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Hilary Swank


Hilary was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, to Judith Kay (Clough), a secretary, and Stephen Michael Swank, who served in the National Guard and was also a traveling salesman. Her maternal grandmother, Frances Martha Dominguez, was of Mexican descent, and her other roots include German, English, and Scottish. During her early childhood, her family moved... See full bio »

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Won 2 Oscars. Another 55 wins & 40 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Million Dollar Baby
Million Dollar Baby Maggie Fitzgerald
(2004)
P.S. I Love You
(2007)
Boys Don't Cry
Boys Don't Cry Brandon Teena
(1999)
Insomnia
Insomnia Ellie Burr
(2002)

Filmography

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 2017 55 Steps (post-production)
Colette
 2016/I Spark: A Space Tail
The Queen (voice)
 2014 You're Not You
Kate
 2013 Mary and Martha (TV Movie)
Mary
 2004 Iron Jawed Angels (TV Movie)
Alice Paul
 2003 11:14
Buzzy
 2003 The Core
Beck
 2002 The Space Between (Short)
 2000 The Audition (Short)
 1997 Leaving L.A. (TV Series)
Tiffany Roebuck
- Dead Elvis (1997) ... Tiffany Roebuck
- Now? (1997) ... Tiffany Roebuck
- The Black Widower (1997) ... Tiffany Roebuck
- The Eyes of the City (1997) ... Tiffany Roebuck
- Give Them Names (1997) ... Tiffany Roebuck
 1997 The Sleepwalker Killing (TV Movie)
Lauren Schall
 1997 Dying to Belong (TV Movie)
Lisa Connors
 1996 Kounterfeit (Video)
Colleen
 1992-1993 Camp Wilder (TV Series)
Danielle
- That Was Thin, This Is Now (1993) ... Danielle
- Love Stinks (1993) ... Danielle
- Forget-Me-Not (1993) ... Danielle
- Bringing Up Brody (1993) ... Danielle
 1991-1992 Growing Pains (TV Series)
Sasha Serotsky
- Menage a Luke (1992) ... Sasha Serotsky
- There Must Be a Pony (1991) ... Sasha Serotsky
 1991 Evening Shade (TV Series)
Aimee #1
- I Do, I Don't (1991) ... Aimee #1
- The Road Trip (1991) ... Aimee #1
 1991 Harry and the Hendersons (TV Series)
- Harry Goes Ape (1991)
 1990 ABC TGIF (TV Series)
Danielle
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Other Works:

Print ad for Calvin Klein underwear (2004) See more »

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1 Print Biography | 9 Interviews | 22 Articles | 9 Pictorials | 25 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Hilary

Height:

5' 6" (1.68 m)
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[on working as an actor] I've realized that as an actor you have to just keep working really hard and studying your craft. I think I thought maybe things would be easier after the first Academy Award, that I would get better job opportunities, but then you really realize that there's not a whole lot of great quality out there, for women especially. It's not just something that women say; it's the... See more »

Trivia:

She won the lead role of Brandon Teena in Boys Don't Cry (1999) after hundreds of other actresses had been considered and rejected over the course of three years. She told director Kimberly Peirce that, like her character, she was also 21 and hailed from Lincoln, Nebraska. But she was fibbing, and when Peirce later confronted her with the lies, she winningly responded: "But that's what Brandon ... See more »

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Frequently portrays women who attempt to achieve their goals in life despite the odds and obstacles that get in their way. See more »

Star Sign:

Leo

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