Hilary Swank

Hilary Swank
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Hilary Swank
Film: North side of the 6900 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Born July 30, 1974 in Lincoln, NE

Hilary Swank’s Cinderella story takes her from living in a trailer park and, later, out of her mother’s car to becoming a two-time Academy Award-winning actress.

The determined Swank worked in episodic TV and telefilms (with a stop along the way to star in the third “Karate Kid” movie sequel), before winning the role that would change her life: transgendered Brandon Teena in 1999’s “Boys Don’t Cry.” The grueling part earned Swank an Oscar, a Golden Globe Award and many other major honors.

The newly minted star then appeared in several feature dramas, including “The Affair of the Necklace” and “Insomnia,” before winning a second Oscar (plus a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award) in 2004 for her knockout performance in Clint Eastwood’s gritty boxing tale “Million Dollar Baby.”

That same year, she also won Golden Globe and SAG award nominations for playing a suffragette in the HBO telefilm “Iron Jawed Angels.”

Swank followed up in such features as “Freedom Writers,” “P.S., I Love You” and “Amelia,” in which she portrayed aviatrix Amelia Earhart. Next up for her is the true-life legal drama “Betty Anne Waters.”

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    Academy Awards

    Year Category Work
    1999 Best Actress Boys Don't Cry Win
    2004 Best Actress Million Dollar Baby Win

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