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Miley Cyrus: Snapshot

Name
Miley Cyrus
Date of Birth
November 23, 1992
Birth Place
Nashville, Tenn.
Like Britney and Hilary who came before her, Miley Cyrus has broken her squeaky-clean Disney image and transformed into an outspoken, full-fledged and oft-controversial pop star.

With her father Billy Ray Cyrus at her side, a 13-year-old Cyrus broke onto the scene in Disney Channel's split personality smash Hannah Montana, which spawned two chart-topping albums, a big-screen blockbuster, and a megaselling concert tour.

Since then, the multitasking star has kissed Hannah goodbye and kicked up the sex appeal. In 2012, she seemed poised to settle down with Hunger Games heartthrob Liam Hemsworth after accepting his proposal, but the couple split a year later.

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Miley Cyrus: Five Fun Facts

  1. After breaking up with Nick Jonas in 2007, Miley Cyrus died her hair black after getting highlights for her ex. "I don't want to look pretty; I want to look hard-core," she told Seventeen magazine. "I was rebelling against everything Nick wanted me to be."
  2. Hannah Montana weighs heavily on Miley Cyrus, specifically the character-switching wig: "It's so itchy, and anytime it gets wet, it weighs 20 pounds."
  3. Despite her own substantial earnings, Miley Cyrus still gets a $300 monthly allowance from her dad.
  4. Miley Cyrus says her songs are dreamy. "I write in my sleep," she told the Los Angeles Times. "I don't know how, but I'll work on a song, go to sleep and it's finished when I wake up."
  5. Miley Cyrus' parents made a deal that she live at home until she's 20. The agreement included adding a hip Miley-tailored section to the house with a separate bedroom and sitting room.

Miley Cyrus: Biography

1992

Miley Cyrus

November 23

Destined to be Miley

Destiny Hope Cyrus is born to country singer Billy Ray Cyrus (left) and wife, Leticia (Tish), who call a 500-acre Nashville farm home. Her dad is a "recluse" at this point, pulling back from the aftereffects of his "Achy Breaky Heart" fame. Theirs is a full house, with Miley and five other kids. The smiling darling earns the nickname "Smiley," that with time gets shortened to "Miley."

2003

Baby Steps

As Billy Ray's returns to showbiz with acting roles in the series Doc, Miley wants to follow suit, despite her father's efforts and painful rejections at auditions. "I'd see those little tears come down her face and I'd hold her and say, 'Enjoy being a kid. There is too much heartache to mess up your childhood,'" Billy Ray tells PEOPLE. But there's no keeping her down on the farm. "She kept stepping up to the plate, and danggone, the right opportunity came at the right time." Those steps include a guest spot on Doc, and a part in Tim Burton's Big Fish.

2005

Miley Cyrus

All in the Family

Miley, 13, wins the lead role in the new Disney series, Hannah Montana, after initially being rejected because she was "too small, too young". She plays an average teen with a double life as a famous pop singer, and Billy Ray is cast as her dad. "I feel like I can tell my dad anything," she tells PEOPLE. "When we come home, we forget that we even work together and just hang out."

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Photo Credits

Top Left: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

BIOGRAPHY (top to bottom): Ron Galella/WireImage; Everett Collection

Edited by Julia Wang

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