Saturday, November 11, 2006

Celebrities Online :: Sandra Bullock

Sandra Annette Bullock was born in Arlington County (July 26, 1964, Arlington, Virginia) to John Bullock (a Pentagon contractor and part-time vocal coach from Alabama) and Helga Meyer (a German opera singer who died of cancer on April 4, 2000); her maternal grandfather was a rocket scientist from Nuremberg. Bullock lived in Nuremberg until age twelve, where she sang in the opera's childrens' choir at the Staatstheater N├╝rnberg. She frequently traveled with her mother on her opera tours, and lived in Germany and other parts of Europe for much of her childhood. She is said to be fluent in German, although when starring in German TV shows, she prefers to speak English (the TV hosts speak German though). Bullock studied ballet and vocal arts as a child, taking small parts in her mother's opera productions, and later attended Washington-Lee High School, where her graduating class voted her "Most Likely to Brighten up Your Day". She attended East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, but left school during her senior year to pursue an acting career in Hollywood. She later completed her coursework and was awarded a bachelor's degree from East Carolina University.
Bullock subsequently moved to Los Angeles, California, and was cast in a series of small roles in several independent films as well as in the lead role of the television version of the film Working Girl. One of Bullock's first notable movie appearances was in Demolition Man (1993), which led to her breakthrough performance in Speed the following year. She became a high-level movie star in the late 1990s, carrying a string of successes, including While You Were Sleeping (she replaced actress Demi Moore, who was originally scheduled to star), Miss Congeniality and Two Weeks Notice.
She has been selected as one of People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in the World in 1996 and 1999, and has also been ranked #58 in Empire magazine's Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time list.
Bullock runs her own production company, Fortis Films; her sister, Gesine Bullock-Prado, is vice-president of the company. Bullock tried to produce a film based on F.X. Toole's short story Million-Dollar Baby, but couldn't interest studios in a female boxing drama. The story was eventually made as the Oscar-winning film Million Dollar Baby (2004).
In 2005, Bullock had a supporting role in the film Crash. She received positive reviews for her performance, with some critics suggesting that it was the best performance of her career. Bullock's latest film is The Lake House, a romantic drama also starring her Speed co-star, Keanu Reeves; it was released on June 16, 2006. Because their film characters are separated throughout the film (due the plot revolving around time travel), Bullock and Reeves were only on set together for two weeks during filming. Bullock will next appear in Infamous, in which she will play author Harper Lee; Bullock will also play author Grace Metalious, who was best known for the controversial novel Peyton Place, in an upcoming film. She also stars in Premonition with Julian McMahon, set for February 2007 release.
* Premonition (2007) .... Linda
* Infamous (2006) .... Nelle Harper Lee
* The Lake House (2006) .... Kate Forster
* Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous (2005) .... Gracie Hart
* Loverboy (2005) .... Mrs. Harker
* Crash (2004/I) .... Jean Cabot
* Two Weeks Notice (2002) .... Lucy Kelson
* Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002) .... Siddalee 'Sidda' Walker
* Murder by Numbers (2002) .... Cassie Mayweather/Jessica Marie Hudson
* Miss Congeniality (2000) .... Gracie Hart
* 28 Days (2000) .... Gwen Cummings
* Gun Shy (2000) .... Judy Tipp
* Forces of Nature (1999) .... Sarah Lewis
* The Prince of Egypt (1998) (voice) .... Miriam
* Practical Magic (1998) .... Sally Owens
* Making Sandwiches (1998) .... Melba Club
* Hope Floats (1998) .... Birdee Pruitt
* Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997) .... Annie
* In Love and War (1996) .... Agnes 'Aggie/Ag' von Kurowsky
* A Time to Kill (1996) .... Ellen Roark
* Two If by Sea (1996) .... Roz
* The Net (1995) .... Angela Bennett/Ruth Marx
* While You Were Sleeping (1995) .... Lucy Eleanor Moderatz
* Speed (1994/I) .... Annie Porter
* Wrestling Ernest Hemingway (1993) .... Elaine
* Fire on the Amazon (1993) (V) .... Alyssa Rothman
* Demolition Man (1993) .... Lt. Lenina Huxley
* The Thing Called Love (1993) .... Linda Lue Linden
* The Vanishing (1993) .... Diane Shaver
* Love Potion No. 9 (1992) .... Diane Farrow
* Who Do I Gotta Kill? (1992) .... Lori
* When the Party's Over (1992) .... Amanda
* Who Shot Patakango? (1989) .... Devlin Moran
* Religion, Inc. (1989) .... Debby
* Hangmen (1987) .... Lisa Edwards


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