The Nebraska native was 16 at the time, and working on a television show ("Camp Wilder") during the day and her first film role by night.
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In 2005, Hilary Swank became only the fourth actress ever — and first in more than a half-century — to win Academy Awards on her first two nominations (the first three were Luise Rainer, Helen Hayes, and Vivien Leigh). Not only that, but she won for two lead roles (Boys Don’t Cry and Million Dollar Baby), and over a span of only five years. It was a dramatic accomplishment for the Nebraska native, who famously said while accepting her second Oscar, “I’m just a girl from a trailer park who had a dream.” Swank, 40, is once again in awards contention for the Tommy Lee Jones-directed period drama The Homesman, which, like Boys Don’t Cry, brings her back to her home state (at least in setting). She plays a pioneer who helps transport three troubled women across dangerous and desolate terrain from Nebraska to Iowa, with the help of Jones’s expectedly grizzled claim jumper.