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Since her starring role in Basic Instinct, the top-grossing film of 1992, SHARON STONE has become one of Hollywood's most sought-after leading ladies.

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 stars opposite Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci. This Universal release, set in the world of Las Vegas casinos, in the 1970s, is a story of greed, betrayal and a power struggle that transforms the legendary gaming capital. Previously Stone starred in and served as co-producer on TnStar's 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 Specialist.

Stone's other film credits include Intersection with Richard Gere directed by Mark Rydell for Paramount, and the psychosexual thriller, Sliver, directed by Phillip Noyce and co-starring William Baldwin and Tom Berenger, also for Paramount. This Ira Levin best-seller was adapted for the screen by Joe Eszterhas (Basic Instinct).

Born in Meadville, Pennsylvania, Stone is the second of four children. Long before she became a commercial model, she demonstrated a driving interest in acting, which she pursued throughout her schooling, studying privately with a drama teacher.

After winning several local beauty pageants and a writing scholarship to Edinboro College where she majored in creative writing and fine arts (with a minor in art history), Stone began a modeling career. She was immediately signed by Eileen Ford in New York and was soon modeling throughout the world.

Before her success in Basic Instinct, Stone garnered attention as the secret agent masquerading as Arnold Schwarzenegger's loving wife in Total Recall, directed by Paul Verhoeven, who also directed Basic Instinct. Her first (albeit fleeting) film appearance was as the blond goddess glimpsed at by Woody Allen on a passing train in Stardust Memories.

Stone's first major film role was in Irreconcilable Difference, playing the conniving young actress-girlfriend of Ryan O'Neal. Most recently Stone starring in the gripping prison drama Last Dance for Disney/Touchstone directed by Bruce Beresford, co-starring Rob Morrow.


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