Like many of her most successful Disney-factory famiglia — not to mention her own big sister, Haylie Duff, former co-star of 7th Heaven — Hilary Duff began her acting career at a young age and quickly expanded her burgeoning empire to include music and merchandising. She was born on September 28th, 1987 in Houston, Texas, and began studying ballet as a child. After moving to Los Angeles with her mother to pursue a career in entertainment, Duff was cast as the lead in the successful Disney TV series Lizzie McGuire, which then spawned a big-screen picture, The Lizzie McGuire Movie two years later, in 2003.
While Duff continued to expand her acting portfolio, she launched her singing career. Her first album was a well-selling Christmas record, Santa Claus Lane, which featured Haylie, Lil' Romeo and Christina Milian. Then, after the soundtrack for The Lizzie McGuire Movie primed the pump, came Metamorphosis, a Number One that sold more than 3 million copies and spawned the hits "So Yesterday" (Number 42, 2003) and "Come Clean" (Number 35, 2004), which was used as the theme for the MTV show Laguna Beach. After covering the Go-Go's "Our Lips Are Sealed" with her sister for the soundtrack to A Cinderella Story, Duff's self-titled third album, issued on her 17th birthday in 2004, debuted at Number Two. Most Wanted (2005) was a collection of old songs, new songs and remixes that featured new tracks co-produced by Joel and Benji Madden of Good Charlotte. Dignity was more in a straight house-music vein; "With Love," a single, went to Number One on the Dance Club Play chart.
Duff's personal life has also fascinated her fans. In 2001 she began a two-year relationship with pop singer Aaron Carter that led to a public feud with fellow child star Lindsay Lohan (the two have reconciled). Duff also dated Good Charlotte's Joel Madden. Off the stage, she has also made a name for herself by launching the clothing line Stuff by Hilary Duff and the fragrance With Love.