Hilary Erhard Duff 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 and ventured into motion pictures with her early films Agent Cody Banks, Cheaper by the Dozen, A Cinderella Story, Raise Your Voice and Cheaper by the Dozen 2 being among the biggest commercial successes of her career. She has also acted in a string of independent films with notable roles in War, Inc., According to Greta and Bloodworth. Duff has also appeared in numerous television dramas and comedies, such as Ghost Whisperer, Gossip Girl, and Two and a Half Men, in addition to sharing production credits.
After signing with Hollywood Records, Duff expanded her repertoire to include pop music, and she has released four internationally-successful studio albums. Her debut studio album, Metamorphosis, released in 2003, was RIAA-certified triple platinum while the subsequent studio album Hilary Duff and compilation album Most Wanted were both certified platinum. She exhibited a more adult image with the 2007 release of Dignity, which displayed a shift of her style to more of a dance-oriented sound. Certified gold, the album spawned her highest charting US single to date, "With Love," which also peaked at number 1 on Billboard Magazine's Hot Dance Club Songs chart. It was the first of her three consecutive number ones on that chart. Prior to the 2008 release of Best of Hilary Duff, a compilation of her greatest hits, Duff has sold thirteen million albums worldwide and had performed across the world on four concert tours. The release of Best of automatically ended her contract with Hollywood Records after six years of service. Upon the termination of her Hollywood Records contract, Duff took a few years of hiatus from her music career and focused on her acting and writing career. As of September 2013, Duff is currently working on her fifth studio album which is yet to be revealed its record label, release date and title.