Sandra Bullock Named Top Star of 2009

Sandra Bullock's strategy for Hollywood success: Don't make a movie for two years. Then, just before everybody forgets your name, come back and crush the competition with an iron fist.

Bullock has just been named the Top Money-Making Star of 2009, with her three films -- The Blind Side, The Proposal and All About Steve -- topping the profits of fellow box-office superstars Johnny Depp (#2), Matt Damon (#3), George Clooney (#4) and Robert Downey Jr. (#5).

Notice anything about those other names? That's right -- they're all men. Bullock, 45, is the first actress to top the list since Julia Roberts in 1999. And while Meryl Streep joins the party at a none-too-shabby #7, she's never had the honor of being on top -- among the eight women who share that distinction are Shirley Temple, Julie Andrews and Elizabeth Taylor. (The winners are determined by a combination of box-office receipts and audience popularity.)

With serious Oscar buzz surrounding her performance in The Blind Side, Sandra Bullock is likely to stay on top in 2010. And we hope those Hollywood executives who think that "women don't see movies" are paying attention -- because we suspect Bullock's success is due almost entirely to female ticket-buyers.

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