Million Dollar Baby
Two-time Academy Award winner for Best Actress (Million Dollar Baby, 2005 and Boys Don't Cry, 1999) Hilary Swank was launched to superstardom portraying such muscular characters as Brandon Teena in Boys Don't Cry and Maggie Fitzgerald in Million Dollar Baby (2005). On the small screen, Swank is widely known for playing Aimee (1991-1992) in the series Evening Shade and Carly Reynolds (1997-1998) in the hit Beverly Hills, 90210.
Off screen, one of People's 50 Most Beautiful People (2000) Swank is currently reported to have trouble in her marriage. Husband Chad Lowe is rumored to be having difficulties in dealing with Swank's extraordinary accomplishments and is seeing a Hollywood psychologist. A source said, "He hopes if he boosts his self-confidence it will help strengthen his marriage. Chad even booked a session with Beverly Hills shrink Doctor Norman Freed at 7am this morning. He hopes it will help him get through the night when again he will be playing second fiddle to his far more successful wife. Chad feels emasculated by the fact that it's Hilary who is making all the money while his career is going nowhere."
Early in 2005, Swank joined several Hollywood luminaries on the Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope. The program is aimed toward donating Tsunami relief in Asia.
Childhood and Family:
Of Spanish and Native American descent, Hilary Ann Swank was born on July 30, 1974 in Lincoln, Nebraska and spent her childhood in Bellingham, Washington until she was 16 years old.
Young Hilary was fit and energetic. She excelled in swimming, which sent her to the Junior Olympics and Washington State competitions and she ranked number 5 in the state for gymnastics. In 1990, she joined her mother in a move to Los Angeles and attended South Pasadena High School in Pasadena, California.
"I feel that we're all the same no matter who we choose to love," Hilary Swank.
In 1992, Hilary met Life Goes On and ER actor Chad Lowe (born January 15, 1968) during the making of Quiet Days in Hollywood. After a five-year relationship, the couple shared vows on October 2, 1997 and later moved to Greenwich Village with her favorite pets, a parrot and a cat called Tallinn. During her free time Hilary loves to engage in outdoor activities like sky diving, river rafting, and skiing.
Boys Don't Cry
"I hope [Boys Don't Cry] can help people be inspired to be themselves and to live their dream and live every single moment fully," Hilary Swank.
Nine-year-old Hilary Swank initiated her acting career starring as Mowgli in her school's play The Jungle Book and performing regularly at local theaters as well as school plays. Spotted by producer Suzy Sachs (also her acting instructor), Hilary then moved to L.A at age 16 to give her acting talent a try. Between 1991 and 1992, she guest starred in the show Harry and the Hendersons and became regular characters on the CBS' Evening Shade, the ABC's Growing Pains, and Camp Wilder.
After her role as Kristy Swanson's Valley Girl friend Kimberly Hannah in the feature Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992), Hilary appeared on TV's Cries Unheard: The Donna Yaklich Story (1994). In the same year, she netted her first big break with the starring role of Julie Pierce on Christopher Cain's The Next Karate Kid (1994, co-starring Pat Morita).
With the average success of The Next Karate Kid, Hilary spent the next few years with roles in Terror in the Family (1996), NBC's Dying to Belong (1997), ABC's Leaving L.A (1997), and The Sleepwalker Killing (1997). She was most noticed being cast as Carly Reynolds, character Steve's love interest, in the Fox's hit series Beverly Hills, 90210. On the big screen Hilary appeared in movies like Sometimes They Come Back...Again (1996), Kounterfeit (1996), and Quiet Days in Hollywood (1997).
1999 was Hilary's big breakthrough. Director Kimberly Peirce landed her the highly praised lead role of manly woman Brandon Teena in his blockbuster independent drama Boys Don't Cry. Her spectacular acting handed her a Golden Globe and an Oscar for Best Actress.
"I've been very inspired from Brandon. He's changed my whole life. I've also been inspired to live my dreams, to be myself and to live every moment. In society, everyone tells you what you should be and we're all trying to figure out who we are. Now I'm living every moment fully. Brandon had a fuller life in those twenty-one years than a lot of people who live to be fifty, so I've been lucky," Hilary Swank.
The triumph of Boys Don't Cry brought her a string of important roles. She was cast in such films as Sam Raimi's The Gift (2000), opposite Adrien Brody in Charles Shyer's drama The Affair of the Necklace (2001), teamed with Al Pacino and Robin Williams in Christopher Nolan's thriller Insomnia (2002), played Major Rebecca Childs in Jon Amiel's sci-fi thriller The Core (2003), and starred in Greg Marcks' crime drama 11:14 (2003).
In 2004 Swank joined Anjelica Houston and Frances O'Connor by portraying Alice Paul in Katja von Garnier's Iron Jawed Angels on HBO and co-narrated Barbra Streisand's documentary Reel Models: The First Women of Film. Hilary also performed in Charlotte, North Carolina in a production of The Miracle Worker in March 2003.
Most recent, Swank received critical acclaim starring as Maggie Fitzgerald in the praised Clint Eastwood drama A Million Dollar Baby (2004) and won her second Best Actress Academy Award for the role. She followed her work with Tom Hooper's drama Red Dust (2004) and is scheduled to star with Josh Hartnett and Scarlett Johansson in Brian De Palma's upcoming thriller, The Black Dahlia (2005), a film based on James Ellroy's novel.
"I guess I'm just not in it for the celebrity of it. I'm in it because I love it," Hilary Swank.