Sandra Bullock


Born: 26 July 1964
Birthplace: Arlington, Virginia
Best known as: The Oscar-winning star of Gravity

Sandra Bullock won the Academy Award as best actress for her 2009 film The Blind Side. Sandra Bullock had been a Hollywood favorite since starring as Keanu Reeves's plucky love interest in the 1994 bomb-on-a-bus action film Speed. The film's unexpected success made her one of Hollywood's go-to stars. The honeymoon was brief, but Bullock moved easily into making light comedies and romances, usually playing klutzy, charming girl-next-door types. Her films in the era included While You Were Sleeping (1995), Forces of Nature (1999, with Ben Affleck), Miss Congeniality (2000) and Two Weeks Notice (2002, with Hugh Grant). After a few years away from the screen, Bullock married Jesse James, the star of the reality TV show Monster Garage, on 16 July 2005 and settled in Texas. She remained busy in Hollywood, appearing in The Lake House (2006), Infamous (2006, as author Harper Lee), Premonition (2007), The Proposal (2009, with Ryan Reynolds) and All About Steve (2009, with Bradley Cooper). Her 2009 film The Blind Side cast her as an upscale interior designer who adopts a struggling black high school football player; it was a huge hit and won her the Oscar. However, her marriage to James fell apart at almost the same time, after news of his affairs with a series of women became public. Bullock filed for divorce in April of 2010, while announcing that she would complete as a single parent the adoption of a son, Louis Bardo Bullock, begun before her break with James. She was again Oscar-nominated for the 2013 movie Gravity, in which she played a scientist trying to make her way back to Earth after a space station accident.

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Her son Louis Bullock was born in January of 2010 in New Orleans… Sandra Bullock’s marriage to Jesse James was her first; she was 41, he 35 for the wedding. James owns the high-end motorcycle shop West Coast Choppers and claims to be a distant relative of the outlaw Jesse James… Sandra Bullock was named People Magazine’s most beautiful woman for 2015. She was age 50 at the time… After the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, Bullock donated $1 million to the American Red Cross… After the tsunami devastation of December 2004, she donated another $1 million to the Red Cross.

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