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Since her starring role in Basic Instinct, the top-grossing film of 1992, SHARON STONE (Laurel Hedare) has become one of Hollywood's most sought-after leading ladies. Stone was most recently seen in the thriller, Cold Creek Manor, opposite Dennis Quaid. She will next be seen in A Different Loyalty opposite Rupert Everett.

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. Set in the world of Las Vegas casinos in the 1970's, the film depicted a story of greed, betrayal and a power struggle that transformed the legendary gaming capital. Later, she starred opposite writer/director Albert Brooks in The Muse. She earned a Golden Globe nomination for this wry comedy that poked fun at Hollywood; it co-starred Andy MacDowell and Jeff Bridges. Stone also co-starred in Simpatico based on Sam Shepard's play of the same name with Nick Nolte and Jeff Bridges.

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. Previously, Stone starred in and served as co-producer in 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.

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 blonde 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, directed by Bruce Beresford, co-starring Rob Morrow and in Sphere with Dustin Hoffman and Samuel L. Jackson, directed by Barry Levinson, based on the novel by Michael Crichton.

Additionally, Stone starred in and executive produced the critically acclaimed The Mighty. Stone received 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. She also starred in the remake of John Cassavettes' Gloria, directed by Sidney Lumet.

Stone also starred in HBO's critically acclaimed If These Walls Could Talk 2. She starred opposite Ellen DeGeneres, directed by Anne Heche. Stone was most recently seen on the small screen in three episodes of the drama The Practice, in a performance that won her critical acclaim.

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