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Since her starring role in Basic Instinct, the top-grossing film of 1992, SHARON STONE (Olivia Mazursky) has become one of Hollywood's most sought-after leading ladies. Stone recently reprised her role as Catherine Trammell in Michael Caton-Jones' Basic Instinct 2. The film hit theaters in March 2006. Stone was also seen this year on the small screen in episodes of Showtime's hit Huff.

Stone was seen in Jim Jarmusch's comedy Broken Flowers, which was the runner-up for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and stars Bill Murray and Jessica Lange. Stone starred in the action-adventure Catwoman, opposite Halle Berry. Previously, Stone starred opposite Dennis Quaid in the thriller Cold Creek Manor.

Stone received her first Emmy Award for Best Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her three-episode role on The Practice, playing Sheila Carlyle, a successful attorney who claims God speaks to her and who has been subsequently fired from her law firm for being mentally incompetent. Stone has also 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. The Universal Pictures' release, set in the world of Las Vegas casinos in the 1970s, 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 USA Films' The Muse. She earned a Golden Globe nomination for this wry comedy that poked fun at Hollywood; it co-starred Andie MacDowell and Jeff Bridges. Stone also co-starred in Fine Line's 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 for Paramount, and the psychosexual thriller Sliver, directed by Phillip Noyce and co-starring William Baldwin and Tom Berenger, also for Paramount. Previously, Stone starred in and served as co-producer in 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.

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 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.

Stone starred in the gripping prison drama Last Dance for Disney/Touchstone, 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 for Miramax Films. 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 the film. She also starre

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