Sandra Bullock is one actress many people love. There are many things to like about this beautiful and talented actress so it is not a surprise that she has so many fans in different parts of the world. In spite of her global popularity, Ms. Bullocks is a bit of a mystery to many people inside and outside the movie industry. This is because she loves her privacy and does not go courting the media. Below are some interesting facts about this smart and intelligent woman.
She grew Up in Germany
Sandra Bullock speaks fluent German and this is not surprising because she spent close to 12 years in Germany and Austria. She was born in Arlington, Virginia in 1964. However, her parents moved to Europe shortly after she was born. She spent the first twelve years of her life in Germany and Austria and this is why her German is almost as good as her English. She studied dance and music at the Waldorf School in Nuremberg, Germany and has always been interested in acting. At age five, she made her debut and acted on stage in Nuremberg, Germany. This early exposure to the world of acting made a strong impression on the young Sandra and she decided she wanted to be an actress.
Return to the USA
Sandra Bullock’s parents returned to the US in 1976. At that time, Sandra was just 12 years of age. Her parents lived in the Washington DC area and Sandra settled right in even though she now spoke English with a slight German accent. She attended high school in Washington and graduated in 1982. She enrolled at the East Carolina University in Greenville to study acting but she did not complete her degree program.
New York and Early Days in the Industry
After she left the university, (without obtaining her degree) Sandra Bullock moved to New York. She knew that becoming a top actress was not going to happen overnight but she had to pursue her dream. Sandra worked as a bartender to support herself and took classes with Sanford Meisner. Eventually she got a gig in an Off-Broadway production. She also had small parts in B-movies and television series. However, she got an agent and was optimistic that the big movie role was just around the corner. As it turned out, her optimism was not misplaced.
Prominence and Big Roles
In 1993, Sandra Bullock got a role in “Demolition Man“. This was not a very big part but it got her a bit of prominence. After this movie, she felt confident enough to try for bigger things in the movie industry. The movie “Speed” was just tailor-made for her. The funny thing is that many people told her not to take the role but she ignored them and it turned out she was right to follow her instincts. “Speed’ was her breakthrough role and after this movie, a string of successes followed.
Life Away from the Movie set
Sandra Bullock’s life is not all about the bright lights and the movie set. She also found the time to get married and have children. She was married to Jesse James but the marriage ended in divorce. Sandra had no children with Jesse James and always wanted children of her own. Eventually she adopted two children – a boy and girl. Today the children are doing well and Sandra is proud of them.
More Success in the Movie Industry
There is no doubt that Sandra Bullock has paid her dues in the movie industry. Her years of determination and persistence eventually paid off and she achieved great success in her career. She acted in the movie “The Blind Side” and this was another breakthrough for her. This movie earned her an Academy Award for Best Actress. This movie also earned her The Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Drama. At this point, Sandra Bullock was riding the tidal wave of success. She acted in other movies like “The Heat”, “Gravity” and “The Proposal”. In 2015, Sandra Bullock acted in the movie “Minions” and this was her highest grossing movie. This movie raked in a global total of over $1.159 billion.
Style and Versatility
Sandra Bullock is a woman of style and versatility and these qualities have helped her in the movie world. She is hardworking, realistic and down to earth. This probably has a lot to do with her early life in Austria and Germany. She has achieved great success in her chosen profession but she has not let the success go to her head. She was married and then she got a divorced. She has enjoyed great relationships and even adopted children. Outside the movie industry, Sandra Bullock is a wonderful mother to her children and she believes in great causes. She even had time to set up and run a restaurant in Texas for a while.
All told, Sandra Bullock is a delightful woman. She has paid her dues but she is not resting on her laurels. We can expect a whole lot more from this industrious and intelligent woman.