Biography of Hilary Swank

Does Million Dollar Baby, Boys Don't Cry, ring a bell? If not, then let's just brush up; she is the woman who is driven by desire and determination. She is Hilary Swank; the winner of two Academy Awards.
Name: Hilary Ann Swank
Date of Birth: July 30, 1974
Occupation: Actress, Producer
Nationality: American
Spouse: Chad Lowe (1997-2007)
Alumni of: Happy Valley Elementary,
Fairhaven Middle, Sehome High School

Awards: Academy Award
Boys Don't Cry (1999) and
Million Dollar Baby (2004)

Hilary Swank is known for putting in passion and conviction into her performances, thus, making them memorable.
Swank has proved her mettle by playing heroic, steely real-life women who have made a mark fighting all odds.
Hilary ventured into acting as a respite from her loneliness as a child.
Apparently, she was selected to play the role of 'Mowgli' from 'The Jungle Book' when she was in school.
Apart from acting, she is also a distinguished swimmer and gymnast.

Early Life

Hilary Swank was born in Lincoln, Nebraska. She has made her way from trailer park to Tinseltown with determination and devotion to her ultimate focus. She spent her early childhood in Spokane, Washington after which her family shifted to trailer park on the outskirts of Bellingham. Her parents, Judy Kay and Stephen Swank, separated when she was 16 after which, she moved to LA with her mother. She enrolled in South Pasadena High School while pursuing her career in acting; however, she completed her course through correspondence.

Milestones

Swank began her career with a brief appearance in Henry and the Hendersons. Swank made her film debut with Buffy the Vampire Slayer in 1992, following which she starred in Quiet Days in Hollywood where she met her husband, Chad Lowe. Her first big break came to her in the movie The Next Karate Kid in which she played the role of Julie and flaunted her gymnastics background.

In Boys Don't Cry, Swank actually transformed herself into the role of the character she was playing. She worked closely with acting coach, Larry Mills who suggested that Swank spend a month dressed as a man. Swank took up the challenge and cropped her hair to bag the part, and moved around the town disguised as a man. Gaining critical acclaim for her performance, she bagged an Academy Award and a Golden Globe among others for her breakthrough performance.

Swank trained under Hector Roca for her role of Maggie in the Million Dollar Baby where she played the role of a female boxer. Here again, she pulled herself through a grueling training regime to portray a tough but determined female boxer. Her ability to completely inhabit the character she played won her accolades and Swank earned another Oscar and a Golden Globe for her performance.

Swank was presented with the 2325th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2007. Swank co-produced Mira Nair's biopic Amelia in which she essayed the role of a pioneering aviator, Amelia Earhart.

Career Moves

Filmography
Year Movie As
2011 New Year's Eve Claire Morgan
2011 The Resident Dr. Juliet Devereau
2010 Conviction Betty Anne Waters
2009 Amelia Amelia Earhart
2008 Birds of America Laura
2007 P.S. I Love You Holly
2007 The Reaping Katherine
2007 Freedom Writers Erin Gruwell
2006 The Black Dahlia Madeleine Linscott
2004 Million Dollar Baby Maggie Fitzgerald
2004 Red Dust Sarah Barcant
2004 Iron Jawed Angels (TV movie) Alice Paul
2003 11:14 Buzzy
2003 The Core Maj. Rebecca Childs
2002 The Space Between (short) -
2002 Insomnia Ellie Burr
2001 The Affair of the Necklace Jeanne St. Remy de Valois
2000 The Gift Valerie Barksdale
2000 The Audition (short) -
1999 Boys Don't Cry Brandon Teena
1998 Heartwood Sylvia Orsini
1997 The Sleepwalker Killing (TV movie) Lauren Schall
1997 Dying to Belong (TV movie) Lisa Connors
1996 Terror in the Family (TV movie) Deena Marten
1996 Sometimes They Come Back... Again (video) Michelle Porter
1995 Quiet Days in Hollywood Lolita
1994 The Next Karate Kid Julie Pierce
1994 Cries Unheard: The Donna Yaklich Story (TV movie) Patty Yaklich
1992 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Kimberly
Television Appearances
Year Series Character
1991-92 Evening Shade Aimee
1992-93 Camp Wilder Danielle
1997 Leaving L.A. Tiffany Roebuck
1997-98 Beverly Hills 90210 Carly Reynolds

Accolades

Movie Nominations
Conviction Screen Actors Guild Award
P.S. I Love You Irish Film and Television Awards
Iron Jawed Angels Golden Globe (Miniseries)
Screen Actors Guild Award (Miniseries)
Million Dollar Baby Academy Award
Boston Society of Film Critics Award
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award
Central Ohio Film Critics Association
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award
Florida Film Critics Circle Award
Golden Globe Award
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award
National Society of Film Critics Award
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance
Empire Award
MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance
Online Film Critics Society Award
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance
Insomnia Empire Award
The Gift Saturn Award for Supporting actress
Boys Don't Cry Academy Award
Boston Society of Film Critics Award
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award
Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award
Chicago Film Critics Association Award
Chicago International Film Festival, Silver Hugo Award
Chlotrudis Award
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award
Florida Film Critics Circle Award
Gijón International Film Festival Award
Golden Globe Award - Motion Picture Drama
Independent Spirit Award
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award
National Board of Review Award for Breakthrough Performance
New York Film Critics Circle Award
Santa Fe Film Critics Circle Award
Satellite Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award
Toronto Film Critics Association Award
BAFTA Award in a Leading Role
Empire Award
MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss
MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance
Online Film Critics Society Award
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance

Hilary Swank, in all, comes forth as a woman who perseveres and fights against all odds. From a trailer park to an Oscar-winning performance, Swank has endured the worst of life and has certainly made the best of the opportunities that came her way. Hilary Swank best described would be the girl who proves her mettle; needless to say, she is the one who has never failed to take up new challenges despite the obstacles she has encountered in the past.
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