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Hillary Swank

Facts about Hillary Swank

Date of Birth:30 July 1974
Birthplace:Bellingham, Washington
First Name:Hilary
Last Name:Swank
Height:5' 5" (165 cm)
Eye Color:Brown - Dark
Hair Color:Brown - Light
Star Sign:Leo
Claim to Fame:Brandon Teena on Boys Dont Cry
Occupation Category:Actress
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Biography for Hillary Swank

Hilary Ann Swank (born Jul. 30, 1974 (47 years ago)) is an American actress. Her Hollywood movie career began with a small part in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992, 29 years ago) and then a major part in The Next Karate Kid (1994, 27 years ago), where she played Julie Pierce, the first female protégé of the sensei Mr. Miyagi. She has become known for her two Academy Award-winning performances: first as Brandon Teena, a transgender man (FTM) in the movie Boys Don't Cry (1999, 22 years ago), and a struggling waitress-turned-boxer, Maggie Fitzgerald, in Million Dollar Baby (2004, 17 years ago).

Early years

Swank was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, the daughter of Judy (née Clough), a secretary and dancer, and Stephen Swank, who was an officer in the Air National Guard and later a traveling salesman. She has a brother, Dan. Many of her family members hail from Ringgold County, Iowa. Swank came from humble beginnings, particularly as a child growing up in a trailer park near Lake Samish in Bellingham, Washington, to which she moved at age six, after having lived in Spokane, Washington. Swank has described her younger self as an "outsider" who felt that she belonged "only when [reading] a book or [seeing] a movie, and could get involved with a character," and was thus inspired to become an actress.

When Swank was nine years old, she made her first appearance on stage starring in The Jungle Book. She became involved in school and community theater programs, including those of the Bellingham Theatre Guild. She went to Sehome High School in Bellingham until she was sixteen. Swank also competed in the Junior Olympics and the Washington state championships in swimming; she ranked fifth in the state in all-around gymnastics (which would come in handy when starring in The Next Karate Kid (1994, 27 years ago) years later). Swank's parents separated when she was thirteen, and her mother, supportive of her daughter's desire to act, moved to Los Angeles, where they lived out of their car until Swank's mother saved enough money to rent an apartment. Swank has described her mother as the inspiration for her acting career and her life. In California, Swank enrolled in South Pasadena High School (although she later dropped out of school) and started acting professionally. She helped pay the rent with the money she earned appearing in TV programs such as Evening Shade and Growing Pains.


The Next Karate Kid (1994, 27 years ago) paired Swank with Pat Morita. It is the fourth and final movie in the Karate Kid series. In sep. 1997 (24 years ago), Swank was cast as single mother Carly Reynolds on Beverly Hills, 90210. She was initially promised it would be a two-year role, but saw her character written out after 16 episodes in Jan. 1998 (23 years ago). Swank later said that she was devastated at being cut from the show, thinking, "If I'm not good enough for 90210, I'm not good enough for anything."

As it turned out, the firing was a lucky break for Swank, freeing her to audition for the role of Brandon Teena in Boys Don't Cry. Swank reduced her body fat to seven percent in preparation for the role. Many critics hailed hers as the best female performance of 1999; the performance of her co-star, Chloë Sevigny, was singled out as well. Swank's work ultimately won her the Golden Globe and Oscar for Best Actress. She subsequently won the Best Actress Oscar and another Golden Globe for playing a boxer in Clint Eastwood's 2004 (17 years ago) Oscar-winning movie Million Dollar Baby, a role for which she underwent training in the ring and gained 19 pounds of muscle.

Swank's success meant that she had joined the ranks of Vivien Leigh, Helen Hayes, Sally Field, and Luise Rainer as the only actresses to have been nominated for Academy Awards twice and win both times. After winning her second Oscar, she said, "I don't know what I did in this life to deserve this. I'm just a girl from a trailer park who had a dream." Swank had earned only $75 per day for her work on Boys Don't Cry, culminating in a total of $3,000. Her earnings were so low, that (according to an anecdote on 60 Minutes) she had not even earned enough to qualify for health insurance.

In early 2006 (15 years ago), Swank signed a three-year contract as spokesperson for Guerlain (a women's fragrance). In 2007 (14 years ago), Swank starred in and executive produced Freedom Writers, a drama about a real-life teacher who inspired a California high school class. Many reviews of Swank's performance were positive, with one critic noting that she "brings credibility" to the role, and another stating that her performance reaches a "singular lack of artifice, stripping herself back to the bare essentials".

Swank starred in The Reaping, a horror movie released on Apr. 5, 2007 (14 years ago), in which she plays a debunker of religious phenomena. Swank convinced the producers to move the film's setting from New England to the Deep South, and the movie was being filmed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, when Hurricane Katrina struck. Swank also appeared in the romantic comedy P.S. I Love You alongside Gerard Butler (5 walls), an actor for whom she has much praise. It was released at the end of 2007 (14 years ago).

Swank received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Jan. 8, 2007 (14 years ago). Hers was the 2,325th star presented.

Variety online reported in Feb. 2008 (13 years ago), that Swank would be portraying Amelia Earhart, and be co-executive producer for a biopic titled Amelia. Filming occurred in the summer of 2008 (13 years ago) in a number of international locations. Swank is also attached to star in the Hollywood remake version of Intimate Strangers.

Personal life

Swank has said that she is "an actor, not a celebrity" and has described herself as a "homebody." Swank considers herself a spiritual person, though not a member of an organized religion. She has said that she is "athletically inclined" and that she "loves sports."

Swank developed potential health problems, including elevated mercury levels in her body, through certain preparations for her roles, including weight gain and loss for Boys Don't Cry and The Black Dahlia. She has stated that she would "do what [she] needs to make [the role] believable and to make it work" and that her "battle scars are a reminder that you're alive and human and that you bleed." In 2007 (14 years ago), Swank noted that she "feels like in the last couple of years, I’ve really come into my own and a lot of that has come from figuring out who I really am and what I want in life."

Swank married actor Chad Lowe on sep. 28, 1997 (24 years ago). The two met in 1992 (29 years ago), on the set of Quiet Days in Hollywood, a direct-to-video film. Swank infamously forgot to thank Lowe during her acceptance speech after winning her first Oscar in 2000 (21 years ago), and she spent nearly every public appearance afterward making up for it. Upon winning her second Oscar in 2005 (16 years ago), Lowe was the first person she thanked. However, in Jan. 2006 (15 years ago), the couple separated. In subsequent interviews, Swank expressed hope that they could reconcile, but they announced in May 2006 (15 years ago) that they were divorcing. In dec. 2006 (15 years ago), Swank confirmed that she was dating John Campisi, her agent.


  • Evening Shade
  • Harry and the Hendersons
  • Growing Pains
  • Camp Wilder
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • The Next Karate Kid
  • Cries Unheard: The Donna Yaklich Story
  • Sometimes They Come Back... Again
  • Terror in the Family
  • Kounterfeit
  • Quiet Days in Hollywood
  • The Sleepwalker Killing
  • Leaving L.A.
  • Dying to Belong
  • Beverly Hills, 90210
  • Heartwood
  • Boys Don't Cry
  • The Gift
  • Scary Movie
  • The Audition
  • The Affair of the Necklace
  • The Space Between
  • Insomnia
  • 11:14
  • The Core
  • Million Dollar Baby
  • Red Dust
  • Iron Jawed Angels
  • The Black Dahlia
  • Freedom Writers
  • The Reaping
  • P. S. I Love You
  • Birds of America
  • Amelia
  • Betty Anne Waters
  • Invasion of Privacy


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