Hilary Duff is an American actress singer and New York Times bestselling author. Her acting career was launched at a young age and she quickly earned the title – “teen idol” as the title character of the Disney Channel comedy series Lizzie McGuire which she used to parlay her movie breakthrough into a successful film, TV and music career.
Apart from acting, Hilary also excelled in the music industry. Her debut pop record, Metamorphosis, went triple-platinum. She has sold over 15 million records worldwide. She is also popular for her beautiful smile and sexy body figure.
Hilary Duff Bio, Success
Hilary Erhard Duff was born on September 28, 1987, in Houston, Texas. While Hilary attended several acting and dancing training sessions, information relating her educational background is not made available to the public.
She and her older sister Haylie showed interest in acting at a very young age, receiving much support from their film and music producer mom, Susan Colleen. At the age of 6, Hilary and her sister were cast in a BalletMet Columbus production of The Nutcracker Suite in San Antonio. In 1993, Colleen relocated with her daughters to California in search of better career opportunities.
Hilary began her journey into the world of entertainment by appearing in TV commercials and modeling for numerous clothing brands. For the first 4 years, she received only minor and uncredited acting roles. After landing her first major role in the 1997 film Casper Meets Wendy, Hilary’s acting prowess quickly gained acclaim in the industry. She later bagged the title role in the Disney TV series Lizzie McGuire which became her ultimate breakthrough as an actress.
Her role in Lizzie McGuire was an instant success, recording an average of 2.3 million viewers per episode. It lasted from 2001 to 2004 and spawned a 2003 film adaptation which grossed $55.5 million from a $17 million budget. Hilary earned $15,000 per episode of the TV series and $1 million for the theatrical release.
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Disney also capitalized on the success of the series by releasing a line of merchandise from dolls to video games, soundtracks and books, all of which reportedly made $100 million.
Since her breakthrough, Hilary has continued to scoop leading roles in movies and projects. Some of her movies include; Cheaper by the Dozen (2003), A Cinderella Story (2004) Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005), The Perfect Man (2005), Material Girls (2006), Stay Cool (2009), According to Greta (2009), She Wants Me (2012), Flock of Dudes (2015) and a slew of others.
She made her feature film debut in Human Nature (2002) and her 2002 Disney TV film Cadet Kelly became the most watched in Disney’s history.
Singing numerous soundtracks for Lizzie McGuire launched Duff’s music career. Her debut album released under Warner Bros Records received gold certification. Similarly, her sophomore album Metamorphosis (2003), released under Hollywood Records, recorded even a much bigger success. The album sold over 3 million copies in the US alone and received the credit for reviving Hollywood Records which had struggled with CD sales in the past 2 years.
Her subsequent albums Hilary Duff (2004) and Most Wanted (2005) sold over 1 million copies each. She released two more albums including a greatest hits album before parting ways with Hollywood Records.
She returned to music in 2014 signing a record deal with RCA Records. After releasing a couple of singles, her 5th studio album Breathe In. Breathe Out was released in 2015. The album sold a mere 33,000 copies in the US becoming her first album not to receive any certification from the RIAA.
Regardless, Hilary found greater success with the small screen, landing her first starring role since Lizzie McGuire in TV Land’s Younger. The series premiered in 2015 and became a huge success receiving high ratings and critical acclaim.
Hilary did well to abstain from the derailing temptations that often comes with child stardom which may lead to a quick downfall. Though her career has had its fair share of vicissitudes, ultimately, Hilary has managed to keep it afloat.
According to critics, she had one of the most successful transitions from teen idol to adult actress.
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Apparently, acting is not her only forte as her first book, a young adult novel titled Elixir (2010) became a New York Times bestseller. The success of the book spawned a trilogy after Devoted (2011) and True (2013) were released as sequels.
Hilary is also an accomplished businesswoman who has earned off a number of business ventures, endorsement and licensing deals. She debuted her first clothing line “Stuff by Hilary Duff,” in 2004. After the line was discontinued in 2008, Hilary collaborated with DKNY Jeans in a line called “Femme for DKNY Jeans.”
She debuted her first fragrance “With Love… Hilary Duff,” in September 2006 in collaboration with Elizabeth Arden. Sold exclusively in Macy’s Stores, the fragrance became one of the three best-selling fragrances launched in the department stores in 2006.
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Hilary Duff Family, Sister, Feet
The Hollywood superstar is the daughter of Susan Duff and Robert Duff. Her father, Robert was a partner in a chain of convenience stores while her mother, Susan was a homemaker turned film and music producer who also played a big role in the turning Hilary into a star.
Hilary has a sister Haylie Duff who is also a renowned Hollywood star. Haylie Katherine Duff is an American actress, singer, songwriter, television host, writer, and fashion designer.
For the most part, their mother supported their career choice and helped them through the budding stage.
Known for her gorgeous looks, Hilary Duff’s feet is surely not left out. She posses one of those feet that men like to go to the beach to watch. Her shoe size is 6 (US).
Hilary Duff Married, Husband, Son, Divorce
Not that we are surprised considering her catchy looks, Hilary has had many publicized relationships mostly with co-stars, but she has only been married once. She and Mike Comrie, former professional hockey player announced their engagement in February 2010 and married on August 14, 2010, in Santa Barbara, California.
Four years later, trouble hit their paradise and they split in 2014. Nevertheless, their divorce was amicably finalized in February 2016. The marriage produced a son named Luca Cruz Comrie.
The pair had signed a prenuptial agreement so asset sharing was not a problem. While neither received spousal support, Hilary paid Comrie $2.5 million for his share of the Beverly Hills mansion which she got to keep. Duff also retained ownership of a mobile home in Malibu. In addition to the cash, Comrie got to keep the Bentley, Mercedes, and Jewelry.
Beginning from the late 2000s, Duff’s career was marred by a series of personal conflicts including her parents’ divorce, a stalking incident and break up with her boyfriend. During this period, Duff appeared in mostly independent films and had only supporting roles in numerous TV series. Her only major gig was a recurring role in the 3rd season of Gossip Girl.