Like the characters she plays in her movies, Hilary Swank has survived every challenge life has thrown her way. Through all of her struggles -- parents' separation, poverty, homelessness, public divorce -- she has remained steadfast with her dream of becoming a successful actress. With already two Oscars under her name and the admiration of her peers, Swank is truly an inspiration in the entertainment industry.
Born in Lincoln, Nebraska on July 30, 1974, Hilary was raised in Bellingham, Washington. When she was nine years old, she made her acting debut in the local theater production of The Jungle Book where she played Mowgli. She continued to appear in the local theater. Before she turned sixteen, Hilary, along with her supportive mother, moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue an acting career.
She landed her first minor role in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) followed by a lead role in The Next Karate Kid (1994). In 1997, she was cast in the popular TV series Beverly Hills, 90210 but was later fired.
In 1999, Swank got the role that would earn her international fame and critical acclaim in the indie drama Boys Don't Cry. In the film, she played a small-town woman whose decision to live her life differently ended in tragedy, a portrayal for which she won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe.
After less-noteworthy projects in the early 2000's, Hilary blew audiences away with her brilliant performance in Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby. Her portrayal of a champion boxer in the movie won her a second Oscar and another Golden Globe and solidified her status as one of the best actresses in Hollywood.… Expand
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|New Year's Eve||Dec 9, 2011||Claire Morgan||4.6|
|Something Borrowed||May 6, 2011||Producer||5.0|
|Conviction||Oct 15, 2010||Executive Producer / Betty Anne Waters||7.0|
|Amelia||Oct 23, 2009||Executive Producer / Amelia Earhart||5.8|
|P.S. I Love You||Dec 21, 2007||Holly||7.0|
|The Reaping||Apr 5, 2007||Katherine||5.5|
|Freedom Writers||Jan 5, 2007||Executive Producer / Erin Gruwell||7.9|
|The Black Dahlia||Sep 15, 2006||Madeleine Linscott||3.1|
|11:14||Aug 12, 2005||Executive Producer / Buzzy||7.2|
|Million Dollar Baby||Dec 15, 2004||Maggie Fitzgerald||7.9|
|The Core||Mar 28, 2003||Maj. Rebecca Childs||4.1|
|Insomnia||May 24, 2002||Ellie Burr||7.1|
|The Affair of the Necklace||Nov 30, 2001||Jeanne St. Remy De Valois||6.0|
|The Gift||Dec 20, 2000||Valerie Barksdale||7.5|
|Boys Don't Cry||Oct 8, 1999||Brandon Teena||8.1|
|Buffy the Vampire Slayer||Jul 31, 1992||Kimberly||5.2|