Hilary Erhard Duff (born September 28, 1987) is an American actress, singer-songwriter, entrepreneur, model, producer and author. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, she appeared in local theater productions and television commercials in her early childhood. Duff was established as a teen idol after being cast in the Disney Channel television series Lizzie McGuire in the early 2000s and its motion picture The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003), in which she portrayed the titular character. She later appeared in feature films including Agent Cody Banks (2003), Cheaper by the Dozen (2003), A Cinderella Story (2004), and Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005), which are among the biggest commercial successes of her career. Duff has additionally appeared in numerous television dramas and comedies such as Joan of Arcadia, Ghost Whisperer, Law & Order: SVU and Two and a Half Men, besides landing an award-winning role in the third season of Gossip Girl. Other than that, she had also acted in several independent films with praised roles in War, Inc. (2008), According to Greta (2009) and Bloodworth (2011). Besides being a producer for a few of the movies she starred in; According to Greta and Beauty & the Briefcase, Duff has served as a voice actress for a number of animated features. In 2014, she co-starred in a pilot for a new sitcom currently titled Younger.
After signing a recording contract with Hollywood Records, Duff released her debut studio album which was also a Christmas album Santa Claus Lane in 2002. Her second album Metamorphosis (2003) has been certified triple-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for exceeding shipments of one million copies. It spawned the singles "So Yesterday" and "Come Clean", the latter being the opening theme for MTV's hit TV series, Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County. Duff's third record Hilary Duff (2004) was certified platinum in the USA, despite only having one official single released; "Fly", which took on a rockier edge than her previous works. Similar to her self-titled album, Duff's first compilation album Most Wanted (2005) was also certified platinum and included the singles "Wake Up" and "Beat of My Heart", where both singles peaked in the top ten in Italy. Her fourth studio album, the electronica-infused record Dignity (2007), spawned her highest-charting single on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, "With Love", which peaked at #24 and was the first of her three consecutive number ones on the Hot Dance Club Play charts. The following year in 2008, Duff released her first greatest hits album Best of Hilary Duff which subsequently ended her recording contract with Hollywood Records. After taking a five-year musical hiatus to focus on her acting and writing career, she began working on her fifth studio album in September 2013, which is tentatively scheduled to be released in Fall of 2014. To date, Duff has sold thirteen million albums worldwide.
Duff has also ventured into the retail industry. She had the successful clothing line Stuff by Hilary Duff, two exclusive fragrances with Elizabeth Arden, and the limited fashion line Femme for DKNY Jeans. Branching into the literary industry, along with the assistance of author Elise Allen, Duff wrote the novel Elixir (2010), which became a The New York Times bestseller; it was followed by the sequels Devoted (2011) and True (2013). She has also contributed to several humanitarian causes, including Blessings in a Backpack and the Think Before You Speak Campaign.Continue reading at Wikipedia... Wikipedia content provided under the terms of the Creative Commons BY-SA license