- 11:57 AM, Jun 24
Born to country singer/actor Billy Ray Cyrus and his wife Leticia "Tish" Cyrus, Miley Cyrus was named Destiny Hope Cyrus upon her parents' hopes that she would accomplish great things in life. Frequently smiling as a youngster, she then obtained the nickname of "Miley" which was directed from the word "smiley." And so, people began to notice the young, beautiful and talented star simply as Miley Cyrus.
She later changed her birth name to Miley Ray Cyrus in honor of her father. Born in Franklin, Tennessee on November 23, 1992, the girl was raised on her parents' farm in the backwoods of Nashville. She initially attended Heritage Middle School before having a private tutor. She has a younger brother, Braison, a younger sister, Noah Cyrus, who is also an actress, two older half-brothers, Christopher Cody and Trace Cyrus and an older half-sister named Brandi Cyrus.
Finding herself interested in acting at mere age of nine, Miley had her acting debut in an episode of her father's television series "Doc" in 2003, playing the guest role of a girl named Kylie. In the same year, she got a small role in Tim Burton-directed film "Big Fish" in which she played Young Ruthie.
Developing an interest in music prior to her acting career, Miley, who began writing songs and learning to sing while still a preteen, got a chance to explore her music skills when she was tapped to be featured in Rhonda Vincent's music video for "If Heartaches Have Wings" and to appear on "Colgate Country Showdown," a TV program which her father was hosting.
It was not until she was cast on Disney Channel's original series, "Hannah Montana", that she gained her nationwide popularity for playing a teenage girl with a double life. She was 12 when she auditioned for the role. Besides landing her eyes on the titular character, Miley aimed for the best friend's role. But because she was deemed too small by the executives, she failed the first round. Nevertheless, the execs changed their mind and cast the girl who "loves every minute of her life" as Hannah Montana.
Debuted on Disney Channel on March 24, 2006, the children's TV series quickly became an immediate success among viewers and was soon followed with the release of a soundtrack CD, "Hannah Montana", on October 24 via Walt Disney Records. The set featured Miley as Hannah Montana, singing eight