Hilary Duff has become a global star and has grown to be as popular as the likes of Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Kelly Clarkson. She has achieved so much in a small amount of time. She is well known for being a TV, film and music icon. She was born on September 28th 1987 in Houston, Texas named Hilary Ann Duff.
Her first major break came in 1997 appearing in women's Western True Women and 1998’s “ Casper” playing Wendy. In 1999 Hilary Duff appeared in the supporting role of the television movie The Soul Collector. Based on a Kathleen Kane novel, Duff ended up winning a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Movie or Pilot.
Her best-known and most famous role to date has been playing Lizzie McGuire in Disney Channel/ABC Kids television show Lizzie McGuire in January 2001. Her character symbolised the ups and downs of junior high school life. This role catapulted Hilary Duff as she became hugely popular with the pre-teen TV audiences. She was able to come across as smart and funny, but not over confident or intimidating. This persona could be easily related to by her growing number of fans which was demonstrated by the TV show drawing in 2.3 million viewers per episode. Because of the success of the series a spin-off film was made in 2003 self-titled The Lizzie McGuire Movie. Hilary Duff also starred in the Disney network television film in 2002 titled Cadet Kelly. This was also hugely successful as it became the networks most watched television program in its nineteen-year history.
2004, Duff played the female lead role in the romantic comedy A Cinderella Story, a modern day update of the classic fairy tale Cinderella. Critics were said to be impressed by Hilary Duff 's performance, as well as her chemistry with co-star Chad Michael Murray.
Hilary Duff has released a number of albums including her first Disneymania compilation CD as well as her first album in 2002 titled Santa Claus Lane . This album included duets with Christina Milian, and her sister, Haylie Duff.
In 2003 she released Metamorphosis, her first commercially successful album which went on to be number one in the U.S. and Canadian music charts. Metamorphosis ended up being one of the biggest selling albums in the U.S. of that year, and has to date sold over 3.7 million copies. The lead single, "So Yesterday", was a top ten hit in several countries, while "Come Clean" became Hilary ’s first top forty U.S. hit and reached the top twenty in other countries. The final single, "Little Voice", was not released in the U.S. but was a minor hit in Canada and Australia.
Popular songs that came from the Metamorphosis album included: So Yesterday, Come Clean, Workin' It Out and the title track Metamorphosis.
In 2005 Hilary Duff returned with a sophisticated rock sound as she was given a greater creative control over her album, as she co-wrote and co-produced all of the new tracks. The first single from the album, “Most Wanted” titled "Wake Up" became her highest debut single on the USBillboard Hot 100. The album debuted at the number one spot on the Billboard 200, selling 1.3 million copies in the U.S. by March 2006.
Popular songs that came from the Most Wanted album included: Wake Up, The Getaway, Beat of My Heart, Fly and Our Lips Are Sealed.
Hilary Duff has become a household name amongst the Disney teen generation. She has thrilled and entertained the public with her positive and energetic personality as well as her music.