Date of Birth 10 March 1958, Meadville, Pennsylvania, USA Birth Name Sharon Yvonne Stone Height 5' 8½" (1.74 m) Mini Biography Sharon Stone was born and raised in Meadville, a small town in Pennsylvania. Her strict father was a factory worker and her mother was an accountant and homemaker. She was the second of four children. At the age of 15, she studied in Saegertown High School, Pennsylvania and, at that same age, entered Edinboro State University of Pennsylvania, and graduated with a degree in creative writing and fine arts. She was a very smart girl, became a bookworm, and once was told that a suitable job for her (and her brains) was to become a lawyer. However, her first love was still the black-and-white movies, especially those featuring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. So, the 17-year-old Sharon got herself into the Miss Crawford County beauty contest and won it. From working part-time as a McDonald's counter girl, she worked her way up to become a successful Ford model, both in TV commercials and print ads. In 1980, she made her film debut as an extra in Woody Allen's Stardust Memories (1980). Her first speaking part was in Wes Craven's horror movie, Deadly Blessing (1981). She struggled through many parts in B-movies, such as King Solomon's Mines (1985) and Action Jackson (1988). She was also married in 1984 to Michael Greenburg, the producer of"MacGyver" (1985), but they divorced two years later. She finally got her big break with a memorable supporting role in the popular Arnold Schwarzenegger movie Total Recall (1990), and also posed nude for Playboy, a daring move for a 32-year-old actress. But it worked; she was cast in the breakthrough role as a sociopath novelist, "Catherine Tramell", in Basic Instinct (1992). Her interrogation scene has become a classic in film history and her performance captivated everyone, from MTV viewers, who honored her with Most Desirable Female and Best Female Performance Awards, to a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress. After she got famous, she didn't want to be typecast, so she played a victim in Sliver (1993), and, in Intersection (1994), she was the aloof, estranged wife of Richard Gere. Afterwards, so she got herself again into more aggressive roles, such as The Specialist (1994) with Sylvester Stallone and The Quick and the Dead (1995) with Gene Hackman. But, it wasn't until she played a beautiful but drug-crazy trophy wife of Robert De Niro in Casino (1995) that she got far more than just fame and fortune--she also received the acknowledgment of the movie industry for her acting ability. She received her first Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination. She did a couple films after wards, teaming up with Isabelle Adjani in Diabolique (1996), and as a woman waiting for her death penalty in Last Dance (1996). In 1998, she married a newspaper editor, Phil Bronstein. That year she also starred in the sci-fi thrillerSphere (1998) and received her third Golden Globe nomination for The Mighty (1998), a film that her company, "Chaos", also co-executive produced. The next year, she played the title role in Gloria (1999) and entered her first comedic role in The Muse (1999), which gave her another Golden Globe nomination. Sharon Stone, a diva who thoroughly enjoys her hard-won stardom, is now a mother of an adorable baby boy, Roan Joseph. Spouse Phil Bronstein (14 February 1998 - 29 January 2004) (divorced) 1 child Michael Greenburg (18 August 1984 - 20 January 1987) (divorced) Trade Mark Platinum blonde hair Sparkling blue eyes Voluptuous figure Deep sultry voice Trivia Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the "100 Sexiest Stars in Film History" (#49).  Playboy Magazine's "100 Sexiest Stars of the Century," Number 24.  Entered Pennsylvania's Edinboro University at age 15. Ranked #77 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997] Engaged to producer William J. MacDonald. [1993-1994] Former model for the Eileen Ford Model Agency. Owns her own production company, Chaos. Went to school at Saegertown High School, Saegertown, Pennsylvania. Has one older brother (Mike Stone), one younger brother (Patrick Stone), and a younger sister (Kelly Stone). Auditioned for the Cathy Moriarty role in Raging Bull (1980). As a teenager worked part-time as a McDonald's countergirl. One of People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" and "25 Most Intriguing People".  Auditioned for the role of Alex Forrest in Fatal Attraction (1987), Vicki Vale in Batman (1989) and Breathless Mahoney in Dick Tracy (1990). Turned down the role in Exit to Eden (1994) that later went to Rosie O'Donnell. Speaks Italian. Ex-husband Phil Bronstein is one of the editors of the San Francisco Examiner. Received a humanitarian award from the Human Rights Campaign, a well-funded organization specializing in gay and lesbian rights, for her role in If These Walls Could Talk 2 (2000) (TV), in which she plays the lover to Ellen DeGeneres, with whom she wants to raise a child.  Stone's former housekeeper Socorro Del Carmen Membreno pleaded not guilty to grand theft of $300,000 worth of jewelry and other valuables from Stone's Los Angeles home two months earlier. [2 March 2000] As a child, Sharon once said she would become the next Marilyn Monroe. Sharon was granted a restraining order against Agostino P'omata, who allegedly had made threats of violence against her. [27 March 2001] She has English, German, Scottish, and Irish ancestry. Is a close friend of Jeanne Moreau. Presented a 1998 American Academy of Motion Pictures life tribute to her. Spent many long workdays in agony while filming scenes for Casino (1995). She has back trouble due to an old injury, and the gold and white beaded gown she wore during a casino scene weighed 45 pounds. She passionately kissed fan Joni Rimm for charity after she paid $50,000 for the pleasure. She auctioned the kiss in aid of Project Angel Food, a Los Angeles charity providing meals for homeless people. (August 12, 2003). Made a teenage ballet star's dreams come true by giving her $75,000 for tuition fees. During Total Recall (1990) filming, she complained to director Paul Verhoeven that she wasn't sure whether her character really was married to Doug. June 11, 2001: her husband, Phil Bronstein, underwent foot surgery after being attacked by a Komodo dragon during a private tour of the Los Angeles Zoo. The tour was arranged by Stone as a Father's Day gift for Bronstein, who had always wanted to see one of the Indonesian lizards up close. The attack occurred after Bronstein had removed his white shoes. Zookeepers later speculated the 5-foot-long lizard may have mistaken the shoes for white rats it ate regularly. Met her close friend Mimi Craven on the set of Deadly Blessing (1981). They subsequently worked together on the film Last Dance (1996) in 1996. A sex scene in The Quick and the Dead (1995) between Ellen (Stone) and Cort (Russell Crowe) was shot, but Stone and director Sam Raimidecided that it wasn't a necessary part of the story. The scene was not included in the American release of the film, but international versions do include it. Received the Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters from the French government in 1995. Her scar on her neck is from a childhood accident. She was riding a horse and she ran right into a clothes line and it ripped her neck open. Is a big supporter of the AIDS research organization AMFAR. Her famous "leg crossing" scene in Basic Instinct (1992) was voted "Sexiest Leg Moment on Screen" in a poll for Veet. Entered the Miss Pennsylvania Pageant at age 17. Moved to New York City (1977). Appeared as spokesmodel contestant on the pilot for the syndicated series "Star Search" (1983); won the competition (1983). Won the Miss Crawford County (Pennsylvania) beauty pageant and was also queen of her high school's spring festival (1975). As a child, put on theatrical productions in the family's two-car garage before an audience of neighbors seated at a picnic table; as one garage door went down, the other would go up, revealing a new Stone-created set. January 28, 2005, World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland - At the end of the debate on "funding the war on poverty", she stood up and pledged $10,000 and asked people to follow her. Within five minutes they raised nearly $100,000 - she wanted to raise at least one million. It's money that will go directly to the Global Fund to Fight Aids Tuberculosis and Malaria - to buy bed nets to stop deaths from malaria in the developing world. She attended Edinboro State University of Pennsylvania where she majored in creative writing and fine arts in the 1970s on a writing scholarship, but left the school before graduating to pursue a modeling career. However, she was later awarded a honorary Doctorate in Philosophy in public service by the school in 2007. Member of the Jury at Cannes Festival in 2002, alongside David Lynch, Christine Hakim, Claude Miller, Michelle Yeoh, Raoul Ruiz, Régis Wargnier, Walter Salles and William August (full-length films category). Created Officer in France's Order of Arts and Letters by Festival President Gilles Jacob, 20 May 2005, on the sidelines of the 58th edition of the Cannes International Film Festival. A dedicated fund-raiser and advocate for AIDS research for the past 10 years, she received the Harvard Foundation's 2005 Humanitarian Award at the Memorial Church. Her friend, Rock Hudson, died from AIDS. [14 March 2005] Good friends with singer Christina Aguilera and attended Aguilera's November 19, 2005 wedding to music producer Jordan Bratman in Napa Valley, California. She donated many items to Rocky Stone to be given to less fortunate kids as part of the Toy Mountain Campaign. Owns a ranch in New Zealand. Her publicist is Cindi Berger. Daughter of Joseph Stone, a tool and die manufacturer, and Dorothy Stone, an accountant and homemaker. Her aunt, Vonne Stone, was a painter and writer. Mother of sons Roan Joseph Bronstein, Laird Vonne Stone and Quinn Kelly Stone. Stone adopted Roan (b. May 22, 2000) in July 2000 with her second husband, Phil Bronstein. Laird (b. May 7, 2005) and Quinn (b. June 8, 2006) are also adopted and have no legal father. Chosen by Australian men magazine Zoo weekly as one of the "Top 50 Hottest Babes Ever". [March 2006] For her role on The Quick and the Dead (1995), she was trained by renowned Hollywood Gun Coach Thell Reed, who has also trained such actors as: Russell Crowe, Val Kilmer, Edward Norton, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Foster and Girard Swan. After Richard Gere introduced her to the The Dalai Lama, she converted to Buddhism. Felt offended when Gwyneth Paltrow portrayed her on "Saturday Night Live" (1975) (1999). Was considered for the role of Lana in Risky Business (1983). Appeared as one of the celebrity models in a charity fashion show staged by Thierry Mugler to benefit AIDS Project Los Angeles. [April 1992] Auditioned for the role of Crystal Connors in Showgirls (1995). Born at 4:52 PM (EST). Lost custody of her son, Roan Joseph Bronstein, to Phil Bronstein after their divorce. Lives in Beverly Hills, California. Ranked #11 in Men's Health 100 Hottest Women of All Time (2011). Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6925 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California in 1995. Said that Rock Hudson was instrumental in helping her build up her confidence and skills as an actress early in her career (in the television movie The Vegas Strip War (1984) (TV)). She also became good friends with Hudson and became a lifelong crusader for AIDS research due to her friendship with him. Former smoker. Suffers asthma and diabetes and is allergic to caffeine. Suffered cerebral hemorrhage. [September 29, 2001] Fainted at a fashion show in Milan, Italy after severe head pains. [September 23, 2012] Suffered a few miscarriages before becoming a mother for the first time in 2000. Personal Quotes I was, like, forty at birth. When I wasn't even a year old, I spoke, I was potty trained, I walked and talked. That was it. Then I started school and drove everybody crazy because they realized I had popped out as an adult. I had adult questions and wanted adult answers. "My father has always been supportive of my individuality." - in a Barbara Walters interview, September 1993. It's traumatizing for me to come to Washington during a Republican administration because I don't have any Republican clothes. - Washington Post, June 20, 2001. Any man in Hollywood will meet me if I want that. No, make that any man anywhere. My personal style and public style are very different. When I go out, I play dress up. Never play cards with a guy named Doc. Never eat at a place called Mom's. And never have sex with anybody who has more problems than you do. ...be willing to say yes, no matter who says no, and to say no, regardless of who says yes. On the benefits of being famous: "I find I get to torture a higher class of men." "I dress up to show that I am happy." 1994. "It was my first movie (Stardust Memories (1980)) and the opportunity of working with Woody Allen. It was a great experience, and I can compare it, in sexual terms, with the loss of virginity". It's my experience that you really can't lose when you try the truth. People don't change their behavior unless it makes a difference for them to do so. Asked to pay tribute to troops fighting in Iraq: "I know it's a difficult time for you to come out to party during such a time of strife in our world. My feeling is that I hope everyone will be safe and protected and taken care of, and our prayers are with the people around the world who will be affected by this." I like to drive with my knees. Otherwise, how can I put on my lipstick and talk on the phone? I've had the same breasts for my entire adult life. If you have a vagina and an attitude in this town, then that's a lethal combination. Stone found her brush with death from a brain aneurysm has given her a new lease of life: "This brilliant, bright, white vortex of light was upon me. And then I was met by some of my friends, people who are very dear to me. But it was over very fast and suddenly I was back in the room and in my own body. It affected me so profoundly that I realized my life would never be the same again. It has definitely given me a new perspective on my career." Ava Gardner was the most beautiful woman in the world, and it's wonderful that she didn't cut up her face. She addressed aging by picking up her chin and receiving the light in a better way. And she looked like a woman. She never tried to look like a girl. Women might be able to fake orgasms. But men can fake whole relationships. If you act like you know what you're doing, you can do anything you want- except neurosurgery. I bake all the time, but I don't like to eat the cookies when they're done. I just like the dough. I don't believe make up and the right hairstyle alone can make a woman beautiful. The most radiant woman in the room is the one full of life and experience. When told Madonna has said she wants to kiss her: "Not in this lifetime. Why? Because I'm the only one she hasn't done it to." We Barbie dolls are not supposed to behave the way I do. I believe that if you truly, truly love your children, you need to supply condoms in a place in your home, at a quantity that makes it a non-judgmental situation for them to have them... If they want to make water balloons out of them, great. If they want to carry them so they feel tough, great. If they want to give them to their friends, even better. Carole Lombard, Clark Gable, Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire - that was my idea of what it was supposed to be like. I thought, 'Well, I can do that even if no one else does.' Who cares? I dress up to show that I am happy and grateful to be there. That's what you do where I come from. I don't feel like saying, 'fuck you.' I feel like saying, 'thank you.' I thought when I made my first big mistakes in public that that was really going to be the end of me. My parents cried. My friends were desperate. On fame: "It would walk into the room and eat you, or take you for a ride through a fabulous jungle - or it could slap the living daylights out of you, laugh, and leave." If you don't want my peaches, don't shake my tree. I have this philosophy that money talks and cash screams. "After you've been through all that stuff, the rest of this is just kid's stuff. As Winston Churchill says, when you're going through hell, keep going". People get very hung up on whether they gave birth. ... I've come to understand that it's not who 'has' you, but who loves you that shapes you as a person. Peace does exist. It exists in your heart and soul. I'm more honest, more true, more vulnerable because I used to think that I was supposed to be fearless. Now I know that its okay to be afraid as long as you show up. The villain is like a cobra. They watch, they watch, they watch. And then they strike. Celebrity is a pretty stunning thing. At first I was like 'They love me! Oh, I love them, too!' And suddenly, I was tap-dancing on my pedestal and it was WHACK! Facedown in the dirt. [Talking about Basic Instinct 2 (2006)]: "By the time the film is released, I will be 48 and I wanted to do the nudity in a way that's quite brazen. I wanted her to be very masculine, like a man in a steam room and I wanted the audience to have a moment where they realize she's naked and then realize that she's a forty something woman and naked. Because we're not used to seeing that in movies. We're used to seeing Sean Connery and his granddaughter, you know what I mean? Or Mel Gibson and his daughter". My mother gave me a jar of Avon Rich Moisture Cream when I was 14. She said, 'Don't ask me why; you'll thank me later.' -Woman's World, 4-11-06. In this business there is Plan A, in which you become successful by living and acting with a lot of integrity. Then there's Plan B, where you sell your soul to the Devil. I still find it hard to distinguish one from the other. I've really given up my life to God, and I know that's why I'm OK and at peace. I've never had a conflict when I'm praying on a set. I've been at this so long that I knew everyone in the business long before I became famous, and I didn't have any value to many of them. Now, suddenly, the people who were coarse and rude to me before treat me as though we've never met, and now I'm fabulous, they're fabulous and isn't it fabulous we're chatting. My children need to have someone they can look up to, someone they can look at and say, Gee, I'd like to be just like him, So I don't want to just bring some schmuck around them. When I meet people I have to think about are they going to be a good example for my sons. For the first half of your life, you get the face that you're born with. And for the second half you get the face you deserve. And it's important to recognize the beauty within you and allow it to grow by being the greater person that you can be. People are just sitting there going, 'I don't care what she's saying, I just want to know does she get naked in the movie? Is she naked? Nude nude nude naked, do I see her boobies?' -during a Basic Instinct 2 (2006) press conference. At 47, you have thoughtfulness and dignity and spiritual elegance...You have something to say. It's not just, Hi! I look terrific in a bathing suit.' When you've had a long career, nobody has not made movies that aren't successful, it's your job, not a hobby. Being professional in what I do is very important to me. Flakes don't make it to the top, pros do. Acting is a tough scene that becomes your whole life and to survive in that kind of environment you must be humane and honest. I was this cute young girl with a nice ass who was a terrible actress. But I've worked real hard to become a good actress and now I think I'm starting to reap the benefits of that hard work. (from a 1990 interview) I feel at great pain when the spotlight is on the death of 4,000 American soldiers, while 600,000 Iraqi deaths are ignored. War is not a movie, it is a tragedy of dead bodies, victims, the disabled, orphans, widows and the displaced. I feel sad when I realize how much truth is being changed or obscured in the American media.  I suppose there was a time when I ran my celebrity like a business-but those days are over. I had a marvelous time doing all the great "Sharon Stone" things, and I love being an actor, loved achieving in that world, but I don't really feel the need now to stand in the line going "pick me, pick me!" anymore. "Sharon Stone" was one of the things that I did, but I don't think it's the only thing that I'm ever GONNA do or the only thing I ever WANT to do. [on what three things should a movie star have] An unknown address, friends they knew before they were famous, and people who love them enough to tell them they're full of shit. [on Basic Instinct (1992)] At least it proves I'm a natural blonde. I feel that it's so disappointing in films when you see the comforter taped to someone's chest. It takes you out of the scene and doesn't protect you from something within the scene. When it has common sense it doesn't make sense to do something else. It really is the costume of your character. What else are you gonna do? It seems foolish to do something else and if you do something else, that distracts the audience if you're in authentic. If you're inauthentically naked then it's distracting to the audience when you are naked. Salary Basic Instinct (1992) $500,000 Sliver (1993) $2,500,000 Intersection (1994) $5,000,000 The Specialist (1994) $5,000,000 Casino (1995) $2,000,000 Diabolique (1996) $6,000,000 Last Dance (1996) $6,000,000 Basic Instinct 2 (2006) $13,600,000 Where Are They Now (June 2007) Attending the Shanghai International Film Festival in China. (1997) Release of the biography, "The Sharon Stone Story", by Mike Munn.