Hilary Duff made her stage debut at age six with BalletMet Columbus and its touring company of "The Nutcracker." Her subsequent role in a television commercial spurred her longing to act and she soon amassed several television and film credits.
Hilary Duff's first role was in the TV mini-series True Women in 1996. She appeared as the star of the 1998 video Casper Meets Wendy as the young witch Wendy with the animated character Casper the Friendly Ghost. She later appeared as Ellie in the TV Movie The Soul Collector in 1999, winning a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Movie or Pilot (Supporting Young Actress).
Hilary Duff’s enormous popularity was further proven with a nomination for Favorite Television Actress for Nickelodeon’s "15th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards," and she accepted the award for "Lizzie McGuire," which was voted Favorite Television Series.
Hilary Duff was the star of the successful Disney Channel show Lizzie McGuire and has appeared on the covers of teen magazines and become highly popular among children commonly called "tweens, i.e. those between the ages of 7 and 14. She dated singer Aaron Carter, brother of The Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter. She has most recently (2004) been romantically linked to Jordan Masterson, younger brother of Danny Masterson and Chris Masterson.
Hilary Duff, in addition to waking up at 4:30 a.m. every weekday to tape her shows and do homework, is also pursuing an emerging singing career.
Hilary Duff's first recorded singing performance was on the song I Can't Wait which appeared on the Lizzie McGuire Original Television Soundtrack in 2002. She would also sing on several tracks on the soundtrack to The Lizzie McGuire Movie in 2003. One of these tracks "Why Not" was released as a single reaching the top 20 in Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands. Her first album was a 2002 collection of Christmas songs called Santa Clause Lane which made the lower reaches of the Billboard 200 album chart and number 3 on the kids music chart in 2002. The title track also featured on the soundtrack to The Santa Clause 2 starring Tim Allen.
In 2003 Hilary Duff recorded her first album entitled Metamorphosis which was released on August 26 and went to number one of the US and Canadian charts in that year (see 2003 in music. The Metamorphosis album featured music that would appeal to teenagers as well as the tweens who had supported her to date. The Matrix, who had worked with singers such as Avril Lavigne on her Let Go album and Liz Phair provided three songs on the album. One of these songs So Yesterday was released as the first single reaching number 2 in Canada, top 40 in Australia and just ouside the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 in the US.