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Sandra Annette Bullock was born in a Virginia suburb of Washington, D.C. on 26 July 1966. Sandra is the older of two children born to John and Helga Bullock. John is a vocal coach and Helga is a German-born opera singer. Although Sandra's official residency was Arlington, Virginia, she lived a transatlantic life until the age of 12. Sandra got her first taste of the stage when she was 8 through her mother during the yearly opera season when Helga would be performing. Sandra played a gypsy child in the background and while in Salzbug, Austria, the audiences would toss her chocolates by way of applause.

Sandra joined the cheerleading squad while studying at Washington-Lee High School. She was an above-average student and her '82 senior class voted Sandra "Most Likely to Brighten Your Day."

She later enrolled as a drama student at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina and performed in the Chekhov drama Three Sisters. She later studied method acting under Sanford Meisner and fibbed her way into a bartender's job after leaving ECU in 1986.

In 1990, she starred in the short-lived NBC sitcom Working Girl and Love Potion No. 9. In 1993, she played supporting roles in movies like: The Vanishing as a kidnapped victim, Wrestling Ernest Hemmingway as a waitress, The Thing Called Love as a wannabe country star. In 1993, Demolition Man helped Sandra in the breakthrough role in the movie, Speed. Finally in 1994, Sandra got her first starring role in While You Were Sleeping, a leading role originally charted for Demi Moore.

In 1995, Sandra starred in another leading role of a computer troubleshooting analyst in the movie, The Net. In 1996, Two if by Sea is due out onto theatres nationwide and has two other movies in production, A Time to Kill, a novel by John Grisham (author of The Pelican Brief and The Firm) and Kate & Leopold.

In 1997, Sandra plays Annie Porter in Speed 2: Cruise Control. This time, the action takes her to the high seas and plays opposite, Dennis Leary. She learns to steer a huge cruise ship while Leary is set to kill her and her new boyfriend. In 1998, she will star in Hope Floats with Harry Connick, Jr. (from Independence Day), Practical Magic with Nicole Kidman & Stockard Channing and will play the voice of Miriam in the animation by Dreamworks Pictures, Prince of Egypt.

 

"Everyone told me to pass on Speed because it was a 'bus movie."

"I love humor. I always will fall back on humor. That's something that I think you can't ever get enough of and, if it's done well, it's great. When it's bad, it's horrible."

"There's something sexy about a gut. Not a 400-pound beer gut, but a little paunch. I love that."

"I have a fear of saying the L- word,"

"Oh my God! I always feel like the minute I say it the sky will fall."

[on marital plans] "I've always been very sceptical about marriage, because I only want to do it once; I want to do it the right way."

"I've learned that success comes in a very prickly package. Whether you choose to accept it or not is up to you. It's what you choose to do with it, the people you choose to surround yourself with. Always choose people that are better than you. Always choose people that challenge you and are smarter than you. Always be the student. Once you find yourself to be the teacher, you've lost it."

"I remember sitting down in Joel Silver's office and Joel going, "Do you want to do this film?". I remember going, "I would like to do it, but I would love to talk about the character, and it was almost like I had said the biggest joke".

"The only reason I haven't married yet, is because I take it too seriously."

"Fame means when your computer modem is broken, the repair guy comes out to your house a little faster."

"I have no desire to maintain a lifestyle. I am a horrible celebrity. If I am out in public I dress like a pig."

"The Acadamy Awards shouldn't even nominate Meryl Streep anymore. She should just be given an award every year. There should just be the Meryl Streep category".

"I'd rather take risks than make something that's cookie cutter."

"The first Miss Congeniality (2000) gave me the chance to do broad comedy that had nothing to do with being the romantic interest. The girl-next-door thing went away with that film and I tend to do characters that I want to be more like. In the beginning, though, I was sort of the 'action girl'. And then with While You Were Sleeping (1995), I was the romantic-comedy girl. But when I took time off, I thought, 'There's something I'm missing here.' I literally had to start from scratch."

"I don't like to talk about personal things. ... And by keeping it private, you have a better shot at a healthy relationship. I learned at a young age that there are certain things you just don't talk about."

"I don't think there's ever what could be called a 'chilled state' in my head."


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