Early Career and her Speeding Film Achievements
Sandra Annette Bullock was born on July 26, 1964 in Arlington County, Virginia, United States to John W. Bullock, a US Army employee and Helga Mathilde Meyer, an opera singer and voice teacher. She lived in Nuremberg, Germany for 12 years and grew up speaking German. During her childhood, she frequently accompanied her mother on European opera tours.
She studied vocal arts and ballet as a child, taking minor parts in her mother’s opera productions. She completed her secondary education from Washington-Lee High School, where she was a cheerleader and performed in school productions. Following her graduation in 1982, she studied at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina where she graduated with a degree in drama in 1986.
After graduating from college, she moved to Manhattan and supported herself by working as a cocktail waitress, bartender and coat checker while auditioning for roles. While in New York, she took acting lessons Sanford Meisner. She performed in numerous student films, and subsequently got a role in the Off-Broadway show No Time Flat.
Director Alan J. Levi was impressed with her performance that he offered her a role in the made-for-television movie Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman in 1989. This led her to be cast in the short-lived television series Working Girl, as well as in a number of small parts in multiple independent films. In the early 1990s, she appeared in such movies as Love Potion No. 9, The Thing Called Love and Fire on the Amazon.
In 1993, she gained recognition for her supporting role in the film Demolition Man. It was followed by what is considered to be her major breakthrough, the 1994 action-thriller Speed, alongside Keanu Reeves. The film became highly successful, earning $350 million at the box office worldwide. The following year, she starred in the romantic comedy While You Were Sleeping, for which she gained her first Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.
She went on to have a series of film roles in the mid-1990s including The Net and A Time to Kill. In 1997, she received $11 million for Speed 2: Cruise Control. She later admitted about her regrets in doing the sequel. In 2000, she starred in Miss Congeniality, which became a blockbuster hit earning $212 million worldwide. For her performance, she received her second Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.
In 2004, she played a supporting role in the film Crash, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture. She garnered positive reviews for her work in the film, with some critics claiming it to be her best performance. Subsequently, she received $17.5 million for Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous. That same year, she was awarded the Women in Film Crystal Award.
During the mid to late 2000s, she starred in mostly prominent films including The Lake House, Infamous and Premonition. In 2009, she starred in The Proposal opposite Ryan Reynolds. The movie was a huge success that it took $317 million at the box office worldwide. For her role, she earned her third Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.
Later that year, she portrayed Leigh Anne Tuohy in The Blind Side. She had initially turned down the role of Leigh Anne Tuohy three times because of her discomfort in playing a devout Christian. She changed her mind and proceeded with the film. It’s good that she did because she was awarded the Academy Award for Best Actress, Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role and Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress.
With her accomplishments in the film industry, and with her charm and wit that continues to inspire audiences around the world, many consider Bullock to be America’s sweetheart. This doesn’t make her an exemption to cosmetic enhancement rumors though. Two years ago, at age 47, she told a reporter she’d never get plastic surgery although she did not specify she’d never get injections, either. She said: “Absolutely not. I love what I have.”
In 2011, however, a Daily Mail reporter wrote: “She seems too sensible to go under the knife, but it seems Sandra Bullock has fallen victim to the beauty industry”. The assumption was made after she was seen with fuller lips than usual. New York dermatologist Dr. Eric Schweiger supported this claim and even added, saying in an interview with Touch magazine, “Not only does it appear that Sandra has had a Botox brow-lift many times, but she hasn’t lost any volume in her face, which makes me believe she’s likely had dermal filler in her cheeks and mid-face.”