Hilary Swank

Biography: 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
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.
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Hilary Swank's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 54
Highest Metascore: 86 Million Dollar Baby
Lowest Metascore: 22 New Year's Eve
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 18
  2. Negative: 5 out of 18
18 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
39 P.S. I Love You Dec 21, 2007 Holly / Holly 10
62 The Gift Dec 20, 2000 Valerie Barksdale 8.7
78 Insomnia May 24, 2002 Ellie Burr 8.4
48 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Jul 31, 1992 Kimberly 8.0
64 Freedom Writers Jan 5, 2007 Executive Producer / Erin Gruwell 7.9
56 You're Not You Oct 10, 2014 Producer / Kate 7.6
81 Million Dollar Baby Dec 15, 2004 Maggie Fitzgerald / Maggie Fitzgerald / Maggie Fitzgerald / Maggie Fitzgerald 7.5
86 Boys Don't Cry Oct 8, 1999 Brandon Teena 7.5
65 11:14 Aug 12, 2005 Executive Producer / Buzzy 7.2
61 Conviction Oct 15, 2010 Executive Producer / Betty Anne Waters 7.0
68 The Homesman Nov 14, 2014 Mary Bee Cuddy / Mary Bee Cuddy 6.6
36 The Reaping Apr 5, 2007 Katherine 6.4
42 The Affair of the Necklace Nov 30, 2001 Jeanne St. Remy De Valois 5.9
37 Amelia Oct 23, 2009 Executive Producer / Amelia Earhart 5.8
36 Something Borrowed May 6, 2011 Producer 5.2
22 New Year's Eve Dec 9, 2011 Claire Morgan 4.9
48 The Core Mar 28, 2003 Maj. Rebecca Childs 4.5
49 The Black Dahlia Sep 15, 2006 Madeleine Linscott 2.7