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Hilary Swank and Chad Lowe Marriage Profile

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Hilary Swank and Chad Lowe in West Hollywood on February 27, 2005.

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Although Hilary and Chad fell for one another when they first met, their marriage ended in divorce. Here's information about the marriage of Hilary Swank and Chad Lowe, how they met, and more.

News Updates:

08/17/10: According to Hilary, "A lot of people look at divorce as a failure. I really look at my relationship with Chad as 14 years of success. I will carry him in my heart forever. He's a part of me."
Source: Joyann King. "Our September Cover Girl Is ... Hilary Swank!" InStyle.com. 8/17/2010.

11/27/06: Chad said in an interview, "I am so grateful to Hilary for her support of me in a very difficult time in my life three and a half years ago. What hurt me more than anything is that people would think that she wasn't there for me and she was. She was the love of my life, and that's not something you just shut off. I will always love her."
Source: People.com

7/5/06: Although in an interview in Vanity Fair she didn't mention specifically what substances Chad was abusing, Hilary Swank revealed that his addiction did hurt their marriage.

05/26/06: In a typically worded joint statement about being friends and having respect for one another, Hilary Swank and Chad Lowe announced through their attorney that they are getting a divorce.

Their attorney gave no time frame for the divorce. He also did not say why the couple's marriage is ending.
Source: "Hilary Swank to file for divorce." USAToday.com. 5/26/2006.

Born:

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

Chad Lowe: Chad was born on January 15, 1968 in Dayton, Ohio.

How They Met:

Hilary and Chad met in Los Angeles at a Hollywood Athletic Club party and he asked to her dinner. Chad was 24 and Hilary was 18.
Source: MSNBC

Wedding Date:

Hilary and Chad were married in September 28, 1997 after knowing one another for 5 years.

Ages at Marriage:

Hilary, 23; Chad, 29.

Divorce Timeline:

11/01/2007: The divorce of Hilary Swank and Chad Lowe was finalized.

05/26/06: In a typically worded joint statement about being friends and having respect for one another, Hilary Swank and Chad Lowe announced through their attorney that they were getting a divorce.

Their attorney gave no time frame for the divorce. He also did not say why the couple's marriage is ending.
Source: "Hilary Swank to file for divorce." USAToday.com. 5/26/2006.

01/10/06: Although neither planned on filing official papers, Hilary Swank and Chad Lowe announced a separation from one another.

Troy Nankin, her publicist announced: "Hilary and Chad have decided to separate but they are hopeful they'll be able to get through this tough time."
Source: People Magazine.

Previous Marriages:

None.

Later Marriages:

Chad Lowe married Kim Painter on August 28, 2010 at the Terranea Resort in Los Angeles, California. Chad and Kim began dating in 2007. They have a daughter, Mabel. Kim is a film producer.

Residence:

Their last residence as a married couple was in a 4-story brownstone in Greenwich Village, New York City, for which they paid $4 million in June, 2002. They previously lived in Pacific Palisades in California.

Occupations:

Both Chad and Hilary are actors. Together they started a production company called Accomplice Films.

Hobbies:

Hilary enjoys sky diving, river rafting, skiing, playing scrabble and chess, knitting, and the great outdoors.

Chad's hobbies include ice hockey, photography, and writing.

Education:

Although she dropped out of high school, Hilary attended Santa Monica City College.

Chad attended Santa Monica High School.

Children:

Hilary and Chad did not have any children. In May 2009, Chad's daughter Mabel Painter-Lowe was born. Mabel's mother is Kim Painter.

Pets:

Hilary and Chad had two parrots (Seuss and Angel), two dogs (Karoo and Lucky), a cat (Tallinn) and a rabbit.

Quotes about Marriage and Love:

Hilary about the end of their marriage, 7/06: "I don't want to make it seem like that's the sole reason; there were other factors. But that just kind of blew it open; it made me look at things a lot deeper. ...It takes two to make something work or not work. I'm a person with my own faults and troubles. ... In the end, it just didn't work, but I would never look back on this relationship as failed. I look at it as 13 and a half years of success."
Source: "Swank Blames Lowe 'Substance Abuse' for Divorce." SFGate.com 7/5/2006.

Chad about being apart: "When one of us travels, we talk on the phone three-to-four times a day, no matter the time difference," he said. "We never go more than two weeks without seeing each other. My heart can't stand being away from her for too long."
Source: ABC News

Chad Lowe, on first meeting Hilary: "It was like the old cliché where you see somebody, lock eyes across the room, and time stands still. ... I said, 'I would love just to take you to lunch.' Then I worked my way up to dinner. We had lunch, we had dinner and then some."
Source: People Magazine

Hilary about Chad: "Well, you said it - adorable! He's the most wonderful man. He has a heart of gold. I keep running into people who've met Chad, and it's 'Oh, my God, he's so great, so smart, so kind ...' And then I think, 'I've got him!'"
Source: Baltimore Sun

Chad about Hilary: "I think she's an incredible actress. She inspires me so much. And I find that we both inspire one another, support one another."
Source: Broadway.com

Hilary about Chad: "He has a heart of gold. I certainly knew that I wanted to hang out with him. We've been together ever since that first dinner."
Source: Donna Freydkin. "Back in the Ring.". USA Today. 1/27/2005.

Roger Ebert: "She said her marriage to actor Chad Lowe "comes first," and acting is the rest."
Source: Sun Times

Chad about Hilary: "I saw her and saw our future in her eyes. She had the most beautiful eyes I'd ever seen. They speak volumes about her character."
Source: People Weekly. May 8, 2000. i18 p192+

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