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Sandra Bullock      

Actress and Producer; "The Blind Side" and "Miss Congeniality"

Sandra Bullock landed her first gig at the age of 21 in the off-Broadway production "No Time Flat," and after receiving critical acclaim, she landed her first agent. She then was cast in a series of unsubstantial, and sometimes embarrassing roles. It was in the 1994 box-office hit "Speed" that Bullock first earned widespread recognition. Playing opposite Keanu Reeves, Bullock's plucky performance helped propel the commercial success of what was an otherwise generic action feature.

In the mid-1990s, Bullock appeared in steady stream of big-budget productions of varying commercial success, such as "While You Were Sleeping," "The Net" and "A Time to Kill." In an attempt to expand her dramatic range, Bullock appeared as an alcoholic newspaper columnist sent to rehab, in "28 Days." The film, a mix of dark comedy and melodrama, received tepid reviews, although her comedy "Miss Congeniality" did well at the box office that same year.

After a brief hiatus, Bullock returned in early 2002 with "Murder by Numbers," a crime thriller in which she plays a detective responsible for tracking down a duo of thrill-killers. She also appeared in a film version of the best-selling novel "The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood" and "Two Weeks' Notice," a romantic comedy co-starring Hugh Grant.

Dividing her time between comedy and drama, Bullock starred Miss "Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous" and the romantic drama "The Lake House." She took on some more serious roles with "Infamous" and "Premonition." In 2009, Bullock returned to her romantic comedy roots with "The Proposal" featured Bullock as a tough-as-nails boss who must marry her assistant to avoid being deported, which became a huge box office smash.

Bullock then had a career breakthrough with the sports drama "The Blind Side," based on the true-life story of African-American professional football player Michael Oher. Playing Leah Anne Touhy, she starred as a suburban wife and mother who brings Oher, a homeless teenager, into her family and helps him overcome his personal challenges. The touching drama has brought in more than $248 million at the box office and earned Bullock an Academy Award for Best Actress. She also won a Golden Globe for her work on the film.

After the success of The Blind Side, Bullock largely stepped out the Hollywood's spotlight for a time. She made a tremendous return in 2013 with the box office hit "The Heat" with Melissa McCarthy. The film made an impressive debut, bringing in more than $40 million in its first weekend. Shortly after, she appeared in "Gravity" opposite George Clooney.


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