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Cafe owner makes up with Hilary Swank

Cafe owner makes up with Hilary Swank

ESCALON, Calif., Sept. 29 (UPI) -- A California cafe owner said he was glad actress Hilary Swank didn't have any hard feelings after he asked her to take her dog out of his business.
Oscar curse for Best Actress winner?

Oscar curse for Best Actress winner?

TORONTO, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Oscar winners for Best Actress are at a higher risk of divorce than nominees who do not win or the Best Actor winners, Canadian and U.S. researchers say.
Swank set to appear at Oscars

Swank set to appear at Oscars

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Two-time Oscar-winning actress Hilary Swank is to be a presenter at the 83rd Academy Awards show in Los Angeles, the telecast's producers said.
Kidman, Renner to be SAG Award presenters

Kidman, Renner to be SAG Award presenters

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Jason Bateman, Jon Hamm, Nicole Kidman and Jeremy Renner are to be presenters Sunday at the 17th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards show in Los Angeles.
Conway to present SAG Award to Borgnine

Conway to present SAG Award to Borgnine

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Comic icon Tim Conway will introduce the tribute to the Screen Actors Guild's 47th Life Achievement Award recipient, Ernest Borgnine, organizers said Wednesday.
Baldwin, Bridges to be SAG show presenters

Baldwin, Bridges to be SAG show presenters

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Alec Baldwin, Jeff Bridges and Amy Poehler are to be presenters at the 17th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards show in Los Angeles, organizers said Friday.
Swank, White to be SAG Awards presenters

Swank, White to be SAG Awards presenters

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Rosario Dawson, Eva Longoria, Hilary Swank and Betty White have signed on to be presenters at the 17th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards show in Los Angeles.

Calendar, parties mark '90210' day

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- It only happens once a century and Thursday was the day the calendar and a once-popular U.S. television show were the same: 90210
99s present Swank with Earhart medal

99s present Swank with Earhart medal

FAIRFIELD, N.J., Oct. 18 (UPI) -- The president of The 99s, an organization of women pilots, has honored actress Hilary Swank and director Mira Nair for their work on "Amelia," a film about pioneering U.S. aviatrix Amelia Earhart.
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'Amelia' to open Qatar film fest

'Amelia' to open Qatar film fest

DOHA, Qatar, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Mira Nair's "Amelia" is set to open the inaugural Doha Tribeca Film Festival in Qatar, organizers announced Tuesday.
Swank helps pet adoption campaign

Swank helps pet adoption campaign

DAYTON, Ohio, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Hollywood actress Hilary Swank has been named the 2009 ambassador for Iams Home 4 the Holidays pet adoption campaign, organizers said.
Lowe's girlfriend gives birth to daughter

Lowe's girlfriend gives birth to daughter

LOS ANGELES, May 20 (UPI) -- Chad Lowe's publicist said the U.S. actor's girlfriend, producer Kim Painter, has given birth to their daughter in Los Angeles.
Morgan, Swank to co-star in 'Resident'

Morgan, Swank to co-star in 'Resident'

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Jeffrey Dean Morgan has signed on to reunite with his "P.S. I Love You" co-star Hilary Swank in the New York-set thriller "The Resident."
Chad Lowe's girlfriend pregnant

Chad Lowe's girlfriend pregnant

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Chad Lowe's publicist has confirmed the U.S. actor's girlfriend, Kim Painter, is pregnant with their first child.
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Hilary Swank
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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