School of Theatre and Dance
Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock

Professional Acting
Class of 1988

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The School of Theatre and Dance would like to congratulate alumna Sandra Bullock on her Golden Globe, SAG and Oscar award nominations for the motion picture, Gravity.

Bullock attended East Carolina University, and received her training in the Professional Acting program.

Sandra was born in a Virginia suburb of Washington, D.C., to Helga (Meyer), a German opera singer, and John W. Bullock, a U.S. voice teacher from Alabama. She grew up on the road with her parents and younger sister and often performed in the children's chorus of whatever production her mother was in. That singing talent later came in handy for her role as an aspiring country singer in The Thing Called Love (1993). Her family moved back to the Washington area when she was an adolescent.  She later enrolled in East Carolina University in North Carolina, where she studied acting.  After studying theatre with Edgar Loessin and his faculty, Sandra moved to New York to pursue a career on the stage.  This led to work in television programs and then feature films.  She gave memorable performances in Demolition Man (1993) and Wrestling Ernest Hemingway (1993), but did not achieve the stardom which seemed inevitable for her until her work in the smash hit Speed (1994).  Sandra now ranks as one of the most popular actresses in Hollywood. For her role in The Blind Side (2009) she won the Oscar, and her blockbusters The Proposal (2009), The Heat (2013) and Gravity (2013) made her a bankable star.