Biographic by Steve McGarry for June 23, 2013
Biographic Steve McGarry Sandra Bullock Sandra Bullock was born in Arlington, Virginia, on July 26, 1964. As a child, she frequently accompanied her German-born, opera singer mother on European tours, spending time with her aunt and grandmother, becoming fluent in German and singing in a children's choir, a cheerleader and drama enthusiast in high school, Sandra gained a drama degree from East Carolina University. She moved to New York to pursue her acting ambitions and began to rack up TV and independent movie credits. 1990 saw her play the lead on the short-lived TV series "Working Girl" and enjoy a starring role in the miniseries "Lucky Chances." She appeared in several movies, including "Love Potion No. 9" and the big-budget "Demolition man" with Sylvester Stallone and Wesley Snipes. She made her breakthrough opposite Keanu Reeves in the 1994 blockbuster "Speed" - a role for which she prepared by earning a bus driver's license, passing her test on the first attempt! Hits such as "while You Were Sleeping," "A Time to Kill" and "Miss Congeniality" cemented her star status and elevated her earning power, as did subsequent hits such as "Two Weeks Notice," "Crash" and "The Lake House." A five-year marriage to TV celebrity motorcycle builder Jesse James ended in divorce in 2010. The 2009 rom-com "The Proposal" took more than $300 million at the box office, and "the Blind Side" earned Sandra an Oscar and Golden Globe. Following 2011's "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," she teams up with Melissa McCarthy in the crime comedy "The Heat," from the director of the 2011 blockbuster "Bridesmaids."