Hilary Erhard Duff (born September 28, 1987) is an American actress, singer, songwriter, producer, fashion designer and book author (1997-present). Inspired by Britney Spears & her sister and her sister when she was a child to become an actor, singer and songwriter.After working in local theater plays and television commercials in her childhood, Duff gained fame for playing the title role in the Disney Channel television series Lizzie McGuire. She subsequently ventured into motion pictures and has many successful films to her credit, including Casper Meets Wendy, The Lizzie McGuire Movie, Cheaper by the Dozen, A Cinderella Story, Cheaper by the Dozen 2, According To Greta, and Stay Cool. As of 2014, she's finished her Elixer book series' now working on an album.Duff has since expanded her repertoire into pop music with the release of three RIAA-certified platinum albums: Metamorphosis, her debut studio album, was certified triple platinum and was supplemented by two more platinum albums, Hilary Duff and the greatest hits album Most Wanted. In 2007, she released her third studio album, Dignity, which was certified gold later that year and spawned singles "With Love" — her highest charting U.S. single to date — and "Stranger". Best of Hilary Duff, a second compilation of her greatest hits, was released in the last quarter of 2008, producing her a third #1 on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Songs chart with the single "Reach Out". Duff has sold thirteen million records worldwide; her contributions to the music industry have gained her commercial success while Billboard ranked her the 69th Artist of the 2000s decade.She is also a Twitterer. Now has her own kid; Luca Cruz Comrie was born on March 20, 2012 , With Mike Comrie..
Belly Dancer: She plays one in her video for Stranger and often incorporates bellydancing moves into her live concerts.
Break Up Song: In a variety of ways: Happy, Outside Of You, I Wish, The Getaway, Who's That Girl, Stranger, Beat Of My Heart, Break My Heart, Holiday, Jericho, Hide Away
Cover Version: Our Lips Are Sealed (For A Cinderella Story), My Generation (At Most Wanted tour), I Can't Wait (Originally by Brook Clymont) and Little Voice (Basically rewrote the lyrics and the aim of the song)
Darker and Edgier: Her music got darker in her self titled era, and her movies went way off the deep end in "War Inc" (Bringing the Sexy for the first time) and "According To Greta" (As far as character goes).
Follow Your Heart: "Fly", "Rock This World", "Girl Can Rock", "No Work, All Play", "Cry", "I Am", "Inner Strength", "Supergirl, "Come Clean", "Haters", "The Last Song", "Someones Watching Over Me", "Jericho".
Follow the Leader: Subverted with her musical career where she did the pop-rock / rock-lite thing before it was cool (starting in 2003 going to 2005), and did the electronica/pop thing in 2006 with Beat Of My Heart, way before it became popular (2008 or so).
Getting Crap Past the Radar: "You roll me, you use me, you love and then" is a drug reference in a poppy song for pre teens and young teenagers. Doesn't make sense till you grow up. Much like Avril Lavigne's GCPTR.
Genre Shift: "Dignity" removed previous elements of pop/rock for a more dance, dubstep and electronic sound.
Lyrical Dissonance: "Dreamer" a song about a stalker and the media who hounds her constantly and is expressed singing wise very sarcastically, the background has "Bum bum bum, da da bum" and extremely happy background music with a smooth beat and chirpy background vocals.
Similarly, "Between You and Me" has the girl telling some random guy to piss off, all together with very preppy, almost cynical background music.
Listing Cities: Could be in New York, maybe Hollywood and Vine, London, Paris, maybe Tokyo in Wake Up.
Metamorphosis: her debut, none themed album was called this, as it was about her metamorphosis from actor to singer.
New Sound Album: Dignity is this compared to Hilary Duff and Metamorphosis as she exploited the techno and electronic powers of pop music...and started songwriting the majority of the album for the first time.
Dignity is a mash up of dance beats, rock instruments, Bollywood/Indian music, trip pop and power pop.
Nice Girl: Has some of the most amazing positive press, fan experiences and is in general accepted as being a good kind girl and star. She made fun of this image on a talk show, after becoming pregnant by her husband. "Everyone thinks I'm a good girl, but I figured it out."
Naturally got bashed for this when she was younger. Some people found it insincere.
Could be in New York, maybe Hollywood and Vine, London, Paris, maybe Tokyo
Somethings goin on everywhere I go tonight
There's people talking/They talk about me/They know my name
They think they know everything/But they don't know anything
and "Haters", "Burned", "Dignity", "Who's That Girl".
Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: According toan "impromptu interview" a fansite gave her in 2013, Hilary felt after the end of the Dignity tour very overwhelmed at her fame and success and very confused about which direction to go to next. She claimed she shut down her clothing line, fired her manager, left her record label, and deliberately laid low for a while, learning to fend for herself and live a normal life, even pondering going to college to study in interior design. In the meantime, she met her future husband and settled down to domestic life for a few years.
Studio Chatter: Used in "Workin' It Out" amongst others on her first two albums.
Spiritual Successor: Hilary has so many successors, like Miley Cyrus (who is a big fan of Hilary), Bridgit Mendler (who has the same qualities and looks as Hilary), and even her channel's rival equivalent, Miranda Cosgrove (who is literally the network's answer to her) that to list all those who owe their success to Hilary would overload this page.
Selena Gomez deserves a special mention. She was discovered after auditioning for the lead role in a spin-off of Lizzie McGuire. She actually did get the role, but the project was cancelled. Even so, she later did get to play a counterpart to a Hilary Duff character in Another Cinderella Story.
Self Empowerment Anthem: "Fly" being the most obvious one, but Rock This World, Girl Can Rock, Wake Up, No Work All Play, Inner Strength and Workin' It Out all also apply.
Type Cast: At this point, she seems to have two types. In the years immediately following Lizzie McGuire, every character she played was basically "Lizzie McGuire with a different name" and she still plays these sort of roles now and then. War, Inc. established another type for her, the popular, likely spoiled starlet and/or rich girl — in other words, an exaggerated version of herself.