On November 23, 1992, Destiny Hope Cyrus was born in Nashville, TN. As a young girl, Miley Cyrus won roles on television shows like Doc and movies such as Big Fish. Her father, country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, called her Smiley because she always looked happy, and Destiny had hopes and dreams. At the age of 12, she auditioned for a role in an upcoming Disney Channel hit show, but producers thought she was too young. Determined to succeed, she kept trying and joined the cast with Emily Osment, Jason Earles, Mitchel Musso, Moises Arias, and her father in 2006.
Most teens and tweens know the Hannah Montana biography, but here is the basic plot. Miley Stewart seems like an ordinary girl, but she has a secret identity as an international pop rock music star. Her entourage of Lilly Truscott or Lola Luftnagle, her best friend, her brother, Jackson, and her dad, Robby Ray, know about her alter ego, but the public never discovers the truth. When Walt Disney Records released their first soundtrack album with songs like "I Got Nerve," it beat records by John Legend and other top artists to reach number one on the Billboard Top 200, and Miley went on tour with The Cheetah Girls as the opening act.
As popular as Britney Spears in her more innocent days, the teenager released singles like "See You Again" and "Nobody's Perfect" on the album Meet Miley Cyrus and embarked on The Best of Both Worlds Tour. In 2008, Destiny legally changed her name to Miley Ray Cyrus and released her second studio album, Breakout. With no connection to the Disney sitcom, it included songs like "Goodbye" and a cover of Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun." After her Breakout, the star performed with Demi Lovato and celebrated her Sweet 16th Birthday Party. Recently, the teen actress moved on to Hollywood, and Hannah Montana: The Movie hit theaters in May of 2009.
Set in a town called Crowley Corners, Tennessee, the film earned over $86 million and featured a cameo appearance by Taylor Swift. Emily Osment plays her BFF, Lilly, and Lucas Till portrays Stewart's crush and childhood friend, Travis Brody. When the story begins, Hannah gets into a catfight with Tyra Banks and her dad sends her back to their hometown for a reality check and a new attitude. After the Disney film premiere, "The Climb" won a MTV Movie Award for "Best Song in a Movie," and the "Hoedown Throwdown" dance song was also a huge hit. In the literary world, her new autobiography, Miles to Go, was a best seller.