Just a few weeks ago Robert Downey Jr. gained the recognition as the highest paid actor in Hollywood earning $75 million. This week Sandra Bullock takes the prize as the highest paid actress in Hollywood earning $51 million (take that Jesse James).
Bullock’s latest sci-fi film Gravity, earned some great feedback and has earned over $700 million worldwide. I loved Bullock the moment I watched her performance in Speed and her Miss Congeniality movies were a riot. Of course who can forget her geekiest role of all in The Net, probably one of the first movies with a female hacker as the lead character. While RDJ is still $24 million ahead of her, $51 million is nothing to scoff at.
Bullock was born in Arlington, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, D.C.. Her father, John W. Bullock (born 1925), was a United States Army employee and part-time voice coach; her mother, Helga Mathilde Meyer (1942–2000), was an opera singer and voice teacher. Bullock’s father was from Birmingham, Alabama, and had English, Irish, German, and French ancestry, while Bullock’s mother was German. Bullock’s maternal grandfather was a rocket scientist from Nuremberg, Germany. Bullock’s father, then in charge of the Army’s Military Postal Service in Europe, was stationed in Nuremberg when he met his wife. They married in Germany and moved to Arlington, where John worked with the Army Materiel Command, before becoming a contractor for The Pentagon. She has a younger sister, Gesine Bullock-Prado, who was formerly the vice-president of Bullock’s production company Fortis Films.