Hail Hilary

Jul 30, 2012, 09:12 IST | Special Features

Actor Hilary Swank who is best known for her Oscar winning roles in films like Boys Don't Cry and Million Dollar Baby turns 38 today.

CS gives you some trivia on Swank, who made her debut in 1992 with Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

>> Swank was born in Nebraska to Judy Kay and Stephen Michael Swank. Her parents have German, Spanish and Native American ancestry.

>> As a child, she competed in Junior Olympics and the Washington state championships in swimming.

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

>> After her Oscar for Million Dollar Baby in 2004, Swank joined the ranks of Vivien Leigh, Luise Rainer, Helen Hayes, Sally Field, etc as the only actresses to have been nominated for Academy Awards twice with wins on both times.

>> Swank also essayed the role of Amelia Earhart in the biopic Amelia. The actor has been married once to Chad Lowe, whom she divorced in 2006.  

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