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Born Destiny Hope Cyrus on Nov. 23, 1992, Cyrus was the middle child of six and was dubbed Smiley – shortened to Miley – due to her sunny outlook and beaming grin when she was a baby. Cyrus got an early taste of the performer’s lifestyle, thanks to her country star-turned-actor father, Billy Ray, who topped the charts in the 1990s with the best-selling single, “Achy Breaky Heart.” As a toddler, she frequently appeared onstage at his concerts and performed a song or two with her dad. When the elder Cyrus transitioned into acting, his daughter caught the bug and was granted a few guest appearances on his TV series “Doc” (PAX, 2001-04). This led to a small role in Tim Burton’s fantasy feature, “Big Fish,” (2003) for which she was billed as Destiny Cyrus.
Bolstered by these appearances, Cyrus began pursuing an acting career in earnest, and at age 11, caught the eye of Disney Channel producers who were scouring the nation for the star of a new series in development, then tentatively titled “Alexis Texas.” Concerns over her age (then 12) and height (then 5’ 4”) were dismissed once execs saw Cyrus’ way with a comic line and heard her surprisingly mature voice. By the time she turned 13, the multi-talented girl had been cast in her own Disney Channel series. Making it a true family affair, her dad joined her on the show as her father-manager who would dole out countrified advice and to lend the exceptionally manic series a moment or two of quiet.
“Hannah Montana” debuted on The Disney Channel on March 24, 2006, to record ratings and became an instant network hit, with legions of ‘tweens tuning in faithfully to indulge in the fantasy of living a secret double life – one that involved glamour and fame. For playing a teen idol, Cyrus reached teen idol status herself and became a teen magazine mainstay whose likeness sold all manner of merchandise – from accessories and clothing to decorative items and video games. In 2007, Cyrus won a Kids Choice Award and a Teen Choice Award for Best Actress. The following year, she debuted at number one on the Billboard album charts with the show’s soundtrack, singing eight songs “in character” as Montana and one duet as herself with her father. The album produced a number of moderately charting singles but sold over four and a half million copies worldwide. The same year, Cyrus also contributed a version of “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” to the fourth volume of the Disney Mania CD series and rolled out her first live performance as Hannah Montana at Disney World.