Screen siren, opinionated diva, and one of the few actresses in Hollywood who can claim to be both a Paul Verhoeven muse and a MENSA member, Sharon Stone is nothing if not a legend in her own right. Beginning with her notorious disinclination to wear underwear during a police interrogation in Basic Instinct, Stone went on to become one of the most talked-about actresses of the 1990s, earning both admiration and infamy for her on- and off-screen personae.
Almost as famous as Stone's glamorous image are her working roots. Born in the Northwest Pennsylvania town of Meadville on March 10, 1958, Stone grew up a bookworm in a large family. Highly intelligent in addition to being a local beauty pageant queen, she won a scholarship to Pennsylvania's Edinboro University when she was fifteen. After studying creative writing and fine arts, she decided to pursue a modeling career, and, after moving to New York, she signed on with the Eileen Ford agency. Stone became a successful model by the late 1970s, appearing in print and television ads for Clairol, Revlon, and Diet Coke.
In 1980, Stone branched out into acting, making her screen debut as the "pretty girl on train" in Woody Allen's Stardust Memories. Following this role, she spent the 1980s appearing in one forgettable film after another, often cast as the stereotypical blonde bimbo. She finally got a break in 1990, when she appeared as Arnold Schwarzenegger's kickboxing secret agent wife in Verhoeven's Total Recall. Any recognition she gained for that role, however, was more than eclipsed by the notoriety she earned for her starring turn in her second Verhoeven feature, Basic Instinct. The 1992 film, in which Stone portrayed a bisexual author/sexual adventurer who may or may not be a serial killer, did her a huge favor by making her a star, but also a sizable disservice by further typecasting her in blonde seductress roles. Stone's subsequent effort, the erotic thriller Sliver (1993), was an example of this: the actress attracted notice less for her acting than for her willingness to simulate masturbation Her role in the following year's The Specialist was also fairly limiting; an action flick co-starring Sylvester Stallone, it called for Stone to run around in a tight dress in heels when she wasn't seducing various characters.
In 1995, Stone managed to break into the "serious actress" arena with her performance in Martin Scorsese's Casino. Cast as an ex-prostitute, she won an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe for her work, as well as the general opinion that she was capable of more than making the camera her gynecologist. Stone branched out further that same year with The Quick and the Dead, a revisionist western directed by Sam Raimi in which she starred as a tough-talking, hard-drinking broad bent on revenge. Unfortunately, the film was a relative flop, as were here subsequent 1996 films, Diabolique, a remake of the 1954 French film, and Last Dance, a drama that featured Stone as a woman on death row.
By this point winning more notice for her off-screen role as an arbiter of fashion and old-school Hollywood glamour than for her on-screen acting work, Stone next lent her voice to the animated Antz in 1998. The film proved to be a success, unlike the actress's other projects that year, the sci-fi thriller Sphere and The Mighty. The latter film, which Stone produced as well as starred in, was a heartfelt story about two adolescent misfits; although it did win a number of positive reviews, audiences largely stayed away from it. The same couldn't be said of Stone's next film, a 1999 remake of Gloria: not only did audiences stay away from it, critics savaged it with vituperative glee. Never one to let a bad review get her down, Stone soon rebounded, receiving a more positive reception for her performance in The Muse and starring as Nick Nolte's long-suffering wife in Simpatico.
In 2001 she suffered a brain aneurysm, and was hospitalized forcing her to tone down her movie career and kick back at home.
Luckily she did so, and made a full recovery and is now a narrator for TV Series 'Harold and the Purple Crayon'… Expand
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|Lovelace||Aug 9, 2013||Dorothy Boreman||tbd|
|Wassup Rockers||Jun 23, 2006||Executive Producer||7.6|
|Basic Instinct 2||Mar 31, 2006||Catherine Tramell||5.0|
|Catwoman||Jul 23, 2004||Laurel Hedare||3.6|
|Cold Creek Manor||Sep 19, 2003||Leah Tilson||5.0|
|CyberWorld||Oct 6, 2000||Princess Bala||7.3|
|Simpatico||Dec 17, 1999||Rosie||tbd|
|The Muse||Aug 27, 1999||Sarah Little||7.6|
|Gloria||Jan 22, 1999||Gloria||6.0|
|Antz||Oct 2, 1998||Princess Bala||6.9|
|Sphere||Feb 13, 1998||Dr. Elizabeth 'Beth' Halperin||6.6|
|Casino||Nov 22, 1995||Ginger McKenna||8.4|
|The Quick and the Dead||Feb 10, 1995||Co-Producer / Ellen||6.2|
|Basic Instinct||Mar 20, 1992||Catherine Tramell||7.0|
|Total Recall||Jun 1, 1990||Lori||7.8|