Swank Lands Star on Walk of Fame
Actress struggled with money, homelessness before becoming successful
The two-time Oscar winner showed up at the landmark in front of the famed Grauman's Chinese Theater to greet her fans and relate her rags-to-riches story.
"I remember my mom using a roll of quarters to call agents from a pay phone and telling agents they should sign me," she said.
Swank first moved to Los Angeles with her mother with only $75 to their name. They lived together in their car until they had enough money to afford an apartment.
Fast-forward 16 years later, and Swank has two best actress Oscars -- one for 2000's "Boys Don't Cry" for playing transgender teen Brandon Teena and another for playing a female boxer in Clint Eastwood's "Million Dollar Baby." Her latest film, "Freedom Writers," which she executive produced and starred in, opened this past weekend in fourth place.
Swank wore a black sleeveless dress to the dedication ceremony and was accompanied by producer Joel Silver and "Freedom Writers" director Richard LaGravenese.
The 32-year-old actress will next star in "The Reaping," scheduled for a March 30 release, playing a woman who debunks myths for a living and is sent to investigate a religious Texas town that's been visited by the 10 biblical plagues.