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She has produced some of the films in which she starred, including Two Weeks Notice, Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous, and All About Steve. Bullock (born 1925), was a United States Army employee and part-time voice coach; her mother, Helga Mathilde Meyer (1942–2000), was an opera singer and voice teacher. Army's Military Postal Service in Europe, was stationed in Nuremberg when he met Helga.She was an executive producer of the ABC sitcom George Lopez, and made several appearances during its run. Bullock's maternal grandfather was a German rocket scientist from Nuremberg. They married in Germany and moved to Arlington, where John worked with the Army Materiel Command before becoming a contractor for The Pentagon.Bullock studied ballet and vocal arts as a child and frequently accompanied her mother, taking small parts in her opera productions.She sang in the opera's children's choir at the Staatstheater Nürnberg.She appeared in several student films, and later landed a role in an Off-Broadway play No Time Flat. Levi was impressed by Bullock's performance and offered her a part in the TV movie Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman (1989).This led to her being cast in a series of small roles in several independent films as well as in the lead role of the short-lived NBC television version of the film Working Girl (1990).Her father's family is of African American origin, having migrated from South Carolina to Brooklyn.
In 2010, she made her Broadway debut in David Mamet's Race, alongside James Spader (with whom she worked on "Boston Legal"), David Alan Grier, and Richard Thomas.
Since 2012, Washington has gained wide public recognition for starring in the ABC drama Scandal, a Shonda Rhimes series in which she plays Olivia Pope, a crisis management expert to politicians and power brokers in Washington DC, and also is a producer.
For her role, she has been nominated twice for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series, and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Series.
Since April 2012, Washington has starred in the ABC drama series Scandal, created by Shonda Rimes, as Olivia Pope, a crisis manager who runs her own crisis management firm called Pope & Associates in Washington, D. In this position, she works for high-profile figures, most notably the President of the United States, who is also her on-off lover.
The show has been a commercial and critical success, and has been called one of the most talked about drama series on Facebook and Twitter by Buzz Feed.