Sandra Bullock

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Sandra Bullock, 2013

Sandra Annette Bullock (born July 26, 1964 in Arlington , Virginia ) is a German-American actress , film producer and voice actress . She was best known for the action films Demolition Man (1993) and Speed (1994) and the romance While You Were Asleep (1995) and has been one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood ever since .

Her greatest successes include comedies such as Miss Undercover (2000), A Boss to Love (2002), Self Is The Bride (2009) and Taffe Girls (2013). But she also plays serious roles such as in the Oscar-winning episode film LA Crash (2004), the drama Blind Side - The Big Chance (2009) and the science fiction thriller Gravity (2013).

Bullock won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Best Actress for Blind Side . Gravity , the most financially successful film of her career to date, earned her her second Oscar nomination for best actress and, thanks to revenue sharing, a record salary of at least 90 million US dollars .


Childhood and youth

Bullock was born in 1964 as the daughter of the German opera singer Helga Meyer (1942–2000) and the US military and singing teacher John Bullock (1925–2018). She spent most of the first twelve years of her life in Nuremberg , since her mother appeared at the local state theater ; At times the family also lived in Salzburg and Vienna . Sandra and her younger sister Gesine (* 1970, married Bullock-Prado) appeared in the children's choir and took on minor roles, for example in their mother's operas. Bullock speaks fluent German , according to his own admission with a slight Franconian accent. Until she was 18 years old, she had both US and German citizenship . In 2009 she also applied for a German passport. Bullock is the cousin of Peter Ramsauer's wife Susanne.

Bullock attended the Rudolf Steiner School in Nuremberg and the Washington-Lee High School in Arlington County , where she appeared as the cheerleading captain and took part in many theater performances. After graduating from high school in 1982, she studied drama at East Carolina University . She dropped out in 1986 to gain acting experience in New York , which proved difficult. Among other things, she worked as a waitress, cleaner, disco dancer and also as a dog hairdresser until she had finished her acting training at Sanford Meisner . In New York she attended acting classes and appeared in various student films. A first engagement she had in the off-Broadway -Stück No Time Flat.

Beginnings of the career

Bullock moved to Los Angeles in 1989 and played minor film and television roles, including a lead role in the television movie Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman . In the television series Working Girl , based on the hit movie of the same name ( Die Waffen der Frauen ) , Bullock had a leading role in 1990, but the series was discontinued after only twelve episodes. She then took part in several films, including a leading role in the comedy Love Potion No. 9 - The Scent of Love (1992) with Tate Donovan , a supporting role in the thriller Without a trace (1993) with Jeff Bridges and Kiefer Sutherland, and a supporting role in the drama The Thing Called Love (1993) with River Phoenix . For The Thing Called Love , in which Bullock played a country musician, she wrote the song Heaven Knocking On My Door and sang it in the film.

In 1993, Bullock starred alongside Sylvester Stallone and Wesley Snipes in Demolition Man , as actress Lori Petty , who was originally slated for the role, was fired a few days after filming began. The action film was Bullock's first major financial success and increased her popularity, but it also earned her a nomination for a Golden Raspberry for worst supporting actress.


Sandra Bullock at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival
Sandra Bullock in Cannes in 2002
Sandra Bullock at the 2009 premiere of Self is the Bride

She celebrated her breakthrough in Hollywood a year later with the action hit Speed at the side of Keanu Reeves and Dennis Hopper . The film made by Jan de Bont about a public bus that races through rush hour traffic in Los Angeles without stopping because of a bomb on board ( Tagline : Get ready for rush hour ), played 350.4 million worldwide in 1994 . US dollars and received two Oscars (best sound, best sound editing). Bullock next starred in the romance While You Were Asleep (1995) opposite Bill Pullman after Julia Roberts dropped out of the project before filming began. While You Sleep was another box office hit, earning Bullock her first Golden Globe nomination.

With the thriller Das Netz (1995), the less successful comedy Stolen Hearts (1996) and the judicial thriller The Jury (1996), Bullock established himself as one of the most popular and best-paid actresses in Hollywood. In Die Jury , a film adaptation of the debut novel by bestselling author John Grisham with Matthew McConaughey and Samuel L. Jackson , she actually only played a supporting role. However, because of her popularity, her name was featured in the first place on movie posters. Bullock has already received a fee of six million US dollars for the role .

In the film adaptation of the book "Hemingway in Love and War", In Love and War (1996), Bullock played Agnes von Kurowsky as a real person for the first time in her career. At her side, Chris O'Donnell played the young Ernest Hemingway . The film, which received mixed reviews, wasn't very successful.

Bullock shot the sequel Speed ​​2 - Cruise Control in 1997 under the direction of Jan de Bont . Jason Patric took over the male lead after Keanu Reeves turned it down. Bullock got a $ 12.5 million fee, but the film just brought in the production costs. He also got bad reviews and a Golden Raspberry for "worst remake or sequel" and seven other nominations, including one for Bullock for "worst actress".

Debut as a director

In 1998, Bullock starred in the drama A Second Chance with Harry Connick Jr., when she tried her hand at film production for the first time . In the same year she starred with Nicole Kidman in the fantasy film Magic Sisters and made her debut as a screenwriter and director with the short film Making Sandwiches . In Making Sandwiches , she starred alongside her film partner from The Jury , Matthew McConaughey, and Eric Roberts - but the film did not come into theaters, it was only shown at selected film festivals. In the cartoon The Prince of Egypt (1998) Bullock took on a speaking role. In 1999 she only appeared in the halfway successful comedy On the stormy way alongside Ben Affleck .

Bullock took on a role in the comedy A Heart and a Cannon in 2000, alongside Liam Neeson . The film didn't even bring in the production costs. In the drama 28 Days (2000) with Viggo Mortensen , she played an alcoholic who was sentenced to a rehab clinic after a car accident while intoxicated. For this portrayal, which did not correspond to its public image as "Everybody's Darling", Bullock received mixed reviews. With her role as FBI -Agentin that as a participant in a beauty contest is introduced, it could as Miss Congeniality (2000), however, a worldwide box office hit (grossing: 212,700,000 US dollars) won. The comedy earned her the American Comedy Award and her second Golden Globe nomination.

In the thriller Murder According to a Plan (2002), Bullock was seen as a detective trying to uncover a seemingly perfect crime - the film was inspired by the authentic murder case Leopold and Loeb . The southern drama The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisters (2002) with Ellen Burstyn focuses on a mother-daughter conflict. With a boss to fall in love with (2002) at the side of Hugh Grant , Bullock once again proved that her most successful films are in the romantic comedy genre , with the film grossing almost 200 million US dollars worldwide. In 2003, Bullock took another break from acting.

In 2004 she played a role in the critically acclaimed episode film LA Crash , in which people in Los Angeles are confronted with the issues of racism and violence in different ways . LA Crash was later awarded an Oscar for best film and received other awards, including a. for Best Acting Company ( Screen Actors Guild Award , Critics' Choice Award ).

On March 24, 2005, Bullock was honored with a star on the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame for her artistic work. The star with the number 2281 is right next to the badge of her speed film partner Keanu Reeves. In the same year she played a minor supporting role in Loverboy , the directorial debut of Kevin Bacon . For the lead role in the sequel Miss Undercover 2 - Fabulous and Armed (2005), she received the record fee of 17.5 million US dollars, but the comedy did not come close to the success of the first part.

For the drama Das Haus am See , Bullock was back in front of the camera with Keanu Reeves in 2006. That year she played the role of the writer Harper Lee in Cold Blood - In the Footsteps of Truman Capote . Although the film about the life of Truman Capote was cast well into the supporting roles (including Daniel Craig , Gwyneth Paltrow and Sigourney Weaver ), it was overshadowed by Oscar winner Capote (2005) and flopped at the box office.

Bullock was only seen in 2007 in the drama The Premonition with Julian McMahon .

Comeback and Oscar win

Sandra Bullock (2013)

Bullock started a brilliant comeback in 2009 with the romantic comedy Self is the Bride alongside Ryan Reynolds . The film grossed $ 317.4 million worldwide and earned her the third Golden Globe nomination. The following comedy Crazy About Steve (2009) with Bradley Cooper , however, was a clear failure. If the reviews were negative, the film also flopped financially and received five nominations for the Golden Raspberry , among others. a. as "worst film". Bullock received the award for “worst leading actress”, which she - like her colleague Halle Berry in 2005 - accepted personally.

The drama Blind Side - The Big Chance (2009) was the greatest artistic success of her career to date. The film adaptation of the life of Michael Oher , who grew up in different foster families as a child, then was adopted by Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy and finally became a successful American football player, grossed $ 309.2 million worldwide and won an Oscar -Nomination for best film. Bullock received critical acclaim for her portrayal of the adoptive mother and won an Oscar , Golden Globe , Critics' Choice Award, and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress. The Oscar ceremony took place on March 7, 2010; the day before she had personally picked up the Golden Raspberry as the worst leading actress for Crazy About Steve .

In 2011, Bullock shot the drama Extrem Loud & Incredibly Close alongside Tom Hanks, based on the bestseller of the same name by Jonathan Safran Foer . Despite mixed reviews, the film was nominated for several film awards, including a. for the Oscar for best film.

Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett during an interview for the film Ocean's 8 2018

In 2013, she starred alongside Melissa McCarthy in the hit buddy comedy Taffe Girls (grossing $ 229.9 million) and alongside George Clooney in the science fiction film Gravity . As one of the most successful films of the year (grossing worldwide through April 30, 2014: 716.3 million US dollars) - and by far the most successful of its career - Gravity also received excellent reviews, with Bullock's performance in particular praised. For this role, she received numerous Best Actress nominations, including an Oscar , Golden Globe , Critics' Choice Award , Screen Actors Guild Award and the British Academy Film Award . Gravity received a total of 10 Oscar nominations and was awarded in 7 categories, including a. for the best direction .

Bullock was the big winner of the 40th People's Choice Awards in 2014 : She was named "Most Popular Film Actress", "Most Popular Film Actress - Comedy" (for tough girls ), "Most Popular Film Actress - Drama" (for Gravity ) and together with George Clooney as " most popular screen couple ”(for Gravity ), Taffe girls also received the award as“ most popular film - comedy ”and Gravity the award as“ most popular film - drama ”.

In 2019, Amazon Prime confirmed that it was working on a musical series about Sandra Bullock's youth in the 80s.

Private life

Bullock lives in New Orleans , Louisiana . In 2002 she was dating actor Ryan Gosling . They had met while filming Murder According to the Plan . The relationship lasted seven months. From July 16, 2005, she was married to the presenter of the TV show Monster Garage , Jesse G. James , and became the stepmother of his three children. In January 2010, the couple adopted a son. In March 2010, her husband's extramarital affairs became known and Bullock filed for divorce, which became final in June 2010. She has been dating photographer and model Bryan Randall since June 2015 . In 2015 she adopted a daughter from a foster family .

Bullock is known as a generous supporter of charitable organizations. After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 , she donated one million US dollars to the Red Cross and the same amount again after the 2004 seaquake in the Indian Ocean . After the 2010 Haiti earthquake , she again donated a million US dollars, this time to Doctors Without Borders . In 2011 she gave one million US dollars to the victims of the Tōhoku earthquake in 2011 .

Bullock has its own production company called Fortis Films .

Filmography (selection)

Sandra Bullock at the 2010 Screen Actors Guild Awards
Sandra Bullock at San Diego Comic Con 2013



Voice actress

Director and screenwriter

  • 1998: Making Sandwiches (short film)

Box office results and reviews (selection)

year Movie Box office earnings in US dollars Reviews ( Rotten Tomatoes )
German title Original title USA & Canada rest of the world total Average rating Positive evaluation
1992 Love Potion No. 9 - The scent of love Love Potion No. 9 0.8 million N / A N / A 27%
1993 Without a trace The Vanishing 14.5 million N / A N / A 47%
1993 The Thing Called Love The Thing Called Love 1.0 million N / A N / A 57%
1993 Walter & Frank - a weird couple Wrestling Ernest Hemingway 0.3 million N / A N / A 60%
1993 Demolition Man Demolition Man 58.0 million 101.0 million 159.0 million 64%
1994 speed speed 121.2 million 229.2 million 350.4 million 93%
1995 While you were sleeping While You Were Sleeping 81.1 million 101.0 million 182.1 million 80%
1995 The network The Net 50.7 million 59.9 million 110.6 million 36%
1996 Stolen hearts Two If by Sea 10.7 million N / A N / A 11%
1996 The jury A time to kill 108.8 million 43.5 million 152.3 million 67%
1996 In love and war In love and war 14.5 million 10.9 million 25.4 million 11%
1997 Speed ​​2 - Cruise Control Speed ​​2: Cruise Control 48.6 million 115.9 million 164.5 million 3%
1998 A second chance Hope floats 60.1 million 21.4 million 81.5 million 24%
1998 Magical sisters Practical Magic 46.8 million 21.5 million 68.3 million 20%
1999 In the stormy way Forces of Nature 52.9 million 41.0 million 93.9 million 46%
2000 One heart and one cannon Gun shy 1.6 million 1.6 million 3.2 million 24%
2000 28 days 28 days 37.2 million 25.0 million 62.2 million 31%
2000 Miss Undercover Miss Congeniality 106.8 million 105.9 million 212.7 million 42%
2002 Murder according to plan Murder by Numbers 31.9 million 24.8 million 56.7 million 31%
2002 The divine secrets of the Ya-Ya sisters Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood 69.6 million 4.2 million 73.8 million 44%
2002 A boss to fall in love with Two Weeks Notice 93.4 million 105.7 million 199.0 million 42%
2005 Miss Undercover 2 - Fabulous and Armed Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous 48.5 million 52.9 million 101.4 million 15%
2005 LA crash Crash 54.6 million 43.8 million 98.4 million 75%
2005 Loverboy Loverboy 33.2 million 20.2 million 53.4 million 17%
2006 The house at the lake The Lake House 52.3 million 62.5 million 114.8 million 35%
2006 Cold blood - In the footsteps of Truman Capote Infamous 1.2 million 1.5 million 2.6 million 73%
2007 The premonition Premonition 47.9 million 36.3 million 84.1 million 8th %
2009 The bride herself The Proposal 164.0 million 153.4 million 317.4 million 43%
2009 Crazy about Steve All about Steve 33.9 million 6.2 million 40.1 million 7%
2009 Blind Side - The great opportunity The blind side 256.0 million 53.2 million 309.2 million 66%
2011 Extremely loud & incredibly close Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close 31.8 million 23.4 million 55.2 million 47%
2013 Tough girls The Heat 159.6 million 70.3 million 229.9 million 66%
2013 Gravity Gravity 274.0 million 442.3 million 716.3 million 97%
2.1 billion 1.9 billion 4.0 billion

Film fees (selection)

year Movie Gage in US dollars
German title Original title
1994 speed speed 0.50 million
1995 While you slept While You Were Sleeping 1.20 million
1995 The network The Net 0.25 million
1996 The jury A time to kill 8.00 million
1996 In love and war In love and war 10.50 million
1997 Speed ​​2 - Cruise Control Speed ​​2: Cruise Control 11.00 million
1998 A second chance Hope floats 11.00 million
2000 28 days 28 days 12.50 million
2002 Murder according to plan Murder by Numbers 15.00 million
2005 Miss Undercover 2 - Fabulous and Armed Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous 17.50 million
2009 Blind Side - The great opportunity The blind side 20.00 million
2013 Tough girls The Heat 10.00 million
2014 Gravity Gravity 20.00 million

Unrealized film projects

Awards and nominations


Sandra Bullock at the Golden Raspberry Awards on March 6, 2010, where she personally received the Worst Actress Award for Crazy About Steve

Bullock's standard German voice actress is Bettina Weiß .

The British magazine Empire voted Bullock 58th of the 100 greatest movie stars of all time in October 1997 .

In 1996 and 1999, Bullock was voted one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world by the US magazine People .

Sandra Bullock opened a classy restaurant under the name Bess in her adopted home Austin (Texas) in November 2006 . She later opened Walton's Fancy and Staple bakery / pastry shop in Austin with her sister Gesine .

In 2007 she was the sixth highest-paid actress in Hollywood with an estimated $ 10-15 million per film. With an estimated revenue of $ 56 million between June 2009 and June 2010, Bullock was Hollywood's highest-paid actress during that period, according to Forbes Magazine . The income was made up of her fee for Self is the bride and the fee for and a share in the profits at Blind Side - The great opportunity .

In 2009, in an annual survey of cinema operators in the USA, it was also number one on the list of the most successful stars at the box office. This rank had with Julia Roberts last occupied in 1999 a woman. In 2013, According to Forbes Magazine , Bullock was the most successful actress of the year based on the box office income of her films: Taffe Mädels and Gravity together achieved approx. 862 million US dollars (5th place in the overall ranking).

Bullock has already won the People's Choice Award for most popular film actress of the year six times (1996, 1997, 1999, 2006, 2010, 2014), and she was nominated twice more (2007, 2008).

In 2010, Bullock became the first actress to win the most famous film awards in the same year for both best actress ( Oscar for Blind Side ) and worst actress ( Golden Raspberry for Crazy About Steve ). Bullock had previously announced that she would receive the Golden Raspberry in person if it should win, and she did: “If I win, I'll definitely go. I have to enjoy it as much as I have to win an Oscar. This business moves between these two poles ”. As a rule, the winners do not receive the humiliating prize themselves; Oscar winner Halle Berry also made a noticeable exception when she was awarded the Catwoman flop in 2005.

On October 8, 2014, an asteroid was named after her: (78453) Bullock .


Web links

Commons : Sandra Bullock  - Collection of Images

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