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Sandra Bullock


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Sandra Annette Bullock






Arlington, Virginia, USA



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United States

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5' 7½" (1.71 m)


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Sandra Bullock - Biography


Sandra Annette Bullock (pronounced /ˈbʊlək/; born July 26, 1964) is an American actress who came to fame in the 1990s, after roles in successful films such as Speed and While You Were Sleeping. She has since established her career with films such as Miss Congeniality and Crash, which received critical acclaim. In 2007, she was ranked as the 14th richest female celebrity with an estimated fortune of $85 million. In 2009, Bullock starred in the most financially successful films of her career, The Proposal and The Blind Side. Bullock was awarded a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role as well as receiving an Academy Award for Best Actress nomination for her role as Leigh Anne Tuohy in The Blind Side.

Sandra Annette Bullock was born in Arlington, Virginia, the daughter of Helga D. Meyer, a German opera singer and voice teacher, and John W. Bullock, a voice coach and executive from Alabama. Bullock's maternal grandfather was a rocket scientist from Nuremberg, Germany. Bullock lived in Nuremberg until age twelve, where she sang in the opera's children's choir at the Staatstheater Nürnberg. She frequently traveled with her mother on her opera tours, and lived in Germany and other parts of Europe for much of her childhood. She is fluent in German. Bullock studied ballet and vocal arts as a child, taking small parts in her mother's opera productions.
Bullock attended Washington-Lee High School , where she was a cheerleader, participated in high school theater productions and dated a football player. She graduated in 1982 and enrolled in East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. She left East Carolina during her senior year in the spring of 1986, only three credits short of graduating, to pursue an acting career. She moved to Manhattan to pursue auditions and supported herself with a variety of odd jobs (bartender, cocktail waitress, coat checker, etc.)
Bullock later completed her coursework at East Carolina University.

While in New York, Bullock took acting classes at the Neighborhood Playhouse. She appeared in several student films, and later landed a role in an Off-Broadway play No Time Flat. Director Alan J. Levi was impressed by Bullock's performance and offered her a part in the made-for-TV movie Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman (1989). After filming the TV movie, Bullock stayed in Los Angeles and was cast in a series of small roles in several independent films as well as in the lead role of the short-lived NBC television version of the film Working Girl (1990). She later appeared in several films, such as Love Potion No. 9 (1992), The Thing Called Love (1993) and Fire on the Amazon (in which she agreed to appear topless if the camera did not show that much; she covered herself with duct tape, which apparently was somewhat painful to remove).
One of Bullock's first notable movie appearances was in the science-fiction/action movie Demolition Man (1993), which starred Sylvester Stallone and Wesley Snipes. This role then led to her break-through performance in Speed the following year. She became a high-level movie star in the late 1990s, carrying a string of successes, including While You Were Sleeping, replacing actress Demi Moore, who was originally scheduled to star, and Miss Congeniality. Bullock received $11 million dollars for Speed 2: Cruise Control and $17.5 million dollars for Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous.
Bullock was selected as one of People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in the World in 1996 and 1999, and was also ranked #58 in Empire magazine's Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time list. She was presented with the 2002 Raúl Juliá Award for Excellence for her efforts, as the executive producer of the sitcom The George Lopez Show, in helping expand career openings for Hispanic talent in the media and entertainment industry. She also made several appearances on the show as Accident Amy, an accident-prone employee at the factory Lopez's character manages. In 2002, she starred opposite Hugh Grant in the global hit Two Weeks Notice and in a lesser known film Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.
In 2004, Bullock had a supporting role in the film Crash. She received positive reviews for her performance, with some critics suggesting that it was the best performance of her career. Bullock later appeared in The Lake House, a romantic drama also starring her Speed co-star, Keanu Reeves; it was released on June 16, 2006. Because their film characters are separated throughout the film (due to the plot revolving around time travel), Bullock and Reeves were only on set together for two weeks during filming. The same year, Bullock appeared in Infamous, playing author Harper Lee. Bullock also starred in Premonition with Julian McMahon, which was released in March 2007. 2009 proved to be especially good for Bullock, giving the actress two record highs in her career, as earlier in the year she released The Proposal, a huge hit that took in more than $314 million at the box office worldwide, making it her most successful picture to date. In November 2009, Bullock starred in The Blind Side, which opened at #2 behind New Moon with $34.2 million, making it her highest opening weekend ever. The Blind Side is unique in that it had a 17.6% increase at the box office its second weekend, and it took the top spot of the box office in its third weekend. The movie cost $29 million to make according the Box Office Mojo. It has grossed over $200 million to date, making it her highest grossing film and the first movie in history to pass the $200 million mark with only one top-billed female star. She won the award for Best Actress at the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Award for her performance in "The Blind Side".

Bullock runs her own production company, Fortis Films. Her sister, Gesine Bullock-Prado, was president of the company, but has since quit the business and moved to Montpelier, Vermont, where she opened a pastry shop and published a book. Her father, John Bullock, is the company's CEO. Bullock was an executive producer of The George Lopez Show, which garnered a lucrative syndication deal that banked her some $10 million (co-produced with Robert Borden). Bullock tried to produce a film based on F.X. Toole's short story, Million-Dollar Baby, but could not interest the studios in a female boxing drama. The story was eventually adapted and directed by Clint Eastwood as the Oscar-winning film, Million Dollar Baby (2004). Bullock's production company, Fortis Films, also produced All About Steve, which was released in September 2009.
Since November 2006, Bullock has owned an Austin, Texas restaurant, Bess Bistro. She later opened another business in downtown Austin called Walton's Fancy and Staple, a bakery and floral shop that also offers services such as event planning.

Bullock was once engaged to actor Tate Donovan, whom she met while filming Love Potion No. 9; their relationship lasted four years. She previously dated football player Troy Aikman, Austin musician Bob Schneider (for two years), and actors Matthew McConaughey and Ryan Gosling.
Bullock married motorcycle builder and Monster Garage host Jesse James on July 16, 2005. They met when Bullock arranged for her ten-year-old godson to meet James as a Christmas present.
On December 20, 2000, Bullock survived the crash of a chartered business jet at Jackson Hole Airport. The aircraft hit a snowbank instead of the runway, resulting in both the nose gear and nose cone being ripped off, the right wing partially separating from the aircraft, and the left wing being bent back.
Bullock has been a public supporter of the American Red Cross, twice donating $1 million, first to its Liberty Disaster Relief Fund and four years later in response to the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunamis. In 2010, she donated $1 million to relief efforts in Haiti following the Haiti devastating earthquake.
In October 2004, Bullock won a multimillion dollar judgment against Benny Daneshjou, the builder of her Lake Austin, Texas home; the jury ruled the house was uninhabitable. It has since been torn down and rebuilt. Bullock also owns a house on Tybee Island, which is a few miles from Savannah, Georgia.
On April 22, 2007, a woman was lying outside James and Bullock's Southern California home in Orange County. When James confronted the woman, she ran inside her 2004 silver Mercedes and tried to run him over. The woman is said to be an obsessed fan of Sandra Bullock. The woman, Marcia Diana Valentine, was arrested on investigation of assault with a deadly weapon. In May 2007, Bullock won a three-year restraining order against the woman. Valentine pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated assault and stalking.
On April 18, 2008, while Bullock was in Massachusetts shooting the film The Proposal, she and her husband were in an SUV that was hit head on (drivers side offset) at moderate speed by a drunken driver. Vehicle damage was not catastrophic and there were no injuries.
In November 2009, Bullock and James entered into a custody battle with James' ex-wife, former porn star Janine Lindemulder, with whom James had a child, and subsequently won full legal custody of James' five year old daughter.


Sandra Bullock - Personal Quotes


(on marital plans) "I've always been very sceptical about marriage, because I only want to do it once; I want to do it the right way."

"I've learned that success comes in a very prickly package. Whether you choose to accept it or not is up to you. It's what you choose to do with it, the people you choose to surround yourself with. Always choose people that are better than you. Always choose people that challenge you and are smarter than you. Always be the student. Once you find yourself to be the teacher, you've lost it."

"I remember sitting down in Joel Silver's office and Joel going, "Do you want to do this film?". I remember going, "I would like to do it, but I would love to talk about the character, and it was almost like I had said the biggest joke".

The only reason I haven't married yet, is because I take it too seriously.

"Fame means when your computer modem is broken, the repair guy comes out to your house a little faster."

"I have no desire to maintain a lifestyle. I am a horrible celebrity. If I am out in public I dress like a pig."

"The Acadamy Awards shouldn't even nominate Meryl Streep anymore. She should just be given an award every year. There should just be the Meryl Streep category".

"Everyone told me to pass on Speed (1994/I) because it was a 'bus movie'".

"I'd rather take risks than make something that's cookie cutter."

"The first Miss Congeniality (2000) gave me the chance to do broad comedy that had nothing to do with being the romantic interest. The girl-next-door thing went away with that film and I tend to do characters that I want to be more like. In the beginning, though, I was sort of the 'action girl'. And then with While You Were Sleeping (1995), I was the romantic-comedy girl. But when I took time off, I thought, 'There's something I'm missing here.' I literally had to start from scratch."

"I don't like to talk about personal things. ... And by keeping it private, you have a better shot at a healthy relationship. I learned at a young age that there are certain things you just don't talk about."

"I don't think there's ever what could be called a 'chilled state' in my head."

"My goal now is to remember every place I've been, only do things I love and not say yes when I don't mean it." quoted in WOMAN'S WORLD (7-5-05)

"If I'm blessed with that, I hope I am the best version of me that I can possibly be." - on motherhood to People Magazine.

"Movie sex scenes are never romantic, and you're never swept off your feet. It's always very technical....I'm counting the beats: Okay, we're supposed to kiss for two beats, then I say my line, then they want another kiss for four beats. I'm going, One Mississippi, two Mississippi, three and break. It's like choreography. Sometimes you have actors who feel it's their job to get as far down into your throat as possible. You're like, Excuse me, I like you, but not that much."

"Why do you need one? I don't understand why there needs to be a love interest to make women go see a film. I think society sort of makes us feel that way - that if you don't have a guy, you're worthless.


Sandra Bullock - Filmography


The Blind Side (2009) .... Leigh Anne Tuohy
All About Steve (2009) .... Mary Horowitz
The Proposal (2009/I) .... Margaret Tate
Premonition (2007/I) .... Linda Hanson
Infamous (2006) .... Nelle Harper Lee
The Lake House (2006) .... Kate Forster
Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous (2005) .... Gracie Hart
Loverboy (2005) .... Mrs. Harker
Crash (2004/I) .... Jean Cabot
... aka L.A. Crash (Germany)
"George Lopez" .... Amy (3 episodes, 2002-2004)
- Bachelor Party (2004) TV episode .... Amy
- No Free Launch (2002) TV episode .... Amy
- Happy Birthdays (2002) TV episode .... Amy
Two Weeks Notice (2002) .... Lucy Kelson
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002) .... Siddalee 'Sidda' Walker
Murder by Numbers (2002) .... Cassie Mayweather / Jessica Marie Hudson
... aka Murd3r 8y Num8ers (USA: promotional title)
Miss Congeniality (2000) .... Gracie Hart
... aka Miss Undercover (Europe: DVD title)
28 Days (2000) .... Gwen Cummings
Gun Shy (2000) .... Judy Tipp
... aka Gunshy (Australia: video title)
Forces of Nature (1999) .... Sarah Lewis
The Prince of Egypt (1998) (voice) .... Miriam
Practical Magic (1998) .... Sally Owens
Making Sandwiches (1998) .... Melba Club
Hope Floats (1998) .... Birdee Pruitt
Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997) .... Annie
In Love and War (1996) .... Agnes von Kurowsky
A Time to Kill (1996) .... Ellen Roark
Two If by Sea (1996) .... Roz
... aka Stolen Hearts
The Net (1995) .... Angela Bennett
While You Were Sleeping (1995) .... Lucy Eleanor Moderatz
Who Do I Gotta Kill? (1994) .... Lori
... aka Me and the Mob
Speed (1994/I) .... Annie Porter
Wrestling Ernest Hemingway (1993) .... Elaine
Fire on the Amazon (1993) .... Alyssa Rothman
... aka Lost Paradise
Demolition Man (1993) .... Lt. Lenina Huxley
The Thing Called Love (1993) .... Linda Lue Linden
When the Party's Over (1993) .... Amanda
The Vanishing (1993) .... Diane Shaver
Love Potion No. 9 (1992) .... Diane Farrow
"Lucky Chances" (1990) TV series .... Maria Santangelo
... aka Jackie Collins' Lucky/Chances (USA: complete title)
"Working Girl" .... Tess McGill (12 episodes, 1990)
- Oh, Brother (1990) TV episode .... Tess McGill
- Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1990) TV episode .... Tess McGill
- We Can Work It Out (1990) TV episode .... Tess McGill
- Hungry Heart (1990) TV episode .... Tess McGill
- Two's a Crowd (1990) TV episode .... Tess McGill
(7 more)
Religion, Inc. (1989) .... Debby Cosgrove
... aka A Fool and His Money
The Preppie Murder (1989) (TV) .... Stacy
Who Shot Patakango? (1989) .... Devlin Moran
... aka Breakin' the Rules (UK)
... aka Brooklyn Love Story
... aka Who Shot Pat?
"Starting from Scratch" .... Barbara Webster (1 episode, 1989)
- Confidence Game (1989) TV episode .... Barbara Webster
Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman (1989) (TV) .... Kate Mason
Hangmen (1987) .... Lisa Edwards


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