Hilary Duff is definitely one of the hottest twenty-something celebrities. She has wowed the audience during her teens and now, she is set onto greater things both professionally and personally. Duff becomes more than just a talent. She is also becoming active in charity work, in the name of public service.
Hilary Duff is baptized Hilary Erhard Duff. She was born in Houston, Texas on September 28, 1987. Her parents, Bob and recordb producer Susan, were very supportive of her and sister Haylie’s artistic talents. She had been traveling with Haylie and the Cechetti Ballet since she was six. Not long after, the realization came to Hilary that she wanted to be more than just a performer on stage. She wants to be an actress that’s why she head for auditions here and there.
The most fruitful result Hilary got during those times was a role at “True Women”, a TV mini-series staged in 1997. A year after that, she was able to secure the part of a young witch named Wendy in the video “Casper Meets Wendy”. In 1999, her biggest break came through the TV series “The Soul Collector” where she played Ellie. That is the same role that won Hilary much rave and several awards as well including Best Performance in a TV Movie or Pilot (Supporting Young Actress) Young Artist Award.
All Set for Success
After “The Soul Collector”, there was no looking back for Hilary. She went on to play the role of Lizzie in the hit TV series “Lizzie McGuire” in 2001. After two years, in 2003, “Lizzie McGuire” was given a movie spin-off and that was officially Hilary’s entry to wow the film audience worldwide. She went on to star several hit movies including “Agent Cody Banks”, “Cheaper By the Dozen”, “A Cindererella Story”, and “The Perfect Man” among others. At the height of her very successful showbiz career, Hilary was also given a chance to star in a movie with older sister Haylie in “Material Girls”.
But it is not just about TV or movie, Hilary also went on to conquer the music arena with her hit singles “Come Clean” and “So Yesterday”. Both are from an album titled “Metamorphosis”, which debuted #2 at the Billboard charts. Three more albums came forth after her first release. Hilary’s self-titled album, “Most Wanted”, and “Dignity” all enjoyed chart-topping success.
During her shining moment, Hilary was able to pile up a couple of awards from prestigious bodies. She was rated the Hottest Teen Female Star of 2003, VH1’s 19th Greatest Teen Idol of All Time (2003), VH1’s Biggest Breakthrough in 2003, and one of Teen People magazine’s 25 Hottest Stars Under 25 (2004). Hilary also made it to a lot of celebrated lists including in FHM magazine’s 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006 (#58) and 2008 (#8). She was also ranked at Maxim magazine’s Hot 100 Women of 2007 (#23), 2008 (#25), and 2011 (#40). Forbes also included Hilary in many of the magazine’s most exclusive lists including Forbes Power 100 (#72 in 2007) and The 20 Top-Earning Young Superstars (#7 in 2007). Rolling Stone is another magazine publication that can’t seem to get enough of the young superstar Duff. It included her in the list of Top Money Making Artists (2006) where she joined music pros U2 and Rolling Stones. She was also proclaimed Rolling Stones’ Teenager of the Year 2003.
Certainly, Hilary Duff is not someone to rest on her laurels. She continued to soar high after the most celebrated years of her life in showbiz. In her 20s, Hilary is still a name to reckon both in her career and her charity work. She had made her fans worldwide love her even more by working for more than just herself.
Working on a Worthy Cause
Apart from the recognitions she was able to pile up year after year during her teens in the entertainment business, Hilary is also hailed for getting her hands in some worthy causes.
Hilary has been involved in many charity works. She had been working for Kids with a Cause since it was founded in September of 1999. Kids With a Cause helps poverty-stricken children. It has several programs that intend to fight hunger, sickness, lack of education, abandonment, abuse, and neglect among the little ones. In 2004, Hilary even became the Official Spokesperson of the organization.
Apart from continuously helping kids out, Hilary also get herself involved in some other worthy causes:
* In 2004, she donated signed head-shots that helped Rocky Stone buy more toys for the Toy Mountain Campaign.
* In 2005, she donated part of the sales of her sold-out Most Wanted Tour to the Tsunami victims in Southeast Asia.
* Also in 2005, she performed in Ontario, Canada for a fund raiser for the Tsunami victims.
* She announced her donation of $200,000 to the American Red Cross and $50,000 to USA Harvest for the benefit of the victims of Hurricane Katrina.