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Sandra Annette Bullock (born July 26, 1964) is an
American film actress. She came to fame in the 1990s, after roles in successful
films like Speed and While You Were Sleeping, and has since established a career
as a well-known Hollywood leading actress, with one of her most recent film
roles, in 2005's Crash, receiving critical acclaim.
Birth name: Sandra Annette Bullock
Date of birth: July 26, 1964
Birth location: Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Bullock was born in Arlington County, Virginia, to
John Bullock (a Pentagon contractor and part-time vocal coach from Alabama) and
Helga Meyer (a German opera singer who died of cancer on April 4, 2000); her
maternal grandfather was a rocket scientist from Nuremberg. Bullock lived in
Nuremberg until age twelve, where she sang in the opera's childrens' 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, and later attended
Washington-Lee High School, where her graduating class voted her "Most Likely to
Brighten up Your Day".
Bullock subsequently moved to Los Angeles,
California, and was cast in a series of small roles in several independent films
as well as in the lead role of the television version of the film Working Girl.
One of Bullock's first notable movie appearances was in Demolition Man (1993),
which led to her breakthrough 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 (she replaced actress Demi Moore,
who was originally scheduled to star), Miss Congeniality and Two Weeks Notice.
She has been selected as one of People magazine's
50 Most Beautiful People in the World in 1996 and 1999, and has also been ranked
#58 in Empire magazine's Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time list.
Bullock runs her own production company, Fortis
Films; her sister, Gesine Bullock-Prado, is vice-president of the company.
Bullock tried to produce a film based on F.X. Toole's short story Million-Dollar
Baby, but couldn't interest studios in a female boxing drama. The story was
eventually made as the Oscar-winning film Million Dollar Baby (2004).
In 2005, 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's latest film
is 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 the plot revolving around time travel),
Bullock and Reeves were only on set together for two weeks during filming.
Bullock will next appear in Infamous, in which she will play author Harper Lee;
Bullock will also play author Grace Metalious, who was best known for the
controversial novel Peyton Place, in an upcoming film.
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 her husband and her
marriage, Bullock has commented "So basically through a courtship of letters...
I learned about a human being. It was not something I wanted, needed, or looked
for, but because he was a stronger person than I was, spiritually and on a
tolerance level, I was lucky enough that he educated me... I always thought of
marriage as a death sentence, that there'd be a ball and chain, and you'd be
told, 'You need to stop doing these things and become a good little wife.'" Now,
"People say, 'Oh, my God, you're going to have sex with one person the rest of
your life.' I hope I have sex with him for the rest of my life, because I like
it!" Bullock was once engaged to actor Tate Donovan, and had previously dated
football player Troy Aikman, blues guitarist Guy Forsythe, Austin musician Bob
Schneider and film co-stars, Ryan Gosling and Matthew McConaughey.
When the September 11th, 2001 attacks occurred,
Bullock was staying at the Soho Grand hotel, twelve blocks from the World Trade
Center. She saw the attacks from her hotel bedroom window, and went to a nearby
hospital to offer help. As all phone lines in New York City were down, she spent
the rest of the day using her Palm Pilot to send e-mails on behalf of patients
wanting to contact their families.
Bullock has twice donated $1 million to the
American Red Cross, first to its Liberty Disaster Relief Fund and four years
later, in response to the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunamis.
In October 2004, Bullock won a multi-million-dollar
judgment in a lawsuit against Benny Daneshjou, the builder of her Lake Austin,
Texas, mansion; the jury ruled that the house was uninhabitable and it has since
been torn down.
Grace (2006) (in production) (also producer)
Infamous (2006) (completed)
The Lake House (2006)
Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous (2005)
Two Weeks Notice (2002) (also producer)
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002)
Murder by Numbers (2002) (also executive producer)
Miss Congeniality (2000) (also producer)
Welcome to Hollywood (2000) (documentary)
Famous (2000) (Cameo)
28 Days (2000)
Gun Shy (2000) (also producer)
Forces of Nature (1999)
The Prince of Egypt (1998) (voice)
Practical Magic (1998)
Making Sandwiches (1998) (short subject) (also
director and writer)
Hope Floats (1998) (also executive producer)
Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997)
In Love and War (1996)
A Time to Kill (1996)
Two If by Sea (1996)
The Net (1995)
While You Were Sleeping (1995)
Wrestling Ernest Hemingway (1993)
Demolition Man (1993)
The Thing Called Love (1993)
The Vanishing (1993)
Fire on the Amazon (1993)
Love Potion No. 9 (1992)
When the Party's Over (1992)
Who Do I Gotta Kill? (1992)
Who Shot Patakango? (1989)
Religion, Inc. (1989)
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