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Hilary Duff

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Hilary Ann Duff was born on September 28th, 1987, in Houston, Texas, to Bob and Susan Duff. At a young age, Hilary along with her sister Haylie Duff studied Cecchetti ballet, and when Hilary was six, the Duff sisters participated in the ballet The Nutcracker Suite with Columbus Ballet Met in San Antonio. Their mother encouraged the girls to take acting class, which eventually led them to relocate to California. The Duff sisters were able to get some appearances in several television commercials. Hilary was able to get some small roles for TV at first, appearing in the mini-series True Women and serving as an extra in Willard Carroll’s comedy drama Playing by Heart. Her first starring role was as Ellie in The Soul Collector, for which she won a Best Performance in a TV Movie or Pilot (Supporting Young Actress) Young Artist Award. Her first major role was as the star of the 1998 film Casper Meets Wendy, playing the young witch Wendy. Hilary was then cast as the title character in Disney’s television series Lizzie McGuire. Hilary’s Character Lizzie McGuire was an instant hit and was taken to the big screen in 2003 in The Lizzie McGuire Movie.

After seeing her sister perform in a band, Hilary Duff decided that she wanted to try music too. She recorded a song for the television soundtrack for Lizzie McGuire and sung on several tracks of the soundtrack to The Lizzie McGuire Movie. Her first album was Santa Claus Lane (2002), a collection of Christmas songs which eventually achieved gold certification. Metamorphosis, released on 2003, was Hilary Duff’s first non-holiday album. Duff’s Metamorphosis included contributions by songwriter-producers such as The Matrix. The record went to number one on the U.S. and Canadian charts and became one of the biggest selling albums of that year. It also accredited Hilary with a
2004 Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Female Singer, and Best New Female Artist at the 2004 World Music Awards. The song “So Yesterday”, lead single of the album, became a top ten hit in several countries. Her second single “Come Clean” entered the top forty in the U.S and was nominated for Best Pop Video at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards.

Hilary’s second album self-titled Hilary Duff was released (on her birthday), in 2004 and debuted number two in the US and number one in Canada. The album has sold over 1.5 million copies in the U.S. Duff’s third album, Most Wanted, was released on 2005 and consisted of a selection of her favorite tracks from her previous two albums alongside new songs inspired by rock musicians such as The Killers and Muse. Lead single "Wake Up" became her highest debut on the Billboard Hot 100 and her highest peaking single in the U.S.

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