Singer Harry Connick Junior has described his pal Sandra Bullock as an ‘incredible woman’ whom he would ‘thank God’ to have as a wife.
The actor and jazz pianist gushed about the Oscar-winning actress as he discussed her relentless commitment to his beloved home city of New Orleans, devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
When asked by talk show host Larry King about Bullock’s recent traumas over the breakdown of her marriage, Connick Jnr – who is happily married – seemed to send out a stark message to her cheating soon-to-be-ex-husband Jesse James.
“I think Sandy is an incredible woman and she doesn’t need my prayers, she’s so strong,’ he said, during Friday night’s special episode to mark the five-year anniversary of the deadly hurricane. ‘I pray for her and I send her emails and tell her I love her and I hope she’s doing well‘.
‘That woman is one of the fiercest, strongest most dedicated people I know. It’s sucks, man. Let’s put it this way, if she was my wife I would be on my knees thanking God that I had a woman like that. Everybody’s different but I know her pretty well. Like my wife now, I wouldn’t screw that up for all the money in the world, for anything.‘
Pointing to his own wedding ring, he added: ‘This means a lot. It’s a pretty serious commitment, I’m not passing judgment on anyone but whoever ends up with her (Bullock) for good is gonna be one lucky son of a gun‘.
‘I know her son doesn’t even know how lucky he is.‘
Sandra Bullock will be talking about education and health in New Orleans on NBC’s “Today” show.
NBC announced Wednesday that the Oscar-winning actress will sit down with “Today” host Matt Lauer on Tuesday.
The interview will take place at Warren Easton Charter High School in New Orleans. Bullock will discuss the opening this month of the school’s on-campus health clinic that she helped fund.
Bullock had spent time in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina with former husband Jesse James. She has adopted a baby who was born there.
Warner Bros. and Paramount are eyeing Sandra Bullock and Tom Hanks for the feature version of post- 9/11 drama “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” with Scott Rudin producing.
Warners, the lead studio on the project, indicated it has made offers to the thesps but is not yet in formal negotiations. And the studios have not yet greenlit the project. The Jonathan Safran Foer novel, set in 2003, centers on a 9-year-old boy who finds a key in a vase that belongs to his father — who perished in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks — and searches to find the lock that goes with it. It was one of the first American novels to incorporate the Sept. 11 events into the plot.
Rudin has been developing the project since 2005, when “Extremely Loud” was published. Eric Roth has adapted the novel and Stephen Daldry is attached to direct.
Should Bullock sign on, it would be her first role since “The Blind Side.” Hanks will next be seen opposite Julia Roberts in U’s comedy-drama “Larry Crowne,” which he also directed and produced.
Sandra Bullock is offering words of welcome as her ex-husband Jesse James prepares to move to her adopted hometown in Texas.
“I support Jesse in his move to Austin,” the Oscar winner, 46, tells PEOPLE exclusively in this week’s cover story. “We have both moved on with our lives and only want the best for each other. Anything else that is said on my behalf is inaccurate.”
For Bullock, moving on includes finalizing her adoption of 8-month-old son Louis on Aug. 13 surrounded by friends and her sister Gesine in a New Orleans courtroom. “She is so in love with her child,” says a source.
As for motorcycle CEO James, 41 – who recently stepped out in Las Vegas with LA Ink star Kat Von D. – he too is starting to move on in the wake of the cheating scandal that led to his June divorce from Bullock, according to a James source.
“I think he’s starting to grasp reality a bit more,” says the source, “and the realization that it’s going to take a lot longer and a lot more than he thought to bring things back to what they were.”
For much more on this story, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.
Added the first two pictures I found of Sandy accepting the the Choice Movie Actress: Drama award onstage during the 2010 Teen Choice Awards. More will be added asap.
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Remember that new pictures will be added to our new gallery. I’m still moving the old content to the new one, and I won’t pretend to add anything more to the older one :).
Sandra Bullock is Hollywood’s leading lady, after topping a list of highest paid actresses.
The Oscar-winning actress was propelled to the top of Tinseltown’s female earners’ league following roles in box office hits The Proposal and The Blind Side, which earned her a reported 56 million US dollars over the past 12 months.
Reese Witherspoon and Knight And Day actress Cameron Diaz shared second place in the list compiled by Forbes.com, banking around 32 million dollars each.
While Reese hasn’t been seen on screen since 2008’s Four Christmases, her status was cemented by forthcoming films How Do You Know and the big-screen adaptation of Water For Elephants, in which she features alongside Twilight star Robert Pattinson.
Coming in fourth was Jennifer Aniston, followed by Sarah Jessica Parker, Julia Roberts and Angelina Jolie.
Completing the top ten are Drew Barrymore, Meryl Streep and Kristen Stewart.
The Forbes.com list features earnings from films and other ventures, such as beauty ranges and advertising.