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Former Child Actress Hilary Swank ‘Has the Craft’ to Back up Oscars

October 19, 2009

When an actress wins an Academy Award, it catapults her to a new universe. When she wins two, she gets into the VIP room in that new universe.  Hilary Swank has two Oscars, for her work in “Boys Don’t Cry” and “Million Dollar Baby,” which means that in the distaff hierarchy of movie stardom she ranks somewhere between Katharine Hepburn (four Oscars) and Helen Hunt (one). Swank has as many Oscars as Meryl Streep.

After winning for the second time in 2005, she said of herself, “I’m just a girl from a trailer park who had a dream.” That girl’s career remains in high gear. She will appear in theaters on Friday as aviatrix Amelia Earhart in “Amelia,” frequently graces the covers of major magazines, and will be honored soon at the Hollywood Film Festival.  Read More