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“If I die tomorrow, will I have gotten everything in the world I’ve ever wanted? No. But I will have gotten everything that’s made me happiest.”

Career highlights

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1994

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Racing to the top with Speed

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1995

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First Golden Globe nomination

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2000

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Real life Miss Congeniality
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Sandra Bullock

Career highlights

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1994

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Racing to the top with Speed
Though she was advised against it, Bullock takes the lead role in Speed alongside Keanu Reeves and the action flick ends up launching her into superstardom. Grossing $350 million at the box office worldwide, the project makes her a mainstream movie star.

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1995

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First Golden Globe nomination
America’s sweetheart is nominated for her first Golden Globe after starring in the rom-com While You Were Sleeping. A year later, she’s selected as one of People magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People in the World.

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2000

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Real life Miss Congeniality
Bullock stars in Miss Congeniality, a financial success that takes in over $200 million at the box office. It also earns her another Golden Globe nod for Best Actress.

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2009

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Wins an Academy Award
2009 is a record-setting year for Bullock as she receives her third Golden Globe nomination for The Proposal and is awarded an Oscar, a Golden Globe, and a SAG award for her performance in The Blind Side (a role she had initially turned down three times).

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2013

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Most successful picture to date
Bullock lands the lead role in Gravity alongside George Clooney, which critics praise as the best work of her career. It takes in more than $675 million at the box office, making it her most successful picture to date. The project also earns her nominations for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, a BAFTA Award, and a SAG award.

Romantic comedy queen Sandra Bullock was born on July 26, 1964 in Arlington, VA, to a German opera singer and a voice teacher. Growing up on the road, she often performed in the children’s chorus and had already made her first stage appearance at only 5 years old for an opera in Nuremburg, Germany. With an extreme love for the stage, Bullock continued to study acting throughout college in North Carolina, until she eventually dropped out just three credits shy of her bachelor’s degree to follow her dreams in New York.

Soon off-Broadway came calling. When she was 21, Bullock landed a part in the play No Time Flat, which helped her secure an agent and a role in the TV movie Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman in 1989. From there, small roles in several indie projects followed, in addition to the lead in the short-lived NBC television version of the film Working Girl. She went on to appear in a few films such as Love Potion No. 9, The Thing Called Love, and Demolition Man in 1993. A year later, Bullock finally earned widespread recognition with the huge box-office hit Speed alongside Keanu Reeves, and a movie star was officially born.

Since then, Bullock has had a steady stream of commercial success with big budget movies like While You Were Sleeping, A Time to Kill, 28 Days, Miss Congeniality, Murder by Numbers, Two Weeks’ Notice, The Lake House, The Proposal, and The Blind Side, a project that awarded her an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Best Actress. After a well-deserved break, Bullock made a huge return to Hollywood in 2013 with the The Heat alongside Melissa McCarthy and Gravity with George Clooney, a film that garnered more than $600 million at the box office and also generated Oscar nominations and wins.

The ageless a-lister credits a healthy diet, daily workouts, and an active lifestyle for her sexy, strong, and slim bod. She’s been spotted exercising six days per week for 60 to 90 minute sessions with her trainer, Simone De La Rue, incorporating a mixture of dance, cardio, yoga, and Pilates into her routine. Bullock says the variety keeps her regime fresh without getting bored, but certainly her on-camera career provides some major motivation! “People ask, ‘How do you actresses do it?’ Um, they pay us to do this in order to look good on film!” she’s joked. Kristen Aldridge

Trivia

Voted
“Most Likely to Brighten Up Your Day” by her high school class
Favorite perfume
Dune by Christian Dior
Beverage of choice
Beer and tequila
Ageless beauty secret
La Prairie Anti-Aging Emulsion