Celebrity Then And Now
Posted by Ryan Neal
Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: RidiculouslyExtraordinary. Posted by Ryan Neal
Basic Instinct, Casino, The Mighty
Currently Known For:
Actress, Model, and Film Producer
1980s - Present
March 10, 1958
Basic Instinct, Casino, The Mighty
“Stardom is no longer the fuel of my soul. It is the deeper aspects of life that nurture me. And I realize I am very blessed.” Launching her career as an extra in Woody Allen’s Stardust Memories in 1980, Sharon Stone skyrocketed to international fame with her stunning role in the 1992 erotic thriller Basic Instinct. She earned a Golden Globe Award nomination for her work and garnered even bigger praise for her award-winning performance in Casino (1995).Advertisements:
Adding in two more jaw-dropping performances in The Mighty (1998) and The Muse (1999), Stone continues to wow audiences with her talent and sex appeal. She starred in Catwoman (2004), Basic Instinct 2 (2006), Bobby (2006), Fading Gigolo (2013), and The Disaster Artist (2017). Most recently, she ventured into television with credits in Agent X (2015), Mosaic (2017), Better Things (2019), The New Pope (2019), and Ratched (2020). So, what’s her secret to success after nearly four decades in Hollywood? We thought you’d never ask!
Life and Career
“Before I was a year old, I walked and talked, and I was even potty-trained. When I started going to school, I think I got on everyone’s nerves because I used to ask adult questions rather than settle for the stuff usually fed to kids.” Sharon Vonne Stone was born on March 10, 1958, in Meadville, Pennsylvania as the daughter of a factory worker and an accountant. She showed great promise as a child and advanced to the second grade at only five years old. She graduated from Saegertown High School a year early in 1975 and enrolled at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania before she was officially discovered.
While in college, Stone entered the Miss Crawford County beauty contest and, upon winning the title, was a candidate for Miss Pennsylvania. During the pageant, one of the judges encouraged her to quit school and move to New York City to try her hand at modeling. Doing exactly that, Stone left Pennsylvania, moved in with her aunt in New Jersey, and signed on with the Ford Modeling Agency.
After a few months in New York City, she moved to Europe but soon grew tired of modeling and pursued acting full time. “So, I packed my bags, moved back to New York, and stood in line to be an extra in a Woody Allen movie,” she recalled. Stone landed a minor part in Allen’s 1980 film, Stardust Memories, and snagged a speaking role the following year in Deadly Blessing (1981). She starred opposite James Caan in Les Uns et le Autres (1982) and followed up with credits in Silver Spoons (1982), Bay City Blues (1982), Remington Steele (1982), and Irreconcilable Differences (1984).
Stone’s acting career blossomed in the 1990s with a credit opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in Total Recall (1990). Then, in 1992, she skyrocketed to stardom as the brilliant serial killer in Basic Instinct, which made her an international sex symbol and a household name in Hollywood as critics praised her performance. “Stone, a formal model, is a knockout; she even got a rise out of Ah-nold in Verhoeven’s Total Recall,” one critic remarked. “But being the bright spot in too many dull movies stalled her career. Though Basic Instinct establishes Stone as a bombshell for the 1990s, it also shows she can nail a laugh or shade an emotion with equal aplomb.”
Following Basic Instinct, the sky was the limit for Stone who earned nominations at the Golden Globe Awards and at the MTV Movie Awards for her performance. She starred opposite Sylvester Stallone in The Specialist (1994) and wowed audiences alongside Robert De Niro in Casino (1995), the latter of which earned her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. Adding in credits in Diaboloique (1996), Sphere (1998), Gloria (1999), and The Muse (1999), Stone broke into the new millennium with credits in If These Walls Could Talk 2 (2000) and Beautiful Jo (2000) before she took a brief hiatus from acting to focus on her health.
Stone returned to the spotlight in 2003 and gave an Emmy Award-winning performance as a guest on The Practice. She found mainstream success in Cold Creek Manor (2003) and Catwoman (2004) before reprising her role in Basic Instinct 2 (2006). She turned heads for her challenging role in When a Man Falls in the Forest (2007) and focused on independent projects like The Year of Getting to Know Us (2008) and Five Dollars a Day (2009). Continuing that trend in the 2010s, she starred in Largo Winch II (2011), Lovelace (2013), Fading Gigolo (2014), and Mothers and Daughters (2016), the latter of which starred an ensemble cast including Courteney Cox and Susan Sarandon.
Over the last few years, Stone has returned to film and television. She starred in Running Wild (2017) and The Disaster Artist (2017) on the silver screen and appeared in Steven Soderbergh’s 2017 murder mystery, Mosaic. She recently wrapped up filming for What About Love, which will premiere in theaters in late 2019 and confirmed she’ll return to television again in 2020 with a recurring role in Ratched (2020).
Apart from her impressive career in the spotlight, the 61-year-old Stone is one of the few women in Hollywood who is proud to embrace her age and her past. “The idea that being youthful is the only thing that’s beautiful or attractive simply isn’t true,” the former 1990s sex symbol says. “I don’t want to be an ageless beauty. I want to be a woman who is the best I can be at my age.”
Being the best she can be at her age means a lot to Stone especially as a mother. She adopted a son, Roan Joseph Bronstein, with her second husband, editor Phil Bronstein, in 2000. The couple divorced after three years with the court granting Bronstein full custody of the couple’s child. In 2005, Stone adopted her second son, Laird Vonne, and added to her family again in 2006 when she adopted her third son, Quinn Kelly Stone. Today, she has full custody of all three sons and devotes her free time to her family and their life in West Hollywood, California. “I’m enjoying my years,” Stone says of her life today as an actress, mother, and former icon. “I’m enjoying my life. I’m enjoying my family. I’m just happy—a happy person.”