SHARON STONE (Beth Halperin) has become one of Hollywood's
most sought-after leading ladies since her starring role in "Basic
Instinct," the top-grossing film of 1992.
Stone received an Academy Award nomination and won the Golden
Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for her
role in Martin Scorsese's "Casino," in which she starred
opposite Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci. Previously, Stone starred
in and served as co-producer on "The Quick and the Dead"
opposite Gene Hackman, directed by Sam Raimi. She also co-starred
with Sylvester Stallone in the blockbuster action thriller "The
Stone's other film credits include "Intersection" with
Richard Gere, directed by Mark Rydell; and the psychosexual thriller,
"Sliver," directed by Phillip Noyce and co-starring
William Baldwin and Tom Berenger. Last year, Stone earned critical
praise for her portrayal of a woman on death row in Bruce Beresford's
"Last Dance." Just previous to beginning work on "Sphere,"
Stone starred in and co-executive produced Peter Chelsom's "The
Born in Meadville, Pennsylvania, Stone is the second of four children.
After winning several local beauty pageants and a writing scholarship
to Edinboro College, Stone began a modeling career with the Ford
Agency in New York, which led to prestigious assignments throughout
the world. Long before she became a commercial model, she demonstrated
a driving interest in acting, which she pursued throughout her
schooling, studying privately with drama teacher Roy London.
Before her success in "Basic Instinct," Stone drew attention
as the secret agent masquerading as Arnold Schwarzenegger's wife
in "Total Recall." Her first film appearance was as
the blond beauty glimpsed by Woody Allen on a passing train in
the actor/filmmaker's "Stardust Memories." Stone's first
major film role was in "Irreconcilable Differences,"
playing the conniving actress-girlfriend of Ryan O'Neal.
Stone has just completed production on "Gloria" a remake
of the John Cassavetes film, directed by Sidney Lumet, in which
she plays the title role.
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