There are many adjectives that could suitably describe actress Sharon Stone and screen “goddess” could so rightly be one of them. As though her incredible talent was not enough, Sharon Stone’s beauty makes her even the more adorable and with that combo, she has come to be one of the most revered actresses in Hollywood. Sharon Stone has achieved so much in her career which spans four decades and counting. Here is a look at the highlights of her life and career over the years, as well as some key facts there are to know.
The world was blessed with Sharon Vonne Stone on the 10th day of March 1958 through the family of Joseph William Stone II and his wife Dorothy Marie (née Lawson) who both had her while they lived in Meadville, Pennsylvania. The second child of the family, Stone was born to meet her older brother Michael who arrived a few years earlier in 1951. The family would grow to include more children; a sister named Kelly and a brother named Patrick.
Both her parents were working class with her father working as a tool-and-die manufacturer and her mother an accountant. Growing up, Sharon Stone was a very bright little young girl with a high IQ who excelled so much in her academics that many suggested that she considered becoming a lawyer. By the age of 5, she had already made it to the second grade.
However, Sharon Stone was more drawn to the entertainment industry and the only thing she thought of when she watched her TV was that she wanted to be in it. She once told her family that she wanted to become the next Marilyn Monroe. She schooled at Saegertown High School and later studied Fine Arts and Creative Writing at the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.
Stone’s first move to becoming the TV star she’d dreamed of was entering beauty contests. As a college student, she contested and won the Miss Crawford County, Pennsylvania. At the advice of one of the judges, Sharon Stone quit college and relocated to New Jersey to pursue a career as a fashion model.
Ford Modeling Agency signed her and in no time, Stone was recording enormous success as a model, appearing both in TV commercials and print advertisement. From New York, she relocated to Europe where she decided to pursue a career in acting. Her first ever role came as an extra in a 1980 Woody Allen film titled, Stardust Memories. The next year, 1981, she got her first speaking role in the horror film Deadly Blessing.
Sharon Stone continued to book parts in the 80s but none was quite big enough to bring her the break she desired until in 1990 when she acted alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in the sci-fi film Total Recall by Paul Verhoeven which was a huge box office hit. Her next major hit was another Verhoeven film, the erotic thriller Basic Instinct which shot her fame over the roof. The film had many sexualized scenes and Stone would go on to star in similar sexualized roles, becoming a sex symbol in the process.
Her Basic Instinct role earned her a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress. She continued to impress throughout the ’90s with films like Silver (1993) Casino (1995), The Mighty (1998), The Muse (1999), and Last Dance (1996). Sharon Stone has no doubt had her bad days in the business but ultimately, her successes outweigh her failures.
To this day, Stone continues to remain relevant in the film industry. Some of her notable films in the 21st century include; Broken Flowers (2005) Catwoman (2004), Lovelace (2013), The Disaster Artist (2017) and many more. Though she has been more dominant on the big screen, Sharon Stone has also acted in a number of TV shows, among them The Practice (2004) which brought her an Emmy for Best Guest Performance, Agent X, Mosaic, The New Pope, and Netflix’s Ratched.
Sharon Stone’s Net Worth
Sharon Stone has made a huge fortune from acting. She was reportedly paid half a million dollars for her role in Basic Instinct. By 1993, she had begun earning 7 figures for each role. In the mid-90s, she earned an average of $7 million per role. For the 2006 sequel of Basic Instinct, Stone took home over $13 million. Her net worth is said to be in the tune of $60 million. She owns a home in West Hollywood, California (pictured above) which formerly belonged to late actor Montgomery Clift famous for his roles in the 40s.
5 Key Facts You Need To Know
1. Inspired by Hilary Clinton, Sharon Stone returned to school in 2016 to complete her degree.
2. In addition to acting, Sharon Stone has long begun producing her own films under her production company Chaos Productions.
3. She has three adopted sons named Roan, Laird, and Quinn.
4. Stone hails from a predominantly European descent – English, German, Scottish, and Irish. She speaks the Italian language quite fluently.
5. Stone stands at a height of 5 feet 8 inches and her general body measurements are 36B-25-35 (inches).