An actress since the 1980s, Sharon Stone first received recognition after portraying scheming, bisexual murder suspect Catherine Tramell in the smash hit movie Basic Instinct (1992). Stone's spectacular performance awarded her with a Most Desirable Female and Best Female Performance at the MTV Movie Awards. Model-turned-actress Stone later gained more recognition after starring in Casino (1995), playing the role of ex-prostitute Ginger McKenna/Rothstein. The role brought her an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture (drama) in 1995.
Off screen, the 24th of 100 Sexiest Stars of the Century, according to Playboy Magazine (1999), Stone reportedly gives big support to such charity activities as helping victims of the tsunami disaster in Asia by joining forces with socialite music producer Denise Rich in the all-star charity single "Come Together Now," funding bed nets to protect African children from malaria-carrying mosquitoes, giving support in the fight against AIDS, and supporting the civil rights of gays and lesbians.
5' 7" inch tall Stone was listed as one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People and one of the 25 Most Intriguing People in 1992. As for her romantic life, Stone had special relationships with several men including actor Dwight Yoakam, actor Hart Bochner, comedian Garry Shandling, music producer Chris Peters, producer Bill McDonald, assistant director Bob Wagner, Jim Connelly, executive Barry Josephson, and businessman Michael Benasra. She was once married to producer Michael Greenburg and journalist editor Phil Bronstein.
Childhood and Family:
Growing up in the small town Meadville in Pennsylvania, Sharon Vonne Stone was born on March 10, 1958. Of Irish-American descent, her parents were Joseph Stone (factory worker) and Dorothy Stone (homemaker). The second of four children, Stone was raised in a big family together with sister Kelly (executive director of Planet Hope) and brothers Patrick (younger) and actor Michael Stone.
Stone attended Saegertown High School in Pennsylvania before getting a scholarship to study Writing and Fine Arts at the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She was a bookworm and a highly intellectual student. While in school, Stone became the winner of a Miss Pennsylvania beauty contest and decided to fly to New York to pursue a modeling career after graduation. By the end of the 70's, the former Ford model turned out to be a favorite model in print and television ads.
Discovering an interest in acting, the big fan of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers honed in on her acting skills by studying with Marilyn Freid and Jack Waltzer, and taking Tracy Roberts and Harvey Lembeck Improvisational Comedy Workshops.
Voted by Empire (UK) magazine to be the 77th of The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time (October 1997), Stone had bad luck with marriage.
She married associate producer Michael Greenburg on August 18 1984, but they divorced on January 20, 1987. She was also married journalist editor Phil Bronstein, but the couple divorced on January 29, 2004. Currently Stone resides in Beverly Hills with her two adopted sons (Laird Vonne Stone and Roan Joseph Bronstein).
Initiating her career as a model for the Ford model agency, the Miss Pennsylvania beauty contest winner became a booming model both on television and in printed ads at the end of 70s. Stone, who once worked as a counter girl for McDonalds, branched out to acting in the early 1980s and made her debut as a pretty girl on a train in Woody Allen's Stardust Memories (1980). Later, Stone had an unaccredited part in Balero (1981), before she was seen in Wes Craven's horror movie Deadly Blessing (1981). She also took part in such TV projects as Not Just Another Affair (1982), Bay City Blues (1983), and Calendar Girl Murders (1984). In 1984, Stone received the supporting role of moody actress Blake Chandler/Amanda in the movie Irreconcilable Differences. She later could be seen in such B-Movies as King Solomon's Mines (1985) and Action Jackson (1988).
In 1990, Stone eventually got her big break as the kickboxing, betraying wife of Arnold Schwarzenegger in Verhoeven's Total Recall.
The role in the film boosted her name and won her a secondary female lead as Linda in He Said, She Said (1991). The same year, she also starred in the 1991's psychological thriller Scissors and she costarred in another thriller, Year of the Gun.
After a stripped pose for PlayBoy, Stone's breakthrough moment came when she played the memorable role of the scheming, bisexual murder suspect Catherine Tramell in the blockbuster movie Basic Instinct (1992), also starring Michael Douglas. Her sizzling performance gained two MTV awards: Most Desirable Female and Best Female Performance Awards in 1993. Additionally, the role brought her a nomination for Best Actress at the Golden Globes.
After her high-profile role in Basic Instinct, Stone did not want to be typecast. She portrayed victim Carly Norris in Sliver (1993) and appeared as the cold wife of Richard Gere in Intersection (1994).
Stone next played in such forceful roles as May Munro/Adrian Hastings in The Specialist (1994, opposite Sylvester Stallone) and The Lady/Ellen in The Quick and the Dead (1995, with Gene Hackman).
However, Stone's efforts did not pan out until she teamed up with Martin Scorsese and Robert DeNiro in Casino (1995). She played the dramatic role of ex-prostitute Ginger McKenna/Rothstein, which landed her an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture (drama) in 1995.
The subsequent year, Stone worked with Isabelle Adjani in Diabolique (1996) and played the role of a woman on death row, Cindy Liggett, in the drama Last Dance (1996). In The Mighty (1998), Stone received her third Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Stone finished the decade by playing Sarah Little in the comedy The Muse (1999) and could be seen in Gloria (1999), Simpatico (1999) and lent her voice to the animated The Sissy Duckling (1999, TV).
Entering the new millennium, Stone worked in the lesbian-themed drama If These Walls Could Talk 2 (2000,TV) and played the role of Candy Cowley in the comedy Picking Up the Pieces (2000). She was also seen in the role of an impulsive woman in Beautiful Joe (all 2000). In 2002, Stone did voice work for the TV series Harold and the Purple Crayon, then came back to perform on the wide screen in Cold Creek Manor (2003), A Different Loyalty (2004) and costarred in Catwoman (2004), with Benjamin Bratt and Halle Berry. Recently, Stone could be seen in Broken Flowers (2005), Alpha Dog (2005) and will reprise her role of Catherine Tramell in Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction (2006).
She is also scheduled to play the role of Mrs. Robinson in Cougars (2006).
- Women in Film Crystal: 1995
- Golden Globe: Best Actress in a Motion Picture (drama), Casino, 1995
- MTV Movie: Most Desirable Female, Basic Instinct, 1993
- MTV Movie: Best Female Performance, Basic Instinct, 1993