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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 & 41 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Boys Don't Cry Brandon Teena
(1999)
(2007)
Million Dollar Baby Maggie Fitzgerald
(2004)
The Homesman Mary Bee Cuddy
(2014)

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 2018 I Am Mother (post-production)
Woman
 2018 Trust (TV Series)
Gail Getty
- Consequences (2018) ... Gail Getty
- White Car in a Snowstorm (2018) ... Gail Getty
- Kodachrome (2018) ... Gail Getty
- John, Chapter 11 (2018) ... Gail Getty
- Silenzio (2018) ... Gail Getty
 2018 What They Had
Bridget
 2017 55 Steps
Colette Hughes
 2017 Logan Lucky
Special Agent Sarah Grayson
 2016 Spark: A Space Tail
The Queen (voice)
 2014 Fergie Feat. YG: L.A. Love (La La) (Video short)
 2014 You're Not You
Kate
 2014 The Homesman
Mary Bee Cuddy
 2013 Mary and Martha (TV Movie)
Mary
 2011 New Year's Eve
Claire Morgan (segment "Times Square")
 2011 The Resident
Dr. Juliet Devereau
 2010/II Conviction
Betty Anne Waters
 2009 Amelia
Amelia Earhart
 2008 Birds of America
Laura
 2007 P.S. I Love You
Holly
 2007 The Reaping
Katherine
 2007 Freedom Writers
Erin Gruwell
 2006 The Black Dahlia
Madeleine Linscott
 2004 Million Dollar Baby
Maggie Fitzgerald
 2004 Red Dust
Sarah Barcant
 2004 Iron Jawed Angels (TV Movie)
Alice Paul
 2003 11:14
Buzzy
 2003 The Core
Beck
 2002 The Space Between (Short)
 2002 Insomnia
Ellie Burr
 2001 The Affair of the Necklace
Jeanne St. Remy de Valois
 2000 The Gift
Valerie Barksdale
 2000 The Audition (Short)
 1999 Boys Don't Cry
Brandon Teena
 1998 Heartwood
Sylvia Orsini
 1997-1998 Beverly Hills, 90210 (TV Series)
Carly Reynolds
- The Elephant's Father (1998) ... Carly Reynolds
- Illegal Tender (1998) ... Carly Reynolds
- Ready or Not (1998) ... Carly Reynolds
- Santa Knows (1997) ... Carly Reynolds
- Comic Relief (1997) ... Carly Reynolds
 1997 Quiet Days in Hollywood
Lolita
 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
 1996 Sometimes They Come Back... Again (Video)
Michelle Porter
 1996 Terror in the Family (TV Movie)
Deena Marten
 1994 The Next Karate Kid
Julie Pierce
 1994 Cries Unheard: The Donna Yaklich Story (TV Movie)
Patty Yaklich
 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
 1992 Camp Bicknell (TV Movie)
Danielle
 1992 Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Kimberly
 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
- I Do, I Don't (1991) ... Aimee
- The Road Trip (1991) ... Aimee
 1991 Harry and the Hendersons (TV Series)
- Harry Goes Ape (1991)
 1989 ABC TGIF (TV Series)
Danielle
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Other Works:

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Publicity Listings:

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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Personal Quote:

[2005 Academy Awards acceptance speech for Best Actress in a Leading Role] I don't know what I did in this life to deserve all this. I'm just a girl from a trailer park who had a dream. I never thought this would ever happen, let alone be nominated. And a working actor, for that matter. And now, this. I thank the Academy. I'm eternally grateful for this great honor. I would also like to ... See more »

Trivia:

Each time Hilary Swank has won an Academy Award, Annette Bening was nominated in the same category. See more »

Trademark:

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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