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 starred
opposite Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci. This Universal release, set in the world
of Las Vegas casinos in the 1970s, depicted a story of greed,
betrayal and a struggle that transformed the legendary gaming capital.
Previously, Stone starred
in and served as co-producer on TriStar'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.
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 writer a 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 Differences, playing the conniving young
actress-girlfriend of Ryan O'Neal.
Previously, Stone starred
in the gripping prison drama Last Dance for Disney/Touchstone directed by Bruce
Beresford, co-starring Rob Morrow. She recently starred in Sphere with Dustin
Hoffman and Samuel L. Jackson, directed by Barry Levinson, based on the novel by
Last fall, Stone starred
in and executive produced The Mighty for Miramax Films. Stone receive a Golden
Globe nomination for her portrayal of a mother of a disabled child, played by
Kieran Culkin. Harry Dean Stanton and Gena Rowlands co-starred in this film.
Also last year, she starred in the remake of John Cassavettes'
Gloria directed by Sidney Lumet for Columbia TriStar.
This summer, Stone stars
opposite writer/director Albert Brooks in USA Films' The Muse. This wry comedy
pokes fun at Hollywood and co-stars Andie MacDowell and Jeff Bridges. She
recently completed filming "Miss Conception" a segment of HBO's
upcoming If These Walls Could Talk 2. Stone stars opposite Ellen DeGeneres.
"Miss Conception" is directed by Ann Heche and will air on HBO in
Stone is currently in
Vancouver filming Beautiful Joe. This romantic comedy teams Stone with Billy
Connolly and i
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