Two Years Later, ‘Blind Side’ Actors, Personalities Close

Sandra Bullock, Leigh Ann Tuohy

Sandra Bullock’s “The Blind Side” was unveiled two years ago  now — but the impact of the beloved film that won Bullock her Best Actress Academy Award lingers on.

For one thing, the friendship between Bullock her real-life counterpart is thriving.  Leigh Ann Tuohy tells us she’s hoping to get together with the actress again over the holidays.  “We have a couple of potential dates, maybe a Ravens game.  She is a Michael Oher fan,” notes Tuohy, referring to the Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle who is her adopted son — whose story was depicted in the film.  “We watch the football games and talk on the phone about what did or didn’t happen.  She is a member of this family, a great lady.” 

Tuohy and her husband, Sean, are also friends with “Blind Side” leading man Tim McGraw and wife Faith Hill.  “It’s easier to see them, because they live just down the road in Nashville.  We sat with Tim and Faith at a Titans game a couple of weeks ago,” she reports.

The Tuohys have also worked to parlay public attention from the movie into help for more of “the Michael Ohers out there” — with their Making it Happen Foundation for underprivileged kids, and with scores of public speaking engagements she makes before corporate, school and community groups.       

“I really feel like the person who has the cure for cancer or Parkinsons probably lives in an inner city somewhere, and just needs a chance, an opportunity,” says Leigh Ann.  She would love to help the 400,000 children in foster care in this country “find forever families.”  However, she adds, “You don’t have to adopt to make a difference.  It’s not hard to unearth people who need help.  Last week, I met a seven-year-old boy who’d never seen a cupcake before in his life.  I’ve shown lots of kids the ocean for the first time and it  always takes my breath away.”

Leigh Ann, formerly a member of the “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” design team, has several prospects on the table that would put her in a position of greater prominence in 2012.  Among them:  a stint on “Dancing With the Stars.”  There’s also a possible Leigh Ann Tuohy talk show.   “The more we’re in the public eye, the more good we can do,” declares the Tennessee live wire.  “If I have to go out and do a little song and dance and make a fool of myself, I will.”

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I grew up in the San Fernando Valley when it was a kids' Shangri La in the 60s and we had Fabulous Eddie's miniature golf and trampolines on Ventura Boulevard. My big brother frequented The Third Eye psychedelic shop back in the day, but he wound up turning out anyway. Dad was an NBC video man who worked on "Laugh-In," Dean Martin's show, and specials by everyone from Sinatra to Fred Astaire. Mom was a first class home maker and PTA and GCA volunteer. They're still doing great. Anxious to get going in life, I quit college and jumped into journalism when I was still a teenager, and was writing for the New York Times syndicate and People magazine before turning 20. But that was a long time, many adventures, lots of traveling around the world and thousands of interviews ago. I go back to the very last days of hot type and getting to talk to Henry Fonda and Bette Davis, and Sammy Davis at the old Brown Derby...What a ride. That's in no small part thanks to my amazing writing partner, Marilyn Beck, one of the grand old-school Hollywood columnist stars -- a true star -- who knows how to do it right. I'm lucky, for sure. Now is fun, too. I love going out to events with my 17-year-old daughter (Jonas Brothers!). Seeing everything fresh through her eyes renews my excitement about the game. In-between I went back and finished school -- University of Redlands -- married, divorced, and at long last found my true love. My favorite things outside of the show business realm are being with my family, my faith and spiritual growth, learning new things (from doing Qigong to uploading stuff on Facebook), and running. See you on the trail.

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