Friday, August 31, 2007

The Irresistable: Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock attended Washington-Lee High School where she was a cheerleader, participated in high school theater productions and dated a football player. She graduated in 1982 and enrolled in East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. During this time she worked as a waitress at a restaurant. She left school during her senior year (Spring 1986), three credits short of graduating, to pursue an acting career. She went to Manhattan to try to get auditions and supported herself with a variety of odd jobs.

Sandra Bullock later completed her coursework and was awarded a bachelor's degree from East Carolina University. She is fluent in German. When appearing on German TV shows, she prefers to speak English (the TV hosts speak German though).

While in New York, Bullock took acting classes at The Neighborhood Playhouse. She appeared in several student films and later landed a role in an Off-Broadway play No Time Flat. Director Alan J. Levi was impressed by Bullock's performance and offered her a part in the made-for-TV movie Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman (1989). After filming the movie, Bullock stayed in Los Angeles, California, and was cast in a series of small roles in several independent films as well as in the lead role of the short-lived NBC television version of the film Working Girl (1990). She appeared in several films such as Love Potion No. 9 (1992), The Thing Called Love (1993) and Fire on the Amazon (where she agreed to appear topless if the camera did not show that much, she covered herself with duct tape which apparently was somewhat painful to take off).

One of Bullock's first notable movie appearances was in Demolition Man (1993), which led to her breakthrough performance in Speed the following year. She became a high-level movie star in the late 1990s, carrying a string of successes, including While You Were Sleeping (she replaced actress Demi Moore, who was originally scheduled to star), Miss Congeniality and Two Weeks Notice. Bullock received 11 million dollars for Speed 2 and 17.5 million dollars for Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous.

Bullock has been selected as one of People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in the World in 1996 and 1999, and has also been ranked #58 in Empire magazine's Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time list. She was presented with the 2002 Raul Julia Award for Excellence for her efforts, as the executive producer of the sitcom The George Lopez Show, in helping expand career openings for Hispanic talent in the media and entertainment industry.

In 2004, Bullock had a supporting role in the film Crash. She received positive reviews for her performance, with some critics suggesting that it was the best performance of her career. Bullock later appeared in The Lake House, a romantic drama also starring her Speed co-star, Keanu Reeves; it was released on June 16, 2006. Because their film characters are separated throughout the film (due to the plot revolving around time travel), Bullock and Reeves were only on set together for two weeks during filming. The same year, Bullock appeared in Infamous, playing author Harper Lee. Bullock also stars in Premonition with Julian McMahon, which was released in March of 2007.

Bullock received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on March 24, 2005. In January 2007, Bullock was named the 14th richest woman in entertainment by Forbes, with a net worth of $85 million.

List of Sandra's Movies:
Hangmen 1987, Lisa Edwards
Religion, Inc. 1989, Debby
Bionic Showdown:
The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman 1989, Kate Mason
Who Shot Patakango? 1989, Devlin Moran
The Preppie Murder 1989, Stacy
Lucky/Chances 1990, Maria Santangelo
Who Do I Gotta Kill? 1992, Lori
When the Party's Over 1992, Amanda
Love Potion No. 9 1992, Diane Farrow
The Vanishing 1993, Diane Shaver
The Thing Called Love 1993, Linda Lue Linden
Demolition Man 1993, Lt. Lenina Huxley
Fire on the Amazon 1993, Alyssa Rothman
Wrestling Ernest Hemingway, 1993 Elaine
Speed 1994, Annie
While You Were Sleeping 1995, Lucy Eleanor Moderatz
The Net 1995, Angela Bennett/Ruth Marx
Two if by Sea 1996, Roz
A Time to Kill 1996 ,Ellen Roark
In Love and War 1996, Agnes Von Kurowsky
Speed 2: Cruise Control 1997, Annie Porter
Hope Floats 1998, Birdee Pruitt
Practical Magic 1998, Sally Owens
The Prince of Egypt (voice) 1998, Miriam
Forces of Nature 1999, Sarah Lewis
Gun Shy 2000, Judy Tipp
28 Days 2000, Gwen Cummings
Miss Congeniality 2000, Gracie Hart/Gracie Lou Freebush
Murder by Numbers 2002, Cassie Mayweather/Jessica Marie Hudson
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood 2002, Siddalee 'Sidda' Walker
Two Weeks Notice 2002, Lucy Kelson
Crash 2004, Jean Cabot
Loverboy 2005, Mrs. Harker
Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous 2005, Gracie Hart
The Lake House 2006, Kate Forster
Infamous 2006, Nelle Harper Lee
Premonition, 2007 Linda Quinn Hanson

Which are your favorites?

Which are on your list of all-time favorite movies?


  1. I loved all her movies except the 2 last ones. The Lake House and Premonition I really don't like those kind of movies but I guess that is me. I wanted to see the Lake House so bad and my hubby was supposed to take me and he didn't and I guess that was a good thing because when I did watch it I was saying what was all that about??? And the same with Premonition I did keep up with it but every time she woke up he was either dead or alive it was just strange. I am glad she made the others because I just love her and just thinking she is expanding all her movie roles I hope she does more like her older ones. But again this is just my opinion.
    You picked a great person to talk about.

  2. I am so totally with you on those two, Brenda. I could not suspend disbelief for that whole mailbox thing - and they never did get together - how depressing. Now take a premise like The Love Letter, the Hallmark movie with jennifer Jason Leigh - that one worked. The Lake House did not.

    I had heard from a couple of friends that they were disappointed with Premonition, so I waited for the video release. I was just plain confused all the way through. So her days were mixed up, so what? She might have ended up preventing his affair or saving his life, but no, she's the one who ends up getting him killed.

    Sandra, please no more like those - yes, you're growing into more mature roles, but let's keep it real. We love you!

    Wouldn't it be great if she actually visited our blog?

    My favorites are:
    Love Potion #9 *
    Practical Magic
    Hope Floats *
    28 Days
    Miss Congeniality *
    While You Were Sleeping *

    * own on DVD

  3. OMG! I love Sandra Bullock! HBO is showing "Practical Magic" and one of the other movie channels is showing "Hope Floats". I've been watching them over and over. I'll watch any movie with her in it. She's just awesome!
    Yea, if someone could explain "Premonition" to me I'd be eternally grateful. lol!
    Her hubby (Jesse James) aint bad either...*wink*

  4. My favorites are While You Were Sleeping, The Lake House, and Two Weeks Notice.

  5. Okay, Crystal! I was hoping to hear from someone who liked The Lake House. Can you tell me what you liked about it? Characters? Plot? Feelings? (hey, I'm a writer, I analyze) I'm willing to watch again with an open mind.

  6. My favorite is still While You Were Sleeping. Great movie.

  7. Cheryl-- They did get together at the end in Lake House. I LOVE that movie. I admit, I did have to watch it about 3 times before I understood all the ins & outs of the time thing but I really liked it. I really liked the characters, the time thing,(sort of like a mystery) and the scenery.

    I also own:

    Two Weeks Notice, Practical Magic, Both of the Miss Congenialtiy, 28 Days, Hope Floats. My all time favorite is While You Were Sleeping

    I didn't like Premonition. I like happy endings, (that's why I like romances!). We had watched the original Japanese version of the movie several years ago and it was just as depressing to me.

  8. My favorite movie Sandra was in is "While You Were Sleeping." That is a GREAT movie! I watch it each year around Thanksgiving/Christmas :)

    I didn't like Lake House or Premonition either.

  9. Cehryl, would LOVE to blog with SB!! Didn't know her tie-in with George Lopez or her big bucks, just enjoy her quirkyness, plain jane/great looks (kinda like Debra Winger, Sigourney Weaver, Geena Davis, sexy, funny, confident women) and that she is brunette, not one of the cookie-cutter Hollywood/model blonds.

    My favorites are:
    Miss Congeniality (2000)
    Love Potion No. 9
    While You Were Sleeping
    Speed 1994

    want to see
    Hope Floats
    Practical Magic
    The Prince of Egypt
    28 Days
    Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
    Two Weeks Notice
    The Net 1995
    Betsy & Crystal- I'll add Lake House with the caveat that I watch it 3 times

    Will check out many on the much appreciated list. Another benefit to working at Borders - may catch some specials- will keep locals alerted if I spot any.

    Mel, I googled hubby at Monster Garage-is he the one with forearm tattoos?

  10. Oops, sorry CHERYL, it's getting late, WAY past my bedtime! and I pride myself on proofreading! LOL
    Well, spellcheck is to catch my typing errors, not spelling. ROFL

  11. Yes, that's him, Lou. He's covered with tattoos. I think he's big and juicy.

  12. Congrats, Maureen!
    I really like Sandra Bullock! She is one of my favorite actresses. I really enjoyed Miss Congeniality and While You Were Sleeping. Her movies are the kind you can watch over and over again.