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Hilary Swank, Award Winner – MovieActors.com

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Swank in THE BLACK DAHLIA.

Hilary Swank: Best Actress 1999: MovieActors.com

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BOYS DON'T CRY (Drama – R)(2000)

Hilary Swank won her first Best Actress Oscar for her powerful portrayal of Teena Brandon, a "transgendered youth" who lived her life in her preferred male identity as Brandon Teena. When her family moves to a new town and her real identity is discovered, disaster follows.



MILLION DOLLAR BABY (DRAMA-R) (2004)

Hilary Swank won her second Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of a determined underdog, wanna-be professional boxer, who works hard with a hardened trainer, to try to reach her goal. She runs into a dirty fighter, which causes real problems for her, and an ethical question for her trainer, played by Clint Eastwood.



About Hilary Swank (1974 – )

Hilary Swank was born on July 30th, 1974, in Lincoln, Nebraska, to Judy Kay and Stephen Michael Swank. Hilary has a brother, eight years older. The family moved to Washington state, and settled in Spokane for the first six years of Hilary's life. Her father was a Master Sergeant in the Oregon State National Guard. When Hilary was six, the family moved to a trailer park in Bellingham, Washington.

Hilary's acting career started early at the age of nine years old, when she did her first play, portraying "Mowgli" in "The Jungle Book." Hilary Swank continued to be in school productions and community theaters: Bellingham Theatre Guild and The Seattle Children's Theatre as well. She was also an athlete, competing at the state level in gymnastics and swimming. Everything was going well for her, and then her parents got divorced.

In 1990, after her parents divorced, sixteens year old Hilary Swank and her mother moved to Pasadena, California, where Hilary could try to enter professional acting. Hilary went to Pasadena High School. She felt like a fish out of water, unwanted by fellow students and the teachers as well. While Hilary dropped out of high school, Hilary started her professional career in earnest, with her mother's full support.

At first, Hilwary was cast on episodes of TV series: ABC TGIF, HARRY AND THE HENDERSONS, EVENING SHADE, AND GROWING PAINS. In 1992-1993, Hilary was cast as a regular on the short-lived TV series, CAMP WILDER that had a loyal following.

Progress was made when Hillary was cast in her first movie, as a supporting cast member, Kimberly, in the 1992 film, Buffy and the Vampire SLayer.

Hilary Swank's starred in the 1994 sequel film, THE NEXT KARATE KID. it was a feel-good picture, with great performances by Hilary and Pat Morita, and was called harmless fun by some viewers, while other less charitable reviews call this film a "rip-off" sequel. Many critics don't know how to review films aimed at children. It had a good message, aimed at the youngest generation, especially young female children.

In 1999, Hilary played a cross dressed teen in BOYS DON'T CRY. She won an Academy Award for her performance, and a Golden Globe as well.

Hillary Swank portrayed a local police detective in a teen murder case in the 2002 film, INSOMNIA, with Al Pacino and Robin Williams.

In 2004, she played a tragic female boxer in Clint Eastwood's MILLION DOLLAR BABY and won another Best Actress Award and a Golden Globe Award.

Swank played a widow, whose late husband contrived to have letters delivered to her after his death; sending her on adventures, in P.S. I LOVE YOU; (2007).

Hillary Swank described her fascination with portraying real life characters: "I like to dive into things that scare the crap out of me. I'm completely drawn to those people who, against all odds, persevere."

On success, Swank commented, "As in life, your mind can be the hugest obstacle or tool, depending on how you choose to use it. And I find that a lot of people who are successful in life say, "I can do this, and I will do this." Their minds don't get in their way; whereas people who wake up and say, "Oh, I can't," their mind is in their way, and it's going to stop them from doing what they need to do to achieve their dream."

Hilary Swank's notable movie credits include...

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER (1992)
THE NEXT KARATE KID (1994)
SOMETIMES THEY COME BACK AGAIN(1996)
KOUNTERFEIT (1996)
QUIET DAYS IN HOLLYWOOD (1997)
HEARTWOOD (1998)
THE AUDITION (2000)
THE GIFT (2000)
THE AFFAIR OF THE NECKLACE (2001)
THE CHAMBERMAID
INSOMNIA
THE SPACE BETWEEN (2002)
THE CORE (2003)
11:14 (203)
RED DUST (2004)
MILLION DOLLAR BABY (2004)
THE BLACK DAHLIA (2006)
FREEDOM WRITERS (2007)
THE REAPING (2007)
P.S. I LOVE YOU (2007)
BIRDS OF AMERICA (2008)
AMELIA (2009)
CONVICTION (2010)
THE RESIDENT (2011)
THE HOMESMAN (2014)
YOU'RE NOT YOU(2014)
SPARK (2016)

Hilary Swank's television credits include...

GROWING PAINS (Episodes: # 7.8 & # 7.17) (1991-1992)
CAMP WILDER (TV series) (1992-1993)
CRIES UNHEARD: THE DONNA YAKLICH STORY (TV MOVIE) (1994)
TERROR IN THE FAMILY (TV MOVIE) (1996)
BEVERLY HILLS, 90210 (TV series) (1997-1998)
LEAVING L.A. (TV series) (1997-1998)
MARY AND MARTHA (TV MOVIE) (2013)
THE ONE PERCENT (2015)

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Hilary Swank in THE BLACK DAHLIA (2006).

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Hilary Swank in P.S. I LOVE YOU (2007).

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Hilary Swank in THE AFFAIR OF THE NECKLACE (2001).

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Hilary Swank in BOYS DON'T CRY (1999).