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Hilary Swank Biography and Filmography
Hilary Swank
Birthday: July 30, 1974
Birth Place: Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
Height: 5' 5"
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A professional actress since the age of 16, when she moved to Los Angeles from Bellingham, WA, Hilary Swank first appeared onscreen in 1992's Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Two years later, she earned a rudimentary degree of fame when she was picked to star in The Next Karate Kid, but this recognition proved fleeting: Swank subsequently appeared in a number of minor films and did a year-long stint on Beverly Hills 90210. In 1999, however, she won both acclaim and recognition for her lead role in Kimberly Peirce's independent drama Boys Don't Cry. Based on the real-life story of Brandon Teena, a woman whose decision to lead her life as a man met with dire consequences, Boys Don't Cry was one of the year's most lauded films, with particular praise going to Swank for her stunning performance. She went on to win a number of honors for her work in the film, including Golden Globe and Academy Awards for Best Actress, at the mere age of 25.Predictably, Swank's workload increased significantly after her Oscar win in 2001, and the actress found herself starring in several lesser known but nonetheless challenging roles, including Sam Raimi's psychological thriller The Gift (2001), as well as The Affair of the Necklace with then future Oscar winner Adrien Brody. Swank also co-narrated the Barbra Streisand-produced documentary Reel Models: The First Women of Film, and would take on gender equality issues once again in HBO's Iron Jawed Angels(2003), which featured Swank, Angelica Houston, and Frances O'Connor as leaders in the women's suffrage movement. However, Swank did take a break from brooding period pieces and serious explorations of sexuality for one unapologetic big-budget summer blockbuster — Jon Amiel's The Core (2003), in which Swank co-starred as one of several individuals chosen to journey to the Earth's core in hopes of jump-starting the collapsing electromagentic forces. She also accepted a supporting role as an eager-to-please rookie detective alongside Hollywood veteran Al Pacino in 2002's Insomnia. Though she may have cut loose in a few post-Oscar popcorn munchers in a bid to blow off some steam onscreen, Swank had already gained a reputation as a serious-minded actress whose quickly evolving onscreen talent pointed to many great things to come in the future. Meanwhile, Swank and then-husband Chad Lowe (brother of Rob Lowe) mounted Accomplice Films, a Big Apple-based production house, in early 2004. Swank inaugurated this triumph with an executive producer credit on the quirky, little seen auto accident drama 11:14 Swank took the lead in the Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated 2004 HBO drama Iron Jawed Angels - with a role as a South African-born attorney in Tom Hooper's political drama Red Dust following soon thereafter. If audiences awaiting another knockout performance from Swank failed to catch her winning performances in Iron Jawed Angels and Red Dust, there was virtually no escaping her unforgettable evocation of a determined female pugilist in director Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby (2004). As Robert De Niro did for another boxing picture over twenty years prior, the already tough-as-nails Swank physically transformed herself to an astonishing degree for the role, by immersing herself in a holistic diet of egg-white shakes, fish, vegetables, and protein bars, and forcing herself through the barriers of endurance with 4 1/2 hour-a-day, six day-per-week workouts. It enabled her to pack on nineteen pounds.The gamble paid onscreen as well. Swank's remarkable vitality and sincerity served as a highlight to the film that took home the "Best Picture" prize at the 77th Annual Academy Awards, and netted Swank the highly-coveted "Best Actress" award at the same ceremony - a win that helped to bring Eastwood's critically lauded film a total of four well—deserved Oscars. Doubtless encouraged by the film's Oscars, Warner Brothers extended a one-year production deal to Accomplice Films in March 2005 - an offer that Swank and Lowe immediately embraced, even as they purportedly experienced personal difficulties with one another and filed for divorce in early 2006.Meanwhile, if Swank stayed offscreen in 2005, she quietly geared up for a full slate of quadruple roles. The first, a Warners horror picture called The Reaping, was slated for issue in August '06. Produced by Joel Silver and Bob Zemeckis's Dark Castle Entertainment and directed by Stephen Hopkins, the film stars Swank as a professional defrauder of religious miracles overwhelmed by her inability to account for the Biblically-overtoned horrors that plague a small town. The film was bumped to 2007. Swank co-headlined Brian de Palma's noir picture Black Dahlia with Josh Hartnett - an adaptation of James Ellroy's novel based on the infamous, still-unsolved L.A. murder case of the title.Swank also began a two-picture collaboration with director Richard LaGravenese (Living Out Loud, A Decade Under the Influence). The first, Freedom Writers, is adapted from Erin Gruwell's memoir The Freedom Writer's Diaries: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them. Essentially a reworking of Stand and Deliver and Dangerous Minds, the picture dramatizes Gruwell's (Swank) successful attempts to turn "at risk" children around in the classroom. Swank's second LaGravenese effort, P.S., I Love You, is an adaptation of Celia Ahern's novel about a widow launched on a series of jaw-dropping adventures by some letters that her dead husband bequeaths to her.
Labyrinth (2008)
P.S., I Love You (2008)
Freedom Writers (2007)
[ Imelda Staunton ][ Kristin Herrera ][ Pat Carroll ]
The Reaping (2006)
[ AnnaSophia Robb ]
The Black Dahlia (2006)
[ Scarlett Johansson ][ Rose McGowan ][ Mia Kirshner ][ Fiona Shaw ][ Laura Kightlinger ]
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Red Dust (2004)
Iron Jawed Angels (2004)
[ Angelica Huston ][ Julia Ormond ][ Frances O'Connor ][ Molly Parker ][ Vera Farmiga ]
11:14 (2003)
[ Rachael Leigh Cook ][ Barbara Hershey ]
The Core (2003)
[ Alfre Woodard ]
The Space Between (2002)
Insomnia (2002)
[ Maura Tierney ][ Katharine Isabelle ][ Emily Perkins ][ Crystal Lowe ]
The Affair of the Necklace (2001)
[ Joely Richardson ][ Alanis Morisette ][ Skye McCole Bartusiak ][ Diana Quick ][ Hayden Panettiere ]
The Gift (2000)
[ Katie Holmes ][ Cate Blanchett ][ Kim Dickens ][ Rosemary Harris ][ Gabriella Hall ]
The Audition (2000)
[ Brittany Murphy ]
Boys Don't Cry (1999)
[ Chloe Sevigny ][ Alicia Goranson ][ Nina Persson ]
Heartwood (1998)
[ Erin Beaux ]
Quiet Days in Hollywood (1997)
[ Natasha Gregson-Wagner ]
The Sleepwalker Killing (1997)
[ Marisa Coughlan ]
Dying to Belong (1997)
[ Sarah Chalke ][ Jenna Von-Oy ][ Laurel Holloman ][ Jennifer Warren ]
Sometimes They Come Back... Again (1996)
[ Molly Hagan ][ Jennifer Elise Cox ]
Terror in the Family (1996)
[ Joanna Kerns ]
Kounterfeit (1996)
[ Lisa Ann Russell ][ Elizabeth Gracen-Ward ][ Bobbi Brown ]
The Next Karate Kid (1994)
[ Constance Towers ]
Cries Unheard: The Donna Yaklich Story (1994)
[ Jaclyn Smith ][ Lisa Robin Kelly ]
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)
[ Kristy Swanson ][ Natasha Gregson-Wagner ][ Ricki ][ Candy Clark ][ Barbara Harris ]
There Must Be a Pony (1991)
  • Named one of "People" magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in 2000, 2004 & 2005.
  • Cut off all of her hair and lived as a boy for a month to prepare her for her role as Teena Brandon in Boys Don't Cry (1999).
  • Sister-in-law of Rob Lowe.
  • She won the lead role of Brandon/Teena in Boys Don't Cry (1999) after hundreds of other actresses had been considered and rejected over the course of three years. Told director Kimberly Peirce that, like her character, she was also 21 and hailed from Lincoln, Nebraska. But she was fibbing, and when Peirce later confronted her with the lies, she winningly responded: "But that's what Brandon would do."
  • Has been acting professionally since she was 16.
  • Has a parrot and a cat named Tallinn.
  • Competed in the Junior Olympics and Washington state championships in swimming; ranked fifth in the state in all-around gymnastics.
  • Discovered as a young child actor by producer Suzy Sachs.
  • Met husband Chad Lowe on set of Quiet Days in Hollywood (1997), married after 5-month relationship.
  • Mother Judy Swank moved with her to LA area at age 16, where, impoverished for a while, they lived out of their car.
  • Earned a day for Boys Don't Cry (1999).
  • Auditioned for the role of Lucy Hatcher on the television series "The Practice" (1997).
  • Of Spanish and Native American heritage.
  • Hilary's 20th birthday party was a 1974 themed party and was held in Hollywood at The Crush Bar.
  • She and husband moved into a 4-story brownstone home in Greenwich Village (NYC) they bought for million. (June, 2002)
  • Sister-in-law of makeup artist Sheryl Berkoff.
  • Although she was naturally athletic from high school, she totally changed physically to play Maggie in Million Dollar Baby (2004). She gained nearly 20 pounds, becoming so buff that her former clothes are still too small for her.
  • Attended Santa Monica College.
  • First woman to win an Oscar in a role as a boxer
  • Is the third youngest actress to win 2 Best Actress Academy Awards. Luise Rainer and Jodie Foster were the first and second, respectively.
  • Joined Vivien Leigh, Helen Hayes, Sally Field and Luise Rainer as the only actresses with a perfect track record at the Oscars: Two nominations and two wins.
  • 15th January 2005: Fined NZ0 (AUD0) for bringing undeclared fruit into New Zealand. She was found with an apple and orange at New Zealand's Auckland International Airport. She has since contested the fine.
  • Grew up in Bellingham, Washington
  • Both of her Oscar-winning roles required huge physical changes
  • Though she's known for her dramatic work, she starred in several sitcom pilots for CBS that never amounted to much.
  • Has 2 dogs: Karoo, a Corgi/Jack Russell mix, and Lucky, a German Shepherd/Labarador Retriever mix.
  • Announced in January 2006 that she and her husband 'Chad Lowe (I)_ are separating after 8 years of marriage.
  • Her performance as "Brandon Teena" in Boys Don't Cry (1999) is ranked #83 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
  • Replaced Sandra Bullock as "Maggie Fitzgerald" in Million Dollar Baby (2004) after Bullock dropped out for other commitments.
  • Is a vegetarian.
  • Studies acting with Larry Moss.

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