Hilary Erhard Duff (born September 28, 1987) is an American actress, singer-songwriter, entrepreneur, model, producer and author. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Duff appeared in local theater productions and television commercials before coming to prominence in the title role of the Disney Channel's teen comedy Lizzie McGuire. Established as a teen idol, Duff reprised that role in The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003) and ventured into motion pictures with her early films Agent Cody Banks (2003), Cheaper by the Dozen (2003), A Cinderella Story (2004), Raise Your Voice (2004) and Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005) being among the biggest commercial successes of her career. She has also acted in a string of independent films with critically-acclaimed roles in War, Inc. (2008), According to Greta (2009) and Bloodworth (2011). Duff has also appeared in numerous television dramas and comedies, such as Ghost Whisperer (2009), Law & Order: SVU (2009) and Two and a Half Men (2013), as well as having a recurring role in the third season of Gossip Girl (2009), which won her an award at the 2010 Teen Choice Awards. Besides acting, Duff had also shared production credits for a few movies she has starred in, including According to Greta and Beauty & the Briefcase (2010). She has also lent her voice for animated features, such as In Search of Santa (2004) and Wings (2013), and an episode of Dora the Explorer (2013).
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