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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 26 July 1964Arlington, Virginia, USA
Birth NameSandra Annette Bullock
Nicknames Sandy
America's Sweetheart
The Girl Next Door
Height 5' 7½" (1.71 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Sandra Bullock was born in a Virginia suburb of Washington, D.C., to Helga (Meyer), a German opera singer, and John W. Bullock, a U.S. voice teacher from Alabama. She grew up on the road with her parents and younger sister. She often performed in the children's chorus of whatever production her mother was in. That singing talent later came in handy for her role as an aspiring country singer in The Thing Called Love (1993). Her family moved back to the Washington area when she was adolescent. She later enrolled in East Carolina University in North Carolina, where she studied acting. Shortly afterward she moved to New York to pursue a career on the stage. This led to acting in television programs and then feature films. She gave memorable performances in Demolition Man (1993) and Wrestling Ernest Hemingway (1993), but did not achieve the stardom that seemed inevitable for her until her work in the smash hit Speed (1994). She now ranks as one of the most popular actresses in Hollywood. For her role in The Blind Side (2009) she won the Oscar, and her blockbusters The Proposal (2009), The Heat (2013) and Gravity (2013) made her a bankable star. With $56,000,000, she was listed in the Guinness Book Of World Records as the highest-paid actress in the world.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: David Montgomery <djmont@aol.com>

Spouse (1)

Jesse James (16 July 2005 - 28 June 2010) (divorced)

Trivia (114)

(April 4, 2000) Her mother, opera singer Helga Bullock, died in Arlington, Virginia.
Chosen by People (USA) magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World (1999).
Ranked #58 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]
Chosen by People (USA) magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World (1996).
While working on Two If by Sea (1996), discovered she is allergic to horses.
She replaced Demi Moore in While You Were Sleeping (1995)
Wrote and performed her own song "Heaven Knocking On My Door" in The Thing Called Love (1993).
Replaced Lori Petty in Demolition Man (1993).
Her father, John W. Bullock (born 1925), a voice coach, was born in Birmingham, Alabama, USA, of English, Irish, German, Swiss-German, and French descent. Her mother, Helga Bullock (1942-2000), an opera singer and voice teacher, was German, and was born in Nüremberg (Germany).
Attended East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.
Attended and graduated from Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, Virginia in 1982. She was a cheerleader. (Shirley MacLaine (who was also a cheerleader) and Warren Beatty also attended this high school).
Voted best actress by the readers of the "US Magazine" in 1995.
Voted "Best Actress" by viewers of MTV's "The Big Picture" in 1994 and 1995.
Voted "Most Likely to Brighten Up Your Day" by her high school class.
Received the scar on her head when she fell into a lake and cut her head on a rock.
Her younger sister, Gesine Bullock-Prado, broke Sandy's nose with her elbow while opening a garage door when they were kids.
Spent time at a Rehabilitation Clinic to research her role in 28 Days (2000).
Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#27) (1995).
Was considered for the lead in Runaway Bride (1999), which went to Julia Roberts.
Speaks German fluently.
Was engaged to Tate Donovan.
Owns a home in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Born at 3:15 AM.
Has appeared in Bob Schneider's music video "Round and Round" (2000).
While filming 28 Days (2000), in New York, she stayed in former co-star Dennis Hopper's apartment.
Replaced Nancy McKeon on the situation comedy Working Girl (1990).
Her younger sister is Gesine Bullock-Prado, a lawyer and Vice-President of Fortis Films, aged 33 (2001).
Studied ballet when she was a child.
Loves horses but is extremely allergic to them.
1998: Golden Globes Awards Presenter: "Best Movie Comedy/Musical"
Owns a house in Austin, Texas where she filmed some scenes in Miss Congeniality (2000).
Uses the ancient Chinese technique of accupuncture as a form of weight loss.
Is from the same Metro Area as Martin Lawrence, Dave Chappelle, Mya, Regina Hall, Alan Heitz and Dwayne Winstead.
Was considered for the role of Lois Lane in a proposed relaunch of the Superman franchise by Warner Brothers and was also considered for the role of Wonder Woman in a film adaptation that was never made.
Has a house on Tybee Island, Georgia.
Sister-in-law of Raymond Prado.
She was originally cast as Rafi in Prime (2005) but two weeks before principal photography, was dropped due to script differences between her and writer/director Ben Younger. Uma Thurman stepped in quickly to replace her.
Known for her generous donations, she donated $1 million to the American Red Cross after the September 11 terrorist attacks in 2001. Did the same, again donating $1 million to the Red Cross, after the tsunami disaster in Asia in 2004. She again donated $1 million, this time to Doctors Without Borders, after the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
At 40, she was voted sexiest female celebrity in a "Naughty Forties" poll conducted for British television station FX.
After college, she moved to New York to waitress.
Ranked #18 on Tropopkin magazine's Top 25 Most Intriguing People [Issue #100].
Ex-stepmother of Jesse James' children Chandler, Jesse Jr. and Sunny.
(July 16, 2005) Married actor Jesse James in a sunset ceremony on a ranch outside Santa Barbara, California. They celebrated with several hundred guests including Jamie Lee Curtis, Hugh Grant, Keanu Reeves, William Shatner, Regina King and some member of the Hell's Angels.
Was considered for the role of Nelle Harper Lee in Capote (2005), and later got the role in Infamous (2006). Both films concern Truman Capote's researching and writing of In Cold Blood (1967).
Often said to be one of the last actors to have studied with the great teacher, Sanford Meisner, who trained Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton and Joanne Woodward at the Neighborhood Playhouse. Sandra, most likely, did not work with the great man, himself, but with a number of actors who did: Ron Stetson, Richárd Pintér and Dan Biehn, the latter taught her at East Carolina University.
Has played the love interest of both stars of Nip/Tuck (2003). She played the girlfriend of Dylan Walsh's character in The Lake House (2006) and the wife of Julian McMahon's character in Premonition (2007).
Named Empire magazine's #66 in the list of 100 Sexiest Stars (2007).
In 2007, Forbes magazine estimated her earnings for the year at $10 million.
Sandra and her husband, Jesse James, were unhurt after a head-on crash with a drunken driver in Massachusetts on April 18, 2008. Both vehicles were totaled but no one was hurt.
(April 8, 2009) Has designed special seat-belts so her pet dogs, Ruby and Poppy, can ride safely in her car.
Hates musicals and vows to never participate in one.
Was considered for the role of Helen Lyle in Candyman (1992), which went to Virginia Madsen.
Was bullied in school, as a kid, for wearing frumpy clothes bought in Germany.
By starring in The Blind Side (2009) she became the only actress to date to have a film marketed with her name solely above the title (i.e. based on her star power alone, and not a franchise or tentpoll picture) pass the $200 million mark in domestic gross.
Is one of four actresses to win both, the Oscar for Best Actress and the Razzie for Worst Actress, along with Halle Berry, Faye Dunaway and Liza Minnelli. Bullock is the only one to be nominated for and win both awards in the same year (for The Blind Side (2009) and All About Steve (2009)). She was presented with the awards within two days in 2010.
Introduced to salsa by Robert Duvall.
Was jokingly thrown in a pool by George Clooney and Tom Cruise at Joel Schumacher's birthday party in 2000. She talked to InStyle magazine about this story in 2005 and also mentioned it in her Oscar acceptance speech in 2010.
Co-owner, with Jesse James, of "Cisco Burgers" in Long Beach, California.
(March 15, 2010) Separated from husband Jesse James following the revelation of his 11-month affair with tattoo model Michelle McGee.
Is one of 14 actors to win the Academy Award for playing a real-life person who was still alive on the evening of the award ceremony for playing Leigh Anne Tuohy in The Blind Side (2009).
Has directed only one film, the 1998 movie Making Sandwiches (1998) (she also wrote it). Bullock said in a Reader's Digest interview that she directed the film to "educate herself" about directing and came away concluding that while she enjoys producing and acting, she does not have the talent to "lead" a film by being a director.
Canceled her appearances at the British and German movie premiere of The Blind Side (2009), in the wake of model Michelle McGee's claims that she had an affair with Bullock's husband, Jesse James, while she was working on the set of The Blind Side (2009). After she backed out of the premieres, both events were canceled as a red carpet event. [March 2010]
Revealed in People magazine in April 2010 that she started to adopt a one-week-old baby boy, named Louis Bardo Bullock, from New Orleans in January 2010. Initially began adoption proceedings with husband Jesse James before they split in April 2010 and going on to adopt Louis as a single parent after they divorced.
(May 10, 2010) Merited a place in Time magazine's - The 100 Most Influential People in the World ("Artists" category) - with an homage penned by Betty White.
Lived shortly in Vienna and Salzburg, Austria as a child.
Lived in Nuremberg, Germany until the age of 12, where her mother performed at the Staatstheater Nürnberg.
Was a gymnast and cheerleader in high school.
Her maternal grandfather was a rocket scientist from Nuremberg, Germany.
Filed for divorce from Jesse James in April 2010.
Received the American Riviera Award at the 2010 Santa Barbara International Film Festival in 2010.
Named person of the year for 2010 by People magazine.
Returned to work twelve months after adopting her son Louis in order to begin filming Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011).
Universal Pictures wanted to cast Sandra Bullock in the role of Karen Sisco in Out of Sight (1998). However, director Steven Soderbergh decided to cast Jennifer Lopez in the role because he thought that Jennifer and co-star, George Clooney, had the intense chemistry together needed for the film.
When she "won" the Razzie Award as Worst Actress for All About Steve (2009), Bullock became one of the few in the awards' 30 year history to accept the $4.97 dis-honor in person.
Was Homecoming Princess in college.
When she was attending college, she won a disco dancing contest with her pal, Mark Brunetz. He was her date to the Oscars in 1996. They also co-founded "Fortis Films".
(February 15, 1999) She was the celebrity Monarch in the Krewe of Orpheus Parade, in the Mardi Gras. She was invited by former co-star Harry Connick Jr..
Can dance flamenco, salsa and tango.
Attended East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina (1982-1986).
Had a 4,600-square-foot townhouse in SoHo, New York.
Shared her house with her sister, Gesine Bullock-Prado, while she was attending law school (1995).
Would not do the Speed (1994) sequel, Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997), after knowing that Keanu Reeves had passed on it, but she reached an agreement with 20th Century Fox, in which they would endorse her upcoming movie, Hope Floats (1998).
Friends with photographer Karen Bystedt since 1991.
Made her first stage appearance in an opera when she was age 5. She played a dirty gypsy in the opera "The Gypsy Baron".
Played the piano since she was age 8.
Donated the dress she wore, for the Practical Magic (1998) premiere, to be auctioned at Charity Auction at eBay in benefit of the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade. [October 2001]
Friends with photographer Dan Winters and his wife, Kathryn. She is their son's godmother and Tate Donovan is the godfather.
Supports several charities. In 2000, she received the Inspiration of the Year award, for her support of charities such as: PETA, AIDS, Pedriatics, Cancer, etc.
Her performance in the off-Broadway play, "No Time Flat", got her an agent and a very important audition. The audition was for Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman (1989), and theatre critic John Simon praised her performance, too (1988).
(April 3, 1999) Her sister, Gesine Bullock-Prado, was married, at Sandra's Texas ranch, to storyboard artist Raymond Prado.
Used to live in the same Los Angeles apartment where actor Ashton Kutcher lived when he moved to Los Angeles. He found out because he used to get her mail.
Voted the "most wanted to see star" by US Military Personnel serving in the Balkans. [May 2001]
Said that if she had not been an actress, she would have been a romantic novelist.
Men's Fitness magazine - one of the Hollywood's 10 hottest women. [October 1999]
Earned a diving certification before shooting Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997) (1996).
Her father has been her manager since 1996.
Her drama teachers in college were Don Biehn and Edgar Loessin.
Auditioned five times before getting the role on the situation comedy Working Girl (1990).
Miss Congeniality (2000) was filmed in her home city of Austin, Texas.
Her parents met in Nüremberg, Germany, while her father was doing a civil work for the Pentagon and her mother was his secretary.
Listed by Premiere magazine as one of the 100 most powerful people in Hollywood #62. [April 2002]
Lived in New York for three years (1986-1989).
Took her parents to the While You Were Sleeping (1995), Practical Magic (1998) and Forces of Nature (1999) premieres.
Her sister, Gesine Bullock-Prado, studied law in Southwestern, Los Angeles (1995).
Her high school drama teacher was Ms Gerrie Philpi.
Her mother tongue was German.
She has turned down roles in two films directed by Clint Eastwood; Maggie in Million Dollar Baby (2004) and Mickey in Trouble with the Curve (2012). The first she was forced to turn down, due to her commitments to Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous (2005).
As of 2014, has starred in four films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: Crash (2004), The Blind Side (2009), Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011) and Gravity (2013). Of those, only Crash (2004) won in the category.
Says she has been "deathly afraid of flying" since surviving a plane crash in Wyoming in 2000 when her jet missed the runway and it sustained major damage.
She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on March 24, 2005.
Adopted baby boy named Louis Bardot Bullock from New Orleans, Louisiana [April 2010]
Named "Entertainer of the Year" by Entertainment Weekly in 2013.
Was the 136th actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Actress Oscar for The Blind Side (2009) at The 82nd Annual Academy Awards (2010) on March 7, 2010.

Personal Quotes (26)

(on marital plans) I've always been very sceptical about marriage, because I only want to do it once; I want to do it the right way.
I've learned that success comes in a very prickly package. Whether you choose to accept it or not is up to you. It's what you choose to do with it, the people you choose to surround yourself with. Always choose people that are better than you. Always choose people that challenge you and are smarter than you. Always be the student. Once you find yourself to be the teacher, you've lost it.
I remember sitting down in Joel Silver's office and Joel going, "Do you want to do this film?". I remember going, "I would like to do it, but I would love to talk about the character", and it was almost like I had said the biggest joke.
The only reason I haven't married yet, is because I take it too seriously.
Fame means when your computer modem is broken, the repair guy comes out to your house a little faster.
I have no desire to maintain a lifestyle. I am a horrible celebrity. If I am out in public, I dress like a pig.
The Acadamy Awards shouldn't even nominate Meryl Streep anymore. She should just be given an award every year. There should just be the Meryl Streep category.
Everyone told me to pass on Speed (1994) because it was a "bus movie".
I'd rather take risks than make something that's cookie cutter.
The first Miss Congeniality (2000) gave me the chance to do broad comedy that had nothing to do with being the romantic interest. The girl-next-door thing went away with that film and I tend to do characters that I want to be more like. In the beginning, though, I was sort of the "action girl". And then with While You Were Sleeping (1995), I was the romantic-comedy girl. But when I took time off, I thought, "There's something I'm missing here." I literally had to start from scratch.
I don't like to talk about personal things. And by keeping it private, you have a better shot at a healthy relationship. I learned at a young age that there are certain things you just don't talk about.
I don't think there's ever what could be called a "chilled state" in my head.
My goal now is to remember every place I've been, only do things I love and not say yes when I don't mean it.
[on motherhood] If I'm blessed with that, I hope I am the best version of me that I can possibly be. (People magazine)
Movie sex scenes are never romantic, and you're never swept off your feet. It's always very technical. I'm counting the beats: Okay, we're supposed to kiss for two beats, then I say my line, then they want another kiss for four beats. I'm going, One Mississippi, two Mississippi, three and break. It's like choreography. Sometimes, you have actors who feel it's their job to get as far down into your throat as possible. You're like, Excuse me, I like you, but not that much.
Why do you need one? I don't understand why there needs to be a love interest to make women go see a film. I think society sort of makes us feel that way - that if you don't have a guy, you're worthless.
On Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997): That was a mistake but, in retrospect, how are you supposed to know?
(On how it felt and what it said about life that she was nominated for a Razzie and an Oscar for Best Actress within two days in 2010): That life is perfectly balanced.
I used to be an optimist, but now I know that nothing is going to turn out as I expect.
[Contrasting highs in her professional life with lows in her private life] Whoever established the high road, and how high it was going to be, should be fired.
The sexiest man alive? My husband and then, Keanu!! (2006)
[on Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011), her film about 911] The story is about honoring people's grief, while giving them permission to have it. And I loved that it showed generations in pain, and how they healed each other by listening and talking.
[on being changed by motherhood] I cry at everything now... I've become more open to surprises and feelings.
[on her largely solo performance in Gravity (2013) simulating being adrift in outer space] I actually never thought about being alone on screen for such a long time until I started doing press, and everyone asked me if that made me nervous, and then I started panicking. I was mostly concerned about the Vomit Comet. I was literally acting off of nothing for up to 10 hours a day, with headphones my only connection to Alfonso [Cuarón, director]. We made a catalog of music clips - whale sounds, Radiohead, weird screeching of metal - and I memorized them. I would say, "Okay, give me No. 4. That's not working. Try No. 2. That's better, that's getting me to the emotion I need.".
[on Gravity (2013)] It's about rebirth. How do you let go in the worst possible situation so you can have some kind of release and peace? Life is not going to stop coming at you. In the end, you just have to say, "I have no control." Your time is precious. Are you really going to waste it worrying about this stuff?
[Responding to morning news of her 2nd Oscar-nomination in 2014] I don't think it ever stops being an absolute thrill, but I do have an immediate leveler. I still have to get up and make lunch for a little person, and pray - please, dear God - that he eats something I put in his lunchbox today.

Salary (13)

Speed (1994) $500,000
Speed (1994) $600,000
While You Were Sleeping (1995) $1,200,000
The Net (1995) $250,000
A Time to Kill (1996) $8,000,000
In Love and War (1996) $10,500,000
Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997) $11,000,000
Hope Floats (1998) $11,000,000
28 Days (2000) $12,500,000
George Lopez (2002) $10,000,000 (syndication deal)
Murder by Numbers (2002) $15,000,000
The Blind Side (2009) $20,000,000 (back-end, based on worldwide gross of $309,00,000 plus share of DVD and pay-TV revenue)
The Heat (2013) $10,000,000

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