With a career-topping 2009, thanks to back-to-back hit films “The Proposal” and “The Blind Side,” Sandra Bullock handily reclaimed Hollywood’s mantle as America’s Sweetheart, not to mention one of the wealthiest and most powerful actresses working today.
This daughter of a German opera singer and an American voice coach grew up in Germany (she’s fluent in German) but returned to the U.S. as a teenager. The acting bug took her to New York, where she studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse and performed onstage before winning several TV and film roles.
Appearances in 1994’s hit action flick “Speed” and the following year’s charm-filled “While You Were Sleeping” quickly established her as a bankable movie star.
Though perhaps best-identified with her subsequent comedy roles, some successful (“Miss Congeniality,” “Two Weeks Notice”), some less so (“Two If by Sea,” “Forces of Nature”), the wryly affable Bullock has also succeeded in such dramas as “The Net,” “A Time to Kill,” “Crash” and “Infamous,” in which she portrayed novelist Harper Lee.
She has been nominated for four Golden Globe awards, including a recent lead actress win for “The Blind Side.” That surprise hit also won Bullock her first Academy Award, on her first nomination, for her rousing performance as the feisty Leigh Anne Tuohy.
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