Hilary Ann Duff was born on September 28th, 1987 in Houston, Texas to Bob and Susan Duff. When Hilary was six, she had been traveling in the Cechetti Ballet with her sister Haylie, but decided she wanted to fulfill her dream of acting. Her first part was in the mini-series, True Women (1997) (TV), but her first starring role was as Ellie in _Soul Collector, The (1999) (TV)_ , for which she won a "Best Performance in a TV Movie or Pilot (Supporting Young Actress)" Young Artist Award! Hilary also starred in Casper Meets Wendy (1998) (TV) in 1998, in which she played the young witch Wendy. 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 now in its 2nd season which proves to be a hit with all sorts of audiences. Hilary recently finished the Disney Channel movie Cadet Kelly (2002) (TV) and will return to the big screen for the first time in 5 years to release her successful _Lizzie McGuire (2003)_ movie in early 2003.