Miley Cyrus is a sixteen year old teen sensation. She was born Destiny Hope Cyrus to father Billy Ray Cyrus and mother Leticia Finley, but changed her names to Miley, as “Smiley” had been her nickname as a young child.
She first became interested in acting when she was just nine years old, and her first acting role was on the television series Doc. Then, in 2003, she had a small role in the Tim Burton film Big Fish, but it was the role of Hannah Montana on the TV show of the same name that Miley Cyrus found stardom. She was twelve when she auditioned but the executives were not sure she was right for the role. Miley was persistent and won them over, winning the lead role of Miley Stewart/Hannah Montana. Her father – Billy Ray Cyrus – also plays her dad on the television show.
Miley has released albums for both her character Hannah Montana and herself. Walt Disney Records release Hannah Montana records, and Miley’s personal albums are released by Hollywood Records. Her single See You Again was her first to hit the Billboard Hot 100 in the top ten, and 7 Things from her second album is her highest charting single yet. She has toured as herself as well as Hannah Montana and has been supported by the Jonas Brothers, having also dated Nick Jonas. The tour was released to cinemas in 3D and almost $40 million in its first weekend.
Her career also includes numerous hosting gigs. Miley was invited to present the song "That's How You Know" from the film Enchanted at the 80th Academy Awards. In April 2008, she hosted the CMT Music Awards with her father, and later in August 2008, she hosted and performed at the Teen Choice Awards.
In December 2007, Miley made the list of Forbes Top Twenty Superstar Earners, weighing in at #17 despite being just fifteen years old, and has also been made a wax figure at Madame Tussauds in New York City.