Hilary Erhard Duff
(born September 28, 1987) is an American actress, pop
singer/songwriter and entrepreneur. After gaining fame for playing the title
role in the television show Lizzie McGuire
, Duff went on to have a film
career; her most commercially successful movies include Cheaper by the Dozen
(2003), The Lizzie McGuire Movie
(2003), and A Cinderella Story
(2004). She earned $15 million in 2005
and $12 million in 2006 and 2007
Duff has expanded her repertoire into pop music, with three RIAA
certified-platinum albums and over thirteen million albums sold worldwide.
Her first studio album, Metamorphosis (2003) was certified triple
platinum and she followed it up with two more platinum albums, Hilary Duff
(2004) and Most Wanted (2005). Duff's latest studio album, Dignity,
was released in April 2007 and was certified Gold in August 2007. So far, the
album has sold 896,550 copies worldwide.
She has also launched a clothing line, Stuff by Hilary Duff, and an exclusive
perfume with Elizabeth Arden. Duff and her mother were listed as producers for
the movie Material Girls, and
she will soon produce her sister's debut album.
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Her upcoming films include the 2007 action thriller War, Inc.,
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Early life and career
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Duff was born in Houston, Texas on September 28, 1987.
She was the second child of Robert Erhard Duff, owner of a chain of convenience
stores, and Susan Colleen (nee Cobb), a homemaker. She has an elder sister,
Haylie Duff, who is also an actress/singer. After Duff's mother encouraged
Hilary to take an acting class alongside her elder sister, Haylie, both girls
won parts in various local theatre productions. At the ages of eight and six,
respectively, the Duff sisters participated in the ballet, The Nutcracker
Suite with Columbus Ballet Met in San Antonio. The siblings became more
enthusiastic about the idea of acting professionally, and eventually relocated
to California with their mother. Bob Erhard Duff stayed at the family home in
Houston to take care of their business.
After several years of auditions and meetings, the Duff sisters were cast in
various television commercials.
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,
a direct-to-video sequel to Casper in which she plays the young witch
Wendy, who encounters the animated character Casper. The film was released
direct-to-video with 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 and starred Bruce
Greenwood and Melissa Gilbert. Duff won a Young Artist Award for "Best
Performance in a TV Movie or Pilot (Supporting Young Actress)" for her role in
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."
Duff was dropped from the cast of Daddio prior to it being aired,
which made her reluctant to pursue her acting career further.
However, her manager and mother spurred her on, and a week later she
successfully auditioned for a Children's television series, Lizzie McGuire.
In the series, Duff portrayed the title role of Lizzie McGuire, a clumsy but an
average middle school girl. The show focused on her life and her slow growth
into teenhood. Her co-stars included Lalaine, Adam Lamberg, Jake Thomas, Clayton
Snyder, Ashlie Brillault, Robert Carradine, and Hallie Todd.
Lizzie McGuire, which first aired on the Disney Channel in January 12,
2001, was a ratings hit, drawing in 2.3 million viewers per episode,
and became the career breakthrough Duff had been waiting for. Her participation
in the show led to her becoming highly popular among children between the ages
of seven and fourteen, with critic
Richard Huff of the New York Daily News calling her "A 2002 version of
After Duff fulfilled her sixty-five episode contract with Lizzie McGuire,
Disney considered continuing the franchise in further films and a prime-time
television series to be broadcast on ABC, but the plans failed to take off
because Duff's representatives claimed she was not being paid enough for the
proposed series. However, she went
on to reprise her role as Lizzie McGuire in the feature film spin-off, The
Lizzie McGuire Movie in 2003. The Lizzie Mcguire Movie raked in $42.6
million at the US box office and
received mixed reviews with certain critics calling it, "an unabashed promotion
of Duff’s image, just as Crossroads was for Spears",
while other reviews were generally positive and encouraging.
During her time on Lizzie McGuire, Duff starred opposite Christy
Carlson Romano and Gary Cole in the Disney Channel television film Cadet
Kelly (2002), which became the network's most watched program in its
In the movie, she plays a free-spirited girl who enrolls in a military school
and finds it hard to adjust to its strict and disciplined environment.
Duff also made several guest appearances in television shows, her first as a
sick child in the medical drama Chicago Hope in March 2000.
In a 2003 episode of George Lopez, she had a role as a makeup
salesperson; she later reappeared in the show in 2005 as a feminist poet friend
of the character, Carmen (Masiela Lusha). In 2003, 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. During her Most
Wanted tour, she performed in Guadalajara, Mexico, where she filmed a brief
appearance on the soap opera Rebelde. She was also the guest star on
The Andy Milonakis Show for its third season premiere in 2007.
Duff's first role in a theatrical motion picture was in Human Nature
(2002), an independent film shot before Lizzie McGuire and first shown at
the Cannes and Sundance film festivals.
Written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Michel Gondry, the film follows a
female naturalist, played by Patricia Arquette. Duff played the younger version
of Arquette's character.
Her first major role in a feature film was in the family action film Agent
Cody Banks with Frankie Muniz in 2003. The film received positive reviews
and was successful enough to spawn a sequel, in which Duff did not participate.
Afterwards, Duff reprised her role as Lizzie McGuire for The Lizzie McGuire
Movie, which exceeded box office expectations earning $55,534,455 worldwide.
Later that year, Duff played one of the twelve children of Steve Martin and
Bonnie Hunt in the family film Cheaper by the Dozen, which remains her
highest grossing film to date.
She reprised her role in the sequel to the film called Cheaper by the Dozen 2
(2005), which failed to be as successful as the original film and was panned by
In 2004, Duff starred in the romantic comedy A Cinderella Story.
Though the reviews were mostly negative, the film went on to become a moderate
box office hit, and critics were impressed by Duff's performance.
A Cinderella Story earned $66,068,046 worldwide and was a commercial
success. Later that
year, she starred in the film Raise Your Voice, her first role in a drama
film. Some critics praised Duff for appearing in a more mature and serious role
than her previous films, but the film itself was heavily panned, with the Las
Vegas Weekly writing: "Effortlessly combining Duff's bad acting and bad
singing with bad writing and bad direction, Raise Your Voice is an
insulting waste of time that begs to be silenced".
Several reviews were particularly harsh towards Duff's vocals, with critics
pointing out what appeared to be her digitally enhanced voice
and indifferent towards her acting performance. The film received a lukewarm
response at the box office, and is Duff's least successful film commercially,
with total theater receipts of just $13,573,284.
The same year, Duff received her first Razzie nomination for worst actress for
her roles in Raise Your Voice and Cinderella Story.
In 2005, Duff starred in The Perfect Man in which she played the
eldest daughter of a divorced woman (Heather Locklear). The film received mostly
harsh reviews and did not live up to box office expectations, making $19,770,475
globally. That year,
Duff was again nominated for a Razzie Award, for both The Perfect Man and
Cheaper by the Dozen 2.
The 2006 satirical comedy Material Girls, in which she co-starred with
her sister Haylie, was also not well received by critics,
grossing only $16,847,695 worldwide.
The film, directed by Martha Coolidge and co-produced by Madonna's independent
film production company Maverick Entertainment, starred the Duffs as wealthy
siblings who must fight to reclaim their fortune following a scandal. Hilary
received nominations for another two Razzie awards for her role in the film.
In early 2007, the Duff sisters lent their voices to the computer animated
comedy Foodfight!, which is to be distributed by Lions Gate Films due out
in April 2008. The film's director, Larry Kasanoff, said that he is "absolutely
thrilled to have the Duff sisters as part of the cast".
Duff also stars opposite John Cusack in War, Inc., due for release in
July 2008. On September 7, 2007, Duff confirmed on Much On Demand, that she
would be filming two independant films Greta, and Safety Glass, of
which the former was completed in mid November 2007.
In 2002, Duff recorded a cover of Brooke McClymont's "I Can't Wait" for the
Lizzie McGuire soundtrack, and "The Tiki Tiki Tiki Room" for the first
DisneyMania compilation album.
Her first album was Santa Claus Lane (2002), a collection of Christmas
songs that included duets with Lil' Romeo, Christina Milian, and her sister
Haylie. Accompanied by the Disney Channel-only single "Tell Me a Story (About
the Night Before)", it reached the lower half of the U.S. Billboard 200
album chart and was certified gold.
The track "Santa Claus Lane" was included on the soundtrack to The Santa
Clause 2 and another song, "What Christmas Should Be", was used in
Cheaper by the Dozen. Duff sang several tracks for the 2003 soundtrack to
The Lizzie McGuire Movie, including "Why Not", which peaked at number
fourteen in Australia.
Duff's second album and first studio album, Metamorphosis (2003),
reached number one on the U.S. and Canadian charts.
It became one of the biggest selling albums of the year in the U.S. and has
since gone to sell over 3.7 million copies.
The lead single, "So Yesterday" (co-written and produced by The Matrix), was a
top ten hit in several countries and its music video received heavy airplay on
MTV; its follow-up, the Laguna Beach theme song "Come Clean", became
Duff's first top forty U.S. hit
and reached the top twenty in UK, Australia and New Zealand.
The third single, "Little Voice", was not released in the U.S. and was a minor
hit in Canada and Australia. In late 2003, Duff embarked on her first concert
tour, the Metamorphosis Tour, and later the Most Wanted Tour. Most shows in the
major cities included on the tour were sold out.
The second DisneyMania disc, DisneyMania 2, was released in
January 2004 and contained a duet, "The Siamese Cat Song" with her sister.
Another song, "Circle of Life", featured Duff and other Disney Channel stars.
Duff and her sister recorded a cover of The Go-Gos' "Our Lips Are Sealed" for
the soundtrack to A Cinderella Story, which included two other songs by
Duff. The video for "Our Lips Are Sealed" was popular on MTV's Total Request
Live, but the song failed to chart on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
Duff's third album was the self-titled Hilary Duff in which she
co-wrote some songs. She described the album as more personal and having a rock
feel than Metamorphosis.
It was released on her seventeenth birthday (in September 2004) and debuted at
number two in the U.S. and at number one in Canada. The album sold over 1.5
million copies in the U.S. in eight months,
but its only U.S. single, "Fly", failed to chart on the Hot 100,
despite being accompanied by a popular video. "Fly" reached the top forty in
Australia, where the album produced a second top forty single, "Someone's
Watching over Me", which was the
theme song of the film Raise Your Voice. Duff contributed the song "(I'll
Give) Anything but Up!" for the 2004 album Marlo Thomas & Friends: Thanks &
Giving All Year Long (2004), before continuing nine more months of the Most
Duff's fourth album, Most Wanted (2005), comprised her favorite tracks
from her previous two albums, remixes, and new songs inspired by pop-rock
musicians such as The Killers and Muse. In an appearance on Total Request
Live, Duff stated that it was not a greatest hits album, but that her label
told her it was time to release a new album. She had more creative control over
Most Wanted compared to her previous releases, co-writing the new
material with producers Joel Madden and his brother, Benji, both members of Good
Charlotte. The lead single, "Wake Up", became Duff's highest peaking single on
the U.S. Hot 100 at the time,
and its video received heavy rotation on MTV. The video for the second single,
"Beat of My Heart", was also popular, but the single itself did not chart in the
U.S. The album
itself debuted at number one on the Billboard 200
and became her third number-one debut in Canada. An Italy-only compilation,
4Ever, was released in 2006. Duff recorded new songs for her movie,
Material Girls, which included a Timbaland-produced cover version of
Madonna's "Material Girl" with her sister.
According to a statement made by Haylie Duff, a single was not released for the
Material Girls soundtrack due to scheduling conflicts.
For Duff's fourth studio album, Dignity, she co-wrote the material
with Kara DioGuardi, who co-produced the album with Rhett Lawrence, Richard
"Humpty" Vission, Tim & Bob and others. Duff stated that compared to her
previous music, it is "more dancey" and makes use of more real instruments. She
said, "I don't know exactly how to explain what we're doing, but it's fun and
funky and different, something new for me. It's really cool".
She also described the album's sound as "a little less pop-rock and more
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".
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 previewed Duff's clothing line to
customers by allowing them to dress up a paper doll on the website (which
include Hilary Duff's own doll) with the clothes.
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.
In September 2006, Duff released her perfume, With Love... Hilary Duff, which
was under the Elizabeth Arden company. Duff premiered it on The View.
The perfume was initially sold only in Macy's in the U.S. but is currently being
sold in other regions like Japan and Canada. In 2007, Duff announced that she
will be releasing a summer version of the perfume titled, "Wrapped With Love".
Duff and her pet dog Lola made an appearance in the Electronic Arts game
The Sims 2: Pets, which was released on October 2006. In console versions of
the game, Duff's character visits public areas and allows the players to let
their Sims socialize with her and Lola, the dog. However, in the PC expansion
pack, players must download the Duff sim from the Maxis website before December
31 she and her dog will be fully playable characters, rather than a non-player
character. Duff and
celebrities such as Paris Hilton and Jessica Simpson have often been criticized
for displaying their dogs as fashion accessories rather than pets.
Duff began dating singer Aaron Carter in 2001. They met on the sets of
Lizzie McGuire, when Carter had a cameo role in a Christmas episode. The
relationship lasted two years.
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. Claymation
facsimiles of Duff and Lohan appeared on the celebrity wrestling series
Celebrity Death Match on March 23, 2007. Duff and Lindsay Lohan were later
reported to have been involved in a "feud" with each other over their
relationship with Carter. As
of 2007, Duff and Lohan had reconciled. Lohan attended the release party for
Duff's album Dignity and Duff told People magazine that she
thought Lohan was "fun" and "a nice girl".
Duff's parents separated in 2006 after 22 years of marriage, due to
infidelity on the part of her father. She wrote about the pain caused by the
separation in her songs "Stranger" and "Gypsy Woman".
Duff began dating Good Charlotte singer Joel Madden in 2004.
After a long period of tabloid speculation, Duff's mother Susan announced their
relationship in a June 2005 interview for Seventeen magazine.
In a June 2006 interview with ELLE magazine, Duff stated "...(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".
Duff later told MuchMusic that she didn't say the quotes attributed to her in
the article and that the subject was "definitely not something that I would talk
about..." Duff and Madden
broke up in November 2006.
In 2007, Duff was photographed many times with NHL player Mike Comrie.
Although Duff never reveals much about the relationship, the couple was seen
hugging and kissing and Duff even attends some of Comrie's games. Comrie bought
Duff a brand new $100,000 car for her 20th birthday.
She confirmed their relationship with E! News at the Spirit of Life's red carpet
Duff is 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 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.
In December 2007, Hilary Duff was ranked at #7 in the Forbes Top 20 Earners
Under 25 with an annual earnings of US$12 million.
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. Lavigne further added, "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".
In June 2007, there were reports of a run-in between the two at a Maxim
party in New York. Evidently, a complication in the arrival time of both, caused
the unwanted run-in. Lavigne was said to be furious at this, pacing around and
pressuring her company to leave.
In June 2006, when asked about her then-boyfriend Good Charlotte frontman
Joel Madden, a native of Waldorf, Maryland, in an interview with Elle Magazine,
Duff replied, "He's very real, like, he's from a pretty ghetto place in
Maryland... I like that". Duff's "ghetto" comments sparked a mixture of mild
offense and bemusement from residents of the Waldorf area, as the suburban,
mostly middle-class town did not fall into the traditional impoverished inner
city concept of a ghetto. Duff
later claimed she was referring not to Waldorf, but actually a section of
Baltimore where Madden lived briefly as a young adult.
In late 2006, Duff took legal action against an alleged stalker and his
roommate. On November 3, 2006,
Duff's stalker, Maksim Miakovsky, was arrested for threatening to kill her. He
was booked on charges of making criminal threats and stalking. According to
legal papers filed by Duff, Miakovsky came to the U.S. "for the sole purpose of
meeting and becoming romantically involved with Ms. Duff".
Miakovsky is being held on $200,000 bail at the Manhattan Beach jail. He was
arraigned on November 7, 2006.
On January 19, 2007, Miakovsky was sentenced to 117 days in jail and five years
probation after pleading no contest to the charges.
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
||Casper Meets Wendy
|Playing by Heart
||Bit part; uncredited
||The Soul Collector
||Young Lila Jute
||Theatrical release in 2002
||Disney Channel Original Movie
||Agent Cody Banks
|The Lizzie McGuire Movie
||Elizabeth "Lizzie" Brooke McGuire/Isabella Parigi
||Walt Disney Pictures
|Cheaper by the Dozen
||A Cinderella Story
||Samantha "Sam" Montgomery
|Raise Your Voice
|In Search of Santa
||The Perfect Man
|Cheaper by the Dozen 2
||1 episode:Cold Hearts
||1 episode:Pilot/substituted after the
||Elizabeth "Lizzie" Brooke McGuire
||1 episode:Team Leader
||1 episode:Change a Comin
||Joan of Arcadia
||1 episode:The Rise &
Fall of Joan Girardi
||1 episode:George's Grand
||The Andy Milonakis Show
||1 episode Documentary
|Hilary Duff: This Is Now
Official studio albums
- 2002: Santa Claus Lane
- 2003: Metamorphosis
- 2004: Hilary Duff
- 2005: Most Wanted (Contains new material plus new mixes of her
- 2007: Dignity
- 2006: 4Ever (Italy Release Only)
||Best Performance in a TV Movie or Pilot -
Supporting Young Actress (The Soul Collector)
||Young Artist Awards
||Rising Star Award
||Fort Myers Beach Film Festival
|Teenager of the Year
|Choice Movie Breakout Star - Female (The
Lizzie McGuire Movie)
||Teen Choice Awards
|Big Breakthrough of 2003
||VH1 Big in 03 Awards
||Franchise's Performance Award
|Favorite Female Singer
||Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, USA
||TMF Awards, Netherlands
|Fake ID Club award
|Best Female Artist
||World Music Awards
|Best Young Ensemble in a Feature Film (Cheaper
by the Dozen)
||Young Artist Awards
||Born to Lead Award
Magazine Annual Awards
|Favorite Movie Actress (A Cinderella Story
and Raise Your Voice)
||Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, USA
|Choice Movie Blush Scene
||Teen Choice Awards
|Best Sister Style (Hilary and Haylie Duff)
Hottest Hollywood Style Awards
||Best New Artist
||People's Choice: Favourite International Artist
||MuchMusic Video Awards (MMVAs)
|Choice Love Song - With Love
||Teen Choice Awards
|Best International Act
||Kids Choice Awards (Italy)
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