Hilary Erhard Duff (born September 28, 1987) is an American actress, singer-songwriter, and author. Born and raised in Texas, she appeared in local theater productions and television commercials in her early childhood. In the early 2000s, Duff rose to prominence portraying the titular character in the Disney Channel television series Lizzie McGuire and it's numerous merchandise, which included the motion picture The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003). Establishing herself as a teen idol she appeared in various featured 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 guest roles and appearances in television dramas and comedies, including the documentary Hilary Duff: This Is Now, an award-winning role on the third season of Gossip Girl, and the television film Beauty & the Briefcase (2010). In 2014, she landed a starring role as Kelsey in the upcoming TV Land sitcom titled Younger. Other than that, she has acted in several independent films with praised roles in War, Inc. (2008), According to Greta (2009) and Bloodworth (2010). Duff has also served as a voice actress for a number of direct-to-video animated features.
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