Maintaining a sexy figure topped with inexcusable charm and moral intelligence, Sharon Stone had proven to be one of the most potent celebrities in Hollywood. The Irish American actress had colorfully painted her life that inevitably entitled her a stardom that was beyond belief. Making a bold statement in her childhood that she would be the next %cMarilyn Monroe%, it seemed that she wasn't too far away to become a legend herself. And crawling to that position, she came clean cut and nicely done.
Born as the second child of the couple Joe and Dorothy Stone on March 10, 1958, she had made her birth town Meadville, Pennsylvania her home and the witness for the growth of a hidden talent. Highly influenced by feminist values had made little Sharon questioning things she supposed to learn in her older days. But eventually it shaped her smart and ambitious personality, the character traits that were useful later on. And as serious as her thoughts, her place in society was rather disturbed since she preferred to stand outside the circle by refusing to play with her friends like normal kids do. Even so, she excelled academically and managed to skip a grade in Saegertown High in Pennsylvania before finally transferred to Edinboro University in Pennsylvania at merely 15.
The brainpower was indeed a positive sign, but she was lacking of self-awareness to see her beautiful profile. Her uncle who had seen it earlier, gave her a 100 bucks and encouraged the natural blonde to join a local beauty contest. In the need of money for her college fee, she hesitated no more but sadly didn't come out as a winner. However, a judge who had taken a notice, told her to join Miss Pennsylvania, in which she eventually won. From then on, she built a kind of self-esteem which was supported with the choice to leave for New York to become a model. As soon as gaining her mother's grant, she moved with an aunt in New Jersey and was immediately signed to a top-modeling agency, Ford for several years. Starting from 1977 she appeared in both catwalks and TV ads, such as Burger King, Clairol and Maybelline and would often travel to many countries to do that. She could have benefited from the easy money but wasn't that satisfied. Finally, she came to the decision to join a casting in NY for %cWoody Allen%'s "Stardust Memories" (1980). Earning her first role as 'Pretty Girl on train', it was then that she experienced and discovered her true passion. Physically stunning, a French director was impressed and enrolled her for a small role in his movie "Uns et les autres, Les" (1981). It wasn't long that she signed another deal, a larger one this time as Lana Marcus in "Deadly Blessing" (1981), a movie directed by the master of suspense, %cWes Craven%.
For the next two years she would engage herself as either small or guest role in several TV series including the highly rated "Magnum, P.I." (1980). In 1984 a TV director, %cMichael Greenburg% proposed to her and they got married on August 18, but the marriage shattered on Jan 20, 1987. After that played in some low budgeted movies and a soapy Spanish flick, Sharon then starred in "Total Recall" (1990). The sci-fi action movie which teamed her with %cArnold Schwarzenegger% and introduced her to director %cPaul Verhoeven% for the first time, served as the first wave of her fame. After the movie, she was struck by a car accident in Sunset Boulevard, L.A. but went home immediately not realizing how severe her injuries were. Three days later after some painful moments, she admitted herself to a hospital and was diagnosed with concussion, broken ribs, dislocated jaw and slipped disc. Upon the recovery, instead of slowing down she took in 4 other movies including "Scissors" (1991) where she portrayed Angie Anderson, a disturbed woman trapped in a creepy apartment which was attempted to drive her crazy. Successful in displaying a sympathetic character and in carrying most of the movie's weight alone, at that point she had crossed a bridge where the new end was loaded with fruitful contracts, one of them was to appear nude on the front cover of Playboy magazine which she described as a job to add her monetary fund.
Selecting "Basic Instinct" (1992) to fill in her film resume, she built the momentum on the right time. Reunited with Verhoeven, Sharon was slickly sexy and sizzling hot as Catherine Tramell, a suspect of a brutal murder. The movie was known for its explicit sex scenes especially the one where Sharon's private area was exposed. Initially, she was told to take off her panties because it was visible through her tight dress, so when she agreed and did the leg crossing, it was unknown to her that the director shot at an angle that revealed it all. There was an attempt to sue, but it was basically left astray as the movie quickly gained its success which most probably was because of that particular scene. Through the role, the 1993 Golden Globes nominated her for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama but unfortunately she lost it to %cEmma Thompson% in "Howards End" (1992). One thing led to another. Her image in "Basic Instinct" hadn't leave moviemakers' mind that whenever there were any films that required erotic scenes, Sharon's name was mentioned as the first choice. One obvious example was that seen in the next movie "Sliver" (1993), which despite the sexual scenes between Sharon and %cWilliam Baldwin%, didn't go successful as planned.
Next she took a frigid wife role in "Intersection" (1994), thinking that she should leave the sex bomb image behind. It was a fair attempt but wasn't convincible enough so she focused on producing "The Quick and the Dead" (1995) where she would employ two rising actors, %cRussell Crowe% and %cLeonardo DiCaprio% as well as veteran actor %cGene Hackman% to play opposite her. The cast were good, the director %cSam Raimi% was great but overall the movie was average and it wasn't until her role as Ginger McKenna in %cMartin Scorsese%'s "Casino" (1995) that she appeared on the surface again. As a troublesome drug-taking wife of a mob, she was convincing enough to earn an Oscar nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role category. Happy with the winning she wasn't careful in landing her next role in "Diabolique" (1996). It was a thick plotted movie but compared to the original version which was made in 1955 with the title "Les Diaboliques", it was a total loser. The failure, however, was quickly compensated with her better appearances as a woman who was waiting to be death sentenced in "Last Dance" (1996) and also one of the scientists discovering an unknown object beneath the sea in "Sphere" (1998). By that time it could be noticed that the 40 years old Sharon had completed the transition from a sex bomb to a refined actress. In that same year, she put her production company, Chaos effective by producing "The Mighty" (1998), a touching story of two 7th grade boys' friendship and she also filled in the voice of Princess Bala in the animated "Antz".
Having met %cPhil Bronstein%, the editor of San Francisco Chronicle, she fell in love and married him on February 14, 1998. While still doing movies, Sharon juggled motherhood by adopting a baby boy named Roan Bronstein on May 22, 2000. After that she joined the cast of "If These Walls Could Talk 2" (2000), a TV movie about lesbian couples in three different generations before starring in two unsuccessful commercial movies "Cold Creek Manor" (2003) and "Catwoman" (2004). Meanwhile, her marriage to Bronstein came to an end when the divorce paper was filed on Jan 29, 2004. If that year was rather gloomy, the 2005 was filled with some guest appearances in "Higglytown Heroes" (2004), "Will & Grace" (1998) and also in a Turkish series "Kurtlar vadisi" (2003). Longing to have another son, the single mother adopted Laird Vonne Stone who was born May 7, 2005 and closing the year she chose to enroll in "Broken Flowers", a romantic comedy about a man who received a letter saying he had a son from one of his previous lovers, one of them was Sharon. Meanwhile playing opposite singer %cJustin Timberlake% in a flick titled "Alpha Dog" (2006), the actress had been hung with preparations for her role in "Basic Instinct 2" (2006). Once again playing the novelist Catherine Tramell who got herself in trouble with the law, Sharon was ready to show the power of her seduction. Still thriving in her third decade of filming, she continued adding several movies to her resumes, such as "If I Had Known I Was a Genius" (2007) and "When a Man Falls in the Forest" (2007).
As for her love life, the actress has been romantically linked to numbers of men since her divorce with Bronstein. Had ever been reported to date news executive Eason Jordan and comedian %cCraig Ferguson%, the movie darling later on dated %cChristian Slater% after meeting him on the set of the 2006 drama flick "Bobby." In the meantime, she smoothly submitted more big screen stints into her acting list, namely those in "Rockett" (2007) and "Dirty Tricks" (2008) which both were high-profile movies as the former also featured %cTom Arnold%, %cJimmy Fallon%, and %cLucy Liu% while the latter one lined up cast consisting of %cMeryl Streep%, %cAnnette Bening%, %cGwyneth Paltrow%, and %cBrad Pitt%.