Cyrus grew up on the family farm near Nashville with two siblings and three half-siblings. She was passionate about acting from a young age, appearing in her father's TV series ‘Doc’ and in Tim Burton's ‘Big Fish’.
To accommodate filming, the entire family moved to Los Angeles, California, in 2005; Billy Ray plays her fictional dad-manager on the show. Cyrus released a successful Hannah Montana soundtrack album in 2006.
In 2007, her double album ‘Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus’ launched a Best of Both Worlds’ tour. The concerts sold out in record time, and the show was extended by 14 dates to help placate disappointed fans. Her successful 3-D concert film collected $31.3 million in its opening weekend in February 2008. Cyrus is also a spokesperson for Daisy Rock Guitars and has her own clothing line, and it has been reported that she earned $18.2 million in 2007.
Cyrus changed her legal name to Miley Ray Cyrus in 2008. That same year, she found herself in the midst of a controversy for posing for revealing photographs taken by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz, which appeared in Vanity Fair magazine. The resulting criticism and media frenzy did little damage to her career, however. Her album ‘Breakout’ (2008), was a huge hit, reaching the top of the pop album charts.
In early 2009, Cyrus provided a look into her life with the autobiography ‘Miles to Go’. The book features previously unseen photos, family stories and "a look at her inner circle of loved…