Haylie Duff Biography, Life, Interesting Facts
Born on 19th February 1985, Haylie Duff is an American actress, songwriter, singer, author, film producer, TV host, food blogger, writer and a successful businesswoman. Haylie Duff is the older sister of Hillary Duff. Hillary is also an actress as she featured in the favorite show, Lizzie McGuire.
Haylie Duff is a world-renowned TV star starring insignificant TV roles such as in Lizzie Mcguire (2003), Napoleon Dynamite (2004) and 7th Heaven (2005). Aside from this, she was the producer and TV host for the 2008 reality show Legally Blond.
Childhood and Early Life
Born in Houston, Texas in 1985, Haylie Duff is a TV star known globally. Her mother is Susan Colleen Duff. She is nicknamed “nee Cobb.” Part of Haylie Duff career path is attributed to her mother’s influence. Her mother has been playing an active role in the film industry. She is a producer of movies such as The Perfect Man and Material Girls. These were produced in 2005 and 2006 respectively. She is a co-producer of A Cinderella Story.
Haylie’s mother is also recognized as Hillary’s manager. Haylie’s father is Robert Erhard Duff “Bob.” He works in chain convenience stores as partner and owner. Her father resides in Houston to ensure that family business progresses successfully.
Right from a tender age, both Haylie and Hillary were seen as natural born performers. They were talented, and this made their parents to enroll them in ballet classes. When Haylie Duff was eight, both sisters landed essential roles in the production of The Nutcracker Suite.
Haylie’s acting career took off after they moved to Los Angeles with her mother and sister. His father, Bob, did not run as he remained in Houston to keep track of the family business going on there. Initially, Haylie Duff had begun featuring in guest posts on several TV shows. This is where she got recognized and made her first debut in 1998.
The Addams Family Reunion- 1998, was her first appearance as an actor. It is from here that she went ahead to win Young Artist Award as she was the Best Supporting Actress. After her first debut, she landed several other minor TV roles in the following years. In 2000, she was featured in Chicago Hope. A year later, she fell another part in Boston Public and 2003; she was among the cast in the Third Watch.
While Haylie was doing her best in these minor TV roles, her sister was hitting the headlines with her favorite show Lizzie McGuire. This paved the way for Haylie to gain more extensive exposure as she played as Amy Sanders (Cousin Amy).
Rise to Stardom
Appearing in Lizzie McGuire was a game changer for Haylie Duff. After this, she landed a significant role in Napoleon Dynamite which saw her gained nationwide popularity. This was in 2004, and she played Summer Wheatly. To Duff’s surprise, this was a significant hit. She was therefore crowned with the Teen Choice Award. Things got better and better as she landed another considerable role a year later. This time it was in 7th Heaven as she played Sandy Jameson. She was among the cast for this TV show from 2005-2007.
Along with the fame in film and TV career, Haylie Duff is an outstanding performer. In 2006, she was featured in Hairspray as she played the role of Amber Von Tussle. Three years later she also appeared on stage in an off-Broadway production called Love, Loss and What I Wore. Here she played the role of Amanda.
As part of showing their strong sisterhood, Haylie Duff partnered with her sister Hillary in 2004 for their first single Our Lips are Sealed. Duff was also featured as a guest in 2008 in the only music production by Kool G Rap – On the Rise Again.
Awards and Nominations
TV and film career certainly earned Haylie Duff awards and nominations that still make her accessible to this date. Since 1999 to 2014, she has won four awards. In 1999, this was her first Young Artist Award. She got this award after being featured at Addams Family Reunion.
In 2005, she won the Teens Choice Award after playing an essential role in Napoleon Dynamite. In 2006, she did not win the Teens Choice Award, but she was part of the nominees for Choice Breakout Star. This was after being featured in 7th Heaven. Lastly, in 2014, she won the Stellar Awards for being the best actress in Taken by Grace.
Aside from acting, Haylie Duff regards writing, cooking and modeling to be part of her hobbies. Additionally, she is a songwriter and a musician. She is to be credit for a number of her sister’s songs in albums such as Dignity, Hillary Duff, and Metamorphosis.
Her love for modeling also earns her fame as in 2006 she was the cover of Maxim. During her free time, Duff engages her fan base by interacting with them on her food blog - Real Girl’s Kitchen. She considers herself as a food lover, and she shares her love for food in this blog.
Haylie Duff talks about her faith by saying that “I am a Christian, but I also don't see myself as a religious person. I see myself as more of a spiritual person.” In spite of claiming that she is not a regular churchgoer, she has her own set of beliefs that she sticks to.