Sandra Bullock has made a slow but steady rise to fame in Hollywood, but a high-speed action flick made her an international superstar. Sandra Annette Bullock was born on July 26, 1964 in Arlington County, Virginia. During her childhood, she lived in Germany and other parts of Europe, studying ballet and vocal arts, and taking small parts in her mother - famed German opera singer Helga D. Meyer's opera productions and performed in the opera's children's choir. Sandra's family returned to Washington D.C., where she attended high school, making the school's cheerleading squad and performing in a number of school productions. She went on to study acting at East Carolina University, leaving to pursue her acting career just three credits shy of getting her bachelor's degree. After relocating to Manhattan, she worked a series of odd jobs while studying acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse. She made her off-Broadway stage debut in a play called No Time Flat. She then temporarily relocated to Los Angeles in 1989 to film the made-for-TV movie Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman. She decided to remain in LA after the film wrapped and eventually was cast in the role made famous by Melanie Griffith in the sitcom version of Working Girl in 1990. She went on to co-star with then-boyfriend Tate Donovan in the comedy Love Potion No. 9 and River Phoenix in The Thing Called Love in 1993. Her first big-budget film was that same year - Demolition Man with Sylvester Stallone and Wesley Snipes, which led to her breakthrough role in 2004 in the action-adventure Speed with Keanu Reeves. Her role as the sweet 'Annie Porter' in the film transformed her to the 'go to' actress for romances and light comedies, such as While You Were Sleeping, Hope Floats and Forces of Nature. She also showed off her dramatic skills in A Time to Kill and The Net. She made the mistake of reprising her Speed role opposite Jason Patric in the ill-advised sequel, Speed 2: Cruise Control, which was a multiple 'Razzie' nominee. In 2000, she made the comedy-drama 28 Days, in a role she researched by spending time at a rehab facility and Miss Congeniality, where she played an unmannered FBI agent who is forced to go undercover at a beauty pageant. She went on to co-star with Hugh Grant in the 2002 rom-com Two Weeks Notice and in 2004 received critical kudos for her role in the Oscar-winning film Crash. In addition to acting, Sandra has her own production company, Fortis Films and served as executive producer - and occasional guest star - of The George Lopez Show, which aired from 2002 to 2007 and is still widely seen in syndication. She is currently happily married to motorcycle builder and Monster Garage host Jesse James, whom she wed on July 16, 2005. Her career seems to be picking up speed again, with the comedies The Proposal and All About Steve currently in the works. Sandra Bullock shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
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