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Hilary Duff

Born : 28 October 1987
City : Houston, Texas, United States
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Hilary Duff Biography

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 2000's, 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 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.

Early life and career beginnings

Hilary Erhard Duff was born on September 28, 1987, in Houston, Texas. She grew up between Houston and San Antonio with her father Robert Erhard Duff, a partner in a chain of convenience stores in the two areas, her mother Susan Colleen (nee Cobb), a homemaker turned film and music producer, and her older sister Haylie, who is also an actress and singer.

From a young age, Duff took after her older sister and, encouraged by their mother, the pair enrolled in acting, singing and ballet classes. Both girls won roles in local theatre productions and, together, at the ages of six and eight, they participated in a touring BalletMet production of The Nutcracker in San Antonio

Career
2000–02: Breakthrough with Lizzie McGuire and Santa Claus Lane

In March 2000, Duff appeared in the small guest role as a sick child in the medical drama Chicago Hope right before being cast as one of the children in the pilot episode of the NBC sitcom Daddio. Her Daddio co-star Michael Chiklis stated, "After working with her the first day, I remember saying to my wife, 'This young girl is gonna be a movie star.' She was completely at ease with herself and comfortable in her own skin." However, prior to the airing of the show, the producers dropped Duff from the cast. Depressed, Duff was reluctant to pursue her acting career further.

2003: Metamorphosis, Agent Cody Banks, and Cheaper by the Dozen

Duff released her debut album, Metamorphosis, in 2003. The album received mixed reviews from music critics; some complimented it for being a modern-day bubblegum album, while others considered the album to be a promotional gimmick for Duff's musical career, lacking real substance. Nonetheless, Metamorphosis reached number one on the Billboard 200 and Canadian Albums Chart and sold over five million copies worldwide by late 2005. Its lead single "So Yesterday," was a top ten hit in several countries despite not impacting in her native United States; its follow-up, "Come Clean," had the same effect and was chosen as the theme song for Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County. The third single, "Little Voice," was not released in the United States, but it was a minor hit in Australia.

2010–12: Beauty & the Briefcase, Bloodworth, and early return to musical career

In 2010, Duff starred in the ABC Family television film Beauty & the Briefcase, in which she plays a fashion magazine columnist who writes about her dating struggles in the city. The film had a rating of 2.4 million viewers.The same year, she appeared in an episode of the NBC sitcom Community as Meghan, the leader of a group of mean girls.Duff also co-starred as Raven Halfacre, the teenage daughter of a promiscuous alcoholic mother, in the drama film Bloodworth, (2011) of which Los Angeles Times reviewer Sheri Linden thought she "acquits herself well" despite not warming to the film. The Examiner also wrote that the "biggest surprise performance [in the film] probably belongs to Hilary Duff." She also played Shasta O'Neil, a sexy high school senior, in the Polish brothers' comedy Stay Cool (2011) in which she co-starred with Winona Ryder, Mark Polish, Sean Astin, Chevy Chase, and Jon Cryer to neither much critical nor commercial avail. In 2012, she co-starred in Rob Margolies' comedy She Wants Me, as Kim Powers, a well-known starlet who enters a love triangle.

Personal life
Relationships

Duff dated pop singer Aaron Carter on and off between 2001 and 2003 before he met and dated Lindsay Lohan. It was reported that Carter soon left Lohan and went back to dating Duff, starting a feud between the two actresses.

In July 2004, a 16-year-old Duff began dating Good Charlotte singer Joel Madden, who was then 25 years of age After a long period of tabloid speculation, Duff's mother Susan announced their relationship in a June 2005 interview for Seventeen magazine. In November 2006, Duff and Madden broke up.

Canadian ice hockey player Mike Comrie married Duff in 2010

In 2007, Duff began dating Canadian NHL player Mike Comrie. Duff and Comrie announced their engagement in February 2010,and married on August 14, 2010 in Santa Barbara, California. The couple has a son born in March 2012.Duff and Comrie announced on January 10, 2014, that they had separated but would continue to co-parent their son. To explain rumors about them reconciling, Duff said in a red carpet interview during the iHeartRadio Music Awards that she and Comrie are "really good friends and have so much respect for each other", further stressing that their son is their priority. She went on saying that they make plans to meet up frequently because they want to "hang out" and that they "love each other and love spending time together". Duff ended by saying she does not know how their future will turn out but affirmed that they are doing "really good right now".

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