-----Hayden Leslie Panettiere was born on August 21, 1989 in was born in Palisades, New York. She began her acting career by playing Sarah Roberts on One Life to Live between 1994–1997, and Lizzie Spaulding on Guiding Light from 1996–2000, before starring at age 10 as Sheryl Yoast in the Disney feature film Remember the Titans.
For her performance in Lifetime Television's 1999 TV movie If You Believe, she was nominated for the Young Artist Award for Young Actress Age Ten or Under in the category of Best Performance in a TV Movie or Pilot. Panettiere also appeared on Fox's Ally McBeal as the title character's daughter, had a recurring guest role on Malcolm in the Middle and guest starred in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in two different roles.
Her most notable role to date is that of cheerleader Claire Bennet on the NBC series Heroes between 2006–2010, for which she won several awards. Other recent roles include her portrayal of the title character in true crime drama Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy and Kirby Reed in the slasher film Scream 4.
In October 2012, she began starring as Juliette Barnes in the ABC musical drama series Nashville, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film in 2012.
In her music career, Panettiere was nominated for a Grammy in 1999 for A Bug's Life Read-Along in 2000. In 2004, she recorded a song entitled "My Hero Is You" with a video for the Disney Channel film she starred in, Tiger Cruise, and "Someone Like You," a duet with Watt White for another film of hers, The Dust Factory - also with an accompanying video)
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Also in 2007, she recorded a cover for "Cruella De Vil" for DisneyMania 5, "Try" for the Bridge to Terabithia soundtrack and a ballad called "I Still Believe" for Cinderella III: A Twist in Time.
Panettiere's first single, "Wake Up Call," was released on August 5, 2008. She has recorded several songs for Nashville, released as singles and on the show's soundtrack albums. In 2013, she recorded a version of "The Fabric of My Life" for a Cotton Incorporated campaign.