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Haylie Katherine Duff (born February 19, 1985) is an Americanmarker actress and singer songwriter. She is the older sister of Hilary Duff.

Early life

Duff was born in Houstonmarker, Harris Countymarker, Texasmarker. She is two and a half years older than her sister, the popular musician and actress Hilary Duff.Her mother, Susan Colleen (née Cobb), a homemaker and film producer (co-executive producer of A Cinderella Story (2004) and producer of The Perfect Man (2005) and Material Girls (2006), as well as the manager of her sister Hilary). Her father, Robert Erhard (Bob) Duff, is a partner and owner in a chain of convenience stores with father John B. Duff and who resides at the family home in Houston to maintain the family's business. She began her acting career as an offshoot of her early dance training. Growing up in Texas, Duff began ballet at an early age. By age ten, Duff landed a role in the Houstonmarker Metropolitan Dance Company’s production of The Nutcracker.



Duff's early career started by making guest appearances on made for television movies such as Hope and True Women and on TV shows such as The Amanda Show. In addition to guest-starring roles on Chicago Hope, Boston Public, and Third Watch, Duff became a familiar face starting in late 2002 as Amy Saunders/Sanders on the children's television series, Lizzie McGuire. The star of that show was Duff’s younger sister, Hilary, whose own acting career was just starting to take off at the time. Hilary’s career would quickly eclipse her sibling's in short time, but Haylie would continue to maintain a presence on the small screen.

In 2004, Duff made a guest appearances on That's So Raven as Katina Jones. After making guest appearances on television, Duff received her first role in a feature film when she was cast in Napoleon Dynamite. The film earned her her first Teen Choice Award win. She then by making guest appearances, which include Joan of Arcadia and American Dreams. She also lent her voice talent to the Christmas animation In Search Of Santa which was targeted at kids and which also featured sister Hilary Duff.In 2005, Duff joined the cast of the TV show 7th Heaven, playing Sandy Jameson, best friend to Simon's girlfriend in A Pregnant Stage, where she got pregnant by Martin Brewer.

In summer 2006, Duff joined the Broadway cast of Hairspray, portraying mean girl Amber Von Tussle, and playing the part through the beginning of October 2006. Duff has also starred in Material Girls with her sister Hilary.

Following Material Girls, Duff appeared in various made-for-television or straight-to-DVD movies including Nightmare, My Sexiest Year, Legacy, Backwoods, Love Takes Wing, Love Finds a Home and most recently My Nanny's Secret.

On January 22, Duff landed a role in the show Barely Legal, which her sister appears in, as "the big sister who visits from time to time." An update to on July 1, 2009 stated that Hilary decided to turn down NBC's script for the pilot because it did not match the initial pitch.

Throughout 2009 and 2010 she appeared in Fear Island, Tug and Slightly Single in L.A.. She will also appear in the film Foodfight alongside Charlie Sheen, Hilary Duff and Eva Longoria but due to distribution issues the film is yet to have an official release.


Duff has recorded numerous singles for various soundtracks with her sister, with most of them appearing on the Disneymania discs. She was featured on legendary rapper Kool G Rap's album Half A Klip, providing the background vocals on the track "On The Rise Again" produced by DJ Premier. She was recording a debut album stated for release in 2005-2006 but was dropped from her record company. She had supposedly completed work on her debut album Walk the Walk due mid 2008. Duff confirmed that this was false; she is not working on or releasing an album at this time.Haylie also sang "A Whatever Life" for the Stuck In The Suburbs soundtrack and "Sweetest Pain" for the Raising Helen soundtrack.

Duff was involved in a court battle with Paris Hilton over the song Screwed. Both Duff and Hilton had recorded it in 2004, Duff having planned it for her album, and Hilton for it to be released as her debut single, however after what seemed like Hilton had withdrawn from the fight, she was awarded the song by the court, and Duff was left without it. Even though she won the battle for "Screwed", Hilton released "Stars Are Blind" instead, releasing "Screwed" in Asia only.


Duff wrote or co-wrote several songs for her sister Hilary's albums, Metamorphosis and Hilary Duff, as well as the song "Gypsy Woman", on Hilary's fourth album, Dignity.


Duff hosted the reality show Legally Blonde The Musical: The Search for Elle Woods, which searched for the next actress to take over the lead role in Legally Blonde: The Musical where she was previously in the chorus. She is also an executive producer of the show.

Public image

Duff appeared on the cover of Maxim in January 2006 and is featured in their Girls of Maxim gallery. Duff and sister Hilary Duff are ranked number two on E!'s "Favorite Famous Sisters".



Year Film Role Notes
1997 True Women uncredited cameo made for TV movie
Hope Martha Jean Pruitt
1998 Addams Family Reunion Gina Adams straight-to-video
2000 Dreams in the Attic Jessica
2001 The Newman Shower Jane
2003 I Love Your Work Frat Brat Girlfriend
2004 Napoleon Dynamite Summer Wheatly
In Search of Santa Lucinda
2005 Dishdogz Cassidy made for television
2005 7th Heaven television series
2006 Material Girls Ava Marchetta
2007 Nightmare Molly Duggan made for television
My Sexiest Year Debbie
2008 Legally Blonde - The Musical: The Search for Elle Woods Host/herself
Legacy Lana Stevens aka Pretty Little Devils
Backwoods Lee made for TV movie/ DVD release 2009
2009 Love Takes Wing Annie Nelson made for series
Love Finds a Home Annie Nelson made for series
My Nanny's Secret Claudia made for television
Fear Island Jenna completed
2010 Foodfight! Sweet Cakes completed
Slightly Single in L.A. Jill filming
Tug Kim post-production
Video Girl ? post-production


  • Teens Choice Awards 2006 - Nominated - TV Choice Breakout Star for 7th Heaven.
  • Teens Choice Awards 2005 - Winner - Choice Breakout Performance, Female for Napoleon Dynamite.
  • Young Artist Award 1999 - Winner - Best Performance in a TV Movie/pilot/Mini- Series for Adams Family Reunion.
  • Razzie Award 2007 - Nominated - Worst Actress for Material Girls.
  • Razzie Award 2007 - Nominated - Worst Screen Couple with Sister Hilary Duff for Material Girls.


Year Title Role Notes
2005-2007 7th Heaven Sandy Jameson (Season 10-11)

Guest appearances





Year Song
2004 "Our Lips Are Sealed"


Year Song Soundtrack
2003 "Girl In The Band" The Lizzie McGuire Movie
"What Dreams Are Made Of (Ballad Version)"(With Yani Gellman)" The Lizzie McGuire Movie
2004 "Sweetest Pain" Raising Helen
"A Whatever Life" Stuck In The Suburbs
"One In This World" A Cinderella Story
"Our Lips Are Sealed" w/ Hilary Duff A Cinderella Story
2005 "Babysitting Is A Bum Deal" w/ Seth MacFarlane in character of Stewie Griffin Family Guy: Live in Vegas
2006 "Material Girl" w/Hilary Duff Material Girls

Other singles

Year Song Album
2002 "Same Old Christmas" w/Hilary Duff Santa Claus Lane
2004 "The Siamese Cat Song" w/Hilary Duff DisneyMania 2
2005 "The Siamese Cat Song" [Cat-Scratch Remix] w/Hilary Duff DisneyRemixMania


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