HILARY SWANK ( Mary Bee Cuddy and Producer) is a versatile artist with a wide
range of projects spanning her more than twenty years in the entertainment
After beginning her professional acting career as a teenager, Swank quickly rose
through breakout roles and has gone on to work with such leading filmmakers and
actors including Kathy Bates, Robert De Niro, Brian De Palma, Clint Eastwood,
Morgan Freeman, Tom Hooper, Tommy Lee Jones, Richard LaGravenese, Gary Marshall,
Mira Nair, Christopher Nolan, Philip Noyce, Al Pacino and Sam Raimi.
Swank's upcoming films this fall include You're Not You, which she stars in as
well as produces with Molly Smith through their production company 2S Films.
Swank had been working for nearly a decade as an actress in film and television
when her breakout role as Brandon Teena in the 1999 dramaBoys Don't Cry earned
her an Academy Award for Best Actress. Her much lauded performance also earned
her a Golden Globe Award, a Critics' Choice Award, as well as New York Film
Critics, Los Angeles Film Critics, Chicago Film Critics, and National Society of
Film Critics Awards in the same category. Additionally, the National Board of
Review recognized Swank's work with the Breakthrough Performance of the Year
Award, and she earned BAFTA and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award nominations.
In 2005, Swank won her second Academy Award for her starring role opposite
Clint Eastwood in his Oscar-winning Best PictureMillion Dollar Baby. In
addition, she won her second Golden Globe Award and a SAG Award, as well as the
National Society of Film Critics and Critics' Choice Awards for Best Actress.
That same year, she also earned Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations for her
starring role in HBO'sIron Jawed Angels, about the American women's suffrage
Other credits include starring in and executive producing three films:
Conviction, based on the true story of Betty Anne Waters, a single mother who
worked tirelessly to become a lawyer to exonerate her wrongly accused brother,
which Swank received a SAG Award nomination; Mira Nair's Amelia, the story of
the legendary aviatrix; and Freedom Writers, directed by Richard LaGravenese
based on the inspiring story of teacher Erin Grumell and her "at-risk" class at
Woodrow Wilson High School.
Additional acting credits include Christopher Nolan's Insomnia, opposite Al
Pacino; Richard LaGravenese's romantic drama P.S. I Love You, opposite Gerard
Butler and Kathy Bates; Philip Noyce's inspiring Mary and Martha, opposite
Brenda Blethyn; Brian De Palma'sThe Black Dahlia, with Aaron Eckhart and
Scarlett Johansson; the historical drama, The Affair of the Necklace; Sam
Raimi's suspense thriller, The Gift; Jon Amiel's space adventure, The Core;
Stephen Hopkins' thriller The Reaping, produced by Joel Silver; and Gary
Marshall's ensemble New Year's Eve, opposite Robert De Niro.
Swank also served as a producer on the romantic comedy Something Borrowed, the
first film under the banner of her production company with Molly Smith, 2S
In addition to her talents and work within the film industry, Swank recently
expanded her reach in the philanthropy world with the launch of her own charity,
The Hilaroo Foundation. Through her efforts, the foundation will bring youth,
who have been given up on, and animals, who have been abandoned, together to
help heal one another through Rescue, Rehabilitation, Animal Adoption and
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