Hilary Swank’s Biography

FULL NAME: Hilary Ann Swank
BIRTHDAY: July 30th, 1974
RAISED IN: Bellingham, Washington
MARITAL STATUS: Married, Chad Lowe (Septcbember 1997)

“I guess I’m just not in it for the celebrity of it. I’m in it because I love it.”


 Photo by Georges Biard

Hilary Ann Swank was born on July 30th, 1974. Hilary grew up in Bellingham, Washington and, as expressed in the quote above, has loved the art of acting for a while. Hilary has been acting since she was nine years old. More notably, she is credited with playing the role of “Mowgli” from “The Jungle Book” at a very young age. Hilary was discovered by producer Suzy Sachs who also became her acting coach.

As the teenage years came, Hilary’s interests included swimming and gymnastics. She was quite successful in those endeavors: She competed in both the Washington State Championships and the Junior Olympics for swimming and ranked fifth in the state-all-around in gymnastics. Even with all this success, Hilary’s passion for acting never seemed to dim. She moved to Los Angeles and attended South Pasadena High School. The move was the jump-start to Hilary’s professional acting career.

Soon after the move, Hilary began acting on television spots. More notably, she was involved with ABC’s extremely popular “TGIF” and then on the television series “Evening Shade” from the years of 1991-1992. Soon after, Hilary obtained her first big-screen role in the film “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Hilary’s real break-through came with her getting the role of Julie Pierce in the much talked about “The Next Karate Kid.” Hilary beat out thousands for the role and used some of her past gymnastics-training to help her in becoming the character. After this role, Hilary went on to star in a string of television movies and smaller unrecognized films. In 1997, Hilary took a role on the popular television show “Beverly Hills 90210” as the character of Carly Reynolds. It was a year-long stint. On September 28th of that same year, Hilary married actor Chad Lowe. Soon after, Hilary would recieve the role that would change her life forever.

“One thing I’ve learned: You never know where life is taking you, but it’s taking you.”

Life certainly took Hilary somewhere. The year of 1999 will be one forever-etched on her personal resume. Hilary took part in the film “Boys Don’t Cry.” An emotional film about the life of Teena Brandon, a cross dressing youth who preferred life in her male identity (as Brandon Teena). Hilary played Teena Brandon/Brandon Teena and gave a performance that was hearlded as one of the best of the year. It’s a memorable performance that is still getting raves and is a performance that will definitely live on. Besides picking up countless critcs award, Hilary took home the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama and the “the cream of the crop” award: The Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.

Hilary became a household name and took parts in many films after that. “The Gift” , “The Affair of the Necklace” , “Insomnia” , and “The Core” are some of the many films that followed. Hilary gave solid performances in all of her films. The year 2004, brought yet another run of critical success. Hilary played the role of Maggie Fitzgerald in the Clint Eastwood directed film “Million Dollar Baby.” A movie about the flight of a female boxer. It’s a performance that not only matches her performance in “Boys Don’t Cry” but is even being heralded by some critics as her best performance yet. It’s a performance that is so emotionally riveting, it will leave a long-lasting impression on all those who see it.

Acting was Hilary’s dream and she’s accomplished herself as irreplaceable in the arts. This year, 2005, has started off extremely well. Hilary’s picked up the title of Best Actress from quite a few critics groups for her performance in “Million Dollar Baby” and has already obtained a Golden Globe nomination. Hilary currently resides with husband, actor, Chad Lowe and quite a few of her beloved pets. Hilary’s an extraordinary woman with an extraordinary talent. I wish her the best of luck in all her future endeavors. Success has found her and it’s much deserved.