Hilary Duff Biography
Hilary Duff, like her sister Haylie, started her career appearing in TV advertisements. She also accepted small and uncredited roles in movies such as the 1997 True Women and 1998 Playing by the Heart. The young Hilary Duff won her first major part in the 1998 film, Casper Meets Wendy, which was released direct-to-video. The following year, she appeared in a small role in the made-for-TV movie, The Soul Collector, wherein she was awarded a Supporting Young Actress award from the Young Artist Award.
After starring in the NBC series, Daddio, her role was dropped after a few episodes. She then starred in the childrens TV series, Lizzie McGuire starting January 2001. The show was a huge success, drawing more than 2 million viewers per episode. Hilary Duff became a household name, especially among children below fourteen years old. The Lizzie McGuire show lasted sixty-five episodes, but Hilary later reprised her role in the Lizzie McGuire Movie in 2003. She also appeared in several TV shows, including Chicago Hope, George Lopez, American Dreams, Joan o Arcadia and The Andy Milonakis Show.
Aside from the TV world, Hilary Duff also entered Hollywood feature films starting in the 2002 independent film, Human Nature. The following year, she played opposite Frankie Muniz in the movie, Agent Cody Banks, which received positive reviews. She then appeared as one of the twelve children in Cheaper by the Dozen and reprised her role in its sequel, Cheaper by the Dozen 2 in 2005.
Hilary Duff starred in a romantic comedy, A Cinderella Story, which was reviewed negatively, but became a moderate box office hit, earning $66 million worldwide. In 2004, she played her first drama role in the film, Raise Your Voice, which received insulting negative feedback for her singing and acting. Hilary Duff continued working in big Hollywood feature films including The Perfect Man, alongside Heather Locklear and Material Girls co-starring her sister Haylie. Both films gave Hilary Duff nominations for the Razzie Awards.
Aside from acting, Hilary Duff has two Disney albums and five personal albums, Santa Claus Lane (2002), Metamorphosis (2003), the self-titled Hilary Duff (2004), Most Wanted (2005) and Dignity (2007). She also launched her own clothing line in March 2004.