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
AwardÂ® 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
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
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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