Miley Cyrus became a TV star at the age of 13 as the title character in the Disney Channel series Hannah Montana. Cyrus is the oldest daughter of country music star Billy Ray Cyrus, who topped the charts in 1992 with "Achy Breaky Heart." Miley Cyrus began performing at an early age, and by the age of 9 was embarking on a professional career. Prior to Hannah Montana she had a handful of jobs, most notably a small part in Tim Burton's Big Fish (2003, starring Ewan McGregor). After a series of auditions that began when she was 11, Cyrus landed the lead role of Hannah Montana, a teen pop star who leads a double life as an average schoolgirl. Her dad, Billy Ray, was chosen to play her widowed father in the TV series, and the entire Cyrus family moved from Nashville, Tennessee to southern California to encourage Miley's career. The show was a hit during its long run from 2006 to 2011. The instant success of her television series led to a record deal for Miley Cyrus, whose husky singing voice was often featured in the show. In October of 2006 the soundtrack to Hannah Montana, featuring eight songs by Miley and a duet with her father, debuted at number one on Billboard's Top 200 chart. The album Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus was released in 2007, and Cyrus toured the country in a successful Hannah Montana concert series. The 2008 film Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour was a hit, and Hannah Montana: The Movie took in $34 million on its opening weekend in 2009, proving that Cyrus was still a very popular star. Also in 2009, at age 16, she published the memoir Miles to Go. She became engaged to actor Liam Hemsworth in June of 2012; the two had starred together in the 2010 film The Last Song.
Her nickname “Miley” is a shortened form of her other nickname, “Smiley Miley”… Miley Cyrus officially changed her name to Miley Ray Cyrus in January of 2008… Her half-brother Trace Cyrus is the guitarist and singer for the band Metro Station.
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