Sandra Bullock

Hollywood Actress: Sandra Bullock Biography and Profile.
Sandra Annette Bullock (born July 26, 1964) is an Academy Award winning American actress and producer who rose to fame in the 1990s after roles in successful films such as Demolition Man, Speed, The Net, A Time to Kill, and While You Were Sleeping. She continued with films such as Miss Congeniality, The Lake House, and Crash, the third of which received critical acclaim. In 2007, she was ranked as the 14th richest female celebrity with an estimated fortune of US$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, a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role, and the Academy Award for Best Actress, for her role as Leigh Anne Tuohy in The Blind Side. She has been listed in the 2012 Guinness Book Of World Records as the Highest Paid Actress of all time with $56 million.

Early life
Sandra Annette Bullock was born in Arlington, Virginia, daughter of John W. Bullock (born 1925), an United States Army employee and part-time voice coach from Birmingham, Alabama, and his wife Helga D. Meyer (1942–2000), a German opera singer and voice teacher. Bullock's maternal grandfather was a rocket scientist from Nuremberg, Germany. John Bullock, then in charge of the Army's Military Postal Service in Europe, was stationed in Nuremberg when he met his wife. They married in Germany, soon moving to Arlington, where John Bullock worked with the Army Materiel Command, before becoming a contractor for The Pentagon.

Bullock frequently accompanied her mother on her opera tours throughout Europe. She spent time in Salzburg and Nuremberg, where she stayed with her aunt and grandmother and became fluent in German. Bullock studied ballet and vocal arts as a child, taking small parts in her mother's opera productions. She sang in the operas children's choir at the Staatstheater Nürnberg.

Bullock attended Washington-Lee High School, where she was a cheerleader and performed in high school theater productions. After she graduated in 1982, she entered East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. However, she dropped out in her fourth year in spring of 1986, just three credits short of graduating, to become an actress. She moved to Manhattan and supported herself as a bartender, cocktail waitress, and coat checker. She later completed her coursework and graduated from East Carolina University.

Acting
While in New York, Bullock took acting classes with Sanford Meisner. 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 TV movie Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman (1989). Afterward, she 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. A prominent supporting role in the science-fiction/action movie Demolition Man (1993) led to her breakthrough performance in Speed the following year. She became a movie star in the late 1990s, carrying a string of successes, including While You Were Sleeping, and Miss Congeniality in 2000. Bullock received $11 million for Speed 2: Cruise Control, which she agreed to star in for financial backing for her own project, Hope Floats, and has revealed she regrets making the sequel. She later received $17.5 million 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 George Lopez, 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 Two Weeks Notice and in the 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. In 2005, she was a co-recipient of the Women in Film Crystal Award.

In 2008, Sandra Bullock was announced as "the face" of prestigious cosmetic brand Artistry.
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, with co-star Ryan Reynolds, 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 to the Box Office Mojo. It has grossed over $250 million to date, making it her domestic 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, Academy Awards, and the Screen Actors Guild Award for her performance in The Blind Side. Bullock had initially turned down the role three times due to a discomfort with portraying a devout Christian. Winning the "Oscar" also gave her another unique distinction — since she won two "Razzies" the day before, for her performance in All About Steve, she is the only performer ever to have been named both "Best" and "Worst" for the same year. Sandra was asked to return her 2009 "Worst Actress of the Year" Razzie award; however, this wasn't because of a change of heart for Bullock's performance but because Bullock personally accepted her Razzie and accidentally took the original one-of-a-kind prototype Razzie, as opposed to the cheap trinket normally handed out to celebrities.

Personal life
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 first met when Bullock arranged for her ten-year-old godson to meet James as a Christmas present.

In November 2009, Bullock and James entered into a custody battle with James' second ex-wife, former pornographic actress Janine Lindemulder, with whom James had a child. Bullock and James subsequently won full legal custody of James' five-year-old daughter.

In March 2010, a scandal arose when several women claimed to have had affairs with James during his marriage to Bullock. Bullock cancelled European promotional appearances for The Blind Side citing "unforeseen personal reasons". On March 18, 2010, James responded to the rumors of infidelity by issuing a public apology to Bullock. He stated, "The vast majority of the allegations reported are untrue and unfounded" and "Beyond that, I will not dignify these private matters with any further public comment." James declared that "There is only one person to blame for this whole situation, and that is me", and asked that his wife and children one day "find it in their hearts to forgive me" for their current "pain and embarrassment". James’ publicist subsequently announced on March 30, 2010, that James had checked into a rehab facility "to deal with personal issues" and "save his marriage" to Bullock. However on April 28, 2010, it was reported that Bullock had filed for divorce on April 23 in Austin. Their divorce was finalized on June 28, 2010, with "conflict of personalities" cited as the reason.

Bullock announced on April 28, 2010, that she had proceeded with plans to adopt a baby boy born in January 2010 in New Orleans. Bullock and James had begun an initial adoption process four years earlier. The child began living with them in January 2010, but they chose to keep the news private until after the Oscars in March 2010. However, given the couple's separation and then divorce, Bullock continued the adoption of the baby, named Louis Bardo Bullock, as a single parent.

In November 2011 a close friend of both Sandra Bullock and ex co-star Keanu Reeves confirmed that the two are an official couple 17 years after they met.

Filmography
YearTitleRoleNotes
1987HangmenLisa Edwards
1989Religion, Inc. (aka "A Fool and His Money")Debby
1989Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic WomanKate Mason
1989Who Shot Patakango?Devlin Moran
1989The Preppie MurderStacy
1990Lucky/ChancesMaria Santangelo
1992Who Do I Gotta Kill? (aka "Me and the Mob")Lori
1992When the Party's OverAmanda
1992Love Potion No. 9Diane Farrow
1993The VanishingDiane Shaver
1993The Thing Called LoveLinda Lue Linden
1993Demolition ManLt. Lenina HuxleyNominated—Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress
1993Fire on the AmazonAlyssa Rothman
1993Wrestling Ernest HemingwayElaine
1994SpeedAnnie PorterSaturn Award for Best Actress
MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance
MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo (with Keanu Reeves)
MTV Movie Award for Most Desirable Female
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss (with Keanu Reeves)
1995While You Were SleepingLucy ModeratzNominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Most Desirable Female
1995The NetAngela Bennett/
Ruth Marx
1996Two If by SeaRoz
1996A Time to KillEllen RoarkBlockbuster Entertainment Awards for Favorite Actress
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance
1996In Love and WarAgnes Von Kurowsky
1997Speed 2: Cruise ControlAnnie PorterNominated—Razzie Award for Worst Actress
Nominated—Razzie Award for Worst Screen Couple (with Jason Patric)
1997Making SandwichesMelba ClubDebut—Sundance Film Festival; also writer, director, and producer
1998Hope FloatsRoberta "Birdee" PruittExecutive Producer
1998Practical MagicSally OwensCo - Producer
1998The Prince of Egypt (animated film)Miriam(Voice)
1999Forces of NatureSarah Lewis
2000Gun ShyJudy TippProducer
200028 DaysGwen Cummings
2000Miss CongenialityGracie Hart/
Gracie Lou Freebush
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Also Producer
2002Murder by NumbersCassie Mayweather
/Jessica Marie Hudson
Executive Producer
2002Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya SisterhoodSiddalee Walker
2002Two Weeks NoticeLucy KelsonProducer
2004CrashJean CabotBlack Reel Award for Best Ensemble
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated—Gotham Awards for Best Ensemble
2005LoverboyMrs. Harker
2005Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and FabulousGracie HartProducer
2006The Lake HouseKate ForsterTeen Choice Award for Best Liplock (with Keanu Reeves)
2006InfamousNelle Harper Lee
2007PremonitionLinda Hanson
2009The ProposalMargaret TateTeen Choice Award for Best Dance (with Betty White)
Teen Choice Award for Best Romantic Comedy Actress
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Chemistry(with Ryan Reynolds)
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Summer: Movie Star—Female
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Liplock (with Ryan Reynolds)
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss (with Ryan Reynolds)
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance
Nominated—People's Choice Award for Favorite On Screen Team(with Ryan Reynolds)
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy

Producer
2009All About SteveMary HorowitzProducer
Razzie Award for Worst Actress
Razzie Award for Worst Screen Couple (with Bradley Cooper)
Nominated—Razzie Award for Worst Picture
2009The Blind SideLeigh Anne TuohyAcademy Award for Best Actress
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress (tied with Meryl Streep)
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Teen Choice Award for Best Actress Drama
MTV Generation Award
Nominated—Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Denver Film Critics Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Nominated—Washington D.C. Area Films Critics Association for Best Actress
2011Extremely Loud and Incredibly ClosePost-production
2012GravityPost-production

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