Thursday, March 29, 2007

Sandra Bullock

Name: Sandra Bullock
Birth Name: Sandra Annette Bullock
Height: 5' 7½''
Sex: F
Nationality: American
Birth Date: July 26, 1964
Birth Place: Arlington, Virginia, USA
Profession: Actress, Producer, Director, Writer, Composer
Education: Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, Virginia (graduated in 1982)
East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina (B.A., Drama, 1986)
Neighborhood Playhouse in New York, New York (studied with Sanford Meisner)
Husband/Wife: Jesse James (mechanic/TV host; dating since early 2004; married on July 16, 2005 in Santa Barbara)
Relationship: Guy Forsythe (blues guitarist; dated in 1999), Matthew McConaughey (actor; b. November 4, 1969; met while costarring in A Time to Kill - 1996), Tate Donovan (actor; b. September 25, 1963; 1992-1996)
Father: John Bullock (voice coach)
Mother: Helga Bullock (German opera singer; died on April 4, 2000)
Sister: Gesine Bullock-Prado (producer; born in 1968; married Raymond Prado - assistant director on April 3, 1999)
Step son: Chandler, Jesse Jr. and Sunny (father: Jesse James)
Claim to fame: As Annie Porter in Speed (1994)

The cutest woman to hit Hollywood since Meg Ryan has all the necessary elements needed to have a career filled with success and abundance. Everyone, men and women alike, love the characters she plays in her film roles, and she is able to bring her characters to life in every movie she stars in.

Sandra Annette Bullock was Born in Washington D.C. on July 26th, 1964. This part German and Alabamian was raised in Arlington. Being the oldest of two children, Sandra, her baby sister and their mom used to travel to Europe often because her mom was a renowned opera singer.

Although Sandra was constantly traveling, she made a habit of fitting in with every crowd she encountered. In her years at Arlington's Washington-Lee High School, she was even voted "Most Likely To Brighten Up Your Day" .

After having completed high school, Sandra attended East Carolina University majoring in drama. Since Sandra knew that fame wasn't simply handed to a person, she decided to jump start her career and, with the approval of her parents, she left University before acquiring her degree, packed up and moved to New York.

Once she arrived in the Big Apple, Sandra didn't waste any time and enrolled in intensive acting classes whilst simultaneously holding a bartending job. She was a bartender for three years after that while she worked hard at achieving her dream of becoming an actress. Sandra went to every casting call and audition she could.

Finally, in 1998, a critic named John Simon gave Sandra's career a push in the right direction when he made a positive comment about her acting talent in a review of No Time Flat an off-Broadway production that Sandra was in.

With positivity by her side, Sandra got herself an agent and began acting in television with the role of a beautiful bionic woman in the 1989 show entitled Bionic Showdown: The Six-Million-Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman.

After her stint on television, she moved to LA and landed her first starring role in NBC's adaptation of the movie Working Girl. Unfortunately, the show only lasted for six episodes, in which case, Sandra had to resort to holding various odd jobs.

Trying hard to boost her career, she took a role in the 1992 film entitled Love Potion No. 9. Even if the film did not reach incredible heights or land her other bigger movie roles, it did introduce her to Tate Donovan, her boyfriend for the three years that followed.

As she slowly began making her way into mainstream, Sandra managed to land herself five film roles in '93. Her most noticeable film of that year, however, was Demolition Man with co-stars Sylvester Stallone and Wesley Snipes.

Although her part in the film was not that of epic-proportion, producer of the film, Joel Silver, introduced her to his friend and colleague, director Jan De Bont.

De Bont gave Sandra the female lead in the upcoming action movie Speed alongside Keanu Reeves. Even with opposition from fellow workers, De Bont kept Bullock, which evidently proved to be a very smart move.

Speed launched her popularity intensely, which led her to star in upcoming movies like While You Were Sleeping and A Time To Kill, where she began earning a seven digit salary.

Sandra had a little slump in 1996 with Two If by Sea, a romantic comedy co-starring Denis Leary. As well she chose other bad roles in movies like In Love and War and A Farewell to Arms. But Sandra's worst career move was her starring role in the sequel to Speed; Speed 2: Cruise Control.

Being the smart woman that she is, however, Sandra began her own production company called Fortis Films. Her first project was Hope Floats, and even though it only achieved a minimal amount of success, her career came back in full force when she starred opposite Nicole Kidman in Practical Magic.

Sandra then lent her voice to The Prince of Egypt. And 1999 even started very well for Sandra with her role in the romantic comedy Forces of Nature, opposite Ben Affleck and 28 Days in which she plays a recovering alcoholic.

Proving to be a master of physical comedy, she starred as Miss Congeniality in 2000, and was next seen in the 2002 thriller Murder By Numbers. She can also add Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, co-starring Ashley Judd, and the romantic comedy Two Weeks Notice, to her already long filmography.

2008 One of the Guys
2007 Premonition
2006 The Lake House
2006 The Lake House
2006 Infamous
2006 Comedy Central Roast of William Shatner
2005 Crash
2005 Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous
2004 Loverboy
2002 Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
2002 Murder By Numbers
2002 Two Weeks Notice
2000 Lisa Picard is Famous
2000 Gun Shy
2000 Miss Congeniality
2000 28 Days
1999 Forces of Nature
1998 Hope Floats
1998 Making Sandwiches
1998 The Prince of Egypt
1998 Welcome to Hollywood
1998 Practical Magic
1997 Speed 2: Cruise Control
1996 Two If by Sea
1996 In Love and War
1996 A Time to Kill
1995 While You Were Sleeping
1995 The Net
1994 Speed
1993 The Vanishing
1993 When the Party's Over
1993 Wrestling Ernest Hemingway
1993 The Thing Called Love
1993 Demolition Man
1993 Fire on the Amazon
1992 Love Potion No. 9
1992 Me & the Mob
1992 Who Shot Pat?
1990 Working Girl [TV Series]
1989 A Fool and His Money
1989 Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman
1989 The Preppie Murder
1987 Hangmen

1998 Making Sandwiches

Executive Producer
2002 George Lopez [TV Series]
2002 Murder By Numbers
1998 Hope Floats

2008 One of the Guys
2005 Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous
2002 Two Weeks Notice
2000 Miss Congeniality
2000 Gun Shy

2001 - Teen Choice Awards - Choice Wipeout - Miss Congeniality
2001 - Blockbuster Awards - Favorite Actress - Miss Congeniality
2001 - American Comedy Awards - Funniest Actress - Miss Congeniality
2001 - ShoWest Awards - Female Star of the Year
2000 - Bambi - Film - International
1999 - Flanders Int. Film Festival - Joseph Plateau Award of Honour
1999 - Lone Star Film & Television Award - Best Actress - Hope Floats
1999 - People's Choice Award - Favorite Motion Picture Actress
1998 - Montreal World Film Festival - Career Excellence Award
1997 - People's Choice Award - Favorite Motion Picture Actress
1997 - Blockbuster Awards - Favorite Actress - A Time to Kill
1996 - Sho West Convention - Female Star Of The Year
1995 - Golden Apple Award - Female Star Of The Year
1995 - MTV AWARDS - Best Female Performance - Speed
1995 - MTV AWARDS - Best On-Screen Duo - Speed
1995 - MTV AWARDS - Most Desirable Female

2001 - People's Choice Awards - Favorite Actress
2001 - Golden Satellite Award - Best Actress - Miss Congeniality
2001 - Blockbuster Award - Favorite Actress - Miss Congeniality
2001 - Golden Globe - Best Actress - Miss Congeniality
2001 - People's Choice Award - Favorite Motion Picture Actress
2000 - People's Choice Award - Favorite Motion Picture Actress
2000 - Blockbuster Award - Favorite Actress - Forces of Nature
1997 - MTV Movie Award - Best Female Performance - A Time to Kill
1996 - MTV Movie Award - Best Female Performance - While You Were Sleeping
1996 - MTV Movie Award - Most Desirable Female - The Net
1996 - MTV Movie Award - Most Desirable Female - While You Were Sleeping
1996 - Golden Globe - Best Actress - While You Were Sleeping
1995 - MTV Movie Award - Best Kiss - Speed
1998 Making Sandwiches

*On People (USA) magazine's '50 Most Beautiful' list. [1999]
*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).
*Daughter of a German opera singer and an American voice coach.
*Attended East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.
*friends with Samantha Mathis.
*Was a cheerleader in high school.
*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.
*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).
*Was considered for the lead in Runaway Bride (1999).
*Is fluent in German.
*Was engaged to Tate Donovan.
*Owns a home in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
*Born at 3:15 AM
*Appeared in Bob Schneider's video 'Round and Round' (2000).
*Her favorite perfume is Dune, by Christian Dior.
*Replaced Nancy McKeon in the sitcom "Working Girl" (1990)
*Studied ballet when she was a child
*Her favorite time of the day is dusk
*Loves horses, but is extremely allergic to them
*her favorite drinks are beer (Heineken and Rolling Rock) and tequila.
*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.
*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.
*Shares a birthday with Kevin Spacey, Kate Beckinsale and Jeremy Piven.
*Donated $1 million to the American Red Cross after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in 2001. Did the same, again donating $1 million to the Red Cross, after the tsunami-disaster in Asia in 2004.
*After college, she moved to New York to waitress.
*Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame [March 24, 2005].
*Was originally cast as Maggie Fitzgerald in Million Dollar Baby (2004).
*Her mom taught her to speak German.