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Who is Sandra Annette Bullock?

Who is Sandra Annette Bullock? The acting world knows her as Sandra Bullock, She 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.[1] In 2009, Bullock starred in the most financially successful films of her career, The Proposal[2] and The Blind Side.[3] 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.

Sandra Annette Bullock was born July 26, 1964 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.[4][5] Bullock's maternal grandfather was a rocket scientist from Nuremberg, Germany.[6] Bullock lived in Nuremberg until age twelve, where she sang in the opera's children's choir at the Staatstheater Nürnberg.[7] 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.[8] 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.[8] She moved to Manhattan to pursue auditions and supported herself with a variety of odd jobs (bartender, cocktail waitress, coat checker, etc.)[8]

Bullock later completed her coursework at East Carolina University.[9]

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.[8] 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).[8]

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[8] and $17.5 million dollars for Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous.[8]

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[10] 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.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13] 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.[14] 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.[15][16] 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".[17]

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.[18] Her father, John Bullock, is the company's CEO.[19] 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).[20] 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.[21] 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.[22]

Since November 2006, Bullock has owned an Austin, Texas restaurant, Bess Bistro.[23] 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.[24]

Bullock was once engaged to actor Tate Donovan,
whom she met while filming Love Potion No. 9; their relationship lasted four years.[8] She previously dated football player Troy Aikman, Austin musician Bob Schneider (for two years),[8] 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.[25]

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.[26] In 2010, she donated $1 million to relief efforts in Haiti following the devastating Haiti earthquake. [27]

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.[28] 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.[29] In May 2007, Bullock won a three-year restraining order against the woman. Valentine pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated assault and stalking.[30]

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.[31]

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.[32]

llock is reportedly consulting with divorce attorneys, prompting speculation that the Oscar-winning actress is planning to dissolve her marriage to reality star Jesse James. The Blind Side actress — whose husband cheated on her with tattoo model Michelle ‘Bombshell’ McGee — has reportedly asked her assistants to search for a “high-end” legal team to represent her if she decides to split from the motorcycle enthusiast for good
Year Film Role Notes
1987 Hangmen Lisa Edwards
1989 Religion, Inc. Debby
Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman

Kate Mason
Who Shot Patakango? Devlin Moran
The Preppie Murder Stacy
1990 Lucky/Chances Maria Santangelo
1992 Who Do I Gotta Kill? Lori
When the Party's Over

Love Potion No. 9

Diane Farrow
1993 The Vanishing

Diane Shaver
The Thing Called Love Linda Lue Linden
Demolition Man

Lt. Lenina Huxley
Fire on the Amazon

Alyssa Rothman
Wrestling Ernest Hemingway

1994 Speed

Annie Porter Saturn Award for Best Actress
1995 While You Were Sleeping

Lucy Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
The Net

Angela Bennett/Ruth Marx

Two If by Sea Roz

A Time to Kill
Ellen Roark

In Love and War

Agnes von Kurowsky

Speed 2: Cruise Control Annie Porter
"Making Sandwiches" actor/writer/director/producer Debut — Sundance Film Festival
1998 Hope Floats

Birdee Pruitt Lone Star Film & Television Award for Best Actress
Practical Magic Sally Owens

The Prince of Egypt
(animated film)

Miriam (Voice)
1999 Forces of Nature

Sarah Lewis
2000 Gun Shy

Judy Tipp
28 Days Gwen Cummings

Miss Congeniality

Gracie Hart Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
2002 Murder by Numbers

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood Siddalee Walker

Two Weeks Notice

Lucy Kelson
2004 Crash

Jean Cabot Black Reel Award for Best Ensemble
Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2005 Farm of the Yard Amanda (Voice)

Mrs. Harker
Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous Gracie Hart
The Lake House
Kate Forster


Nelle Harper Lee
2007 Premonition

Linda Hanson
2009 Farm of the Yard: Saddles for Wild Horses Amanda (Voice)
The Proposal

Margaret Tate

Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress — Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
All About Steve

Mary Horowitz

Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress

The Blind Side

Leigh Anne Tuohy Academy 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
Nominated—Washington DC Area Film Critics Association for Best Actress
Nominated—Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Nominated— Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Nominated—San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress

Sandra Bullock's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Many of Bullock's films have been financial successes. According to The Numbers, her total domestic gross stands at $1.7 billion, placing her among the Top 100 Stars at the Box Office;[33] as of 2009, her films have grossed over $3.1 billion worldwide.[34]

Critics, while praising her screen persona,[35] have been less receptive to her films. As of the 2009 release of The Proposal, Mark Kermode said she's made only three "good" films in her career—Speed, While You Were Sleeping, and Crash, and says "she's funny, she's gorgeous, it's impossible not to love her and yet she makes rotten film after rotten film after rotten film."[36] As of 18th December 2009, Bullock has appeared on three Entertainment Weekly covers.

Bullock is the recipient of the Academy Award for Best Actress in 2010 for her role in The Blind Side. She became the first actor to win a Golden Raspberry Award and an Academy Award in the same year.

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