Hilary Ann Swank was born on July 30, 1974, in Lincoln, Nebraska.Â Her mother, Judy Kay (nÃ©e Clough), was a secretary and dancer, and her father, Stephen Michael Swank, was a Chief Master Sergeant in the Oregon Air National Guard and later a traveling salesman.
Swank made her first appearance on stage when she was nine years old, starring in â€œThe Jungle Book.â€Â At age 15, Swank moved with her mother to Los Angeles, where she attended South Pasadena High School.Â Â In 1992, she made her film debut in Buffy the Vampire Slayer after appearing in several small roles on television.Â Swank is best remembered for her Oscar-winning performances in Million Dollar Baby (2004), directed by Clint Eastwood, and Boys Don’t Cry (1999), directed by Kimberly Peirce.
- Won Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (2005).Â Million Dollar Baby.
- Won Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role (2000).Â Boys Don’t Cry.
Plus another 44 wins and 21 nominations.