Sandra Bullock biographySandra Bullock is an American actress, producer, and philanthropist. She became widely known thanks to her appearance in such movies as Speed (1994), A Time to Kill (1996), Miss Congeniality (2000), Crash (2004), The Blind Side (2009), etc.
Early life and childhoodSandra Annette Bullock was born in Arlington, Virginia. Her father, John W. Bullock (1925-2018), was a US army soldier and a part-time vocal teacher; her mother, Helga Mathilde Meyer (1942-2000), was a German opera singer.
The First 12 years of her life Sandra Bullock spent in Germany and Austria and even now fluently speaks German. During her childhood Sandra attended ballet and vocal classes were a part of the school’s choir and theatre and used to hang behind the curtains while her mother was on stage singing. Needless to say, passion for the stage and art actress acquired from her mother at a very young age.
First rolesBullock’s first steps on a road to popularity started with her moving to Manhattan, New York City, where she had to work as a barista, waitress, and coatroom attendant, while, in her spare time, auditioning for her roles and visiting master class lessons on acting.
Rise to popularitySandra got her breakthrough in 1994, following her role in Jan de Bont’s action movie Speed featuring Keanu Reeves. According to the movie’s script, a terrorist (portrayed by Dennis Hopper) sets up a remote control explosive device onboard a bus full of people. People have to be saved and SWAT officer (Keanu Reeves) and a brave passenger who happened to drive the bus (Sandra Bullock) are up to the task. The movie scored two Academy Award prizes for sound effects and editing and established Sandra as an outstanding Hollywood actress.
Career in 2000’sThe most notable Sandra Bullock’s work at the beginning of the 2000s became her appearance in comedy movie Miss Congeniality: actress portrayed an FBI agent working undercover as a Miss USA beauty contest participant, in order to prevent the terrorist act. The movie broke the box office with an outstanding $212 million across the world and led Sandra to yet another Golden Globe award.
Comedy film Two Weeks Notice (2002) was widely criticized for its amateurish approach to the scriptwriting, but the standout performance by Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant was enough to put the movie to the top of the charts.
2009 was an exceptionally productive year for Sandra. Romantic comedy film The Proposal featuring Ryan Reynolds grossed $317 million worldwide, and brought Bullock her 3rd nomination for Golden Globe, while sports drama The Blindside became the most grossing movie in the USA. Initially, Sandra Bullock refused to partake in the movie, due to her discomfort portraying a devout Christian character, but never regretted her decision to stay afterward. Her role in The Blind Side brought her an Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Award.
After the two year hiatus from the big screen Bullock teamed up with Tom Hanks for the drama film Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, dedicated to the 9\11 terrorist attack on the USA. Despite the missed reviews, the movie was nominated for multiple awards, including the prestigious Academy Award.
December of 2018 was marked by the release of post-apocalyptic thriller Bird Box by Susanne Bier, featuring Sandra Bullock, Sarah Paulson, Rosa Salazar, John Malkovich, etc. The movie is based on the 2014 novel of the same name written by Josh Malerman.
Personal lifeAfter moving over to New York City Sandra spent some time in a relationship with director Michael Mailer, the mastermind behind the creation of Blind (2017) featuring Alec Baldwin and Demi Moore.
During the period between 1996 and 1998, Bullock had a relationship with another actor - Matthew McConaughey, her co-star in A Time to Kill, but later turned her attention to rock musician Bob Schneider, who wrote the soundtrack to her movie Miss Congeniality.
In the summer of 2005, Sandra married TV host Jesse James. Six years after the married couple adopted a son, Louis Bardo, however, their idyllic family wasn’t destined to last long. Mass media started to push the story about James repeatedly cheating on actress; Bullock immediately filed for divorce and continued to raise a son as a single parent.