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Also Known As: Sandra Annette Bullock Died:
Born: July 26, 1964 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Arlington, Virginia, USA Profession: actor, producer, director, screenwriter, cleaning woman, waitress, bartender, coat checker

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One of the top-grossing Hollywood actresses of the 1990s, "America's sweetheart" Sandra Bullock rose to fame with roles as the quintessential yet modern-day version of the girl-next-door: smart, capable, witty; one who triumphs in the face of impossible scenarios. Her can-do energy was at the center of her career breakout as Annie, the spunky passenger on a runaway bus in "Speed" (1994), after which her endearing gutsiness and charm made her a romantic comedy favorite in films like "While You Were Sleeping" (1995) and "Forces of Nature" (1999). At her peak, she was so beloved that she gave even Julia Roberts a run for her money as box office queen. To prove her versatility, Bullock regularly detoured into serious dramas like "Infamous" (2006) and the occasional edge-of-your seat thriller like "Premonition" (2007). But with the exception of the Academy Award-winning "Crash" (2002) and her Oscar-winning turn in "The Blind Side" (2009), the actress attracted the most fan devotion for sparkling in comedies like "Miss Congeniality" (2002) and "The Proposal" (2009), where she lit up the screen with her quirky personality and earthy, approachable beauty. Seemingly impervious to box-office disappointments...

One of the top-grossing Hollywood actresses of the 1990s, "America's sweetheart" Sandra Bullock rose to fame with roles as the quintessential yet modern-day version of the girl-next-door: smart, capable, witty; one who triumphs in the face of impossible scenarios. Her can-do energy was at the center of her career breakout as Annie, the spunky passenger on a runaway bus in "Speed" (1994), after which her endearing gutsiness and charm made her a romantic comedy favorite in films like "While You Were Sleeping" (1995) and "Forces of Nature" (1999). At her peak, she was so beloved that she gave even Julia Roberts a run for her money as box office queen. To prove her versatility, Bullock regularly detoured into serious dramas like "Infamous" (2006) and the occasional edge-of-your seat thriller like "Premonition" (2007). But with the exception of the Academy Award-winning "Crash" (2002) and her Oscar-winning turn in "The Blind Side" (2009), the actress attracted the most fan devotion for sparkling in comedies like "Miss Congeniality" (2002) and "The Proposal" (2009), where she lit up the screen with her quirky personality and earthy, approachable beauty. Seemingly impervious to box-office disappointments and only more respected after a scandalous failed marriage, Bullock remained one of the most commercially viable and beloved actresses in American film.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Heat, The (2013)
3.
 Proposal, The (2009)
4.
 Blind Side, The (2009)
5.
 All About Steve (2009)
6.
 Premonition (2007)
7.
 Infamous (2006) Harper Lee
8.
 Lake House, The (2006)
9.
10.
 Loverboy (2005)
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Milestones close milestones

1972:
Began performing at age eight while traveling with her mother on her opera tours
1986:
Moved to New York City to pursue acting
1987:
Had a one-line role in her film debut, "Hangmen"
1988:
Praised by critic John Simon for her off-Broadway performance in "No Time Flat"
1989:
TV acting debut, "Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman" (NBC)
:
Moved to Los Angeles
1989:
First leading role in a film, "Who Shot Patakango?"
1990:
Series regular debut, playing Tess McGill on the short-lived NBC sitcom "Working Girl"
1992:
Offered a superb turn as cynical feminist artist in "When the Party's Over"
1993:
Portrayed an aspiring country Western singer in "This Thing Called Love"; film debut as singer
1993:
Gained a wider following as Sylvester Stallone's partner in "Demolition Man"
1994:
Breakthrough screen role as Annie, the woman recruited by Keanu Reeves' character to drive a bomb-planted bus in "Speed"
1995:
First starring role in the surprise hit romantic comedy, "While You Were Sleeping"
1995:
Proved her star status with "The Net"
1996:
Played a supporting role opposite Matthew McConaughey in "A Time to Kill"
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Formed Fortis Films
1997:
Wrote, co-produced (with Matthew McConaughey), directed and starred in the 40-minute short "Making Sandwiches"
1997:
Signed three-year production deal at Warner Bros.
1997:
Reprised breakthrough role in the disappointing sequel "Speed 2: Cruise Control"
1998:
Co-executive produced (with Mary McLaglen) and starred in "Hope Floats"
1998:
Co-starred with Nicole Kidman as sisters practicing witchcraft in "Practical Magic"; also executive produced with McLaglen
1999:
Teamed with Ben Affleck in "Forces of Nature"
2000:
Starred as a party-loving writer who undergoes rehab in the comedy "28 Days"
2000:
Played an FBI agent who goes undercover at a beauty pageant in "Miss Congeniality"
2001:
Made a cameo role as herself in "Lisa Picard Is Famous"
2002:
Cast as an FBI profiler in "Murder by Numbers"; also produced the film
2002:
Played one of the female leads in the feature adaptation of "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood"
2005:
Reprised the role of an FBI agent in "Miss Congeniality: Armed and Fabulous"
2005:
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (March)
2005:
Played a supporting role in Paul Haggis' directorial debut "Crash"
2006:
Co-starred with Keanu Reeves in "The Lake House," a remake of the enchanting Korean film "Il Mare" (2000)
2006:
Portrayed author Harper Lee in the Truman Capote biopic "Infamous"
2007:
Starred in the psychological thriller "Premonition"
2009:
Co-starred with Ryan Reynolds in the comedy "The Proposal"; also served as a producer; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress
2009:
Co-starred with Bradley Cooper in the comedy "All About Steve"; also served as a producer
2009:
Portrayed Leigh Anne Tuohy in the film adaptation of "The Blind Side"; based on the 2006 book by Michael Lewis
2009:
Nominated for the 2009 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture ¿ Drama ("The Blind Side")
2009:
Nominated for the 2009 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture ¿ Musical or Comedy ("The Proposal")
2009:
Nominated for the 2009 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role ("The Blind Side")
2009:
Nominated for the 2009 Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role ("The Blind Side")
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Co-starred with Tom Hanks and newcomer Thomas Horn in the 9/11 drama "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," based on Jonathan Safran Foer's 2005 novel
2013:
Featured in the cop comedy "The Heat" with Melissa McCarthy
2013:
Starred in the meditative sci-fi movie "Gravity" with George Clooney
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Education

The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre: New York , New York -
Washington-Lee High School: Arlington , Virginia - 1982
East Carolina University: Greenville , North Carolina - 1982 - 1986

Notes

"I'm afraid of actors. I don't understand actors. I do consider myself an actor, but with more of a blue-collar mentality."---Bullock in Entertainment Weekly, May 5, 1995.

Maybe the scar is the key to Sandra Bullock's success. It's a little more than an inch long, running alongside her left eye. Noticeable, but not distracting, it's the flaw that ever so subtly takes the intimidation out of her beauty... (For the record, she got it when she slipped jumping rock to rock in a creek when she was a kid.)

"People say, 'Why don't you get that taken care of?' and I say, 'Because its part of my face! It's my battle wound!'"---From "Bullock Picks Up 'Speed'" by Martin Bode in Daily News, July 25, 1995.

"I look back on certain choices that I made, and I wonder if I did it out of the working actor's desperation to just take anything that comes along. I allowed myself, several times, to be mediocre. I'm very well aware of that, and [those films] are good reminders to look back and say, 'Don't do that.' And it's halfway out of trying to be pleasing to everybody. You find mediocrity that way. I'm not going to allow myself to be mediocre or anything that I am involved with to be mediocre."---Bullock to Rolling Stone, June 26, 1997.

"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."---Sandra Bullock in USA Today, May 29, 1998.

"Matthew [McConaughey] is one of the greatest men I know. He knows that and he knows how much I love him. And I have told that to everybody. And I will kill anyone who says differently. We are blessed in how much we care for each other. I know I will always have someone who will watch my back even if he's 3,000 miles away."---Bullock quoted in Daily News, May 31, 1998.

Bullock on the failure of "Speed 2": "I just didn't know when to step out of a project if I felt the script wasn't being developed properly. I went into it with the best intentions, but its failure was the best thing for me on a lot of levels. It proved a lot of things that I felt to be true to begin with, and it placed me in a situation that I was more comfortable with because nobody cared about me after it was done ... I failed and was on the outs and I was able to go back and concentrate on things I loved."---quoted in Daily News, October 18, 1998.

Sandra Bullock on producing her first film "Gun Shy": "I felt like I lost 10 pints of blood. I did more yelling and cursing about every fucking thing. But it was great."---quoted to Movieline, April 1999.

Columnist Jack Matthews of the Daily News, on her appeal: "Bullock is not an actress in the sense that she's capable of becoming different, fully dimensional people. She's a personality whose likability is her bankability. She is, in the strange cosmos that is the new Hollywood, a star."---quoted April 16, 2000.

Bullock on researching her role in the rehab-set comedy-drama "28 Days": "I was shoved into a room with these people who were struggling and were there for their healing, and there is an actress doing research on their pain. I was writing notes on their breakdowns. And it was really disturbing because no one liked me. Nobody wanted me and one person felt compelled to leave the room. And I couldn't get out of it by a joke or laughing. This was real life. The movie had ceased to exist."---quoted to Us Weekly, April 24, 2000.

Bullock was honored February 12, 2004, with the Woman of the Year award by Harvard's Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the nation's oldest college drama group

"I don't consider myself just an actor. ... I don't think when people think of me, they think of here's the sex symbol that must maintain x, y and z. I could be wrong, but I seriously doubt that that's how I'm perceived and I'm very happy about that."---Bullock quoted to CNN.com, March 28, 2005.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Tate Donovan. Actor. Met on the set of "Love Potion No. 9"; no longer together.
companion:
Donald Padilla. Grip.
companion:
Michael Mailer. Producer. Dated; no longer together.
companion:
Matthew McConaughey. Actor. Met on the set of "A Time to Kill"; although their official line is they're "friends", they've been caught having private moments that belie their disclaimer; no longer together; rumored to be dating as of September 2003.
companion:
Guy Forsythe. Singer. Reportedly involved from summer 1999.
companion:
Bob Schneider. Musician. Dated from c. 2000 to fall 2001.
companion:
Ryan Gosling. Actor. Reportedly dating July 2002.
companion:
Jesse James. TV Host. Host of "Monster Garage"; rumored to be dating since December 2003; previouly married to porn actress Janine Lindemulder, with whom he has a daughter with.
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Family close complete family listing

mother:
Helga Bullock. Opera singer. German; died on April 4, 2000 at age 63.
father:
John Bullock. Voice coach, executive. American (from Alabama); serves as CEO of Fortis Films, Bullock's production company.
sister:
Gesine Bullock-Prado. Executive. Born c. 1970; serves as president of Fortis Films, her sister's production company.

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