Sharon Stone

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Sharon Stone, 2017

Sharon Yvonne Stone (born March 10, 1958 in Meadville , Pennsylvania ) is an American film actress . She had her breakthrough as a leading actress in 1992 with the erotic thriller Basic Instinct . She was nominated for an Oscar for her role in the movie Casino .


Joseph and Dorothy Stone's daughter has three siblings: Kelly, Mike and Patrick. She left Meadville in 1977 for New York to work as a model .

Her acting career began in 1980 with a role in Woody Allen's Stardust Memories . Then she gave the "beautiful woman at the side of the hero" in films such as Police Academy 4 , Action Jackson and 1990 in Total Recall - Total Recall with Arnold Schwarzenegger . She became famous in 1992 for her role in Paul Verhoeven's erotic thriller Basic Instinct , for which she received a nomination for the Golden Globe , but also for the Golden Raspberry . The US cultural scientist Camille Paglia , on the other hand, praises her figure as “a great vamp, like Mona Lisa, a kind of pagan goddess” ( “a great vamp figure, like Mona Lisa herself, like a pagan goddess” ).

She then tried in vain to repeat this success with other erotic roles in Sliver and The Specialist . She eventually received a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination for her performance at Martin Scorsese's Casino . She received other Golden Globe nominations for The Mighty and for The Muse . Despite her appearances in Casino , The Mighty , Last Dance and Gloria , she was soon considered a box office poison .

Sharon Stone suffered a massive cerebral haemorrhage at the end of September 2001 and was in mortal danger in the intensive care unit for nine days. It then took her two years to learn to walk, see, speak and read again and to find her way back to life. Since then she has mostly only made guest appearances.

In 2004 she tried a comeback with the film Catwoman on the side of Halle Berry . The film flopped with critics and audiences alike. At the end of December 2005 she took part in two episodes of the Turkish series Kurtlar Vadisi ; She donated her fee to tsunami victims. In 2006 a sequel to Basic Instinct was released under the title Basic Instinct - New Game for Catherine Tramell . While Stone earned praise for its portrayal, the film failed to meet the commercial expectations placed in it.

In addition to films, she also appeared as a guest star in various series. In 1984 she had an appearance in the series Magnum , where she starred at the beginning of the 5th season in the double episode Schwarzer Spiegel (O: Echos of the mind). In 2003 she was seen for three episodes in the series Practice - The Lawyers . In 2010 she was part of the Law & Order ensemble for four episodes : Special Victims Unit . In 2012 she was to play the femme fatale again in the erotic thriller Attachment, directed by Tony Kaye ; however, the film has not been released (as of March 2015).

From 1984 to 1987 she was married to the television producer Michael Greenburg. Her marriage to journalist Phil Bronstein , entered into in 1998 , was divorced in 2004. Stone has three adopted sons.

Earthquake controversy

Following the May 2008 earthquake in China , Sharon Stone told journalists at the Cannes Film Festival :

“I was thinking about how we should deal with the Olympic Games because they are not nice to the Dalai Lama , who is a good friend of mine. And then there was this earthquake and everything else and I thought, is that karma ? If you're not nice, bad things happen to you. "

- Sharon Stone

The comment aroused some fierce criticism. The Hong Kong Filmmakers' Association protested, the cinema operator UME Cineplex no longer wanted to show films with Stone, and the advertising company commissioned by Christian Dior had posters in China that showed Stone removed. Dior eventually published an apology on her behalf.

Filmography (selection)

Sharon Stone 2007 at the premiere of When a man falls in the forest in Berlin



  • Gebhard Hölzl, Thomas Lassonczyk: Sharon Stone. With "Basic Instinct" to success. Wilhelm Heyne Verlag, Munich 1995, ISBN 3-453-06551-4 .
  • Tom Kummer : Sharon Stone. Schirmer / Mosel Verlag, Munich / Paris / London 1998, ISBN 3-88814-879-0 .

Web links

Commons : Sharon Stone  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

  1. Sharon Stone as "Pagan Goddess": audio commentary by Camille Paglia (English). DVD, Kinowelt GmbH, 2005 (4 006680 034164)
  2. Marc Pitzke: Comeback of Sharon Stone - you enter the room and everything stands still . Spiegel Online, January 22, 2018
  3. Sharon Stone Now Has an Attachment , accessed February 3, 2012
  4. Entry at
  5. ^ Henry Barnes: Stone: China earthquake 'was karma for Tibet' The Guardian , May 28, 2008;
    Anger over star's quake remarks BBC , May 28, 2008;
    Chinese Cinema Boycott Sharon Stone Die Presse May 28, 2008;
    Sharon Stone's mistaken view of the world view , 27. May, 2008.
  6. ^ Justin McCurry: Dior drops Stone from Chinese marketing after 'karma' comments , The Guardian, May 29, 2008;
    Sharon Stone apologizes over karma remarks , Xinhua , May 29, 2008;
    Sharon Stone's quake "karma" apology doesn't mollify many Chinese , Xinhua, May 29, 2008;
    Sharon Stone apologizes and wants to help with earthquake rescue China Internet Information Center , May 29, 2008;
    Sharon Stone and her conflict with China Der Standard , May 29, 2008;
    Geoff Dyer: Sharon Stone embarrasses Dior in China ( Memento from May 30, 2008 in the Internet Archive ) Financial Times Germany , May 29, 2008; Dior Bans Sharon Stone from Chinese Boutiques , Der Spiegel, May 29, 2008