidently, a complication in the arrival time of both, caused an unwanted run-in. Lavigne was said to be furious at this, pacing around and pressuring her company to leave.

In August 2005, Duff said she received veneers because she chipped off one of her front teeth on a microphone during a concert. She subsequently had her veneers redone to match the size of her original teeth. By 2005, Duff appeared to have lost weight, leading the media to speculate that she had developed an eating disorder, although Duff denied this claim. Duff was interviewed on the Australian current affair show Today Tonight and stated that she lost weight by leading a more active lifestyle. Later, an article on Digital Spy in 2006, stated that Duff slimmed down to a U.S. size zero because of media reports suggesting she had gained fifteen pounds. She said she has been feeling pressure to be thin, stating that she is perceived in the media to be either too fat or too thin. Duff called this "judgmental" and "mean".

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