Sandra Bullock was born to the late German-born opera singer Helga Meyer who died of cancer on April 4, 2000, and the Alabama-born voice teacher John Bullock.
She started singing as a child in Germany, where she also studied ballet and performed small parts in her mother's operas. She lived 12 years in Fürth, Germany.
Bullock attended Washington-Lee High School where she was a cheerleader and was voted "Most Likely to Brighten up Your Day" by her class.
She married motorcycle builder and "Monster Garage" host Jesse James on July 16 2005.
In October 2004, she won a multi-million-dollar judgment in a lawsuit against Benny Daneshjou, the builder of her Lake Austin, Texas mansion, a home in which she has never lived, claiming it is uninhabitable. The builder denies any wrongdoing and is appealing the verdict.
Bullock publicly donated $1 million twice to the American Red Cross, first to its Liberty Disaster Relief Fund and again over four years later, in response to the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunamis.