The Rise and Rise of Sandra Bullock
Fantastic Sandra Bullock Showing Charm and Grit

Fantastic Sandra Bullock Showing Charm and Grit

Since her breakthrough performance in the action flick Speed, Sandra Bullock has been charming audiences both on and off screen. Not one for headline grabbing, Sandra has managed to avoid getting too caught up in the world of Hollywood, and it is her poise, down to earth nature and sense of humour that continues to endear her to the public that has her coined as America’s Sweetheart.

A late entry into the Hollywood scene at 30. Sandra quickly established herself as a favourite in romantic comedies and starred in a string of hits including ‘While You Were Sleeping’, ‘Hope Floats’ and ‘Two Weeks Notice’ opposite Hugh Grant.

It wasn’t until her critically acclaimed performance in ‘Crash’ that audiences started to see another side to Sandra’s acting ability. This was put to the test recently with her portrayal of an Erin Brockovich style heroine in ‘The Blind Side’.

Enter and win online competitions with She Inspires!For this performance, Sandra won the Academy Award for Best Actress, as well as the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role.

It wasn’t all accolades for the good-humoured star, who the day before the Oscars ceremony had the unique distinction of becoming the only performer to have been named both "Best" and "Worst" for the same year, when she was awarded with two ‘Razzies’ for the ‘Worst’ performance in her movie 'All About Steve'.

Despite the minor glitch, 2009 was Sandra’s most financially successful year to date and she is now ranked amongst the Top 100 Stars at the Box Office with 'The Blind Side' and 'The Proposal' her biggest grossing films to date.

It is not just on-screen where Sandra has had success. Quite the entrepreneur, the star owns a suite of Texan businesses along with her own production company, Fortis Films, which is responsible for the 'The George Lopez Show'. Sandra is also a staunch supporter of the Red Cross and on occasions has donated up to $1 million to causes including the Haiti earthquake and the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004.

But every good deed can’t always be rewarded and despite Sandra’s triumphant start to 2010, it all crumbled when allegations of her husband Jesse James’ cheating came to light.

Married in 2005, the motorcycle builder and the Hollywood star at first seemed an odd couple. Despite the unusual pairing they appeared very much in love, made all the more obvious by their joint efforts that eventually won them a custody battle for James’ daughter with his former wife.

But the romance was not to be long lived, and it was only days after Sandra thanked him for ‘always having her back’ in her Oscars acceptance speech, that the cheating scandal hit the headlines and Sandra understandably ran for cover, filing for divorce soon afterwards.

Not one to let things set her sideways for too long, it was with absolute delight that news broke of Sandra’s adoption of a baby boy. After a four year wait, little Louis Bardo Bullock could not have come at a more perfect time for his new mum. Successful in her career both on and off camera, and with the support of friends, family and the general public, Sandra begins a new chapter of her life as a single mum in what could be her greatest role yet.

Sandra Bullock with her well deserved Oscar
Sandra Bullock Wins her Oscar
Contributing Writer Alex Brown

Contributing Writer Alex Brown

Alex is a holiday writer, with a love of languages and a background in economics. Interests in travel, linguistics, fashion news and celebrity trivia.

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