Compared to Lindsay Lohan and Miley Cyrus, Hilary Duff managed to successfully transition from Disney teen idol into a more mature personality without too much controversy.
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She grew up in Texas between Houston and San Antonio and was home-schooled due to her heavy schedule of lessons involving acting, singing, and ballet.
Her mom was adamant in allowing her daughters, Hilary and Haylie, pursue their passion of performing in front of people as much as possible.
Duff’s first notable performance that began her career came by participating in a local-touring production of The show would go on to be a major ratings success for Disney, gathering over 2.3 million viewers per episode.
Duff became a teen idol and a household name, sparking the production of toys, books, soundtracks, dolls, and video games.
The line of productions became a revenue juggernaut for Disney, earning over $100,000 million from the show’s merchandise alone.
Duff would fulfill her 65-episode contract for the show, with the final episode aired on February 14, 2004.When talks about a renewal came up, negotiations ultimately fell apart due to the asking price for Duff’s services, who enjoyed the popular demand thanks to her star-power.She had other plans at this point; she worked in the music industry and in several movies where she was hoping to transition into a more mature star.During her tenure on the went double platinum in the US alone.Hilary’s music career followed nicely thanks to her popularity from the Disney Channel.Under the Disney banner, Duff released a Christmas-themed album which would go on to sell over 500,000 copies thanks to the success she garnered from her participation in , going on to sell over 1.8 million copies in the US alone.