Fun-loving, charismatic, (and voted in high school as the person "Most Likely
to Brighten Your Day"), Sandra Bullock was born in Washington,
D.C., on July 26, 1964.
an opera singer mom, Bullock was exposed to show business at an
early age and after briefly attending East Carolina University
moved to New York to pursue an acting career. Theater was her
first stop, with appearances on Off Broadway leading to television
bit parts and small roles in film.
A minor breakthrough
role in the early '90's saw her starring opposite Sylvestor Stallone
in Demolition Man, leading up to her blockbuster role in the summer
mega-hit Speed opposite Keanu
Reeves that finally put Bullock's career on an upward projectory.
followed in the mid-90's with starring roles in the comedy While
You Were Sleeping and in the drama, A Time to Kill,
opposite Matthew McConaughey. The actress rounded out the decade
with a rollercoaster ride of slumps and successes including forgettable
roles in such movies as Two If By Sea in 1996 and in the
disastrous Speed 2: Cruise Control a year later, but she later
rebounded in the romantic comedy, Practical Magic alongside Nicole
Kidman and in Miss
Congeniality opposite Benjamin Bratt and Michael Caine.
Sandra Bullock's performance alongside Keanu Reeves in Speed (1994) helped put her on the Hollywood map,
followed by starring roles in Miss Congeniality (2000), and an Oscar-winning performance in The Blind Side (2009).
performances include starring roles in the comedy Two Weeks
Notice with Hugh Grant, and in Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.
Bullock later reprised her role as undercover beauty queen/FBI
agent Gracie Hart in Miss Congeniality 2.
In 2006, Bullock
played real life author Harper Lee ("To Kill a Mockingbird)
and friend to writer Truman Capote in the film Infamous
and also starred in the mystery thriller Premonition.
string of Hollywood box office bombs has plagued the actress
in the early 2000's (including comedies such as "The Proposal"
and "All About Steve") Bullock later reemerged as one
of America's leading actresses with such hits as The
Blind Side for which she won best actress at the 2010 Oscar
Sandra Bullock was also nominated and WON a 2010 Razzie
award that same year as Worst Actress for her role in All
Her most recent star appearances have been in the film comedy The Heat opposite Melissa McCarthy, and in the Hollywood blockbuster Gravity alongside actor George Clooney in 2013.
the actress made headlines when in July 2005 she married reality
TV star Jesse James at a ranch near Santa Barbara, California. The tabloids had a field day with a split between the couple and their contentious divorce five years later. Today, the single mom devotes most of her time at home caring for an adopted boy, Louis Bardo Bullock.