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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, July 30, 2014

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, July 30, 2014

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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Mariska Hargitay gets Hollywood Walk of Fame star next to her mother's

Mariska Hargitay gets Hollywood Walk of Fame star next to her mother's

(UPI) --The "Law and Order: SVU" star is honored with a Hollywood Walk of Fame star situated right next to her famous mother's -- actress Jayne Mansfield.
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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, July 30, 2013.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Monday, July 30, 2012.
By United Press International
Hilary Swank to star in British TV movie

Hilary Swank to star in British TV movie

LONDON, July 17 (UPI) -- Double Oscar-winning actress Hilary Swank is to star in "Mary & Martha," a TV movie penned by Richard Curtis and directed by Phillip Noyce, the BBC announced.
Chad Lowe's wife pregnant with baby No. 2

Chad Lowe's wife pregnant with baby No. 2

LOS ANGELES, June 25 (UPI) -- Chad Lowe's publicist told People.com Monday the Hollywood actor's wife, Kim, is pregnant with the couple's second child.
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Cohen to arrive at Oscars as 'Dictator'

Cohen to arrive at Oscars as 'Dictator'

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- British actor Sacha Baron Cohen may walk the red carpet at Sunday's Oscar ceremony dressed as the title character from "The Dictator," a producer said.
Michaels, Hargitay celebrate Mardi Gras

Michaels, Hargitay celebrate Mardi Gras

NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Actresses Hilary Swank and Mariska Hargitay and rocker Bret Michaels were in New Orleans this week to celebrate Mardi Gras.

Old method to ease back pain now popular

MIAMI, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- A little known European holistic technique that relieves back pain, dating back to the 1890s, is gaining popularity in the United States, fitness experts say.
Swank yanked by PR firm over Chechnya bash

Swank yanked by PR firm over Chechnya bash

NEW YORK, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Hilary Swank's Manhattan publicists dropped the actress as a client rather than take the fall for her visit to Chechnya, a source told The Hollywood Reporter.
Swank fires manager over Chechen furor

Swank fires manager over Chechen furor

LONDON, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Actress Hilary Swank fired her manager after being criticized for taking money to be at a party for Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov, The Independent reported.
Hilary Swank sorry for attending Kadyrov party

Hilary Swank sorry for attending Kadyrov party

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Hollywood actress Hilary Swank has publicly apologized for attending a birthday party for Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov.
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Hillary Swank arrives on the red carpet for the 83rd annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood on February 27, 2011. UPI/Phil McCarten
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Hilary Ann Swank (born July 30, 1974) is an American actress. Her film career began with a small part in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) and then a major part in The Next Karate Kid (1994), where she played Julie Pierce, the first female protégé of sensei Mr. Miyagi. She has become known for her two Academy Award-winning performances: first as Brandon Teena, a transgender man (FTM) in the movie Boys Don't Cry (1999), and a struggling waitress-turned-boxer, Maggie Fitzgerald, in Million Dollar Baby (2004).

Swank was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, the daughter of Judy Kay (née Clough), a secretary and former dancer, and Stephen Michael Swank, who was an officer in the Air National Guard and later a traveling salesman. She has a brother, Daniel. Swank's surname is of German origin. Her maternal grandmother was of Spanish and Shoshone (Native American) ancestry, and many of Swank's family members hail from Ringgold County, Iowa. Swank came from humble beginnings, particularly as a child growing up in a trailer park near Lake Samish in Bellingham, Washington, to which she moved at age six, after having lived in Spokane, Washington. Swank has described her younger self as an "outsider" who felt that she belonged "only when a book or a movie, and could get involved with a character," and was thus inspired to become an actress.

When Swank was nine years old, she made her first appearance on stage, starring in The Jungle Book. She became involved in school and community theater programs, including those of the Bellingham Theatre Guild and The Seattle Children's Theater. She attended Sehome High School in Bellingham until she was sixteen. Swank also competed in the Junior Olympics and the Washington state championships in swimming; she ranked fifth in the state in all-around gymnastics. Swank's parents separated when she was thirteen, and her mother, supportive of her daughter's desire to act, moved to Los Angeles, where they lived out of their car until Swank's mother saved enough money to rent an apartment. Swank has described her mother as the inspiration for her acting career and her life. In California, Swank enrolled in South Pasadena High School (although she later dropped out of school) and started acting professionally. She helped pay the rent with the money she earned appearing in television programs such as Evening Shade and Growing Pains.

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