Sandra Annette Bullock was born in a Virginia suburb of Washington, D.C. on July 26, 1964, the first born of two daughters to her vocal coach dad and German opera singing mom. (Bullock is fluent in German.) While growing up, Sandra (or Sandy as she’s known to those close to her) toured across Europe with her mother, father and younger sister.
The family moved back to Virginia where Bullock attended high school, became a cheerleader and was voted “Most Likely to Brighten Your Day”. One semester shy of graduating from East Carolina University, Bullock decided to spread her wings and move to New York to pursue acting. There she studied acting while tending bar and was featured in stage productions. It was one such production that landed her an agent and the chance to show America that her voted title in high school was true.
After some television work that did little to bring her to the forefront of America, Sandra landed her first starring role in 1992’s “Love Potion No.9”. For the most part, the movie like her television roles, went largely unnoticed. Bullock’s luck changed in 1993 when she was cast in “Demolition Man” opposite Sylvester Stallone. People began to take notice. Sandra teamed up with Keanu Reeves in 1994’s “Speed”, and the movie solidified Bullock as “America’s Sweetheart”.
With her down to earth demeanor and seeming innocence Bullock has charmed America. She has gone on to star in movies such as 1995’s “While You Were Sleeping” and “A Time to Kill”, which were box office hits. Her next three movies were a setback; 1996’s “In Love and War” and “Two if by Sea”, and 1997’s major movie bomb “Speed 2:Cruise Control”, but Sandra persevered. She went on to star in 1998’s “Hope Floats” (a movie with modest success which was produced by her founded production company, Fortis Films which is run by her father. Her sister is Vice President) It was followed up that same year with the comedy “Practical Magic”, which again, was moderately successful.
In 1999, she was in “Forces of Nature” which was a critical and commercial disappointment. Undeterred, in 2000, she surfaced again with movies “Gun Shy” and “28 Days”. And again, both movies were a disappointment to audiences and critics alike. Bullock was in the good graces of America again when “Miss Congeniality” hit theaters in 2000, and “Murder by Numbers” in 2002. That same year she also starred in “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood”. She went on to make “Two Weeks Notice” and then went on a two year hiatus. Although she was not seen on movie screens, Sandra was still hard at work. She was executive producer of The George Lopez Show (her company produces the sitcom) and made the occasional guest appearance.
In 2005, the critically acclaimed movie “Crash” was released and Bullock was back on the silver screen. There was Oscar buzz surrounding Bullock, although she failed to secure the coveted award. Also in the same year, she reprised her role as Gracie Hart Freebush for “Miss Congeniality 2:Armed and Fabulous”. The movie did poorer than the first installment, but was still a success.
On July 16, 2005, and perhaps the biggest surprise of the year, she married TV bad boy Jesse James of “Monster Garage” fame at age 41, this was her first marriage.) 2006 saw Bullock teaming again with Keanu Reeves in “The Lake House”. As of 2007, her movie “Premonition” has done well and Sandra Bullock continues to prove that not only is she “America’s Sweetheart”, but a force to be reckoned with.