“I feel so sad for Sandra,” fellow celeb-watcher friends have remarked to me, along with celeb-watcher strangers online. The latest on Bullock include stories that she will abandon her film career. Could she be balking, in part, at the national Pity Party on her behalf?
Recently at the Maine Festival of the Book, while giving a talk on the power of celebrity stories, I asked the audience which current celeb. stories they were following most intensely. Sandra Bullock, came the chorus. Or, from the female voices, just: “Sandra!”
Why Sandra? Why do I feel it when I was not especially a fan? Shiny Hollywood marriages shatter regularly. Far from ‘blindsided, Bullock chose a professional Bad Boy. Yet her particular Hollywood tale of woe wrings hearts and rivets millions.
High-contrast makes for high drama. Like a scene out of the Judy Garland weeper A STAR IS BORN (in which her drunken hubby slaps her at the Oscar podium) Sandra Bullock beamed at her husband from that real-life podium a mere week before his betrayal bombshell hit.
It’s Sandra Bullock’s gift to seem almost ordinary, her beauty quirky enough to suggest someone we all know. Blog wise woman Judith Podell put it this way:
She’s like the girl who gets elected Prom Queen in an upset election because she’s so nice and such a good sport, only in her case it’s the Oscar. She has–or had a good comic actress face, I think work has been done to make her “prettier”. I loved Miss Congeniality.
Bullock seemed to have found a rare real-life Happy End with a rough-hewn heart-of-gold guy, one who even came complete with adorable children. The ‘child’ issue here is particularly poignant. How many women in their forties who have wanted children are relating to Sandra’s very public yearning for a family? (Which is emphasized further by the new rumors that her reason for turning her back on Hollywood is to focus solely on her infant son).
Finally: the eyes have it. Bullock often takes on a jaunty persona, but her meltingly brown doe eyes suggest vulnerability, elevate her Nice Girl face into beauty and make her an Oscar-caliber actress to boot. Will this latest cruel twist of fate, ironically, make her star shine even brighter? Or will Jesse James’ seamy secrets eventually tarnish Sandra too? Will she actually leave Hollywood and all our pitying prying eyes for good? WDYT?