Sandra Bullock at the 86th Academy Awards, Hollywood, California, March 2, 2014. Photo by Robyn Beck.
 
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Sandra Bullock
Forecourt Ceremony held on Wednesday, September 25, 2013
 
Born: July 26, 1964, in Arlington, Virginia
Age at the time of the ceremony: 49
 
Sandra Bullock was born to play anything. A striking presence in any film, Bullock has starred in almost every type of film popular in the last 25 years: action, comedy, romance, rom-com, space — you name it — Bullock has done it, and very well too, we might add.

Bullock's father John was a military man, stationed in Nuremberg, Germany. Here he met and married opera singer and vocal coach Helga Mathilde Meyer. The couple moved to Arlington, Virginia, where Sandra was born, but they moved back to Germany, where Sandra grew up speaking German.

As a child, she accompanied her mother throughout Europe, as she participated in various opera productions, eventually joining the local children's chorus. Back in Arlington, Bullock attended Washington-Lee High School, where she soaked up all the drama classes and was a cheerleader.

Graduating high school in 1982, Bullock attended East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, receiving her BFA in Drama in 1987. Moving to Manhatan, Bullock worked as a bartender and cocktail waitress while auditioning for acting jobs. She studied acting with Sanford Meisner.

Bullock's first credit is as a wife / girlfriend / pawn in the potboiler actioner Hangmen (released in May 1987) with Rick Washburn. Many of Bullock's small early roles now feature video covers where she is given top billing. She got to play the unattainable rich girl in the 50s coming of age story Who Shot Patakango? (released in August 1989) with David Edwin Knight.

More work arrived for the obviously talented Bullock: she got to play a meaty role as Maria Santangelo, wife of a Las Vegas kingpin in the television movie Lucky Chances with Vincent Irizarry, aired over NBC in October 1990. The network must have been impressed, for they asked her to take over the Meliane Griffith role of Tess McGill for 12 episodes of Working Girl aired over NBC in April 1990.

Her real breakthrough came with her last minute casting as the delightful futuristic police lieutenant Lenina Huxley in the action flick Demolition Man (which played the Chinese in October 1993) with Sylvester Stallone. This film put Bullock in a unique position: a woman who could hold her own in an action movie.

More action came her way as she starred in Speed (released in June 1994) with Keanu Reeves. The mega-hit brought her many new fans. Bullock ventured into rom-com land with While You Were Sleeping (released in April 1995) with Bill Pullman; the film was also a hit. Similarly, Bullock went into John Grisham territory in A Time to Kill (released in July 1996) with Samuel L. Jackson, which is one of Bullock's biggest money-makers.

The Fox studio greenmailed Bullock into appearing in Speed 2: Cruise Control (released in June 1997) with Jason Patric, but she got to executive produce and star in the comedy drama Hope Floats (which played the Chinese in May 1998) co-starring Harry Conick Jr., with Forest Whitaker directing in return.

The supernatural comedy Practical Magic (released in October 1998) with Nicole Kidman, underperformed, while the rom-com Forces of Nature (released in March 1999) with Ben Affleck, faired a tad better.

Bullock was the sole producer on Gun Shy (released in February 2000) with Liam Neeson, which flopped for Hollywood Pictures, but her production of Miss Congeniality (released in December 2000) with Michael Caine, made a fortune. Bullock joined the ensemble cast of Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (released in June 2002) with Ellen Burstyn.

Bullock was also the producer and star of the rom-com Two Weeks Notice (released in December 2002) with Hugh Grant. It is her top-grossing rom-com. Bullock took a role in the ensemble peice Crash (released in May 2005), playing Brendan Fraser's wife.

Bullock was co-producer and star of Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous (which played the Chinese in March 2005) with Regina King and the film squeaked by. Reteaming with Keanu Reeves, she co-starred in the atmospheric The Lake House (released in June 2006).

Bullock played novelist Harper Lee to Toby Jones as Truman Capote in Infamous (released in October 2006). Then came a career-defining role, that of determined Southern housewife Leigh Anne Tuohy in The Blind Side (released in November 2009) with Tim McGraw. An immesely popular film, Bullock won the Oscar for Best Actress for this film.

Bullock co-starred in the sisterhood cop film The Heat (released in June 2013) with Melissa McCarthy, and then did the next to impossible: she carried director Alfonso Cuarón's space opera Gravity (which played the Chinese in October 2013) with George Clooney. An amazing performance in an extraordinary film. Another big hit.

Bullock excutive produced and starred in Our Brand Is Crisis (released in October 2015) with Billy Bob Thornton, which sorta tanked, but her outing as Danny Ocean's sister in Ocean's Eight (released in June 2018) with Cate Blanchett, did lots better. She was an excutive producer and starred in the mystery / horror movie Bird Box (which had its world premiere at the Chinese on November 12, 2018) with John Malkovich.
 
 
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TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX®, Hollywood, California. Sandra Bullock Forecourt ceremony, Wednesday, September 25, 2013. Sandra Bullock gives out a healthy smile while pressing her hands into the wet cement.
 
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