Hilary Ann Swank (born July 30, 1974) is an American actress and film producer.

She first became known in 1992 for her role on the television series Camp Wilder and made her film debut with a minor role in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)

Swank came to international recognition for her performances as Brandon Teena

Swank was born on July 30, 1974, in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Her mother, Judy Kay 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

Swank's paternal grandmother was born in England; her other ancestry includes Dutch, German, Ulster-Scots, Scottish, Swiss, and Welsh

The surname "Swank," originally "Schwenk," is of German origin

Swank made her film debut in the 1992 comedy horror film Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Swank again won the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for playing a female boxer in Clint Eastwood's 2004 film Million Dollar Baby