Hilary Swank

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Monday, July 10, 2006

Hilary Swank Trivia

» Named one of "People" magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in 2000, 2004 & 2005.

» Cut off all of her hair and lived as a boy for a month to prepare her for her role as Teena Brandon in Boys Don't Cry (1999).

» Sister-in-law of Rob Lowe.

» She won the lead role of Brandon/Teena in Boys Don't Cry (1999) after hundreds of other actresses had been considered and rejected over the course of three years. Told director Kimberly Peirce that, like her character, she was also 21 and hailed from Lincoln, Nebraska. But she was fibbing, and when Peirce later confronted her with the lies, she winningly responded: "But that's what Brandon would do."

» Has been acting professionally since she was 16.

» Has a parrot and a cat named Tallinn.

» Competed in the Junior Olympics and Washington state championships in swimming; ranked fifth in the state in all-around gymnastics.

» Discovered as a young child actor by producer Suzy Sachs.

» Met husband Chad Lowe on set of Quiet Days in Hollywood (1997), married after 5-month relationship.

» Mother Judy Swank moved with her to LA area at age 16, where, impoverished for a while, they lived out of their car.

» Earned $75 a day for Boys Don't Cry (1999).

» Auditioned for the role of Lucy Hatcher on the television series "The Practice" (1997).

» Of Spanish and Native American heritage.

» Hilary's 20th birthday party was a 1974 themed party and was held in Hollywood at The Crush Bar.

» She and husband moved into a 4-story brownstone home in Greenwich Village (NYC) they bought for $4 million. (June, 2002)

» Sister-in-law of makeup artist Sheryl Berkoff.

» Although she was naturally athletic from high school, she totally changed physically to play Maggie in Million Dollar Baby (2004). She gained nearly 20 pounds, becoming so buff that her former clothes are still too small for her.

» Attended Santa Monica College.

» First woman to win an Oscar in a role as a boxer

» Is the third youngest actress to win 2 Best Actress Academy Awards. Luise Rainer and Jodie Foster were the first and second, respectively.

» Joined Vivien Leigh, Helen Hayes, Sally Field and Luise Rainer as the only actresses with a perfect track record at the Oscars: Two nominations and two wins.

» 15th January 2005: Fined NZ$200 (AUD$190) for bringing undeclared fruit into New Zealand. She was found with an apple and orange at New Zealand's Auckland International Airport. She has since contested the fine.

» Grew up in Bellingham, Washington

» Both of her Oscar-winning roles required huge physical changes

» Though she's known for her dramatic work, she starred in several sitcom pilots for CBS that never amounted to much.

» Has 2 dogs: Karoo, a Corgi/Jack Russell mix, and Lucky, a German Shepherd/Labarador Retriever mix.

» Announced in January 2006 that she and her husband 'Chad Lowe (I)_ are separating after 8 years of marriage.

» Her performance as "Brandon Teena" in Boys Don't Cry (1999) is ranked #83 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).

» Replaced Sandra Bullock as Maggie Fitzgerald in Million Dollar Baby after Bullock dropped out for other commitments.

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