Born in a Virginia suburb of Washington D.C. to a German opera singer and a voice teacher, she grew up on the road with her parents and younger sister. She often performed in the children's chorus of whatever production her mother was in. That singing talent later came in use for her role of an aspiring country singer in The Thing Called Love (1993). Her family moved back to the Washington D.C. area when she was a teenager. She later enrolled in E. Carolina University in North Carolina, USA where she studied acting. Shortly thereafter she moved to New York to pursue a career on the stage. This led to acting 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 that seemed inevitable for her until her work in the smash hit _Speed (1994)_ . She now ranks as one of the most popular actresses in Hollywood.
Her mother, opera singer Helga Bullock, died in Arlington, VA. [April 4, 2000]
On People (USA) magazine's '50 Most Beautiful' list. 
Ranked #58 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]
Chosen by People (USA) magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world 
While working on Two If by Sea (1996), discovered she is allergic to horses.
She replaced Demi Moore in While You Were Sleeping (1995)
Wrote and performed her own song "Heaven Knocking On My Door" in The Thing Called Love (1993).
Replaced Lori Petty in Demolition Man (1993).
Daughter of a German opera singer and an American voice coach.
Attended East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.
Graduated from Washington-Lee HS in Arlington, Virginia in 1982.
Voted best actress by the readers of the "US Magazine" in 1995.
Voted "Best Actress" by viewers of MTV's "The Big Picture" in 1994 and 1995.
Friends with Samantha Mathis.
Was a cheerleader in high school.
Voted "Most Likely To Brighten Up Your Day" by her high school class.
Received the scar on her head when she fell into a lake and cut her head on a rock.
Sister Gesine Bullock-Prado broke Sandy's nose with her elbow while opening a garage door when they were kids.
Spent time at a Rehabilitation Clinic to research her role in 28 Days (2000).
Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#27). 
Was considered for the lead in Runaway Bride (1999).
Is fluent in German.
Was engaged to Tate Donovan.
Owns a home in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Born at 3:15 AM
Appeared in Bob Schneider's video 'Round and Round' (2000).
While filming 28 Days (2000), in New York, she stayed in former co-star Dennis Hopper's apartment.
Her favorite perfume is Dune, by Christian Dior.
Replaced Nancy McKeon in the sitcom "Working Girl" (1990)
Her sister is Gesine Bullock-Prado, a lawyer and Vice-President of Fortis Films, aged 33 (2001).
Studied ballet when she was a child
Her favorite time of the day is dusk
Loves horses, but is extremely allergic to them
1998: Golden Globes Awards Presenter: "Best Movie Comedy/Musical"
1997: Academy Awards Presenter: "Best Art Direction"
Her favorite drinks are beer (Heineken and Rolling Rock) and tequila.
Owns a house in Austin, Texas where she filmed some scenes in Miss Congeniality (2000).
Measurements: 33B-24-34 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)
Uses the ancient Chinese technique of accupuncture as a form of weight loss.
Is from the same Metro Area as Martin Lawrence, Dave Chappelle, Mya, Regina Hall, Alan Heitz and Dwayne Winstead.
Is dating "Monster Garage" (2002) actor Jesse James (2004).
Was considered for the role of Lois Lane in a proposed relaunch of the Superman franchise by Warner Brothers and was also considered for the role of Wonder Woman in a film adaptation that was never made.
Has a house on Tybee Island, Georgia.
Sister-in-law of Raymond Prado.
She was originally cast as Rafi in Prime (2005) but two weeks before principal photography, was dropped due to script differences between her and writer/director Ben Younger. Uma Thurman stepped in quickly to replace her.
Shares a birthday with Kevin Spacey, Kate Beckinsale and Jeremy Piven.
Donated $1 million to the American Red Cross after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in 2001. Did the same, again donating $1 million to the Red Cross, after the tsunami-disaster in Asia in 2004.
At 40, she was voted sexiest female celebrity in a 'Naughty Forties' poll conducted for UK television station FX.
After college, she moved to New York to waitress.
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame [March 24, 2005].
Ranked #18 on Tropopkin's Top 25 Most Intriguing People [Issue #100]
Was originally cast as Maggie Fitzgerald in Million Dollar Baby (2004).
Stepmother of Jesse James' children Chandler, Jesse Jr. and Sunny.
Married actor Jesse James in a sunset ceremony on a ranch outside Santa Barbara, California. They celebrated with several hundred guests including Jamie Lee Curtis, William Shatner and Regina King. [16 July 2005]