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Sharon Stone Bio
Stone first came to attention for her role in War and Remembrance before achieving international recognition with her starring role as Catherine Tramell in the erotic thriller Basic Instinct (1992) by Paul Verhoeven. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress and won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for her performance in the crime drama film Casino (1995), directed by Martin Scorsese. She received further acclaim and Golden Globe Award nominations for her roles in the 1998 drama The Mighty and the 1999 comedy The Muse. In 2004, Stone won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her performance in The Practice. She has also appeared in such movies as the crime drama Alpha Dog (2006), the drama Bobby (2006), a biographical drama film about a porn actress, Lovelace (2013), and, most recently, the ensemble film Mothers and Daughters (2016).
In 2005, she was named Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters in France.
Stone moved to Europe. While living in Europe, she decided to quit modeling and become an actress. “So I packed my bags, moved back to New York, and stood in line to be an extra in a Woody Allen movie,” she later recalled. Stone was cast for a brief role in Allen’s Stardust Memories (1980), and then had a speaking part a year later in the horror film Deadly Blessing (1981). French director Claude Lelouch cast her in Les Uns et les Autres (1982), starring James Caan. She was on screen for two minutes and did not appear in the credits. In 1983, she appeared in the short-lived sports-themed television series Bay City Blues, playing Cathy St. Marie, the wife of baseball player Terry St. Marie played by actor Patrick Cassidy.
Her next film role was in Irreconcilable Differences (1984), starring Ryan O’Neal, Shelley Long, and a young Drew Barrymore. Stone played a starlet who breaks up the marriage of a successful director and his screenwriter wife. In 1984, she appeared in “Echoes of the Mind”, a two-part episode of Magnum, P.I., playing identical twins, one a love interest of Tom Selleck‘s character. Through the remainder of the 1980s, she had roles in such films as King Solomon’s Mines (1985) and Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold (1987), and played Steven Seagal‘s wife in Above the Law (1988). In 1988, she played Janice Henry for the filming of the miniseries War and Remembrance.
Her appearance in Dutch film director Paul Verhoeven‘s sci-fi action film Total Recall (1990) with Arnold Schwarzenegger gave Stone’s career a boost. To coincide with the film’s release, she posed nude for Playboy, showing off the muscles she developed in preparation for the film (she lifted weights and trained a little in taekwondo). In 1999, she was rated among the 25 sexiest stars of the century by Playboy. In another Verhoeven film was the role that made her a star, playing Catherine Tramell, a brilliant, bisexual, alleged serial killer, in Basic Instinct (1992). Several actresses at the time turned down the role, mostly because of the nudity required. In the film’s most notorious scene, Tramell is being questioned by the police, and she crosses and uncrosses her legs, exposing her vulva, which is not covered by underwear. According to Stone, she agreed to film the flashing scene with no underwear, and although she and Verhoeven had discussed the scene from the beginning of production, she was unaware just how explicit the infamous shot would be:
I knew that we were going to do this leg-crossing thing and I knew that we were going to allude to the concept that I was nude, but I did not think that you would see my vagina in the scene. Later, when I saw it in the screening I was shocked. I think seeing it in a room full of strangers was so disrespectful and so shocking, so I went into the booth and slapped him and left.
Stone claimed in an earlier interview, however, that “it was so fun” watching the film for the first time with strangers. Verhoeven has denied all claims of trickery and said, “As much as I love her, I hate her, too, especially after the lies she told the press about the shot between her legs, which was a straight lie”. Screenwriter Joe Eszterhas, who later befriended the actress, also claimed in his memoir, Hollywood Animal, that the actress was fully aware of the level of nudity involved.
Following Basic Instinct, she was listed by People as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world. In 1992, photographer George Hurrell took a series of photographs of Stone, Sherilyn Fenn, Julian Sands, Raquel Welch, Eric Roberts, and Sean Penn. In November 1995, Stone received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, located at 6925 Hollywood Blvd. That same year, Empire chose her as one of the 100 sexiest stars in film history. In October 1997, she was ranked among the top 100 film stars of all time by Empire.
In 1995, she received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Dramatic Motion Picture for her role as Ginger in Martin Scorsese‘s Casino, in which she starred opposite Robert De Niro. She also earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for the role. The same year, she starred opposite Gene Hackman, Russell Crowe, and Leonardo DiCaprio in the Sam Raimi western The Quick And The Dead. Also in 1995, she was awarded the Women in Film Crystal Award. Stone starred opposite Ellen DeGeneres in the 2000 HBO film If These Walls Could Talk 2, in which she played a lesbian trying to start a family. For her work in ‘Walls’, she was again recognized by Women in Film, this time with the Lucy Award.
In 2001, Stone was linked to a biopic of the German film director Leni Riefenstahl. Prospective director, Paul Verhoeven, and Riefenstahl herself, favored Stone to portray Riefenstahl in the film. Verhoeven, with whom Stone had worked previously, pulled out of the project, reportedly because he wanted to hire a more expensive screenwriter than the producers did.
Stone was hospitalized on September 29, 2001 for a subarachnoid hemorrhage, which was diagnosed as a vertebral artery dissection rather than the more common ruptured aneurysm, and treated with an endovascular coil embolization.
In 2003, she appeared in three episodes from the eighth season of The Practice. For her performances, she received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series. Also in 2003, she appeared in a James Woods-directed American Stroke Association television commercial to raise awareness of the symptoms of stroke. This commercial was also shown in Canada courtesy of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. Stone attempted a return to the mainstream with roles in the films Cold Creek Manor (2003) with Dennis Quaid, and Catwoman (2004) with Halle Berry; however, both films were critical and commercial flops.
After years of litigation, Basic Instinct 2 was released on March 31, 2006. A reason for a long delay in releasing the film was reportedly Stone’s dispute with the filmmakers over the nudity in the film; she wanted more, while they wanted less. A group sex scene was cut in order to achieve an R rating from the MPAA for the U.S. release; the controversial scene remained in the UK version of the London-based film. Stone told an interviewer, “We are in a time of odd repression and if a popcorn movie allows us to create a platform for discussion, wouldn’t that be great?” Despite an estimated budget of $70 million, it placed only 10th in gross on its debut weekend with a meager $3,200,000, and was subsequently declared a bomb. It ultimately ran in theaters for only 17 days and finished with a total domestic gross of under $6 million. Despite the failure of Basic Instinct 2, Stone has said that she would love to direct and act in a third Basic Instinct film.
She appeared in the 2006 drama film Alpha Dog opposite Bruce Willis, playing Olivia Mazursky, the mother of a real-life murder victim. Stone wore a fatsuit for the role. In February 2007, Stone found her role as a clinically depressed woman in her latest film, When a Man Falls in the Forest, uplifting, as it challenged what she called “Prozac society.” “It was a watershed experience,” she said. “I think that we live in a… Prozac society where we’re always told we’re supposed to have this kind of equilibrium of emotion. We have all these assignments about how we’re supposed to feel about something.”
In December 2006, she co hosted the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway together with Anjelica Huston. The concert was in honor of the Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus for his social contribution in Bangladesh through Grameen Bank. That same year, she appeared in the last episode of the Turkish TV series Kurtlar Vadisi (Valley of the Wolves) along with Andy Garcia.
On January 5, 2010, Entertainment Weekly reported Stone’s impending appearance in four episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in April, and then included in a review on the 29th of that April such descriptions of Stone’s performance as a “great presence”, and having “had to revive her best … tone to sell hokey lines” in a series it described as “mawkish and overwrought.” Stone portrayed Jo Marlowe, a former cop turned prosecutor. Stone plays a dermatologist seeking a ménage à trois in the Woody Allen–John Turturro film Fading Gigolo, which premiered in September 2013.
In 2014, Stone was cast in Agent X, a television action-drama series to air on the TNT channel. She will star as Natalie Maccabee, America’s first female Vice President who takes the office after the death of her Senator husband. Her first priority is to protect the Constitution with the help of a secret operative designated “Agent X”.
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