- NAME: Sandra Bullock
- OCCUPATION: Film Actress
- BIRTH DATE: July 26, 1964 (Age: 49)
- Did You Know?: Sandra Bullock is the only person to be named 'Entertainer of the Year' twice by Entertainment Weekly, having gained the honor in 2009 and 2013.
- EDUCATION: Washington-Lee High School, East Carolina University
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Arlington, Virginia
- Full Name: Sandra Annette Bullock
- AKA: Sandra Bullock
- ZODIAC SIGN: Leo
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Academy Award-winning actress Sandra Bullock is known for her roles in such films as Speed, While You Were Sleeping, The Proposal and The Blind Side.
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The film, a mix of dark comedy and melodrama, received tepid reviews, although her comedy Miss Congeniality (2000) did well at the box office that same year. After a brief hiatus, Bullock returned in early 2002 with Murder by Numbers, a crime thriller in which she plays a detective responsible for tracking down a duo of thrill-killers. During the same year,
she also appeared in a film version of the best-selling novel The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and Two Weeks' Notice, a romantic comedy co-starring Hugh Grant.
Dividing her time between comedy and drama, Bullock starred in Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous (2005) and the romantic drama The Lake House with Speed co-star Keanu Reeves. She took on some more serious roles with Infamous (2006) and Premonition (2007). In Infamous, she played writer Harper Lee in the Truman Capote drama starring Toby Jones. Bullock starred with Julian McMahon in the domestic thriller Premonition (2007) as a wife and mother who tries to prevent her husband's death after experiencing a vision of his demise.
In 2009, Bullock returned to her romantic comedy roots with two projects. The Proposal featured Bullock as a tough-as-nails boss who must marry her assistant, played by Ryan Reynolds, to avoid being deported, which became a huge box office smash. All About Steve (2009), however, proved to be a critical and commercial dud. In the film, Bullock played a woman who becomes obsessed with a television cameraman, played by Bradley Cooper, after going on a blind date with him.
Bullock then had a career breakthrough with the sports drama The Blind Side (2009), based on the true-life story of African-American professional football player Michael Oher. Playing Leah Anne Touhy, she starred as a suburban wife and mother who brings Oher (played by Quinton Aaron), a homeless teenager, into her family and helps him overcome his personal challenges. The touching drama has brought in more than $248 million at the box office and earned Bullock an Academy Award for Best Actress. She also won a Golden Globe for her work on the film.
After the success of The Blind Side, Bullock largely stepped out the Hollywood's spotlight for a time. She made a tremendous return in 2013 with the box office hit The Heat with Melissa McCarthy. The duo played a pair of mismatched law enforcement agents out to take down a drug lord in this buddy comedy. The film made an impressive debut, bringing in more than $40 million in its first weekend.
She followed with another huge success in 2013, taking on the lead role in the film Gravity, directed by Alfonso Cuarón and co-starring George Clooney. The blockbuster film was highly praised for its visually stunning effects and stellar performances. Though it cost $80 million to create, the big budget film raked in more than $400 million at the worldwide box office. Not long after the film was released, it began to receive Oscar buzz for Bullock, Clooney and Cuarón.
Her role in Gravity, along with her role alongside McCarthy in The Heat, helped Bullock keep her career in the stratosphere, as she was named Entertainment Weekly's 2013 Entertainer of the Year.
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