Screen siren, opinionated diva, and one of the few actresses in Hollywood who can claim to be both a Paul Verhoeven muse and a MENSA member, Sharon Stone is nothing if not a legend in her own right. Beginning with her notorious disinclination to wear underwear during a police interrogation in Basic Instinct, Stone went on to become one of the most talked about actresses of the ’90s, earning both admiration and infamy for her on- and off-screen personae.
Almost as famous as Stone’s glamorous image are her working-class roots. Born in the Northwest Pennsylvania town of Meadville on March 10, 1958, Stone grew up a bookworm in a large family. Highly intelligent in addition to being a local beauty pageant queen, she won a scholarship to Pennsylvania’s Edinboro University when she was 15 years old. After studying creative writing and fine arts, she decided to pursue a modeling career, and after moving to New York, she signed on with the Eileen Ford agency. Stone became a successful… read more
It must be challenging to have such incredible talent only to see it fade, overlooked because age creeps in and lesser filmmakers fumble not knowing how to work with her instead of work at her. You can't tell an actor what to do, you have to learn how to speak to one another at a level that reaches the gut strands, strums a tune and makes music others don't really understand. It's at that moment, that collision where the art fuels, burns white hot and becomes something palpable, emotional and memorable. Actors don't act they live. The sooner we realize that the more we can do with it. That might be filmmaker centric but it's true. As audience, we could learn a thing about our screen icons and know when to buy a ticket, support a cause and maybe the next time we'll get a better performance, a stronger film or something tangible in air. Stone makes it all too easy and that's when the barking dogs circle and get in the way of the next big thing.