Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock

Her role as Annie in 'Speed' (1994)
Background:"I love humor. I always will fall back on humor. That's something that Ithink you can't ever get enough of and if it's done well, it's great. When it'sbad, it's horrible." Sandra BullockSandra Bullock rose to stardom being cast as Annie Porter (costarring KeanuReeves) in the huge hit bus movie Speed (1994). She also received widerecognition for her performances in the romantic comedies While You WereSleeping (1995) and Miss Congeniality (2000).Bullock stands 5' 7 1/2" inches tall, measures 33B-24-34 and was listed inPeople's 50 Most Beautiful in 1996 and 1999. On a personal note, she has beensweetly linked to blues guitarist Gut Forsythe, A Time to Kill playmate MatthewMcConaughey, film producer Michael Mailer, Ryan Gosling and Monster Garage starJesse James. Though she was once engaged to actor Tate Donovan (for 3 years),Bullock has never married. "The only reason I haven't married yet isbecause I take it too seriously." She added, "I've always been veryskeptical about marriage, because I only want to do it once. I want to do it theright way."Responding to the tsunami disaster in Asia, Bullock recently contacted theAmerican Red Cross and donated over $1 million. She also contributed the sameamount of money for the 2001 terrorist attacks in America. About Bullock'sgenerosity, a Red Cross spokesperson stated, "Sandra continues to enableour lifesaving work and is a model for personal generosity."Bright WayChildhood and Family:The eldest daughter in the family, Sandra Annette Bullock was born on July 26,1964 to German mother Helga Bullock (opera singer, died April 4, 2000) andAlabamian father John Bullock (voice trainer). She was born in Arlington,Virginia, together with her sister Gesine Bullock-Prado (born in 1968, marriedassistant director Raymond Prado). In their childhood, due to their mother'sprofession, they often stayed in Europe.The family resettled in Washington D.C., where Bullock attended Washington-LeeHigh School. While at high school, Bullock was an admired cheerleader and called"The Most Likely To Brighten Your Day." Nicknamed Sandy, Bullock hashouses in Austin, Texas, Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Tybee Island, Georgia. Notbad for a "take-out meal" fan.Speeding BullockCareer:"I've learned that success comes in a very prickly package. Whether youchoose to accept it or not is up to you. It's what you choose to do with it, thepeople you choose to surround yourself with. Always choose people that arebetter than you. Always choose people that challenge you and are smarter thanyou. Always be the student. Once you find yourself to be the teacher, you'velost it." Sandra BullockWith a B.A. in Drama in hand, Sandra Bullock decided to fly to New York to workon her acting career. In the Big Apple she took serious acting lessons,bartended, and attended castings and auditions. After studying with drama coachSanford Meisner, Bullock began to land her first appearances in entertainment,which included a role in off-Broadway's No Time Flat.Later Bullock moved to Los Angeles and received her first breaks when she wascast in Who Shot Patakango (1989) and played the pretty bionic woman in the TV'sBionic Showdown: The Six-Million-Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman (1989). Shefollowed these with appearances in the short-lived Working Girl (1990, NBC), theromantic comedy Love Potion No. 9 (1992) and costarred with Sylvester Stallonein Demolition Man (1993). She also showed off her singing talent in The ThingCalled Love (1993), in which she wrote and sang "Heaven Knocking On MyDoor".In 1994 Bullock gained her ultimate breakthrough. Director Jan De Bont cast herin the female main role, Annie Porter, in the blockbuster bus movie Speed,costarring Keanu Reeves. Speed shot her to stardom and led her to star in movieslike While You Were Sleeping (1995, she was nominated for a Golden Globe award),The Net (1995) and John Grisham's novel adaptation, A Time to Kill (1996,costarring Ashley Judd)."Never in a million years did I think a bus movie would open every door Iever possibly wanted open." Sandra BullockHowever, Bullock has had down times. Roles in movies like Two If by Sea (1996),In Love and War (1996), A Farewell to Arms (1996) and the sequel Speed 2: CruiseControl (1997) did little to further her career.With her own production company, Fortis Films, Bullock debuted as ExecutiveProducer for the film Hope Floats (1998, directed by actor Forest Whitaker). Shealso continued to act in several comedy and drama films, including PracticalMagic (1998, opposite Nicole Kidman), The Prince of Egypt (1998, voice), Forcesof Nature (1999, starring Ben Affleck), Gun Shy (2000) and 28 Days (2000). In2001 she was nominated again for her delightful comic character in the movieMiss Congeniality (2000). Sandra also appeared in Bob Schneider's music video"Round and Round" (2000). In the following years, she was involved inMurder By Numbers (2002), Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002), TwoWeeks Notice (2002, alongside Hugh Grant), Vapor (2003, with Ralph Fiennes) andCrash (2004).Bullock added to her movie resume with the 2005 movies, Loverboy, MissCongeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous, and Every Word is True. Up next, Bullockwill play the title role in Grace and reunite with Speed actor Keanu Reeves inthe romantic Mare, II.Awards: Virginia Film Award, from the University of Virginia's Culbreth Theatre, 2004 People's Choice: Favorite Actress in a Motion Picture, 1999 People's Choice: Favorite Actress in a Motion Picture, 1997 People's Choice: Favorite Actress in a Motion Picture, 1996 NATO/ShoWest: Female Star of the Year, 1996 MTV Movie Award: Most Desirable Female, Speed, 1995 MTV Movie Award: Best Onscreen Duo, Speed; shared with Keanu Reeves, 1995 MTV Movie Award: Best Female Performance, Speed, 1995
I now know that anything sweet, really sweet, that I have was nothing that I planned. If you don't have kids and animals, you don't truly know what real life is about.More Sandra Bullock quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I've always wanted to do a female buddy film, the kind the guys get to do.More Sandra Bullock quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, sexism, anything Nazi and a boatload of other things have no place in my life.More Sandra Bullock quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I haven't always acted or reacted in a way that made me proud, but I didn't make that same mistake twice, and I think that's what I love about adversity is that it always reminds me of what's really valuable in life.More Sandra Bullock quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I want someone who'll fight back. I like people who can argue well.More Sandra Bullock quotes [10/24/2011 10:10:04]

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