Hilary Duff

Hilary Duff

Singer, actress
Date of Birth: 28.09.1987
Country: USA

Biography of Hilary Duff

Hilary Duff, a singer and actress, is a prime example of how a musical and acting career can go hand in hand without harming each other. She stars in movies and television shows, and also continues to delight fans with new songs, showing no signs of slowing down in her active lifestyle. Hilary Erhard Duff was born on September 28, 1987, in Houston, Texas, USA. Her father, Robert Erhard Duff, was a partner in a mini-market chain, and her mother, Susan Colleen Duff, was a homemaker. Hilary has an older sister, Haylie, who served as an example for her younger sister. Haylie's passion for the arts, which would later make her a famous actress and singer, inspired Hilary to try her hand at acting and music. At a very young age, Hilary joined acting, ballet, and singing classes at her mother's insistence, and made her debut on the theatrical stage at the age of six. The sisters, Haylie and Hilary, who were eight and six years old at the time, respectively, participated in the BalletMet tour, where they performed in the production of "The Nutcracker". In 1993, the sisters, along with their supportive mother, moved to California, a state with great prospects for making it big in show business. For several years, Haylie and Hilary appeared in various commercials, and they made their debut roles in the TV movie "True Women" (1997), starring Dana Delany, Annabeth Gish, and Angelina Jolie. Their appearance in "True Women" did not even earn them a mention in the credits, so the young actresses, along with their mother, continued to seek projects that would help them become famous. In 1998, Hilary appeared in another movie with Angelina Jolie, "Playing by Heart," but while Jolie played the lead role, Duff was once again limited to a minor appearance and did not make it into the credits. In her next project, Hilary played her first leading role in her career. This project was the family fantasy film "Casper Meets Wendy" (1998) – the third installment of the story about the friendly ghost named Casper, who in this chapter meets a young witch named Wendy. Despite receiving mainly negative reviews from critics and viewers, "Casper Meets Wendy" launched Duff's career, and her next project allowed her to win her first award in the film industry. This project was the TV movie "The Soul Collector" (1999), which brought Hilary a victory at the Young Artist Awards for "Best Performance in a TV Movie or Pilot Series (Young Actress Supporting Role)." The talented young actress continued to conquer the small screens and in 2000, appeared in an episode of the popular series "Chicago Hope," and her next TV role brought her international success. In 2001, Disney Channel launched a new teen series called "Lizzie McGuire," in which 14-year-old Hilary Duff played the lead role. Playing the shy girl Lizzie McGuire, who dreams of becoming famous, Hilary received this significant role thanks to her mother, Susan Duff, who also acted as her manager and "promoted" her daughter for the audition. In the early 2000s, "Lizzie McGuire" was the most popular multi-episode project on the Disney Channel. Hilary Duff instantly became a sought-after Hollywood star, gaining numerous fans not only for her acting skills, but also for her singing talent. During the filming of the series, Hilary resumed vocal lessons to seriously pursue a music career. Some of Duff's songs were featured on the "Lizzie McGuire" soundtrack, and in 2002, she released her debut album, "Santa Claus Lane," which included various duets with Haylie Duff, Christina Milian, and other artists. In 2001, Duff not only shined in the "Lizzie McGuire" series, but also made her film debut in "Human Nature." In this project, she worked alongside acclaimed actors Patricia Arquette, Rhys Ifans, and Tim Robbins. Duff managed to successfully combine film and television roles with her music career. In 2003, she released her second album, "Metamorphosis," and that same year, she appeared in the films "Agent Cody Banks," "Cheaper by the Dozen," and "The Lizzie McGuire Movie" – a feature-length spin-off of the popular series that continued to be successful on the Disney Channel. In 2004, "Lizzie McGuire" concluded after 65 episodes. In the same year, 16-year-old Hilary Duff began dating 25-year-old Good Charlotte musician Joel Madden, with whom she co-wrote the song "Wake Up." Madden and Duff broke up in November 2006. Her notable film works include "A Cinderella Story" (2004), "Raise Your Voice" (2004), "The Perfect Man" (2005), "Cheaper by the Dozen 2" (2005), "Material Girls" (2006), "War, Inc." (2008), and "According to Greta" (2009). In 2009, she portrayed Olivia Burke in the third season of the highly popular TV drama series "Gossip Girl." Hilary appeared in six episodes of the series. In 2010, the actress married professional hockey player Mike Comrie. On March 20, 2012, the couple welcomed their son, Luca Cruz Comrie. In February 2016, Hilary and Mike officially divorced.

Hilary Duff

Despite having a turbulent personal life in her youth, Hilary has found harmony in her relationships over time. After breaking up with fitness trainer Jason Walsh, Hilary began dating musician and producer Matthew Koma. Fans speculated that their new romance would be long-lasting, as the couple even went on a trip to Costa Rica together. In late October 2018, Duff and her partner became parents to an adorable baby girl named Banks Violet Bair. Hilary opted for a home birth, supported by Matthew, her mother, and her sister. In November 2020, the actress shared the joyful news that she was pregnant again and would soon become a mother for the third time with Matthew Koma. Their second daughter, Mae James Bair, was born in the spring of 2021. Hilary dedicated a post on Instagram to this event, sharing photos of her home birth, which shocked her followers. She was accompanied by her husband, mother, and a doula during the birth.

Hilary Duff

Hilary Duff has often faced criticism for her appearance. In 2016, fans claimed that the actress did not take care of her physical appearance (Hilary is 157 cm tall and weighs 54 kg), and sometimes appeared in public without makeup and stylish hairstyles. Photos of the celebrity walking the streets of Los Angeles surprised many.

Hilary Duff

In solidarity with women who face criticism about their appearance, the actress posted a photo on Instagram in which she appeared in a one-piece swimsuit. The photo was taken from behind. Duff noted that she has many flaws, but she is grateful for her body, which allowed her to experience the joy of motherhood. Duff's followers supported her initiative and noted that she has virtually no flaws.

Hilary Duff

Hilary Duff has released five albums: in addition to the aforementioned "Santa Claus Lane" and "Metamorphosis," she has released the albums "Hilary Duff" (2004), "Dignity" (2007), and "Breathe In. Breathe Out." (2015). Duff is also the author of books: in collaboration with writer Elise Allen, she has released the book trilogy "Elixir," which includes the young adult novels "Elixir" (2010), "Devoted" (2011), and "True" (2013).

Hilary Duff

In 2015, Duff added the lead role in the TV series "Younger" to her filmography. The producer of this project was Darren Star, the creator of the cult TV series "Sex and the City." The series tells the story of a 40-year-old housewife who pretends to be a 20-year-old girl to get a job she likes. Duff played the role of her new colleague. Duff's performance in the series was twice nominated for the People's Choice Award in 2016 and 2017.

Hilary Duff

Duff is involved in charitable work, supporting youth organizations, helping people affected by natural disasters, and supporting schools. She is an advocate for animal rights, helps young mothers, and participates in social advertising. She occasionally donates large sums of money to charity.

Duff's new business ventures include the cosmetics line Nudestix and the children's product line Naturalena Brands. In early 2020, she launched a capsule collection with GlassesUSA. This marks her fourth collaboration with the company.

In 2021, Hilary Duff signed a contract to appear in the continuation of the series "How I Met Your Mother" for the streaming service Hulu. The story of the film differs from the original. The focus is on the character Sophie, who tells her children about the period when she met their father. Duff landed the lead role in the series.

© BIOGRAPHS