Hilary Duff

12 Sep

Hilary Erhard Duff (born September 28, 1987) is an American actress, singer-songwriter, entrepeneur, and book author.[1] 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 MovieCheaper by the DozenA Cinderella Story and Cheaper by the Dozen 2. She most recently appeared in According to GretaStay 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 andMost Wanted, were also certified platinum. In 2007, Duff released her third studio album, Dignity, which wascertified gold[2] 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.[3] 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 andFemme for DKNY Jeans, and has signed with IMG Models. She has also released two exclusive perfume collections with Elizabeth Arden.[4] 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 andBeauty & the Briefcase.

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.”[6] When Duff was dropped from the cast before the show aired, she became reluctant to pursue her acting career further.[6] 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 seriesLizzie McGuire.[6] The show focused on her growth into teenhood.

Lizzie McGuire first aired on the Disney Channel on January 12, 2001, and was a ratings hit. It attracted about 2.3 million viewers per episode.[6] Her participation in the show made her popular among children between the ages of 7 and 14.[12] Richard Huff, a New York Daily News critic, called her “a 2002 version of Annette Funicello“.[6] After Duff fulfilled her 65 episode contract with Lizzie McGuire, Disney considered expanding the franchise to films and a prime-time television series. The plans failed, however, because Duff’s representatives said she was not being paid enough for the proposed series.[13] Duff also starred in the Disney Channel television film Cadet Kelly (2002), which became the network’s most watched program in its 19-year history.[6] In the movie, she plays a free-spirited girl who struggles in a strict military school.

Duff’s first role in a theatrical motion picture was in Human Nature in 2002. The film was showcased first at the Cannes and Sundance film festivals.[14] In the film, Duff portrays the younger version of a female naturalist, played by Patricia Arquette.

In 2002, Duff recorded a cover version of Brooke McClymont‘s “I Can’t Wait” for the Lizzie McGuire soundtrack, and “The Tiki Tiki Tiki Room” for the firstDisneyMania compilation album. She also released her first album, titled Santa Claus Lane. The album is a collection of Christmas songs that includes duets with her sister, HaylieLil’ Romeo, and Christina Milian. Accompanied by the Disney Channel-only single “Tell Me a Story (About the Night Before)“, the album peaked at 154 on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart and was certified gold.[15][16]

In 2003, Duff received her first major role in a feature film when she was cast alongside Frankie Muniz in Agent Cody Banks. The film received positive reviews and was successful enough to spawn a sequel, in which Duff did not participate. That year, Duff reprised her role as Lizzie McGuire for The Lizzie McGuire Movie. It received mixed reviews, with certain critics calling it “an unabashed promotion of Duff’s image, just as Crossroads was for Britney Spears“.[17][18][19]Later that year, Duff played one of the 12 children of Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt in the family film Cheaper by the Dozen, which remains her highest grossing film to date.[20] She reprised her role in the sequel Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005), which failed to be as successful as the original film and was panned by critics.[21]

Duff’s first studio album, Metamorphosis (2003), reached number one on the U.S. and Canadian charts[22] and has sold over 3.9 million copies in the U.S by January 2007.[23] The lead single, “So Yesterday” (co-written and produced by The Matrix), was a top ten hit in several countries;[24] its follow-up was theLaguna Beach theme song “Come Clean“. The third single, “Little Voice“, was not released in the U.S. and was a minor hit in Australia.[25] In late 2003, Duff embarked on her first concert tour, the Metamorphosis Tour, and later the Most Wanted Tour. Most shows scheduled in the major cities were sold out.[26]

Duff also made several guest appearances in television shows, her first as a sick child in the medical drama Chicago Hope in March 2000.[27] In a 2003 episode of George Lopez, she had a role as a makeup salesperson; she later reappeared in the show in 2005 as Kenzie, a feminist poet friend of the character Carmen (Masiela Lusha). In the same year, she acted opposite her sister Haylie in American Dreams, while in 2005, she played a classmate and idolizer of the title character of Joan of Arcadia.

Personal life

In a June 2006 interview with Elle magazine, Duff was quoted as saying: “…(virginity) is definitely something I like about myself. It doesn’t mean I haven’t thought about sex, because everyone I know has had it and you want to fit in”.[84][85] Duff later told MuchMusic that she did not say the quotes attributed to her in the article and that the subject was “definitely not something that I would talk about…”[86] She denied the quotes again in a 2008 interview with Maxim magazine.[87]

Duff began dating singer Aaron Carter in 2001. They met on the set of Lizzie McGuire, during Carter’s guest appearance in a Christmas episode. The relationship lasted two years.[88][89] It was reported that Carter left Duff for Lindsay Lohan, but soon broke up with Lohan and resumed dating Duff. Carter later stated that he also cheated on Duff with her best friend, and that Duff “got her heart broken” and he was “sorry” for his actions.[90]

Duff began dating Good Charlotte singer Joel Madden in 2004.[89] After a long period of tabloid speculation, Duff’s mother Susan announced their relationship in a June 2005 interview for Seventeen magazine.[91] Duff and Madden broke up in November 2006.[92] The same year, Duff’s parents separated after 22 years of marriage. She wrote about the pain caused by the separation in her songs “Stranger” and “Gypsy Woman”.[93]

In 2007, Duff began dating Canadian NHL Pittsburgh Penguins player Mike Comrie. On February 19, 2010, Duff and Comrie announced their engagement.[94][95] The couple married on August 14, 2010 in Santa Barbara, California.

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