Haylie Duff

Active - 2003 - 2018  |   Born - Feb 19, 1985 in Houston, Texas, United States  |   Genres - Comedy, Drama, Theater

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The older sister of actress and teen pop sensation Hilary Duff, Haylie Duff kicked off her career by focusing more on her skills in front of the camera than her talents behind a microphone. Though she would pen the occasional tune for her younger sibling, it was screen roles in such television hits as Chicago Hope, Boston Public, and, alongside her sister in Lizzie McGuire, that first opened the eyes of the public to the talents of the ambitious rising starlet.

Born just two years prior to her sister, Haylie made her screen debut alongside Hilary in the female Western True Women before branching out into features with supporting performances in Dreams in the Attic and I Love Your Work. It was during this period of her career that Haylie would contribute to the soundtracks of such films as A Cinderella Story, Stuck in the Suburbs, and Raising Helen, with a memorable performance in the cult hit Napoleon Dynamite serving well to offer her some indie exposure in addition to her mainstream success. A subsequent return to the small screen found Haylie making a notable impression in That's So Raven, Joan of Arcadia, and 7th Heaven, and in 2006 the it was finally time to join Hilary in the big screen (as sisters no less) for the riches to rags comedy Material Girls. Duff appeared in films such as Love Finds a Home (2009), Love Takes Wing (2009), and A Holiday Engagement (2011). She reprised her role from Napoleon Dynamite in the short-lived cartoon series, and continued to appear in made-for-TV movies like All About Christmas Eve and Christmas Belle.

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  • Studied ballet from an early age in Texas.
  • Prime-time guest appearances early in her acting career included Chicago Hope, Boston Public and Third Watch.
  • Co-wrote two songs on sister Hilary's 2003 debut album, Metamorphosis, as well as one track on her 2007 release, Dignity.
  • Joined Hilary to portray the Shangri-Las on an episode of NBC's American Dreams in 2003.
  • Appeared in commercials for Mattel's Barbie and Hershey's Ice Breakers.
  • Enrolled in the Harvard Extension School through the Distance Learning Program in 2005.
  • Starred in two movies from the Hallmark Channel's popular Love Comes Softly Saga in 2009, Love Finds a Home and Love Takes Wing.