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Meadville, Pennsylvania

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Sharon Stone was born and raised in Meadville, a small town in Pennsylvania. Her strict father was a factory worker and her mother was a homemaker. She was the second of four children. At the age of 15, she studied in Saegertown High School, Pennsylvania and, at that same age, entered Edinboro State University of Pennsylvania, and graduated with a degree in creative writing and fine arts. She was a very smart girl, became a bookworm, and once was told that a suitable job for her (and her brains) was to become a lawyer. However, her first love was still the black-and-white movies, especially those featuring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. So, the 17-year-old Sharon got herself into the Miss Pennsylvania beauty contest and won it. From working part-time as a McDonald's counter girl, she worked her way up to become a successful Ford model, both in TV commercials and print ads. Finally, in 1980, she made her debut in Woody Allen's Stardust Memories (1980) as "pretty girl on train". Her first speaking part, though, was in Wes Craven's horror movie, Deadly Blessing (1981). She struggled through many parts in B-movies, notably in King Solomon's Mines (1985), and Action Jackson (1988). She was also married in 1984 to Michael Greenburg, the producer of "MacGyver" (1985), but they divorced two years later. She finally received her big break with Arnold Schwarzenegger in Total Recall (1990) and also posed nude for Playboy, a daring move for a 32-year-old actress. But it worked; she accepted a breakthrough role as a sociopath novelist, "Catherine Tramell", in Basic Instinct (1992) with Michael Douglas. Her interrogation scene has become a classic in film history and her performance captivated everyone, from MTV viewers, who honored her with Most Desirable Female and Best Female Performance Awards, to a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress. After she got famous, she didn't want to be typecast, so she played a victim in Sliver (1993) and, in Intersection (1994), she was the aloof, estranged wife of Richard Gere. These movies didn't "work", so she got herself again into more aggressive roles, such as The Specialist (1994) with Sylvester Stallone and The Quick and the Dead (1995) with Gene Hackman. But, it wasn't until she played a beautiful but drug-crazy wife of Robert De Niro in Casino (1995) that she got far more than just fame and fortune--she also received the acknowledgment of the movie industry for her acting ability. She received her first Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination. She did a couple of films after wards, teaming up with Isabelle Adjani in Diabolique (1996), and as a woman waiting for her death penalty in Last Dance (1996). In 1998, she married a newspaper editor, Phil Bronstein. She also received her third Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress that year for The Mighty (1998), a film that her company, "Chaos", also co-executive produced. The next year, she entered her first comedic role in The Muse (1999), which starred and was directed by Albert Brooks and gave her another Golden Globe nomination. Sharon Stone, a diva who thoroughly enjoys her hard-won stardom, is now a mother of an adorable baby boy, Roan Joseph.


Sharon Stone Trivia

Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the "100 Sexiest Stars in Film History" (#49). [1995]

Sharon and husband Phil Bronstein, a newspaperman, adopted a child they named Roan Joseph Bronstein, born 22 May 2000 in Texas. He weighed 5 pounds, 6 ounces, and was adopted by Stone and Bronstein a week after birth. His first name is Celtic for "seal" and his middle name is a tribute to Stone's father. [July 2000]

Playboy Magazine's "100 Sexiest Stars of the Century," Number 24. [1999]

Entered Pennsylvania's Edinboro University at age 15.

Ranked #77 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]

Reported to be dating Columbia Pictures production boss, Barry Josephson. [November 1996]

Engaged to producer William J. MacDonald. [1993-1994]

Former model for the Eileen Ford Model Agency.

Owns her own production company, Chaos.

Lives in Beverly Hills.

Went to school at Saegertown High School, Saegertown, Pennsylvania.

Has a visible scar on her neck that is usually covered by clothing.

Has one older brother (Mike Stone), one younger brother (Patrick Stone), and a younger sister (Kelly Stone).

Auditioned for the Cathy Moriarty role in Raging Bull (1980).

As a teenager worked part-time as a McDonald's countergirl.

One of People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People." [1992]

Is allergic to caffeine.

One of People Magazine's "25 Most Intriguing People" of 1992.

Auditioned for the Glenn Close role in Fatal Attraction (1987).

Auditioned for the Kim Basinger role in Batman (1989).

Auditioned for the Madonna role in Dick Tracy (1990).

Turned down the role in Exit to Eden (1994) that later went to Rosie O'Donnell.

Speaks Italian

Is asthmatic.

Ex-husband Phil Bronstein is one of the editors of the San Francisco Examiner.

Received a humanitarian award from the Human Rights Campaign, a well-funded organization specializing in gay and lesbian rights, for her role in If These Walls Could Talk 2 (2000) (TV), in which she plays the lover to Ellen DeGeneres, with whom she wants to raise a child. [2000]

Stone's former housekeeper Socorro Del Carmen Membreno pleaded not guilty to grand theft of $300,000 worth of jewelry and other valuables from Stone's L.A. home two months earlier. [2 March 2000]

As a child, Sharon once said she would become the next Marilyn Monroe.

Sharon was granted a restraining order against Agostino P'omata, who allegedly had made threats of violence against her. [27 March 2001]

Dated Dwight Yoakam in the early 1990s, and was rather famously quoted as saying, "Kissing Dwight is like eating a dirt sandwich."

Suffered a brain aneurysm and was hospitalized for a while. [October 2001]

Irish-American

Has one adopted son, Roan Joseph Bronstein, born on 22 May 2000.

Former daughter-in-law of Cloris Leachman and George Englund.

Is a close friend of Jeanne Moreau. Presented a 1998 American Academy of Motion Pictures life tribute to her.

Measurements: 35B-24-35 (as Ford model-1980), 36B-25-35 (self-described in 1993 as wearing a 36B bra), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)

Spent many long workdays in agony while filming scenes for _Casino (1995)_ . She has back trouble due to an old injury, and the gold and white beaded gown she wore during a casino scene weighed 45 pounds.

She passionately kissed fan Joni Rimm for charity after he paid $50,000 for the pleasure. She auctioned the kiss in aid of Project Angel Food, a Los Angeles charity providing meals for homeless people. (August 12, 2003)

Made a teenage ballet star's dreams come true by giving her $ 75,000 for tuition fees.

During Total Recall (1990) filming, she complained to director Paul Verhoeven that she wasn't sure whether her character really was married to Doug.

June 11, 2001: her husband, Phil Bronstein, underwent foot surgery after being attacked by a Komodo dragon during a private tour of the Los Angeles Zoo. The tour was arranged by Stone as a Father's Day gift for Bronstein, who had always wanted to see one of the Indonesian lizards up close. The attack occurred after Bronstein had removed his white shoes. Zookeepers later speculated the 5-foot-long lizard may have mistaken the shoes for white rats it ate regularly.

Met her close friend Mimi Craven on the set of _Deadly Blessing (1981)_ . They subsequently worked together on the film Last Dance (1996) in 1996.

A sex scene in The Quick and the Dead (1995) between Ellen (Stone) and Cort (Russell Crowe) was shot, but Stone and director Sam Raimi decided that it wasn't a necessary part of the story. The scene was not included in the American release of the film, but international versions do include it.

Received the Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters from the French government in 1995.

Is diabetic.

Her scar on her neck is from a childhood accident. She was riding a horse and she ran right into a clothes line and it ripped her neck open.

Is a big supporter of the AIDS research organization AMFAR.

Her famous "leg crossing" scene in Basic Instinct (1992) was voted "Sexiest Leg Moment on Screen" in a poll for Veet.

Entered the Miss Pennsylvania Pageant at age 17.

Moved to New York City (1977).

Appeared as spokesmodel contestant on the pilot for the syndicated series "Star Search" (1983); won the competition (1983).

Won the Miss Crawford County (Pennsylvania) beauty pageant and was also queen of her high school's spring festival (1975).

As a child, put on theatrical productions in the family's two-car garage before an audience of neighbors seated at a picnic table; as one garage door went down, the other would go up, revealing a new Stone-created set.

Jan. 28, 2005, World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland--At the end of the debate on "funding the war on poverty", she stood up and pledged $10,000 and asked people to follow her. Within five minutes they raised nearly $100,000 - she wanted to raise at least one million. It's money that will go directly to the Global Fund to Fight Aids Tuberculosis and Malaria - to buy bed nets to stop deaths from malaria in the developing world.

Graduated from the Edinboro State University of Pennsylvania with a degree in creative writing & fine arts

Member of the Jury at Cannes Festival in 2002 alongside David Lynch, Christine Hakim, Claude Miller, Michelle Yeoh, Raoul Ruiz, Régis Wargnier, Walter Salles and 'Bill August' (full-length films category).

adopted a son, Laird Vonne Stone, who was born "to unknown and unrelated parents" in Texas on May 7, 2005. [11 May 2005]

Created Officer in France's Order of Arts and Letters by Festival President Gilles Jacob, 20 May 2005, on the sidelines of the 58th edition of the Cannes International Film Festival.

14 March 2005: for the past 10 years a dedicated foundraiser and advocate for AIDS research, she received the Harvard Foundation's 2005 Humanitarian Award at the Memorial Church.

Is good friends with singer Christina Aguilera and attended Aguilera's November 19, 2005 wedding to music producer Jordan Bratman in Napa Valley, California.

She donated many items to Rocky Stone to be given to less fortunate kids as part of the Toy Mountain Campaign.

Adopted a three weeks old baby boy named Quinn [June 2006]

Her publicist is Cindi Berger.

Daughter of Joseph Stone and Dorothy Stone.

Mother of Roan Joseph Bronstein, Laird Vonne Stone and Quinn Kelly Stone.

Her aunt, Vonne Stone, was a painter and writer.

Met her close friend Mimi Craven on the set of Deadly Blessing (1981). They subsequently worked together on the film Last Dance (1996) in 1996.

Member of the Jury at Cannes Festival in 2002 alongside David Lynch, Christine Hakim, Claude Miller, Michelle Yeoh, Raoul Ruiz, Régis Wargnier, Walter Salles and Bille August (full-length films category).

Chosen by Australian men magazine Zoo weekly as one of the "Top 50 Hottest Babes Ever". [March 2006]

Son, Quinn Kelly Stone, born June 2006 (adopted).

Son, Roan Joseph Bronstein, born May 22, 2000 (adopted).

Son, Laird Vonne Stone, born May 7, 2005 (adopted).




 
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