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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Who is Starlet Marie Jones?

Who is Starlet Marie Jones?The News world knows her as Star Jones. Previously she was Star Jones Reynolds. Jone is an American lawyer and television personality, best known for her role as a co-host of the ABC weekday morning talk show The View.

Jones was born March 24, 1962 in Badin, North Carolina, Star moved to New Jersey as a small child where she graduated from Notre Dame High School in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.[1] She earned a B.A. degree in The Administration of Justice at American University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Houston Law Center. She is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. She was initiated in the Lambda Zeta Chapter at American University.

Jones was recruited by Court TV in 1991 as a commentator for the William Kennedy Smith rape trial, and spent several years as a legal correspondent for NBC's Today and NBC Nightly News.

She left NBC in 1994 to host her own court show Jones & Jury. Although the show was canceled after one year, Jones quickly was signed up as chief legal analyst on Inside Edition, where she was assigned to lead the coverage of the O.J. Simpson murder trial and was the only reporter to interview Simpson during his civil trial.

In 1997, Jones joined The View as a co-host, a role that increased her public exposure significantly. She was The View's first African-American co-host.

On June 27, 2006, Jones officially reported that she would be leaving The View after nine seasons as co-host. She told People Magazine that the decision to leave was not her own. "What you don't know is that my contract was not renewed for the 10th season ... I feel like I was fired." She found out her contract would not be renewed just days before Rosie O'Donnell's addition to the show was announced.[2]

The following day, Barbara Walters, claiming she had been "blindsided"[3] announced that effective immediately Jones Reynolds no longer would appear on The View, except for segments that had already been pre-taped—which proved to be minimal. When the series went into summer reruns, only programs in which she had been absent from the panel were rebroadcast. Jones was removed from the opening credits, leaving only Walters, Joy Behar, and Elisabeth Hasselbeck. In addition to being removed from the credits, Jones was immediately removed from the ABC.com website. After June 27, her only appearances on The View were on the Friday June 30, 2006 episode, which was taped prior to her departure, and then replayed on Tuesday July 4, 2006.

Shortly after, Jones joined Larry King on his talk show to defend her position and respond to questions about why ABC had refused to renew her contract. The network claimed that not only did Jones's excessive reports about her wedding plans alienate viewers, but her acceptance of clothing and merchandise for the event, in exchange for mentions on The View, was in violation of network policy. When questioned about these issues by King, Jones adamantly stated that every mention of her wedding and those connected to it on The View was specifically approved and negotiated by the network themselves, clearly not in violation of any policy. She also reminded viewers that the ratings during that time were the highest ratings The View had in the nine years she was a co-host.[4]

Media reports on March 7, 2007 stated that Star Jones would return to truTV (formerly Court TV) as the new Executive Editor of their Daytime Programming and would host a live weekday talk show based on the law and pop culture. It premiered on August 20.

On January 31, 2008, it was announced that Jones and truTV has mutually decided to end their relationship as the network made changes in their programming selection. The final episode of the Star Jones program aired on February 1, 2008. "[Jones'] show averaged 186,000 viewers and, by its final telecast, was down in the neighborhood of 85,000." (Washington Post, Feb. 2008) She will remain a legal expert contributor to "In Session" trial coverage. She was making $8 million a year from Court TV.[5]

From September 2004 to September 2005, Jones was a red-carpet host for the E! television network, conducting interviews at awards shows. Jones and E! declined to renew her contract after one year. [6]

In July 2006, Jones hosted a week of the HGTV program House Hunters, in New York City. Her appearance on the program "scored the largest household ratings in the cable channel's history." [7]

In December 2006, for three days, Jones sat in for Michael Eric Dyson to guest host his radio show in his absence. Also that month, she produced for the Cathy Hughes-owned TV-One cable station The Star Jones-Reynolds Report, which reported on events that tremendously affected the African American community the previous year.

On April 2, 2007, she sat in as host of Larry King Live, interviewing Beyoncé Knowles while Larry was on vacation.

She appeared in "Screwed," the eighth season finale of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. While her character was also named Star Jones, she was not playing herself, but rather a prosecutor from Brooklyn—a position she held earlier in her career.

She hosted Oxygen Network's hit reality television show The Bad Girls Club Season 2 reunion episode, which aired on May 20, 2008.

On April 22, 2009 Jones appeared on the syndicated talk show Dr. Phil. As a former Brooklyn, NY Homicide Prosecutor, Jones sat on a legal panel to discuss the alleged murder of Sandra Cantu by Melissa Huckaby.

On July 17, 2009, Jones appeared on a celebrity version of Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?, where she won $25,000 to benefit The East Harlem School at Exodus House, a New York City middle school for underserved populations.


Jones has written two books. The first, You Have to Stand for Something, or You'll Fall for Anything, is a collection of autobiographical essays published in 1998. In January 2006, Jones published her second book, Shine: A Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Journey to Finding Love, detailing changes she made to re-shape her life, including her marriage and dramatic weight loss.

Jones married investment banker Al Reynolds on November 13, 2004. The much-publicized wedding was held at Saint Bartholomew's Church in New York City in front of five hundred guests, and featured three matrons of honor, twelve bridesmaids, two junior bridesmaids, three best men, twelve groomsmen, three junior groomsmen, six footmen, four ring bearers and four flower girls. More than thirty corporate "sponsors" donated wedding attire and merchandise for the event, in exchange for mentions in the media and on Jones' website.[8] WE: Women's Entertainment named Jones Reynolds the top bridezilla of 2004.

Immediately after the wedding, Jones added her husband's last name to her own and began using Star Jones Reynolds professionally. In an interview in the August 24, 2007 issue of Entertainment Weekly, she explained she reverted to Star Jones professionally in order to keep her public persona separate from her private self.

Among the issues that emerged while Jones was a host on The View was her weight loss, which seemed to occur fairly suddenly, after her years of weight struggles. Viewers and commentators suspected that she had had gastric bypass surgery. However, in 2006, when Jones was a guest on Bob and the Showgram on WDCG 105.1 FM in Raleigh, North Carolina and was asked whether she had had such surgery, she denied it.


However, in a September, 2007, interview in Glamour magazine, she revealed she had, indeed, undergone gastric bypass surgery in August of 2003, resulting in a loss of 160 pounds over three years.[9] A number of commentators criticized Jones for refusing to be honest and for claiming, for some time, that she had lost weight via diet and exercise.

On March 9, 2008, MSNBC reported that Jones and Reynolds were "calling it quits."[10]. Fueling the fire about the circumstances around the divorce were pictures posted online of Jones with Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade, sparking rumors of an affair. [11]

Three years after her marriage to banker Al Reynolds, Jones filed divorce papers March 26, 2008 in New York Supreme Court in Manhattan.[12]


On March 17, 2010, Star underwent cardiac surgery from a surgery she had three decades ago from a thoracic tumor.[13]

  • In June 2003, Jones was sued by a landscaping company, which alleged she had agreed to ensure that the firm would receive credit for their work on a rooftop garden for her Upper East Side penthouse duplex in a quid pro quo exchange. The work was done in advance of an article about her home in the October 2003 issue of Architectural Digest. The Smoking Gun website published a copy of a letter she signed which agreed to the deal. The lawsuit was eventually dismissed in Jones' favor.[14]
  • Jones was named to PETA's "Worst Dressed" List four years in a row. [15] An anti-fur ad from PETA featured drag queen Flotilla DeBarge dressed as Jones in a spoof. Jones threatened to sue PETA and DeBarge as a result of the ad. [16]
  • Rosie O'Donnell, who was hired to replace Meredith Vieira on The View, has criticized Jones Reynolds for not publicly admitting to having gastric bypass surgery. Joy Behar also made a small joke on The View after guest co-host Kathy Griffin asked "Where's Star?" and Behar replied, "No one knows, because she got so skinny, she disappeared."
  • A non-profit Detroit women's group, Full and Fabulous, invited Jones Reynolds to speak at their "Health, Beauty and Self-Esteem" conference during the 2006 Super Bowl in Detroit. The group claimed Jones Reynolds demanded a first-class airfare, a suite at a five-star hotel, and $30,000 to show up. On November 2, 2007, she [was] accused of "stealing" from a Michigan non-profit organization after accepting plane tickets from them to party during the 2006 NFL Super Bowl. Jones allegedly changed the flight by moving the departure up two hours, doubling the cost of the flight, without the approval of the organization. The group then told Detroit TV station WXYZ that Jones Reynolds elected to party during the Super Bowl weekend and to plug her book rather than attend the conference. However, Jones Reynolds' representative refutes the group's claims, branding them "distorted." According to the spokesperson, Jones honored all contractual terms of the deal, and the organization fabricated a fascinating story to make a meaningful name for themselves.[17] But neither Jones nor her spokesman have provided any evidence to support their claims. Full and Fabulous took Star to small claims court in Detroit. Jones never showed up for the hearing nor did she respond to any of the court papers. The judge ordered Jones to pay back Full and Fabulous US $20,000. Jones has yet to obey the court order and pay the group back.
  • Jones wrote an open letter to Bill O'Reilly in response to comments made towards Michelle Obama. O'Reilly was quoted as saying, "I don't want to go on a lynching party against Michelle Obama unless there's evidence, hard facts, that say this is how the woman really feels. If that's how she really feels — that is a bad country or a flawed nation, whatever — then that's legit. We'll track it down."
  • On September 16, 2001, Star Jones declared on The View that she "would not vote for an atheist" for president, although an atheist "could babysit her kid—possibly".[18] She refused to apologize for her comments,[19] ultimately resulting in a call for a boycott against Payless ShoeSource who signed her on as a spokeswoman during the midst of the controversy.[20]
  • Various rumors have been circulating about the sexual orientation of Star's then husband. In 2005 a radio station retracted a claim that Al Reynolds patronized Las Vegas gay bars,[3] and more recently the couple sued the National Enquirer for falsely claiming that Al Reynolds is gay.[4]
  • In May 2008, in response to the publication of her former boss Barbara Walters' autobiography Audition, Star released a statement: "It is a sad day when an icon like Barbara Walters, in the sunset of her life, is reduced to publicly branding herself as an adulterer, humiliating an innocent family with accounts of her illicit affair and speaking negatively against me all for the sake of selling a book," Jones told US Magazine. "It speaks to her true character." [21]

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Who is Carol Leifer?

Who is Carol Leifer? Leifer is an American comedienne, writer, producer and actor whose career as a stand-up comedian started in the 1970s when she was in college. David Letterman discovered her performing in a comedy club in the 1980s and she has since been a guest on Late Night With David Letterman over twenty-five times as well as numerous other shows and venues.[2] Leifer was on the Celebrity Apprentice, her team put up a good effort but lost the challenge, her team with much regret voted her off. Leifer was the first Celebrity to be voted off the show

She has written many television scripts including for The Larry Sanders Show, Saturday Night Live, and most notably, Seinfeld.[2]

Leifer's "inner monologue" observational style is often autobiographical encompassing subjects about her Jewish ancestry and upbringing, coming out, same-sex marriage, relationships (having been married previously to a man and now partnered with a woman) and parenting.[2][3][4]

Leifer recently became vegan, saying “I recently became vegan because I felt that as a Jewish lesbian, I wasn’t part of a small enough minority. So now I’m a Jewish lesbian vegan.”[5][6][7]

Leifer was born July 27, 1956 on East Williston, New York, to an Ashkenazi Jewish family, the daughter of Anna, a psychologist, and Seymour Leifer, an optometrist.[8]

While studying for a theater degree at Binghamton University, Leifer accompanied her then boyfriend Paul Reiser to a comedy club to see him perform at the open mic night at Catch A Rising Star.[4] Later she tried performing at New York's Comic Strip and was introduced by emcee Jerry Seinfeld.[4] All three have had successful television and comedy careers.[4]

Leifer is a stand-up comedian, writer, producer and actor and has been involved in such television shows as Seinfeld, It's Like, You Know..., Alright Already, and The Larry Sanders Show. With Mitchell Hurwitz, she is the creator of the short-lived The Ellen Show (2001). In 1988, she had her own special on Cinemax titled Carol Doesn't Leifer Anymore, which was produced by David Letterman. This was shortly followed several more specials, tiled Carol Leifer Comedy Cruise (1989), Really Big Show (1990), and Gaudy, Baudy, and Blue (1992). She was a writer on Saturday Night Live during the 1985/1986 season.

She has performed on Late Night With David Letterman 25 times, but has only been on Dave's show once since 1992. Carol has also appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Dr. Katz, Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, Hollywood Squares, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Her hosting duties have included four seasons of A&E's Caroline's Comedy Hour, as well as guest stints on Talk Soup and Later.

Leifer starred in, created and executive-produced the WB sitcom Alright Already. called one of the "10 Best New Shows of the New Season" by the Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post. Despite good reviews, the show only ran one season.


Her stand-up experience includes opening for Jerry Seinfeld and Frank Sinatra. Sinatra praised Leifer as "one funny broad!" and "I wish my mother had been that funny - I wouldn't have had to work so hard."[2] She continues working the stand-up circuit and is reportedly writing an original picture for Dreamworks. Additionally, Leifer is a writer and co-executive producer on the CBS sitcom Rules of Engagement.

In September 2007, Leifer won an auction for the handwritten notes used by Michael Vick during his apology for his role in dogfighting.[9]

Leifer is currently in a committed relationship with Lori Wolf, who works in commercial real estate.[10][11] They share a $3.2-million, 5,000 square foot home in the Santa Monica Hills.[11] They have one son, named Bruno Leifer-Wolf, who was born January 17, 2007.[12]

Her first book of humorous essays, entitled When You Lie About Your Age, The Terrorists Win was released on March 10, 2009.[13][14] In it, she discusses the moment she discovered she might be gay and how her life has changed for the better.[15]


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Who is Monique Imes-Jackson?

Who is Monique Imes-Jackson?[1] She is professionally known as Mo'Nique. She is an American comedienne and actress. Mo'Nique rose to fame in the UPN series The Parkers while also making a name for herself as a stand-up comedian hosting a variety of venues including Showtime at the Apollo. Mo'Nique transitioned to film with roles in such films as Phat Girlz, and Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins. In 2009, she received critical praise for her role in the film Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire. She has won numerous awards including an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Golden Globe Award, and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award for her performance in Precious. She is the 16th African American actress to receive a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress,

and the 4th to win. She hosts The Mo'Nique Show, a late night talk show that premiered in 2009 on BET.






Mo'Nique was born December 11, 1967 in Woodlawn, Maryland.[1] She is the youngest of four children born to Steven Imes, Jr., a drug counselor, and Alice Imes, an engineer.[2] Mo'Nique graduated from Milford Mill High School in Baltimore County and attended Morgan State University.[3]

Before obtaining success in her chosen career, Mo'Nique worked as a phone sex operator. She was in charge of monitoring the phone call conversations.[4] She got her start in comedy at the downtown Baltimore Comedy Factory Outlet when her brother Steve dared her to perform at an open mic night.

She is best known for the role of Nicole "Nikki" Parker on the UPN television series The Parkers. The show ran from 1999 to 2004. Mo'Nique was subsequently featured on a number of leading stand-up venues, including stints on Showtime at the Apollo, Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam, and Thank God You're Here.


She was also named hostess of Showtime at the Apollo, and is currently the hostess and executive producer of Mo'Nique's Fat Chance, a beauty pageant for plus-sized women, on the Oxygen cable network. She hosted the first season of Flavor of Love Girls: Charm School on VH1, where she crowned Saaphyri as the winner.


Her 2007 documentary I Coulda Been Your Cellmate!, focuses on women who are incarcerated. Mo'Nique touches on the common factors that bring many women into the penal system while interviewing women one-on-one. In the interviews, she does not shy away from the facts of what happened or excuse the actions of the inmates but she attempts to help the women see the worth they still hold. The documentary was in conjunction with the filming of a comedy special at the Ohio Reformatory for Women also known as The Farm. In 2007, she had a guest starring role on the hit television series, Ugly Betty as L'Amanda, Mode's weekend security guard.


Mo'Nique stars in her own late-night talk show called The Mo'Nique Show. Taped in Atlanta, the show premiered October 5, 2009 on BET.[5]


Mo'Nique has had a number of supporting roles in film. She appears in the 2008 comedy film, Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins with Martin Lawrence. She has had roles in Beerfest, 3 Strikes, Two Can Play That Game, Half Past Dead, and Garfield: The Movie, in which she voiced a CGI character but her role was cut from the movie. She also appeared in Soul Plane.


In 2005, Mo'Nique played a significant role in the Tony Scott bounty hunter thriller Domino, co-starring Keira Knightley and Mickey Rourke. In 2006, Mo'Nique was cast as the lead in Phat Girlz, a comedy about an aspiring plus size fashion designer struggling to find love and acceptance. The film was met with lukewarm response from critics and fans. It did earn back its $3 million production cost in its first weekend of release.[6]



She was featured in soul singer Anthony Hamilton's video "Sista Big Bones", the second single from his Ain't Nobody Worryin' album. She plays the role of a beautiful plus sized woman whom Anthony secretly admires because she has always loved herself.


Mo'Nique hosted the 2003 and 2004 BET Awards and appeared as the host again for the 2007 BET Awards. She received positive responses in July 2004 with her opening performance of Beyoncé's famous "Crazy in Love" dance; as well as in 2007 by performing her "Déjà Vu".


Mo'Nique claimed on the January 28, 2008 Oprah Winfrey Show that Martin Lawrence gave her invaluable advice about show business: "He pulled me to the side and he said, 'Listen, don't ever let them tell you what you can't have.' Since that day, I've made some of the best deals I've ever made in my career because it keeps ringing in my head. ... It will stay with me forever."[7]



In 2009, Mo'Nique appeared in the film Precious, directed by Lee Daniels. She won the Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize for her critically acclaimed performance in the film. The African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) awarded Mo'Nique with the Best Supporting Actress Award in December of 2009. They also announced that Mo'Nique received the AAFCA's first ever unanimous vote in an acting category. Moreover, she received "Best Supporting Actress" awards from the Stockholm International Film Festival, the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the Boston Society of Film Critics, the New York Film Critics Online, the New York Film Critics Circle, the Southeastern Film Critics Association, the San Francisco Film Critics Circle, the Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association, the Las Vegas Film Critics Society, the Utah Film Critics Association, the Detroit Film Critics Society, the Indiana Film Critics Association, the Online Film Critics Society, the National Society of Film Critics Awards, the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, and the Critics Choice Awards. Time magazine ranked Mo'Nique's outstanding performance as the "Best Female Performance of 2009," beating performances by Meryl Streep, Sandra Bullock, Carey Mulligan, Julianne Moore and Marion Cotillard. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress along with a Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, Independent Spirit Award, and the BAFTA Award[8][9][10][11]

It has been reported that Mo'Nique will next appear in the Big Screen Adaptation of J. Eric's Novel "A Place In Heaven" along with Leonardo DiCaprio.

Mo'Nique's first play was Eve Ensler's Obie Award-winning production of The Vagina Monologues, in March 2002. Mo'Nique, along with Ella Joyce (Roc); Wendy Raquel Robinson (The Steve Harvey Show and The Game) and Vanessa Bell Calloway (What's Love Got to Do with It), were the first all black celebrity cast to perform The Vagina Monologues. Executive produced by YYP & Associates, LLC, the show was produced and directed by noted theater producer/director, Yetta Young.


Mo'Nique is the author of the best-selling book Skinny Women Are Evil: Notes of a Big Girl in a Small-Minded World. She also released a 2006 cookbook called Skinny Cooks Can't Be Trusted.


Mo'nique was part of the Washington DC WHUR radio show with George Wilborn.

In 2006 she occasionally filled in for afternoon personality Michael Baisden when his contract with ABC Radio was in the process of getting renewed.[12]In 2008, Radio One inked a deal for her to get her own radio show, Mo'Nique In the Afternoon (or The Mo'Nique Show) which premiered on several Radio One-owned Urban Adult Contemporary-formatted R&B/soul radio stations in July 2008. The show lasted until March 18, 2009 when Mo'Nique decided leave to "further her career in television, film, and comedy."[13]Mo'Nique was briefly engaged to accountant Kenny Mung.[14]

Prior to her current marriage, Mo'Nique was married and divorced twice. She has twin sons Jonathan and David, and another son, Shalon. She and her husband, Sidney Hicks, have what she calls an open marriage, as she mentioned in a profile in The New York Times:





We have an agreement that we'll always be honest, and if sex happens with another person, that's not a deal breaker for us, that's not something where we'll have to say, 'Oh God, we've got to go to divorce court because you cheated on me.' Because we don't cheat".[15]

She later clarified her comments on an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show that aired January 28, 2008. She told Oprah Winfrey that in her prior marriages, she was constantly searching for "that extra oomph".[16] Mo'Nique explained, "When I said I had an open marriage, people automatically jumped to sex. They automatically went there. But I've been best friends with my husband since we were 14 years old. When we say open, we're very honest. There are no secrets. Oftentimes you have people that are married, but they're strangers, and we refuse to be those people".[17] She concluded, "I've had to sneak and I've had to lie, and I don't want to do that any more. But my husband is so awesome and so fine and so—oh, girl....No other man can compare".[17]


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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

Amanda
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

Elaine
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
1996

Two If by Sea Roz

A Time to Kill
Ellen Roark

In Love and War


Agnes von Kurowsky

1997
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

Cassie
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)
Loverboy

Mrs. Harker
Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous Gracie Hart
2006
The Lake House
Kate Forster

Infamous

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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