Hilary Erhard Duff was born on September 28, 1987, in Houston, Texas
Father's name: Bob Duff
Mother's name: Susan Cobb
Sister: Haylie Duff
Spouse: Mike Comrie
Children: Luca Cruz Comrie
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Born in Texas in 1987, actress/singer Hilary Duff came to fame as the title character on the Disney Channel series Lizzie McGuire. Wildly popular with the 'tween set, Duff turned herself into a popular franchise with films like The Lizzie McGuire Movie and A Cinderella Story. She also released several pop albums—her debut record, Metamorphosis, went triple-platinum—and her own clothing lines: Stuff by Hilary Duff and Femme for DKNY Jeans.
Hilary Erhard Duff was born on September 28, 1987, in Houston, Texas. She was the second of two daughters born to Susan Duff, a housewife turned film and music producer, and Bob Duff, the owner of a chain of Texas convenience stores. Taking after her sister, Haylie, Hilary entered ballet classes and auditioned for local theatrical productions with her sibling at a young age. "I always wanted to be like my older sister, Haylie," Hilary Duff later recalled. "When she learned to ride a bike, I had to as well. If she took ballet lessons, I did too. I took singing lessons because she did. It all just got more intense until it turned into careers for both of us."
At the age of 6, Hilary was cast alongside her sister in a BalletMet Columbus production of The Nutcracker Suite in San Antonio. It was a positive experience for both of the girls, who, in turn, aspired to act professionally. In 1993, they moved to California with their mother, who began managing their careers. Beginning at the age of 8, Hilary was also home-schooled by her mother. The budding actress got her first big break in Hollywood when she landed the lead role of Wendy, starring opposite an animated ghost in the 1998 made-for-TV movie Casper Meets Wendy.
In 2000, Hilary Duff was cast on a new NBC sitcom, Daddio. She worked on the show alongside Michael Chiklis, who said after working with her for one day, "This young girl is going to be a movie star." Unfortunately, Chiklis's was not the only opinion that mattered. After just one episode—the pilot—Duff was dropped from the series by its producers. Depressed, Duff wanted to give up on show business, but her mother encouraged her not to give up her dream. The very next week, she landed the lead role on a new Disney Channel show entitled Lizzie McGuire. Lizzie McGuire soon became a runaway hit, making Hilary Duff, performing as its title character, a household name. The young actress was especially popular with the 'tween set, though her fan base soon extended across all age ranges: "I don't think the Disney Channel gives us enough credit for the age range Lizzie McGuire actually has," Duff once said. "College students come up to me, grandparents, famous people." After starring in 65 episodes over two seasons, Duff reprised the role of McGuire for 2003'sTheLizzie McGuire Movie. The film was incredibly successful, grossing more than $55 million worldwide. Duff's success with Lizzie McGuire led her to work in other facets with Disney, including starring in the 2002 Disney Channel movie Cadet Kelly and releasing an album, Santa Claus Lane, for the company's music label. In 2003, Duff and Disney entered negotiations for an extension to the Lizzie McGuire franchise, but talks broke down over pay disputes.
Nevertheless, 2003 proved to be a banner year for Hilary Duff, as the 16-year-old starred in three movies—Agent Cody Banks, The Lizzie McGuire Movie and Cheaper by the Dozen—and released her first non-Disney studio album, Metamorphosis. Featuring songs written by both Hilary and Haylie Duff, the album eventually went triple-platinum in the United States. By now, Duff had developed a reputation as a teen idol and drew comparisons to the late Annette Funicello, who had risen to prominence as the star of The Mickey Mouse Club half a century before.
In 2004, Duff starred in two films: A Cinderella Story, which was moderately successful at the box office, and Raise Your Voice, which bombed. That same year, the starlet released her second album, the eponymous Hilary Duff, which earned platinum certification, and launched her own fashion line, Stuff by Hilary Duff, which saw mass distribution through Target and K-Mart. (She would later launch the fashion line Femme for DKNY Jeans.) Also in 2004, Duff began dating Good Charlotte frontman Joel Madden; their relationship would end in November 2006.
By 2005, Duff, desperately wanting to move away from 'tween fare so that she could be taken seriously as an adult actress, was attempting to reshape her public image. She starred in The Perfect Man with Heather Locklear in 2005, and in Material Girls with sister Haylie in 2006, but both films bombed with movie audiences. Duff's fourth studio album, Dignity, was released in 2007 to both critical and commercial acclaim, praised for offering a more mature, adult sound than that of its predecessors. Working with American singer-songwriter Kara DioGuardi, Duff co-wrote all but one song on the album. Duff was then offered the lead role in the 2008 reboot of the 90210 TV franchise, but passed on the part, preferring to make a definitive move from her high school image. She went on to appear in the political satire War, Inc. (2008) alongside John Cusack.
Continuing her efforts to bolster her image as a serious actress, Duff has appeared in several independent films in recent years. In 2009, she starred in the indie drama According to Greta with Melissa Leo and Ellen Burstyn, and in the comedic drama Stay Cool with Winona Ryder, Jon Cryer and Chevy Chase. Duff was then cast alongside Val Kilmer and Kris Kristofferson in 2010'sBloodworth, and was later featured in the 2012 comedy She Wants Me, along with Josh Gad and Charlie Sheen. Duff has also continued to appear on the small screen, playing Lane Danels in the 2010 TV movie Beauty & the Briefcase and guest-starring on a number of series, including Gossip Girl, Community, Raising Hope and Two and a Half Men.
Outside of her performance career, Duff is heavily involved with charities, especially those focusing on the rights of animals and children. In 2005, she donated $250,000 to help victims of Hurricane Katrina, and encouraged her fans to donate as well. As she looks toward the future, Hilary Duff remains very aware of the unusual opportunities that allowed her to achieve a great amount of success at a young age, saying, "I wonder what life would have been like to have a different life. I sometimes wish I wasn't always watched or didn't have to worry about been seen somewhere. But I've experienced things other girls haven't. I've traveled, I'm financially independent, I own a beautiful home and I'm happy with my job. I don't have to struggle with the questions a lot of other women do." But the famed actress/singer also looks forward to challenges and opportunities for growth, both in her career and personal life. "I want to grow as a person, and I want to make mistakes," she has stated. "I'm human, too. So I think I've gotten to a place where I'm really being myself."
On August 14, 2010, Duff married her longtime boyfriend, Mike Comrie, a professional hockey player for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League. On March 20, 2012, Duff gave birth to the couple's first child, son Luca Cruz Comrie. In a 2013 interview with the Today show, Duff stated that she was "obsessed" with being a mom. "It's very humbling. It's all about him ... It's his world. We're just living in it," she said. "I feel like my heart just swelled. I didn't know I could love something so much. And that keeps getting more intense as he grows older."
Hilary Duff is an actress, singer-songwriter and entrepreneur. She developed an interest in dance at the age of six and began taking ballet lessons, later making her stage debut in a Christmas production of The Nutcracker. She developed a stronger passion for acting after being cast in a television commercial, and, in 1998, appeared in the direct-to-video Casper Meets Wendy as Wendy, a youthful witch. After taking on more dramatic roles in the made-for-TV movie The Soul Collector and a guest appearance on Chicago Hope, Duff was cast in the title role of Lizzie McGuire in 2001. A sitcom for young people, Lizzie McGuire concerned the trials and tribulations of middle-school student Lizzie as she and her animated alter ego deal with the funny side of adolescence. An immediate hit on The Disney Channel, the show made Duff a recognizable face to television viewers, and Disney quickly responded by casting her in a made-for-cable movie, Cadet Kelly, which earned high ratings. In 2002, the actress also made a brief appearance in the offbeat comedy Human Nature, playing Young Lila, a hirsute child who grows up to become Patricia Arquette. After the success of Lizzie Mc Guire, Duff branched out into music, writing and singing a song for the show's soundtrack album, and recording a Christmas album in 2002. Released in theaters in the summer of 2003, The Lizzie McGuire Movie provided the ideal cinematic alternative for pre-teen girls uninterested in the exploits of X2: X-Men United and too young to be swept up in the hype of The Matrix Reloaded. Taking in twice the cost of production in only four weeks at the box office, Duff stunned fans less than a month after the film's stateside release by announcing that, due to contract negotiation failures, she would be departing from the lucrative Lizzie McGuire franchise to pursue other career opportunities. By the time the show's finale aired in 2004, Duff had already kicked her film career into high gear, closing out 2003 with three hit films under her belt: Agent Cody Banks, the aforementioned Lizzie McGuire Movie, and the holiday blockbuster Cheaper by the Dozen. Hoping to keep her momentum growing, Duff would continue to appear in tween-friendly featureslike Raise Your Voice, Cheaper by the Dozen 2, and Material Girls. As the 2000's unfolded, however, Duff would take on slightly more adult roles, most memorably in movies like Stay Cool and on TV shows like Gossip Girl. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Bogart Children's Choice Awards
Channel V Thailand Music Video Awards
Disney Channel Kids Awards
DVD Exclusive Awards
Fort Myers Beach Film Festival Award
Golden Raspberry Awards
Much Love Animal Benefit Awards
MuchMusic Video Awards
Radio Disney Music Awards
Teen Choice Awards
Young Artist Awards
World Music Awards
Acting, dancing, horseback riding, listening to music, shopping, rollerblading, singing
It's hard to stay true to yourself and what you want in life when there are so many distractions and so much craziness going on around you.
The love you have for your child is so much greater than any challenge you'll face as a parent, and that's what helps you through.
I have always been interested in the paranormal and afterlife, everything from ghosts to angels. I think that everyone has that curiosity of the great unknown.
I have an older sister named Haley and she wanted to be an actress. So I wanted to be an actress. It's really funny the way that some people don't give kids enough credit for like really being driven, and really wanting to do things so badly.
I don't believe in having one partner for your whole life, but I hope I get married. I want to have a husband and two kids and a nice little life baking pies. I'm quite romantic. It's definitely important to have someone make you feel special.
Guys make me feel secure and comfortable when I'm scared or need attention. They bring stability. And affection. And fun. And drama. You learn so much from a boyfriend. It's hard to put into words, I guess.
I think ambition can be having something that you're good at and love to do.
I stopped going to school in the middle of fourth grade. Everyone grows up with the peer pressure, and kids being mean to each other in school. I think that's such a horrible thing, but I never really dealt with it in a high school way.
I think people assume I'm perfect. I'm not. I make mistakes. I do things I regret. I'm stubborn.
Everybody always talks about it, about how you don't know love until you meet your baby, and you really feel that. There are no words. It was a really wonderful surprise. And there is no way to prepare yourself for the sleep deprivation and what comes with it.
Sometimes I got scared of being too honest, because being in the public eye, I have always tried to hide my personal life. But I realized that isn't healthy.
People are going to say what they want to say and think what they want to think, and I can't change their minds.
Humans are very complex; I definitely have a new respect for authors that are able to write books nonstop. It's an incredible talent.
I ate a bug once. It was flying around me. I was trying to get it away. It went right in my mouth. It was so gross!
My mom always says, 'If you don't believe in something, you'll lose yourself completely.'
I love my mom. I totally look up to her, and she just doesn't let anybody take advantage of me. People might call that a stage mom.
I've had a very unique path that's different from everybody else's. I was never a dater. I never went out that much. I've always had long-distance relationships. And, everything has come very fast in my life. I haven't waited for much.
Mom always tells me to celebrate everyone's uniqueness. I like the way that sounds.
Girls bat their eyelashes and act like they don't know anything in front of guys they like, or give a little bit of eye contact, but not too much, or a bit of touching. Or being coy. Sure, I do a bit of that.
I love doing emotional scenes. As I've had a perfect life, I don't really have much to pull from. But it's really fun and not that challenging. It's almost pretty easy. The hardest thing is to try and make people laugh. That's a really hard thing.
My life is very crazy and busy, but I love it that way.
When I'm on tour, I'm in a new city every single night, and the energy and the crowds and the kids and the screaming and them knowing every single word of my music and being onstage is such an energetic feeling with a big payoff.
People talk worse about people than they talk good about people, because a lot of people like drama.
I love clothes. I can't control myself. I have a huge fetish for shoes and clothes and make-up. I'm the kind of person who doesn't like to wear things over and over again.