Hilary Swank (born 30.7.1974) Hilary Swank is an Oscar-winning American actress. She has won Academy Awards for her roles in Boys Don't Cry and Million Dollar Baby.
Childhood: Hilary Swank was born to Stephen and Judy Swank in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Swank family came from modest beginnings and started out in a trailer park in Bellingham, Washington.
At the age of nine, Hilary Swank became involved in school drama productions, and starred in The Jungle Book as well as becoming involved in the Bellingham Theatre Guild. Whilst attending Sehome High School, Swank developed her sporting talent and competed in the Junior Olympics and the Washington State Games in swimming and gymnastics.
When Hilary Swank was 13 years old, her parents divorced. Her mother moved with her to Los Angeles, to pursue Hilary's desire to enter the world of acting. Once there, Hilary enrolled in South Pasadena High School, and began acting professionally. With the money that she earned acting in TV shows such as Growing Pains, she helped her mother to pay the rent.
Acting Career: In 1994, Hilary Swank was cast in the final film in the Karate Kid series, entitled The Next Karate Kid. In 1997, she was then cast as Carly Reynolds, a single mother, in Beverley Hills 90210. Initially, she was expecting to be in the series for two years but her character was written out of the show after just 16 episodes.
Luckily for Swank, being dropped from the series enabled her to audition for the film Boys Don't Cry. She landed the role of Brandon Teena and in preparation for the role, Swank had to reduce her body fat percentage to just seven per cent. She starred in the film alongside Chloë Sevigny and earned herself both a Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Actress.
Hilary Swank's award-winning success continued when she starred in Million Dollar Baby, directed by Clint Eastwood and again winning a Golden Globe and Academy Award. In preparation for this role, Swank had to learn to box, and gained almost 20 pounds in muscle. This award success put Swank in the same realm as Sally Field, Vivien Leigh. Helen Hayes and Luise Rainer - the only actresses to have been nominated twice for an Academy Award and to have won both times.
In 2007, Hilary Swank appeared in the film Freedom Writers, a drama based on the true story of a teacher who had inspired a Californian high school class. Later that year, she also starred in The Reaping. Swank convinced the film's producers to move the film shoot from New England to Louisiana but the filming was interrupted when Hurricane Katrina struck the area. 2007 also saw the release of P.S. I Love You, in which Swank appeared alongside Gerard Butler.
Hilary Swank also starred in The Black Dahlia, alongside Scarlett Johansson.
Swank became the 2325th celebrity to be presented with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Personal Life: Hilary Swank married Chad Lowe, an actor, in September 1997. The pair had met whilst filming Quiet Days In Hollywood. Famously, Hilary forgot to thank her husband in her first Oscar acceptance speech, so in her second, ensured that he was the first person to get a mention. However, the pair separated at the start of 2006 and divorced in May of that year.
In December 2006, it was announced that Hilary Swank was dating her own agent, John Campisi.
Strong characters and a vivid sense of life in frontier America give this film a kick of authentic energy that makes it a gripping journey. While it may be a little too serious for its own good, the movie is strikingly shot and played to bring out the gritty tenacity of people who dare to live in such a foreboding place. And a couple of shocking twists in the tale keep us on our toes.
In the Nebraska Territory in 1853, life was so difficult that three women (Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto and Sonja Richter) in a small community are driven mad by the isolation, desperation and harsh weather. Their husbands are too busy surviving to do anything about it, so the local pastor (John Lithgow) arranges for the strong-willed spinster farmer Mary Bee (Hilary Swank) to escort them back east to civilisation. She needs a "homesman" to help make the arduous five-week journey, so she drafts in drunken scoundrel George (Tommy Lee Jones). During their long trek across the plains, they have a series of potentially life-threatening encounters with the likes of well-armed Native Americans, an interfering opportunist (Tim Blake Nelson) and a cruelly dismissive hotel owner (James Spader).
The characters are strikingly feisty, starting with Swank's fiercely no-nonsense, self-sufficient Mary Bee, who one local observes is as good as any man around. She's also rather annoyingly holier-than-thou, which explains why she's has so much trouble finding a husband to help her. And these three women really push her to the breaking point: Gummer's Bella is consumed by grief, Otto's Theoline moans day and night, and Richter's Gro is a delusional menace. So it's a good thing that Jones provides some comic relief as the rapscallion George, a snarky realist who's the only likeable person on-screen.He also emerges along the way as the true protagonist of the tale.
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When Kate (Hillary Swank), a concert pianist, is diagnosed with ALS (also known as Motor Neurone Disease or Lou Gehrig’s Disease), she realsised that not only does she have to give up on her career, but only a short time left to live. As she will steadily lose the ability to walk and care for herself, she is entrusted to the care of Bec (Emmy Rossum), a reckless college student. The two steadily begin to develop a strong bond, as Kate is able to see Bec’s true appreciation for every part of life, and feels a little more alive because of it.
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The gritty, quasi-feminist Western is due to screen in the UK in October and the US the following month
The new film by Tommy Lee Jones The Homesman is gearing up for its release in cinemas in the coming months, and we’ve gotten hold of a poster, a trailer and shots from the film’s set.
Poster for The Homesman, out on October 17th in the UK
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George Briggs is a claim jumper who has only ever known a dishonest life. When he finds himself in serious trouble (sat astride an impatient horse with his hands bound behind his back and a noose around his neck tied to a branch), he starts to think this could finally be the end for him. That is until he is found by a lone woman with a wagon named Mary Bee Cuddy who agrees to free him from his plight in exchange for a favour. Living alone, she is struggling to carry out an important personal mission; she wants to take three insane women from Nebraska to Iowa now that their husbands can now longer cope with them. Thus, she asks Briggs to help her on the dangerous five week journey and, despite his serious reservations, he agrees to act as her aide and protector against the brutalities they may face along the way.
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On the eve of the release of 'Jersey Boys', we look at Eastwood's ten biggest successes as a director.
Having first installed himself within American culture with his recurring role as Rowdy Yates in the cowboy seriesRawhide, San Francisco native Clint Eastwood would become renowned across the world for his roles in a succession of violent and iconic Westerns. The ‘Man With No Name’ character, first seen in the hallowed ‘Spaghetti Western’ trilogy, saw Eastwood become internationally known as a steely actor who went down a storm with domestic and global audiences.
Clint Eastwood on the set of 'Changeling'
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Tommy Lee Jones' fourth effort as a director has fared well with the critics, overall
‘The Homesman’ is the latest film to face the critics at Cannes 2014, which has thrown out some modern classics (like ‘Mr Turner) and some true stinkers (like ‘Grace of Monaco).
Starring Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank, Hailee Steinfeld, William Fichtner and Meryl Streep and helmed by Lee Jones in his fourth directorial effort, ‘The Homesman’ hasn’t reached one end of the critical spectrum or another, pleasing most critics but failing to excite others. This reaction has accumulated a fairly healthy 67% aggregate score on Rotten Tomatoes.
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'The Great Gatsby' Leonardo Dicaprio was snapped arriving at the Armani One Night Only fashion show event held at the SuperPier in New York. He was joined by 'Goodfellas' director Martin Scorsese and 'Beautiful Creatures' actor Jeremy Irons with his wife Sinead Cusack.
'Magic Mike' star Olivia Munn definitely stole the show in an eye-catching yellow fishtail dress with studs dotted down the seams at the God's Love We Deliver 2013 Golden Heart Awards in New York. She was joined by 'Million Dollar Baby' star Hilary Swank, Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and Victoria's Secret Angel Doutzen Kroes.
Oscar-winning actress Hilary Swank was caught up in a violent robbery when her purse was stolen from her whilst she was in a taxi in the Parisian suburb of Saint-Denis yesterday (Jan 18) morning.
According to a police source, the actress was sat in the back seat of her taxi that was stuck in gridlock traffic when thieves jumped the taxi whilst it remained stationary in the northern part of the city. Three thieves smashed the back window of the taxi and snatched Swank's designer purse from her hands before making off with the loot. The suburb of Saint-Denis is notorious for it's frequent traffic jams and over the years this type of'smash and grab' robberies has become increasingly common.
Swank became a household name after her double Oscar success in 1999, for Boys Don't Cry, and again in 2004 for Million Dollar Baby. Since her Oscar success she has also stared in such hits as PS, I Love You and the Amelia Earhart biopic, Amelia, and is currently working on the upcoming drama You're Not You, which centres on a terminally ill woman (Swank) and her young caregiver (Emmy Rossum).
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As the countdown to 2012 begins, an executive (Swank) is frazzled about a technical glitch in the iconic Time's Square ball-drop. Meanwhile, a courier (Efron) is trying to help a frumpy secretary (Pfeiffer) achieve her dreams. A chef (Heigl) is catering a glittering event while trying to avoid her rock star ex (Bon Jovi), whose back-up singer (Michele) is stuck in a lift with a lovelorn slacker (Kutcher). A mother (Parker) is worried about her teen daughter (Breslin). And a tuxedoed millionaire (Duhamel) is trying to get to an important event in the city.
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