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Hilary Swank - Biography

Hilary Swank's Biography

Hilary Ann Swank was born on 30 July, 1974 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Swank spent much of her childhood near Lake Samish in Bellingham, Washington with family until16. As a child, Swank spent much of her childhood in learning athletic. She was competed in the Junior Olympics and the Washington State championships in swimming. She was ranked 5th in gymnastics.

Swank's parent was separated, when she was 15 years old. At 16, Hilary and her mother moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue career in acting. Hilary first performed when she was nine. It was a stage show, where she played a role of Mowgli in "The Jungle Book".

While moved to Los Angeles, Swank attended South Pasadena High School and also started acting professionally. At her early career, Hilary appeared in television programs "Evening Shade" and "Growing Pains" (1991-92).

Swank's debut film was "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" with small role in 1992. After her debut appeared in two ABC shows "Camp Wilder" (1992-93) and "Leaving L.A." (1997). Swank's next film was "The Next Karate Kid" in 1994, where she played a role of Julie Pierce as a karate kid. It was the first female protégé of the legendary sensei Mr. Miyagi.

On September 28, 1997 Swank married actor Chad Lowe. They first met at the Hollywood Athletic Club party in 1992. Also both of them are members of AGAPE Spiritual Center in Culver City, California. Now the couple is not together, they get separated in January 2006, while filed for divorce in May 2006.

Later Swank appeared in many minor films and did a 16 episode (year-long) of TV series "Beverly Hills 90210 (1997-1998)" as a single mother Carly Reynolds. It was promised to her that her role would be of two-year long, but ended after it 16 episodes. Swank was totally overwhelmed by her cut from the show and said, "If I'm not good enough for 90210, I'm not good enough for anything."

But Swank's future was waiting with a big surprise for her. In 1999, Swank was starred in Kimberly Peirce's "Boys Don't Cry", where she played a role of a troubled transgender Teena Brandon. For her performance in "Boys Don't Cry", both Academy Award and Golden Globe Award awarded Actress Swank as Best Actress.

In 2000, Swank was casted in Sam Raimi's "The Gift", where played a role of an abused wife. In 2001, appeared in a "The Affair of the Necklace" (2001) with lead role as a French noblewoman. In 2002, Swank played a role of a rookie detective in "Insomnia" with Al Pacino and Robin Williams. In 2003, Swank appeared in sci-fi thriller "The Core" alongside Aaron Eckhart.

In 2003, also appeared in HBO's "Iron Jawed Angels" which featured Swank, Anjelica Houston, and Frances O'Connor as leaders in the women's suffrage movement. Later appeared in a South African-born attorney in Tom Hooper's political drama "Red Dust". Although Iron Jawed Angels and Red Dust both failed to impress audiences.

In 2004, Swank was casted in Clint Eastwood's "Million Dollar Baby", where she played a role of Maggie Fitzgerald as a struggling waitress turned-boxer. For her stunning performance in this film, Swank owns another Academy Award as a Best Actress. By winning her second Oscar, Swank became one of the few actresses who were nominated twice and won both times. Also became the third youngest double Academy Award winner as Best Actress.

Swank's 2006 projects include "The Reaping" and "The Black Dahlia". Swank is now working on her new projects including "Freedom Writers (2007)" and "P.S., I Love You (2008)". By 28 Feb 2006, Swank selected as muse and the spokesperson for a women's fragrance "Guerlain".

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