Hilary Erhard Duff is an American actress and singer. Duff was born on September 28, 1987, in Houston, Texas. Her parents are Robert Erhard Duff, a partner in a chain of convenience stores, and Susan Colleen (née Cobb), a homemaker turned film and music producer.
Duff began her acting career at a young age, and quickly became labeled a teen idol as the title character of the Disney Channel comedy series Lizzie McGuire (2001–2004). The series proved to be a hit, leading to a film adaptation of the series to be released. Duff has received much media attention since the beginning of her career, most notably for her romantic relationships, friendships and her public image. Duff has sold an estimated 15 million records since her debut in 2002.