Date of Birth: July 26, 1964
Place of Birth: Arlington, Virginia, USA
Height: 5' 7½"
Best Known For: Speed
|Sandra Bullock Biography
Born in a Virginia suburb of Washington, DC, to German opera singer, Helga Meyer, and Alabama-born voice teacher John Bullock, Sandra Bullock grew up on the road with her parents and younger sister. She lived in Fürth, Germany for 12 years of her childhood. She started singing in Germany, where she also studied ballet and performed small parts in her mother's operas. Her family moved back to the Washington area when she was a teenager.
Bullock attended Washington-Lee High School where she was a cheerleader and was voted "Most Likely to Brighten up Your Day" by her class. She later enrolled in E. Carolina University in North Carolina, where she majored in drama. She left ECU during the spring semester of her senior year, only three credits short of graduating, to pursue acting in New York City. She later received an honorary degree from ECU.
When she arrived in New York, Bullock found it difficult to establish herself. She soon moved to Los Angeles, California and landed a series of small roles in several independent films and, eventually, she got the lead role in the TV version of the movie Working Girl. She went on to give memorable performances in Demolition Man (1993) and Wrestling Ernest Hemingway (1993), but her big break came when she was cast in the smash hit Speed (1994). Speed launched Bullock into the spotlight and led her to star in movies like While You Were Sleeping and A Time To Kill, where she began earning a seven digit salary.
In 1996, Bullock starred in Two If by Sea, a romantic comedy co-starring Denis Leary. She also appeared in In Love and War and A Farewell to Arms that same year. Bullock starred in the sequel to Speed; Speed 2: Cruise Control in 1997.
Bullock began her own production company called Fortis Films, and her first project was Hope Floats in 1998. Even though it only achieved minimal success, her career came back in full force when she starred opposite Nicole Kidman in Practical Magic, and lent her voice to The Prince of Egypt, both in 1998. 1999 started very well for Bullock with her role in the romantic comedy Forces of Nature, opposite Ben Affleck and 28 Days in which she plays a recovering alcoholic.
In 2000, Bullock starred in the hit Miss Congeniality, and was next seen in the 2002 thriller Murder By Numbers. Also in 2002, Bullock appeared in Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, co-starring Ashley Judd, and the romantic comedy Two Weeks Notice, with Hugh Grant.
Bullock received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on March 24, 2005. That same year, she appeared in the Academy Award winning film, Crash, playing a middle aged white L.A. woman of privilege who, after a traumatic carjacking, angrily acts out on all of her worst prejudices and racial fears. She next re-teamed with her Speed co-star Keanu Reeves for The Lake House (2006), as a doctor and an architecture school dropout. That same year, Bullock appeared in Infamous, playing author Harper Lee. Bullock then stared in the 2007 drama Premonition with Julian McMahon. In 2008, she will be seen in the comedy, All About Steve, with Thomas Haden Church, and in 2009, she is set to appear in the romantic comedy, The Proposal, with Ryan Reynolds.Bullock married motorcycle builder and Monster Garage host Jesse James on July 16, 2005. In the past, she had previously dated Troy Aikman, Matthew McConaughey, and Ryan Gosling. She was once engaged to actor Tate Donovan, her co-star in Love Potion No. 9.
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