Sandra Bullock is an American actress, producer, and philanthropist. After making her acting debut with a minor role in the thriller ‘Hangmen’ in 1987, she received early attention for her performance in the sci-fi action film ‘Demolition Man’ in 1993. Her breakthrough came in the action thriller ‘Speed’ in 1994.
A string of film successes followed ‘Speed’, and she soon established herself as a Hollywood leading actress. In the romantic comedy ‘While You Were Sleeping’ in 1995, she portrayed a lonely Chicago Transit Authority token collector who saves the life of a man. She received her first Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. In 1995, Bullock also starred in the thriller ‘The Net’ in 1995, as a computer programmer who stumbles upon a conspiracy, putting her life and the lives of those around her in great danger. ‘The Net’ made US$110.6 million.
In the crime drama ‘A Time to Kill’ in 1996, she portrayed a member of the defense team in the trial for murder of a young girl, opposite Samuel L. Jackson, Matthew McConaughey and Kevin Spacey. She received a MTV Movie Award nomination for Best Breakthrough Performance. The film grossed US$152 million around the world. She received US$11 million for the critically panned ‘Speed 2: Cruise Control’ in 1997, which she agreed to star in for financial backing for her next project, ‘Hope Floats’ in 1998.
She achieved further success in the following decades in ‘Miss Congeniality’ in 2000, ‘Two Weeks Notice’ in 2002, ‘Crash’ in 2004, ‘The Proposal’ in 2009, ‘The Heat’ in 2013, and ‘Ocean’s 8’ in 2018. She was awarded the Academy Award for Best Actress and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Drama for playing Leigh Anne Tuohy in the biographical drama ‘The Blind Side’ in 2009, and was nominated in the same categories for her performance in the thriller ‘Gravity’ in 2013.
Her greatest commercial success is the animated comedy ‘Minions’ in 2015, which grossed over US$1 billion at the box office. In 2007, she was one of Hollywood’s highest-paid actresses, and in 2015, she ranked as the highest-paid actress. She was also named “Most Beautiful Woman” by People magazine in 2015.
In addition to her acting career, she is the founder of the production company Fortis Films. She has produced some of the films in which she starred, including ‘Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous’ in 2005 and ‘All About Steve’ in 2009. She was an executive producer of the ABC sitcom ‘George Lopez’ which ran from 2002 to 2007, and made several appearances during its run.