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Hilary Swank Height 5' 5" Born July 30 1974 in Bellingham, Washington, USA
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Hilary Swank: Hilary was discovered as a
child by producer Suzy Sachs, who coached her in acting. When she was nine years
old, she starred in her first play as "Mowgli" in "The Jungle Book". She began
to appear regularly in local theater and school plays. She went to school in
Bellingham, where she lived with her family, until she was 16. She competed in
the Junior Olympics and Washington State championships in swimming; she ranked
5th in the state in all-around gymnastics (which would come in handy for
starring in The Next Karate Kid (1994) years later). In 1990, Hilary and her
mother moved to Los Angeles, where she enrolled in South Pasadena High School,
and started acting professionally. She appeared in Buffy the Vampire Slayer
(1992) but The Next Karate Kid (1994), where she got the part competing against
hundreds of other actresses, was her breakout role. Ever since then, she has
been much in demand and has worked non-stop in movies. She won the Best Actress
Oscar for Boys Don't Cry (1999). She starred in a few minor films before
starring in Clint Eastwood's boxing drama Million Dollar Baby (2004) that won
her a Golden Globe and a SAG Award, as well as her second Academy Award. She is
two for two at the Oscars, a feat she shares only with a few other women.
Off-screen, she married Chad Lowe on September 28, 1997. An aficionado for
anything that involves the outdoors, she enjoys: sky diving, river rafting and
Hilary Swank is the third youngest woman in history to win two Academy Awards for "Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role".
In addition to the Oscar for her performance as "Brandon Teena" in Boys Don't Cry (1999), Hilary won the Golden Globe Award for "Best Actress in a Drama" and "Best Actress" prizes from The New York Film Critics, The Los Angeles Film Critics, The Chicago Film Critics and The Broadcast Film Critics Association. She also won the "Breakthrough Performance" prize from The National Board of Review.
Hilary then appeared in supporting roles opposite Cate Blanchett and Keanu Reeves in Sam Raimi's The Gift (2000) and opposite Al Pacino and Robin Williams in Christopher Nolan's Insomnia (2002/I). Hilary then starred as "Alice Paul" in HBO's Iron Jawed Angels (2004) (TV), which told the story of the women's suffragette movement and she was honored with both SAG and Golden Globe nominations for her performance in this film.
In 2004, Hilary starred opposite Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman as the title character in Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby (2004); the story of a young woman's quest to realize her dream of becoming a professional boxer. For this performance, she was honored with her second Academy Award for "Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role" and has garnered "Best Actress" prizes from the National Society of Film Critics, the Screen Actors Guild, The Broadcast Film Critics, and a Golden Globe for "Best Lead Actress in a Drama".
She was last seen in a supporting role opposite Scarlett Johansson and Josh Hartnett in Brian De Palma's The Black Dahlia (2006) and will next be seen starring in The Reaping (2007) for Warner Brothers. Hilary recently wrapped production on Freedom Writers (2007), the true story of Long Beach schoolteacher, Erin Gruwell. This fall, she will reunite with her Freedom Writers (2007) writer/director, Richard LaGravenese, to star in the film adaptation of Cecelia Ahern's novel, _P.S., I Love You (2008)_ Spouse
Chad Lowe (28 September 1997 - present) (filed for divorce)
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).
Ex-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 her ex-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 $75 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 $4 million. (June, 2002)
Ex-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 NZ$200 (AUD$190) 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.
Received a cut on the forehead during filming a scene of her movie _P.S., I Love You (2008)_ . She had to be brought to a hospital and received several stitches. [November 2006]
November 2006: Awarded an Emery Award for her role in Boys Don't Cry (1999).
For a few weeks before Boys Don't Cry (1999) began filming, she went out in public dressed as a boy. Many were fooled by the disguise.
Was declared #6 on the show "Hollywood's Ten Best Beauty to Beast" transformations for the way she looked in Boys Don't Cry (1999). Three other actresses on the list were nominated for Oscars for their movies and two won: Charlize Theron (Monster (2003)), Halle Berry (Monster's Ball (2001)) and Salma Hayek (Frida (2002)).
Received the 2,325th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 8, 2007.
Made her film debut in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992).
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