Born in Houston, Texas, to Robert, a partner in a chain of convenience stores, and Susan, a homemaker turned film/music producer, Hilary Erhard Duff is a singer/actress.
Along with her sister, Haylie, her mother encouraged and enrolled them in singing and acting lessons. They both landed roles in community theatre and toured with the San Antonio production of The Nutcracker. The sisters and their mother moved to California to continue their pursuit of entertainment, landing TV commercial spots.
Though Hilary Duff appeared in a few roles (Chicago Hope, Daddio) it was her role on Lizzie McGuire on the Disney Channel that made her a star. The show averaged about two million viewers per episode, making it the highest-rated show on the network. Hilary Duff filmed 65 episodes before the show was canceled. Disney tried to renegotiate, but ultimately Hilary wanted to take her career in a different direction.
Her feature film debut was in Human Nature. Other roles followed including parts in Agent Cody Banks, Cheaper By the Dozen, George Lopez, American Dreams, A Cinderella Story, and Raise Your Voice, among others.
But Hilary Duff does more than just act. An accomplished singer, she released several albums, spawning a number one hit, With Love. She finds writing music therapeutic, but its also stressful because its hard to open yourself up like that. I felt kind of numb for a while nothing made me too sad, and nothing made me too happy. But about four months ago, I thought, Wow, I feel like myself again (cosmopolitan.com).
Not content to rest, Hilary Duff has also branched out in launching her own clothing lines and her own perfume, as well as writing a series of young adult novels. Hilary Duff got a dental makeover, complete with veneers, after chipping her teeth on a microphone during a performance (people.com).
Hilary said of her weight, There definitely was a time when I was pretty obsessed with my weight, but Im better off not stressing about my body all the time. Its not attractive when girls get super skinny. Guys dont like it. Girls dont like you as much. You lose some happiness when thats all you think about.
Hilary Duff is married to Mike Comrie and they have one child, a son named Luca Cruz Comrie. After giving birth, Hilary Duff said, Despite my best intentions, I have to learn to let go of the way I do thingsits helped me appreciate Mikes role in his life and that were doing things with the most love that we can. Hes really hands on and I appreciate any little help I can get (parade.com).
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