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Hilary Swank

Hilary Swank

American actress, film producer
Hilary Swank
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Intro American actress, film producer
A.K.A. Hilary Ann Swank
Is Actor Television actor Film actor Film producer
From United States of America
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender female
Birth 30 July 1974, Lincoln, USA
Age: 46 years
Star sign LeoLeo
Residence Los Angeles, USA
Family
Spouse: Chad Lowe
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Height: 1.6764 m
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Biography

Hilary Ann Swank (born July 30, 1974) is an American actress and film producer. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her career, including two Academy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, two Critics' Choice Awards, and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

Swank made her film debut with a minor role in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992), before receiving her breakthrough role in the fourth installment of The Karate Kid franchise, The Next Karate Kid (1994). On television, she starred as Carly Reynolds on the eighth season of the Fox teen drama Beverly Hills, 90210 (1997–1998). Swank received widespread critical acclaim for her performance as Brandon Teena, a trans man in the biographical drama film Boys Don't Cry (1999), for which she received her first Academy Award for Best Actress and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama. For her portrayal of Maggie Fitzgerald in Clint Eastwood's sports drama film Million Dollar Baby (2004), Swank received her second Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress.

Swank has also starred in other films, including The Gift (2000), Insomnia (2002), The Core (2003), Iron Jawed Angels (2004), Red Dust (2004), The Reaping (2007), P.S. I Love You (2007), Freedom Writers (2007), Amelia (2009), Conviction (2010), New Year's Eve (2011), The Homesman (2014), You're Not You (2014), and Logan Lucky (2017). In 2018, she portrayed Gail Getty on the FX television series Trust.

Early life

Hilary Ann Swank was born on July 30, 1974, in Lincoln, Nebraska, the younger of two children. 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 Clough (née Dominguez), was born in El Centro, California, and was of Mexican descent. Swank's paternal grandmother was born in England; her other ancestry includes Dutch, German, Scots-Irish, Scottish, Swiss-German, and Welsh. The surname "Swank", originally "Schwenk", is of German origin.

After living in Spokane, Washington, Swank's family moved into a home near Lake Samish in Bellingham, Washington, when Swank was six. She attended Happy Valley Elementary School, Fairhaven Middle School, then Sehome High School in Bellingham until she was 16. 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.

When she was 15, her parents separated, and her mother, supportive of her daughter's desire to act, moved with her 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, later dropping out. 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 that she became an actor because she felt like 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."

Career

1991–1998: Early work and breakthrough

Swank made her film debut in the 1992 comedy horror film Buffy the Vampire Slayer, playing a small role, after which she acted in the direct-to-video drama Quiet Days in Hollywood, where she co-starred with Chad Lowe, who would become her husband for a time. 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 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 1995, she appeared with British actor Bruce Payne in Kounterfeit. In 1996, she starred in a TV movie, family drama Terror in the Family, as a troubled teenager. 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."

1999–2006: Critical acclaim

The firing from Beverly Hills, 90210 freed her to audition for the role of Brandon Teena in Boys Don't Cry. To prepare for the role, Swank lived as a man for a month and reduced her body fat to seven percent. Many critics hailed her work as the best female performance of 1999 and her work ultimately won her the Golden Globe Award and Academy Award for Best Actress. Swank had earned only $75 per day for her work on the film, culminating in a total of $3,000. Her earnings were so low that she had not even earned enough to qualify for health insurance.

Swank again won the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for playing a female boxer in Clint Eastwood's 2004 film Million Dollar Baby, a role for which she underwent extensive training in the ring and weight room, aided by professional trainer Grant L. Roberts, gaining 19 pounds of muscle. With her second Oscar, she had joined the ranks of Vivien Leigh, Sally Field and Luise Rainer as the only actresses to have been nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actress twice and won both times. After winning her second Oscar, she said, "I don't know what I did in this life to deserve this. I'm just a girl from a trailer park who had a dream."

In 2006, Swank signed a three-year contract with Guerlain to be the face of the women's fragrance Insolence. She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the motion picture category on January 8, 2007; it was the 2,325th star presented.

2007–present

Swank at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival

In 2007, Swank starred in Freedom Writers, about a real-life teacher, Erin Gruwell. Many reviews of her performance were positive, with one critic noting that she "brings credibility" to the role, and another stating that her performance reaches a "singular lack of artifice, stripping herself back to the bare essentials". Swank next starred in the horror film The Reaping (2007), as a debunker of religious phenomena. Swank convinced the producers to move the film's setting from New England to the Deep South, and the film was filmed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana when Hurricane Katrina struck. The same year, she also appeared in the romantic drama P.S. I Love You with Gerard Butler. Swank portrayed the pioneering aviator Amelia Earhart in the 2009 biopic Amelia, which she also co-executive produced through 2S Films, a production company she established with producer Molly Smith.

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, that reported having informed her about the human rights abuses in Chechnya prior to the event and asked 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. She donated her personal appearance fees "to various charitable organizations".

In 2012, Swank's audiobook recording of Caroline Knapp's Pack of Two: The Intricate Bond Between People and Dogs was released at Audible.com. In 2013, she starred in the television film Mary and Martha alongside Brenda Blethyn. In 2014, Swank played the lead role of Kate Parker, a woman whose life is shattered when she develops the degenerative disease ALS, in You're Not You. The film co-starred Emmy Rossum and Josh Duhamel. In 2015, she was listed as one of BBC's 100 Women.

In 2017, she appeared in Steven Soderbergh's heist comedy Logan Lucky, as Special Agent Sarah Grayson, alongside Channing Tatum and Daniel Craig, and portrayed lawyer Colette Hughes in Bille August's drama film 55 Steps. In 2018, Swank starred in and executive produced the Alzheimer's disease drama film What They Had, directed by Elizabeth Chomko. Also in 2018, she portrayed Gail Getty in the first season of FX's anthology series Trust. It was reported that Swank would star as Laura Murphy in Alejandro González Iñárritu's drama series The One Percent.

The film The Hunt featuring Swank and Betty Gilpin, about rich thrill-seekers taking a private jet to a five-star resort where they embark on a “deeply rewarding” expedition that involves hunting down and killing designated humans; several right-wing sources have interpreted the trailer to indicate that the hunters are liberal elites, and the hunted conservatives, but this is entirely speculative. In July and August 2019, anticipation of the movie's release caused an uproar, after which its immediate release was delayed by Universal. Variety reported that Swank said she wouldn't discuss the film: “No one’s seen the film. You can’t really have a conversation about it without understanding what it’s about," she said.

Personal life

While filming Quiet Days in Hollywood, Swank met actor Chad Lowe. They married on September 28, 1997. They announced their intention to divorce on January 9, 2006, which was finalized on November 1, 2007. In 2007, Swank began dating her agent, John Campisi, but they ended their relationship in May 2012.

On March 22, 2016, Swank announced her engagement to Ruben Torres, a financial advisor with UBS and former professional tennis player. The two had been dating since May 2015. In June 2016, Swank's representative confirmed she and Torres had ended their engagement.

On August 18, 2018, she married entrepreneur Philip Schneider after two years of dating.

Awards and nominations

Year Work Award Result
1993 Camp Wilder Young Artist Award, Best Young Actress in a New Television Series Nominated
1999 Boys Don't Cry Award Circuit Community Award, Best Lead Actress Nominated
Boston Society of Film Critics Award, Best Lead Actress Won
Chicago International Film Festival Award, Best Lead Actress Won
Gijon International Film Festival Award, Best Lead Actress Won
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award, Best Lead Actress Won
National Board of Review Award, Breakthrough Performance - Female Won
New York Film Critics Circle Award, Best Lead Actress Won
Stockholm Film Festival Award, Best Lead Actress Won
Toronto Film Critics Association Award, Best Lead Actress Won
Village Voice Film Poll Award, Best Lead Actress Won
2000 Academy Award, Best Lead Actress Won
Chicago Film Critics Association Award, Best Lead Actress Won
Chlotrudis Award, Best Lead Actress Won
Critics Choice Award, Best Lead Actress Won
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award, Best Lead Actress Won
Florida Film Critics Circle Award, Best Lead Actress Won
Golden Globe Award, Best Lead Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama Won
Independent Spirit Award, Best Female Lead Won
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award, Most Promising Actress Won
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award, Best Lead Actress Won
Molodist International Film Festival Award, best Full-Length Fiction Film Won
MTV Movie + TV Award, Best Breakthrough Performance - Female Nominated
MTV Movie + TV Award, Best Kiss () Nominated
National Society of Film Critics Award, Best Lead Actress Nominated
Online Film & Television Association Award, Best Lead Actress Won
Online Film Critics Society Award, Best Lead Actress Nominated
Santa Fe Critics Circle Award, Best Lead Actress Won
Satellite Award, Best Lead Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama Won
Screen Actors Guild Award, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Lead Role Nominated
ShoWest Convention Award, Female Star of Tomorrow Won
Boys Don't Cry Southeastern Film Critics Association Award, Best Lead Actress Won
Teen Choice Award, Choice Breakout Performance - Female Nominated
2001 British Academy Film Award, Best Lead Actress Nominated
Empire Award, Best Actress Nominated
London Critics Circle Film Award, Best Lead Actress Nominated
The Gift Saturn Award, Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2003 Insomnia Empire Award, Best Actress Nominated
2004 Million Dollar Baby Award Circuit Community Award, Best Lead Actress Nominated
Award Circuit Community Award, Best Cast Ensemble Nominated
Boston Society of Film Critics Award, Best Lead Actress Won
Florida Film Critics Circle Award, Best Lead Actress Won
Iron Jawed Angels Gold Derby Award, Best Lead Actress in a Television Movie / Miniseries Nominated
Million Dollar Baby Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award, Best Lead Actress Won
Iron Jawed Angels Online Film & Television Association Award, Best Lead Actress in a Motion Picture or Miniseries Nominated
Million Dollar Baby Phoenix Film Critics Society Award, Best Lead Actress Won
St. Louis Film Critics Association Award, Best Lead Actress Won
Utah Film Critics Association Award, Best Lead Actress Won
Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Award, Best Lead Actress Nominated
2005 Academy Award, Best Lead Actress Won
Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award, Best Lead Actress Won
Critics Choice Award, Best Lead Actress Won
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award, Best Lead Actress Won
Gold Derby Award, Best Lead Actress Won
Gold Derby Award, Best Ensemble Cast Nominated
Golden Globe Award, Best Lead Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama Won
Iron Jawed Angels Golden Globe Award, Best Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television Nominated
Million Dollar Baby International Online Cinema Award, Best Lead Actress Nominated
Italian Online Movie Award, Best Lead Actress Nominated
MTV Movie + TV Award, Best Female Performance Nominated
National Society of Film Critics Award, Best Lead Actress Won
Online Film & Television Association Award, Best Lead Actress Won
Online Film Critics Society Award, Best Lead Actress Nominated
Satellite Award, Best Lead Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama Won
Screen Actors Guild Award, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Lead Role Won
Screen Actors Guild Award, Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Motion Picture Nominated
Iron Jawed Angels Screen Actors Guild Award, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries Nominated
Million Dollar Baby Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award, Best Lead Actress Nominated
2006 11:14 DVD Exclusive Award, Best Lead Actress - in a DVD Premiere Movie Nominated
Million Dollar Baby Empire Award, Best Actress Nominated
Jupiter Award, Best International Actress Won
Sant Jordi Award, Best Foreign Actress Won
SESC Film Festival Award, Best Foreign Actress Won
The Black Dahlia The Stinkers Bad Movie Award, Worst On-Screen Couple (shared with Josh Hartnett) Nominated
TV Land Award, Little Screen/Big Screen Star - Women Won
2007 The Black Dahlia Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award, Actress Most In Need of a New Agent Won
Walk of Fame, Star on the Walk of Fame - Motion Picture 6925 Hollywood, Blvd. Won
2008 P.S. I Love You / Freedom Writers Golden Camera Award, Best International Actress Won
P.S. I Love You Irish Film and Television Award, Best International Actress Won
2009 Amelia Hollywood Film Festival Award, Best Lead Actress Won
Women's Image Network Award, Outstanding Actress Feature Film Nominated
2010 Million Dollar Baby Gold Derby Award, Best Lead Actress of the Decade Nominated
Gotham Award, Tribute award Won
2011 The Resident Fright Meter Award, Best Lead Actress Nominated
Giffoni Film Festival Award, Francois Truffat award Won
Conviction Screen Actors Guild Award, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Lead Role Nominated
2012 Conviction /

New Year's Eve / The Resident

Yoga Award, Worst Foreign Actress Won
2014 The Homesman Boston Society of Film Critics Society Award, Best Lead Actress Nominated
Phoenix Critics Circle Award, Best Lead Actress Nominated
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award, Best Lead Actress Nominated
San Diego Film Critics Society Award, Best Lead Actress Nominated
Telluride Film Festival Award, Silver Medallion award Won
The Homesman Women Film Critics Circle Award, Courage in Acting award Nominated
Women Film Critics Circle Award, Invisible Woman award Nominated
Women Film Critics Circle Award, Best Ensemble Cast Won
2015 Bambi Award, Film - International Won
2016 You're Not You Jupiter Award, Best International Actress Nominated
2019 Locarno Film Festival, Leopard Club Award Won
I Am Mother AACTA Award, Best Supporting Actress in a Cinematic Feature Film Nominated
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