Hilary Swank
Actress, film producer
Hilary Swank
Hilary Ann Swank is an American film actress. She has won the Academy Award for Best Actress twice, as transman Brandon Teena in Boys Don't Cry (1999) and as struggling waitress-turned-boxer Maggie Fitzgerald in Million Dollar Baby (2004). She also put in a great performance in Insomnia, having worked with the legend Al Pacino. Since 2003, Swank has also worked as an executive producer.
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BLACKBARN's Global Treasures in Brooklyn
Huffington Post - 2 months
Mark Zeff has a passion for life and design. The South African Native came to New York City for vacation in 1984 and after being seduced by the Big Apple, has never left. Educated in the UK at the Chelsea Design School, Zeff began his U.S. design career at the Walker Group. By age 26 he opened his own firm that specialized in designing residential luxury interiors in NYC and in the Hamptons. Among his loyal clients are actors Hilary Swank and Gabriel Byrne, jewelry designer Alexis Bittar, and famed photographer Annie Lebowitz. In a desire to expand his design prowess, Zeff also managed to make his mark on the hospitality industry. He's designed several restaurants for Jeffrey Chodorow including Social Hollywood, he was also responsible for the complete renovation and redesign of the the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas for Morgan's Group, the Sense Spa at the Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel and The Red Cat restaurant in New York City. Today, his firm MARKZEFF works on a global scal ...
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Natalie Portman Radiates Glamour In A Showstopping Maternity Gown
Huffington Post - 2 months
Natalie Portman is surrounded by Oscar buzz for her portrayal of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in “Jackie”, but it’s the pregnant star’s red carpet style that has us even more excited. Portman attended the Huading Global Film Awards in Los Angeles Thursday night in an extremely elegant, embellished navy and black Erdem gown with a pattern that only kind of reminds us of very fancy drapes. She paired the look with a simple sleek updo, and while she always looks beautiful, her makeup was especially on point, too.  Portman took home an award during the ceremony, which was also attended by the likes of Bryce Dallas Howard and Hilary Swank. If you ask us, she should get an award for pulling off this elaborate look, too.  type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related... + articlesList=58403400e4b017f37fe2e191,57d71a18e4b0fbd4b7baf631,57d19b24e4b03d2d459917c2 -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for ...
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Jamie Foxx, Hilary Swank and more team up for Global Down Syndrome fashion show
CNN - 4 months
Jamie Foxx is a good big brother.
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Hillary Swank Made A Mere $3,000 For Her Oscar-Winning Role In 'Boys Don't Cry'
Huffington Post - 4 months
Hilary Swank is one of Hollywood’s top actresses. With two Oscars and plenty of other awards under her belt, there’s no denying her talent. You’d think studios would pay her accordingly, but, the gender pay gap is still as alive and well in 2016 as it has been for years.  In a new clip from Chelsea Handler’s self-titled Netflix show, Swank revealed some shocking facts about how much money she made for her now-iconic, Oscar-winning role in “Boys Don’t Cry.” (Hint: It was basically nothing, in Hollywood terms.) “When I did ‘Boys Don’t Cry,’ I was 24 years old. I made $3,000,” the 42-year-old actress told Handler and a table of other women in Hollywood. “In order to have health insurance, you have to make $5,000, so I didn’t even know that I didn’t have health insurance until I went and tried to get a prescription filled. They said, ‘That’s $160.’ … I had an Academy Award [and] no health insurance.” Winning the award didn’t seem to help much in the way of other ...
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6 Awesome Hotels That Were Once Celebrity Homes
Huffington Post - 9 months
You've booked the celebrity home tours, watched endless reruns of "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous," and feverishly scrolled through your favorite A-listers' Instagram feeds for a glimpse of what it's like to walk in their shoes. But to truly understand how the other half lives, one must spend a night in their master bedrooms, lounge in their stunning pools, and fuel up in their state-of-the-art kitchens. Luckily, we've rounded up six celebrity abodes-turned-hotels for all those times that walking tour just won't cut it. -- Alisha Prakash, Oyster.com Read the original story here. Related Links: Actors to Chefs to Sultans: 9 Unlikely Hotel Owners 10 Island Getaways That Have Proven Their Celebrity Status Hotels Where Celebrities Secretly Holed Up To Hook Up 1. GoldenEye Hotel & Resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica This 52-acre, 22-room Jamaican property has plenty to brag about: With private beach and lagoon access, spacious cottages, a ...
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Celebrities Are Joining The Sleep Revolution
Huffington Post - 11 months
The Sleep Revolution -- both the book and the movement -- launched this week, and the world is taking notice. If these celebrities are any indication, sleep may be the key to beauty (cc: Gisele Bündchen), wealth (cc: "Shark Tank" star Kevin O'Leary), social change (cc: TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie), and more. Thank you @AriannaHuff for starting such an important conversation. #sleeprevolution #wakeupcall Obrigada @ariannahuff por tocar em um assunto tão importante. A photo posted by Gisele Bündchen (@gisele) on Apr 5, 2016 at 10:24am PDT Just left @ariannahuff book launch party with @savvy_oleary. Joining the #sleeprevolution with a good Pinot. #huffpostgram A photo posted by Kevin O'Leary (@kevinolearyshark) on Apr 6, 2016 at 6:56pm PDT Enjoyed my visit to @huffpostlive. Took a break on @ariannahuff's bed. Great place to read #ThirdWaveBook & #SleepRevolution, both released today! A photo posted by st ...
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Hilary Swank is engaged to former tennis pro Ruben Torres
LATimes - 11 months
Hilary Swank is showing off her swanky new engagement ring following a marriage proposal from beau Ruben Torres. The former pro tennis player popped the question to the two-time Oscar winner, the Los Angeles Times confirmed on Tuesday. The "Million Dollar Baby" star said that it went down while...
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Thanksgiving Thanks to Teachers We Remember Who Didn't Teach Common Core
Huffington Post - over 1 year
President Barack Obama remembers his fifth grade teacher, Ms. Mabel Hefty. In 1971, Barack was a "kid with a funny name in a new school, feeling a little out of place, hoping to fit in like anyone else." He recalls how "Ms. Hefty taught me that I had something to say -- not in spite of my differences, but because of them. She made every single student in that class feel special. And she reinforced that essential value of empathy that my mother and my grandparents had taught me." Barack remembers how Ms. Hefty made every child feel special. He remembers she encouraged empathy with others. He does not remember teachers who stressed skill acquisition. He does not fondly recall teachers that pushed testing. What had the greatest impact him as a human being, something he claims to carry with him as President, is feeling special and a sense of empathy. But as President, Barack Obama has pushed a completely different education agenda, certainly not one based on his experiences in Ms. Hefty ...
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The All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration Is Good Reason to Be Thankful this Thursday
Huffington Post - over 1 year
America has 8 million animals in their shelters, and only half of those make it out alive. Troubling statistics like these, which only seem to multiply each year, were enough to keep Emmy nominated producer, and avid dog-loving activist, Michael Levitt awake at night. So he took action with the most powerful medium in the world - television - and made history in the process. Last Thanksgiving day, FOX broadcast Levitt's creation, the first ever prime time dog adoption special. Hosts Jane Lynch and Hilary Swank (who also Executive Produces with Levitt) along with a who's who of film, music and TV stars, helped inspire more than 4,500 dog adoption applications. This Thursday (FOX 8pm - 10pm) marks the welcome return of Levitt and Swank's All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration, an uplifting two hour spectacular, which is fast becoming as much of an annual Thanksgiving Day tradition as Macy's Parade. In the middle of producing this year's show, I managed to sneak a few minutes in with M ...
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Untold South Asian Stories at IAAC Literary Festival in New York
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Aroon Shivdasani, Executive and Artistic Director of the Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC), did not sleep much last month - though she seldom does. Aroon Shivdasani, Executive and Artistic Director of the Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC), welcomes attendees. Photo: Shashwat Gupta. Perhaps because throughout the year she coordinates the New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF), Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance (EB Dance), Erasing Borders Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art of the Diaspora (EB Art), and the IAAC Playwrights Festival! Madhur Jaffrey is the author of many previous cookbooks, six of which have won the James Beard Award. She was also named to the Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America by the James Beard Foundation. Photo: Sangeeta Jain. Last month, the IAAC concluded its highly successful Second Annual Literary Festival - this year in collaboration with the English Department of Hunter College on Manhattan's Upper East Side. The Lit Fest showcas ...
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10 Trans And Gender Non-Conforming People You Need To Know
Huffington Post - over 1 year
As HuffPost Live wraps up its coverage of October's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) history month, we'd be remiss if we didn't highlight some of the bravest pioneers within the queer community. From all-star tennis players to young adults just trying to live as their preferred gender, feast your eyes on some (but certainly not all!) of the most notable trans people in history.  1. Lili Elbe Artist Lili Elbe first started living as a women in Copenhagen in the early 20th century and began undergoing gender confirmation surgery in the 1930s. Her fascinating story as one of the first people to reportedly undergo the surgery is now the subject of the upcoming film "The Danish Girl," in which she'll be played by Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne.  2. Christine Jorgensen After a short stint in the U.S. military, Jorgensen made headlines -- i.e. "Ex-GI becomes blonde beauty!" -- in 1952 when she returned to America from Denmark after transitioning unde ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Hilary Swank
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 41
    In June 2016, Swank's representative confirmed she and Torres had ended their engagement.
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    On March 22, 2016, Swank announced her engagement to her boyfriend Ruben Torres, a financial advisor with UBS and former professional tennis player.
    More Details Hide Details The two had been dating since 2015.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2014
    Age 39
    In 2014 Swank played the lead role in You're Not You, where she starred as Kate, a woman whose life is shattered when she develops the degenerative disease ALS.
    More Details Hide Details She starred alongside Emmy Rossum and Josh Duhamel. Swank is attached to star in the Hollywood remake of Intimate Strangers. It was incorrectly reported that she would play a lead role in, and produce a film adaptation of the John Marks novel Fangland.
  • 2013
    Age 38
    In 2013, she has starred in the television film Mary and Martha along with Brenda Blethyn.
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  • 2012
    Age 37
    In 2012, Swank's audiobook recording of Caroline Knapp's Pack of Two: The Intricate Bond Between People and Dogs was released at Audible.com.
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  • 2011
    Age 36
    In October 2011, Swank attracted controversy for attending an event in Chechnya's capital Grozny on the 35th birthday of Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov on October 5.
    More Details Hide Details After wishing him "Happy birthday, Mr. President", she reportedly claimed knowledge about Kadyrov saying: "I read. I do my research". Following criticism from human rights groups, who report having informed her about the human rights abuses in Chechnya prior to the event, asking her to reconsider her participation, Swank said she was unaware that Kadyrov had been accused of human rights violations and that she "deeply regrets" taking part in the lavish concert, and will donate her personal appearance fees "to various charitable organizations."
  • 2009
    Age 34
    Swank portrayed the pioneering aviator Amelia Earhart in the 2009 biopic Amelia that she also co-executive produced.
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  • 2007
    Age 32
    In 2007, Swank starred in Freedom Writers, about how a real-life teacher, Erin Gruwell, inspired a California high school class.
    More Details Hide Details Many reviews of her performance were positive, with one critic noting that she "brings credibility" to the role, and another stating that her performance reaches a "singular lack of artifice, stripping herself back to the bare essentials". Swank next starred in the horror film The Reaping, as a debunker of religious phenomena. It was released on April 5, 2007. Swank convinced the producers to move the film's setting from New England to the Deep South, and the film was being filmed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana when Hurricane Katrina struck. The same year, she also appeared in the romantic drama P.S. I Love You with Gerard Butler.
    She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 8, 2007 and was the 2,325th star presented.
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  • 2006
    Age 31
    In 2006, Swank began dating her agent, John Campisi. They ended their relationship in the summer of 2012.
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    In 2006, Swank signed a three-year contract with Guerlain for the women's fragrance Insolence.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2004
    Age 29
    Swank again won the Best Actress Oscar and another Golden Globe, for playing a female boxer in Clint Eastwood's 2004 film Million Dollar Baby, a role for which she underwent extensive training in the ring and weight room gaining 19 pounds of muscle, aided by professional trainer Grant L Roberts.
    More Details Hide Details With her second Oscar, she had joined the ranks of Vivien Leigh and Luise Rainer as the only actresses to have been nominated for Academy Awards twice and won both times. After winning her second Oscar, she said, "I don't know what I did in this life to deserve this. I'm just a girl from a trailer park who had a dream."
    She starred in Clint Eastwood's 2004 sports drama film Million Dollar Baby as struggling-waitress-turned-boxer Maggie Fitzgerald, which won her a second Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Actress.
    More Details Hide Details She starred in other films, such as The Gift (2000), Insomnia (2002), Iron Jawed Angels (2004), Red Dust (2004) The Reaping (2007), P.S. I Love You (2007), Freedom Writers (2007) and The Homesman (2014). Swank was born in Lincoln, Nebraska. Her mother, Judy Kay (née Clough), was a secretary and dancer, and her father, Stephen Michael Swank, was a Chief Master Sergeant in the Oregon Air National Guard and later a traveling salesman. She has a brother Daniel, who is eight years her senior. Many of Swank's family members are from Ringgold County, Iowa. Her maternal grandmother, Frances Martha Clough (née Dominguez), was born in El Centro, California, of Mexican descent. Hilary's paternal grandmother was born in England; Hilary's ancestry also include German, other English, Swiss-German, Scottish, Scots-Irish, Welsh, and Dutch roots. The surname "Swank", originally "Schwenk", is of German origin.
  • 1999
    Age 24
    Many critics hailed her as the best female performance of 1999 and her work ultimately won her the Golden Globe and Oscar for Best Actress.
    More Details Hide Details Swank had earned only $75 per day for her work on the film, culminating in a total of $3,000. Her earnings were so low that she had not even earned enough to qualify for health insurance.
  • 1997
    Age 22
    While filming Quiet Days in Hollywood, Swank met actor Chad Lowe and they married on September 28, 1997. They divorced on November 1, 2007.
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    In September 1997, Swank played single mother Carly Reynolds in Beverly Hills, 90210 and was initially promised it would be a two-year role, but saw her character written out after 16 episodes in January 1998.
    More Details Hide Details Swank later stated that she was devastated at being cut from the show, thinking, "If I'm not good enough for 90210, I'm not good enough for anything." The firing freed her to audition for the role of Brandon Teena in Boys Don't Cry. To prepare for the role, Swank lived as a man for a month and reduced her body fat to seven percent.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1994
    Age 19
    In 1994, she also starred in the drama Cries Unheard: The Donna Yaklich Story as the abused step-daughter who was protected by Donna (Jaclyn Smith).
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    Swank made her film debut in a minor role for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, before she made her breakout lead role in the fourth installment of the The Karate Kid franchise, The Next Karate Kid in 1994.
    More Details Hide Details On television, she was cast as part of the main cast in the eighth season of the drama series Beverly Hills 90210 as single mother Carly Reynolds from 1997 to 1998. Swank garnered critical acclaim for her portrayal of Brandon Teena in the 1999 biographical independent film Boys Don't Cry, which earned her the Academy Award for Best Actress and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1974
    Born
    Born in 1974.
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