Hilary Erhard Duff (born September 28, 1987) is an American actress, singer-songwriter, businesswoman, film producer, designer, author, and philanthropist. Born and raised in Texas, she appeared in local theater productions and television commercials in her early childhood. Duff was established as a teen idol after being cast in the Disney Channel television series Lizzie McGuire in the early 2000s and its motion picture The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003), in which she portrayed the title character. She later appeared in feature films including Agent Cody Banks (2003), Cheaper by the Dozen (2003), A Cinderella Story (2004), and Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005), which are among the biggest commercial successes of her career. Duff has additionally appeared in numerous television dramas and comedies such as Joan of Arcadia, Ghost Whisperer, Law & Order: SVU and Two and a Half Men. She successfully landed a controversial award-winning role on the third season of Gossip Girl in 2009, in which she appeared in a six-episode arc. Other than that, she had also acted in several independent films with more matured and praised roles such as in the political satire War, Inc. (2008) and the coming-of-age dramas According to Greta (2009) and Bloodworth (2011). She furthermore was a producer for a few of the movies she starred in; According to Greta and Beauty & the Briefcase, besides lending her voice for roles in a few animated features. In 2014, she filmed a pilot for the new TV Land sitcom currently titled Younger and also occasionally appears in her sister Haylie's new lifestyle web-turned-television show Real Girl's Kitchen.
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