The biography of Hilary Duff has yet to be fully written, as the young star is still in the process of shaping her life and career. The popular star may have started that career early in life, but there is every sign it will continue to grow strong for a long time to come. As any Hilary Duff fan will eagerly remind you, she was already a successful TV star, movie star, singer and fashion designer before she even celebrated her 21st birthday.
Hilary Erhard Duff was born in Houston, on Sept. 28, 1987. She was the second daughter for Bob and Susan Duff. Her older sister, Haylie, was born to the couple in 1985. Both girls enjoyed performing, beginning gymnastic and dance lessons at a young age. Both girls studied Cecchetti ballet and toured with the Columbus BalletMet performance of The Nutcracker Suite.
Duff decided she was more interested in acting than dancing and her mother encouraged she and her sister to take acting lessons. As Duff and her sister began getting acting jobs, their mother decided to move the girls to California for better acting opportunities. Duff's father remained in Houston to support the family as a partner in a chain of convenience stores.
Duff started landing small commercial roles after she, her sister and her mom moved to California. She had her first uncredited role in the mini-series True Women in 1996. In 1998 Duff got her first big break when she landed the role of Wendy for the direct-to-video movie Casper Meets Wendy. In 1999, she won a Young Artist Award for her supporting role in the TV movie, The Soul Collector.
In 2000 Duff was cast in a new sitcom, but was dropped before the first taping. Despite being disappointed, she continued to go to auditions. In 2001, Duff landed the lead role in the new Disney sitcom Lizzie McGuire. The show was a huge success that rocketed Duff to stardom. She starred in the movie, The Lizzie McGuire Movie, in 2003. When her contract came up for renewal in 2003, she declined to commit to Disney, deciding instead to focus on movies and music.
Since Duff burst to stardom with her Lizzie McGuire role, she has continued her steady rise. While a 2002 collection of Christmas songs did not do well commercially, her 2003 non-holiday debut, Metamorphosis, was a huge hit that went platinum.
2003 was also a big year at the box office for Duff. She starred in two movies that year, Agent Cody Banks and Cheaper by the Dozen. Duff also released three fashion dolls in 2003 inspired by her careers as a movie, rock and TV star.
In 2004, Duff starred in A Cinderella Story and Raise Your Voice. She released another hit album, Hilary Duff, and started her own clothing line, Stuff by Hilary Duff. She starred in The Perfect Man in 2005 and released another popular album, Most Wanted. In 2006 Duff and her sister, Hailey starred in the movie Material Girls. In 2007 Duff released the album, Dignity.
Showing that she is continuing the mature along with her initial audiences, Duff has most recently been seen playing the role of a Hollywood star gaining the typical college experience on the CW's Gossip Girl. She seems set to continue her career in superstardom and promises much more is yet to come.