Date of Birth: September 28th 1987
Hilary Ann Duff's early career was marked by playing minor roles, starting off with an uncredited appearance in Hallmark Entertainment's western miniseries True Women in 1997. She also served as an extra, again uncredited, in writer-director Willard Carroll's ensemble dramedy Playing by Heart in 1998. Her first major part was as a star of the 1998 film Casper Meets Wendy, playing the young witch Wendy, who encounters the animated character Casper. Like Casper: A Spirited Beginning (1997), the second sequel to the successful Casper (1995), the film was released direct-to-video with mostly unenthusiastic reviews.
Duff's first serious shot at fame came when she was cast as one of the children in the pilot episode of the NBC sitcom Daddio in 2000. Actor Michael Chiklis, co-star of Daddio stated, "After working with her the first day, I remember saying to my wife, 'This young girl is going to be a movie star'. She was completely at ease with herself and comfortable in her own skin."
Success came again as she took the role of the starring title character "Lizzie McGuire" in the #1 Disney Channel Hit Series, "Lizzie McGuire" (2001). "Lizzie", is a hit with all sorts of audiences. Hilary also starred in the Disney Channel movie Cadet Kelly (2002) (TV) and will return to the big screen to release her successful "Lizzie McGuire (2003)" movie in early 2003.