Full Name: Hilary Ann Swank

Description: Actress, USA

Known For: 2003 TheThe Core – 2004 Million Dollar Baby – 1999 Boys Don

Location: WA, United States of America

Date Born: 30th July 1974
Location Born: Bellingham, Washington, United States of America

Web Site:   Hilary Swank at the Internet Movie Database

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Hilary Swank

An American actress.

Hilary Ann Swank (born July 30, 1974) is an American actress and producer. She has won two Academy Awards for Best Actress and has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2007.

Swank made her film debut in a minor role for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, before she made her breakout lead role in the fourth installment of the The Karate Kid franchise, The Next Karate Kid in 1994. On television, she was cast as part of the main cast in the eighth season of the drama series Beverly Hills 90210 as single mother Carly Reynolds from 1997 to 1998. Swank garnered critical acclaim for her portrayal of Brandon Teena in the 1999 biographical independent film Boys Don’t Cry, which earned her the Academy Award for Best Actress and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama. She starred in Clint Eastwood’s 2004 sports drama film Million Dollar Baby as struggling-waitress-turned-boxer Maggie Fitzgerald, which won her a second Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Actress.

She starred in other films, such as The Gift (2000), Insomnia (2002), Iron Jawed Angels (2004), Red Dust (2004) The Reaping (2007), P.S. I Love You (2007), Freedom Writers (2007), Amelia (2009), New Year’s Eve (2011), The Homesman (2014) and “You’re Not You” (2014)

Swank was born in Lincoln, Nebraska. Her mother, Judy Kay (née Clough), was a secretary and dancer, and her father, Stephen Michael Swank, was a Chief Master Sergeant in the Oregon Air National Guard and later a traveling salesman. She has a brother Daniel, who is eight years her senior. Many of Swank’s family members are from Ringgold County, Iowa. Her maternal grandmother, Frances Martha Dominguez, was of Mexican (Spanish and Native American) descent, while Hilary’s paternal grandmother was born in England; Hilary’s roots also include German, other English, Swiss-German, Scottish, Scots-Irish, Welsh, and Dutch ancestry. The surname “Swank”, originally “Schwenk”, is of German origin.

After living in Spokane, Washington, Swank’s family moved to a trailer park near Lake Samish in Bellingham, Washington, when Swank was six.

She attended Happy Valley Elementary, Fairhaven Middle, then Sehome High School in Bellingham until she was sixteen. She also competed in the Junior Olympics and the Washington state championships in swimming, and she ranked fifth in the state in all-around gymnastics. Swank made her first appearance on stage when she was nine years old, starring in The Jungle Book. She became involved in school and community theater programs, including those of the Bellingham Theatre Guild and The Seattle Children’s Theater.

When she was fifteen, her parents separated, and she 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 called her mother the inspiration for her acting career and her life. In California, Swank enrolled in South Pasadena High School, dropping out later. She described her time at South Pasadena High School: “I felt like such an outsider. I didn’t feel like I fit in. I didn’t belong in any way. I didn’t even feel like the teachers wanted me there. I just felt like I wasn’t seen or understood.” She explained her becoming an actor out of feeling as an outsider: “As a kid I felt that I belonged only when I read a book or saw a movie, and could get involved with a character. It was natural that I became an actor because I longed so much to be those other people, or at least to play them”.

Swank made her film debut, Buffy the Vampire Slayer in a small role, after which she acted in the direct-to-video drama Quiet Days in Hollywood, where she co-starred with her future husband at the time Chad Lowe. Her first leading film role was in the fourth installment of the Karate Kid series, The Next Karate Kid (1994), which utilized her gymnastics background and paired her with Pat Morita. In 1995, she appeared with British actor Bruce Payne in Kounterfeit. In 1994, she also starred in the drama Cries Unheard: The Donna Yaklich Story as the abused step-daughter who was protected by Donna (Jaclyn Smith). In September 1997, Swank played single mother Carly Reynolds in Beverly Hills, 90210 and was initially promised it would be a two-year role, but saw her character written out after 16 episodes in January 1998. Swank later stated 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.”


Personal life

While filming Quiet Days in Hollywood, Swank met and married Chad Lowe on September 28, 1997. They divorced on November 1, 2007. In 2006, Swank began dating her agent, John Campisi. They ended their relationship in the summer of 2012. In addition, Miss Swank is left handed.

Human rights controversy

In October 2011, Swank attracted controversy for attending an event in Chechnya’s capital Grozny on the 35th birthday of Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov on October 5. After wishing him “Happy birthday, Mr. President”, she reportedly claimed knowledge about Kadyrov saying: “I read. I do my research”. Following criticism from human rights groups, who report having informed her about the human rights abuses in Chechnya prior to the event, asking her to reconsider her participation, Swank said she was unaware that Kadyrov had been accused of human rights violations and that she “deeply regrets” taking part in the lavish concert, and will donate her personal appearance fees “to various charitable organizations.

Films include:

The Resident (2011) Juliet
New Year’s Eve (2011) Claire Morgan
Conviction (2010) Betty Anne Waters
Amelia (2009) Amelia Earhart
Birds of America (2008)In Production/Awaiting Release Laura
P.S. I Love You (2007) Holly
The Reaping (2007) Katherine Winter
Freedom Writers (2007) Erin Gruwell
The Black Dahlia (2006) Madeleine Linscott/ Madeline Sprague
The Sleepwalker Killing (2005) Actor
Iron Jawed Angels (2004) Actor
Red Dust (2004) Sarah Barcant
Million Dollar Baby (2004) Maggie Fitzgerald
11:14 (2003) Buzzy
The Core (2003) Major Rebecca Beck Childs
Insomnia (2002) Ellie Burr
The Affair of the Necklace (2001) Comtesse Jeanne de la Motte-Valois
The Gift (2000) Valerie Barksdale
Boys Don t Cry (1999) Brandon Teena
Heartwood (1998) Actor
Kounterfeit (1996) Actor
Sometimes They Come Back… Again (1996) Actor
Quiet Days in Hollywood (1995) Lolita
The Next Karate Kid (1994) Julie Pierce
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) Kimberly