Early life and career beginnings Duff right pictured with her older sister Haylie left in Duff was born on September 28, , in Houston , Texas. Duff has one older sister named Haylie.
Encouraged by their mother, both Hilary and her sister enrolled in acting, singing and ballet classes. Parents support them and push them. She was next cast as one of the children in the pilot episode of the NBC comedy series Daddio. Mainstream success with acting and music A week after being dropped from Daddio, Duff landed the title role of a newly developed Disney Channel series, Lizzie McGuire.
The album was initially distributed through Walt Disney Records , with Buena Vista later re-releasing the project. Duff later signed a recording contract with Andre Recke of Hollywood Records to release future recordings. Scott Foundas of Variety called Duff's performance "charming," and thought she was "sidelined with little to do much of the time. Duff recorded the original song "What Dreams Are Made Of" for the film's finale, which was later included on the film's soundtrack.
Slant Magazine reviewer Nick Schager wrote that Duff "does nothing more than look perky and stylish. Despite reports that the series was in talks for a second film and further television spin-off, these plans fell through as Duff's salary for the proposal was insufficient.
The film went on to become a moderate box office hit despite negative reviews. Duff was more involved in the production of this album than she had been in the production of her previous record, hoping of departing from the image she had developed during Lizzie McGuire.
Later in the year, Duff starred in the musical drama Raise Your Voice. The film, however, was panned by just about everyone and unsuccessful at the box office. In November , Duff and Madden broke up. The line was distributed by Target in the U. The Village Voice's Matt Singer wrote, "Duff plays her standard character—an introverted romantic who falls for a guy whose hunky exterior belies an artistic soul.
The film earned both sisters a shared Razzie Award nomination for Worst Actress, becoming Duff's third consecutive nomination in three years. Hilary Duff ," in September The line was distributed by the Elizabeth Arden company.
Initially only sold in Macy's department stores, the fragrance became available in Europe, Japan, and Canada and was one of the three best-selling fragrances launched in department stores in She filed for restraining orders against the two men,  claiming that Max "threatened to kill himself" to get her attention. She also alleged that he threatened to "remove enemies" who stand in his way, including Duff's boyfriend at the time Joel Madden.
Max, later identified as Maksim Myaskovskiy, was sentenced to days in prison. Dignity, new image and television In , it was confirmed that Duff's parents had separated following her father's infidelity. Duff co-wrote thirteen of the album's fourteen songs, along with writers such as Kara DioGuardi. The album was praised for its lyrical content and new musical direction. Despite a positive critical reception, Dignity failed to match the commercial success of her previous releases.
Debuting at number three on the Billboard , the album failed to receive higher than a Gold certification from the RIAA. This Is Now was produced to chronicle Duff's return to music. The two-part project aired on MTV before the album's release. Following the release of Dignity and the music videos for "With Love" and "Stranger," Duff began to adapt a more mature image.
Duff's new image inspired some to consider her a "sex symbol. She announced to MTV that she would begin writing another album in December , but it was never developed. Her performance received mixed reviews. Andrew Barker of Variety magazine criticized Duff's "child star" approach to acting and wanted her to stay away from teen roles. Brian Lowry of Variety magazine stated that Duff's performance "amounts to a near-adult role," yet labeled her role and the film "confused.
Duff's character sparked a romantic relationship with male lead character Dan Humphrey, and was later the center of controversy when the two had a threesome with Humphrey's friend Vanessa Abrams. With the objective of designing a clothing line for women her own age, the collaborative apparel line, titled Femme for DKNY Jeans, debuted in the United States in August and was around for a limited time. The film saw Duff as a fashion magazine columnist who wrote about her dating struggles in the city.
The film inexplicably attracted 2. It was subsequently released internationally and became a New York Times best-seller. Devoted , the sequel to Duff's authorial debut, was released in October Devoted picks up where its predecessor left off and continues the story of the original novel. However, those songs did not make the final cut on Duff's album.
According to the deal if the thirty-minute sitcom failed to work, Duff would be cast in a different show. However, this plan failed to develop. Tuesday evening, we became proud parents of a healthy 7 pound 6 ounce beautiful boy. We are overjoyed and feel like the luckiest parents in the world He is surrounded by so much love!! Mom and baby are both doing extremely well. Divorce, Younger, and Breathe In. On January 10, , Duff and Comrie announced that they had amicably separated and would continue to co-parent their son.
Duff was cast as Kelsey Peters, an "ambitious something" who persuades Foster's character to work in a publishing firm. She released the album's lead single, " Chasing the Sun " and its accompanying music video on July 29, This made it her second song to receive a certification in the country, following "So Yesterday" eleven years prior. Breathe Out was released on June 12, It debuted at number 5 on the Billboard , becoming her fifth top five album.
Duff had planned to tour in support of the album in early ,  but announced in February that she would not be touring. On the Billboard charts, it slipped from 5 to 65 in the second week before falling to in its third week.
In contrast to Breathe In. Breathe Out, she said that the new album has a "darker and heavier tone". She teased a new song via her Snapchat post, which was then confirmed to be titled "Tied to You".
Return to design and film Duff returned to her designing career for the first time in nine years since "Femme for DKNY" in January She launched a collaborative eyewear line with GlassesUSA. It is the first movie Duff has filmed since Flock of Dudes in She called the film "tacky", "classless" and "exploitative" adding that the film is "tasteless" regardless of who the actors are.
Musical style With her debut, Duff's music featured prominent pop and pop rock elements. The album makes further use of strong drum and guitar beats. This was later expanded upon for her fourth studio album, Dignity Dignity was heavily influenced by Europop , hip hop , and rock 'n roll. Following its release, someone said the album was "slightly ahead of its time.
The series proved to be a major hit for the network, and led to a string of merchandising that included Lizzie McGuire dolls, video games, plush figures, and even McDonald's Happy Meal Toys. Duff, she wrote, "is not like Britney Spears or Christina Aguilera Hilliard Lyons analyst Jeffrey Thomison cited Metamorphosis as a reflection of Disney's ability to develop "great synergy between their cable, film and music segments"  Duff's transition from Disney star to successful singer became a formula that Hollywood Records tried to implement with future acts such as Miley Cyrus , Selena Gomez , Demi Lovato , and Jesse McCartney among others.
Her song "Come Clean" was used as the theme song to the MTV reality series Laguna Beach , which is in turn credited with helping promote the song in the United States. She has remained on the list ever since in addition to being regularly listed on the annual FHM list of the Sexiest Women she peaked at 8 in The Associated Press wrote that this sudden provocativeness was representative of "a clear move [on Duff's part] to put her Lizzie McGuire past behind her," and that more provocative imaging of her would help her singles to garner mainstream radio play: She tweeted, "I chose to let them off with a stern warning, next time I will not be so nice.
NoKidsPolicy"  The hashtag refers to a bill that was pushed by actresses Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner , which prohibits paparazzi from taking pictures of celebrities' children. Duff and Walsh wore a pilgrim and Native American costume respectively, drawing heavy criticism online with social media users accusing them of cultural appropriation.
Coincidentally, Duff's act happened around the same time the Dakota Access Pipeline issue arose. Following the backlash, both Duff and Walsh posted apology messages on their Twitter and Instagram accounts respectively. The pair would later separate in November As a Youth Ambassador, she spent five days in the country, distributing backpacks filled with food to needy children. Definitely something with kids or animals or something like that. The campaign included activities such as sending care kits and care cards to new mothers across the U.
It also raises funds for children and poor families together with Save The Children. The campaign called Powering Holiday Smiles donated 20, batteries to hospitals across Canada in order to power lifesaving medical devices and the thousands of playroom toys and games that children and their families will be using the holiday season of and beyond.
The campaign encourages Canadians to buy Duracell Quantum AA batteries, in which for every packet sold, one dollar will be donated to the Children's Miracle Network.
The campaign began on November 22 and commenced on December 27, In order to promote the campaign, Duff paid a visit to The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario to hand out brand new toys supplied by Hasbro.
She has discussed the campaign on Breakfast Television Toronto , a radio show and in numerous magazine interviews.