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The actress: Hillary Swank

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As a young lad, this lady use to get inside in the character she read about or the movie she watched.

This inspired Hillary Swank for acting. At the age of 9 years she first time she was seen on the stage starred in “jungle book” and soon became an active part of school theatre. She started acting in television shows like “evening Shades and growing pains” and helped her mother pay the rent for their home.

The Next Karate Kid (1994) paired Swank with Pat Morita. It is the fourth movie in the Karate Kid series. In September 1997, Swank was cast as single mother Carly Reynolds on Beverly Hills, 90210.

She was initially promised it would be a two-year role, but saw her character written out after 16 episodes in January 1998. Swank later said that she was devastated at being cut fr om the show, thinking, "If I'm not good enough for 90210, I'm not good enough for anything."

As it turned out, the firing was a lucky break for Swank, freeing her to audition for the role of Brandon Teena in Boys Don't Cry. Swank reduced her body fat to seven percent in preparation for the role.

Many critics hailed hers as the best female performance of 1999; the performance of her co-star, Chloe Sevigny, was singled out as well. Swank's work ultimately won her the Golden Globe and Oscar for Best Actress.

She subsequently won the Best Actress Oscar and another Golden Globe for playing a boxer in Clint Eastwood's 2004 Oscar-winning film Million Dollar Baby, a role for which she underwent training in the ring and gained 19 pounds of muscle.

Swank's success meant that she had joined the ranks of Vivien Leigh, Helen Hayes, Sally Field, and Luise Rainer as the only actresses to have been nominated for Academy Awards twice and win both times.

After winning her second Oscar, Swank had earned only $75 per day for her work on Boys Don't Cry, culminating in a total of $3,000. Her earnings were so low, that she had not even earned enough to qualify for health insurance.

By FW Editor


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Category: Celebrities  - ( Celebrities Archive)

Date Added: 09 April '10


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