Hilary Erhard Duff (born September 28, 1987) is an American actress, singer-songwriter, and author. Born and raised in Texas, she appeared in local theater productions and television commercials in her early childhood. In the early 2000s, Duff rose to prominence portraying the titular character in the Disney Channel television series Lizzie McGuire and it's numerous merchandise, which included the motion picture The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003). Establishing herself as a teen idol she appeared in various featured 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 guest roles and appearances in television dramas and comedies, including the documentary Hilary Duff: This Is Now, an award-winning role on the third season of Gossip Girl, and the television film Beauty & the Briefcase (2010). In 2014, she landed a starring role as Kelsey in the upcoming TV Land sitcom titled Younger. Other than that, she has acted in several independent films with praised roles in War, Inc. (2008), According to Greta (2009) and Bloodworth (2010). Duff has also served as a voice actress for a number of direct-to-video animated features.
In 2002, Duff ventured into the music industry with appearances in numerous soundtracks and with the release of her Christmas album, Santa Claus Lane. After signing a recording contract with Hollywood Records, Duff released her second studio album Metamorphosis (2003), joining a select few in successfully converting from film to a music career. The album sold four million copies in the USA and spawned the hit singles "So Yesterday", and "Come Clean". Duff's following record, the self-titled album Hilary Duff (2004) was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), despite having one U.S. single; "Fly" being released. Her 2005 compilation album, Most Wanted was a commercial success that included the "Wake Up" single. She assumed creative control of her fourth studio album, Dignity (2007), which yield two Dance Club hit singles, "With Love" and "Stranger". The record featured a more mature imagine and sound, however it became the lowest-selling record of her career. Duff's greatest hits album, Best of Hilary Duff, was released in 2008 and subsequently ended her recording contract with her label of five years. After taking a musical hiatus to focus on a writing career and new found motherhood, Duff began working on her upcoming fifth studio album under RCA Records. "Chasing the Sun" and "All About You" were both released in 2014, taking on a new folk-pop, to generally positive reviews. To date Duff has sold more than fifteen million records worldwide.
Beyond entertainment, Duff has enjoyed a highly successful business career. She had the successful clothing line Stuff by Hilary Duff which included clothing, furniture, make-up and jewelry items; targeted at her teen and preteen demographic. She released two fragrances with Elizabeth Arden, a limited fashion line Femme for DKNY and has had various endorsements and ad campaigns. Branching into the literary industry, with the assistance of author Elise Allen, Duff wrote the novel Elixir (2010); which became a New York Times bestseller. The trilogy was followed by the sequel, Devoted (2011) and the series' final installment; True (2013). She furthermore had production credits in a few films she has starred in, including the comedy Material Girls (2006). Duff has also contributed to several humanitarian causes, including Blessings in a Backpack, the Think Before You Speak Campaign, and being a youth ambassador to the children of the Bogotá.
Duff's public image and personal relationships have attracted worldwide media attention. Duff's first high profile relationship was with teen pop singer Aaron Carter. She later became romantically involved with musician Joel Madden, which garnered tabloid speculation due to the fact that Duff was underage at the time; a contrast to her wholesome Disney image. In 2010, Duff married former NHL player Mike Comrie. After seven years together, they separated in 2014. In 2012, Duff gave birth to their son Luca Cruz Comrie.Continue reading at Wikipedia... Wikipedia content provided under the terms of the Creative Commons BY-SA license