From winning the Golden Raspberry and Stinkers Bad Movie Worst Actress Award in 1994 to receiving the prestigious Golden Globes Best Actress Award one year later, the story of Sharon Stone will leave you inspired.
Today’s Rise to Fame walks you through Sharon Stone’s childhood, modeling days, television and film debut, and subsequent elite celebrity recognition. Gear yourselves up!
Sharon Vonne Stone was born on March 10, 1958, in the state of Pennsylvania in Meadville. She comes from Irish ancestry. Her mother was Dorothy Marie, an accountant by profession. Sharon’s late father, Joseph William Stone II worked at a tool and dye manufacturing factory.
Sharon Stone has three siblings Michael, Kelly, and Patrick. She is the middle child out of the four of them. During the Great Famine, her Irish ancestors immigrated to the US and the rest is history.
Talking about academics, Sharon Stone was a sharp child. She reached the second grade while she was just five years old and reported an extraordinary IQ of 154. Sharon attended the Saegertown High School Saegertown in 1975.
When she turned 15, she joined the reputed Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and received a creative writing scholarship as well. However, it was not long until she decided to drop out and pursue a career in modeling. She moved to New York City with dreams of being a fashion model.
Inspired by United States female presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Stone later went back to Edinboro University to complete her degree in 2016.
Modeling Career: Rise And Fall
During her days at Edinboro University, Sharon got opportunities to participate in various fashion shows and beauty pageant competitions. She emerged victorious in many of them and went on to win the title of Miss Crawford County, Pennsylvania. In 1996, Sharon also took part in the Miss Pennsylvania beauty contest.
It was during her amateur modeling career at the university, that judges and friends encouraged her to pursue this as a career. In 1977, Sharon Stone came to New Jersey with her aunt and signed with the Ford Modelling Agency in NYC few months later. This was the beginning of her professional modeling career.
After gaining recognition as an elite model, Sharon shifted locations again. She went to Europe to live in Milan and later on, in Paris. During this period, Sharon was no longer enamored by her job and took a decision to leave fashion modeling.
Film And Television Debut
Sharon Stone had a glorious past record being in front of the camera. This led her to her next venture, a short role in the 1980 movie Stardust. Sharon was 20 years old at this time.
In 1981, Sharon landed a relatively longer speaking role in the horror movie Deadly Blessing. Sharon was now set to conquer the world of showbiz and entertainment.
She was seen in Bay City Blues, a sports-themed TV series portraying the role of Cathy St. Marie. Sharon also appeared in the Remington Steele episode called Steele Crazy After All These Years in 1983.
Her big break came when she starred opposite William Shatner in an episode of T.J. Hooker. However, things weren’t quite on track in Sharon’s acting career until now.
Worst Actress Award
Sharon went to play roles in movies liked Irreconcilable Differences, King Solomon’s Mines, Above the Law, and War and Remembrance throughout the latest 80’s.
Sharon Stone featured in the action thriller film titled The Specialist in 1994 alongside Sylvester Stallone. She played the role of May Munro in the movie. The film performed considerably well if we look at the collection numbers. The Specialist collected over $150 million worldwide but did not perform well enough to earn Sharon Stone the recognition she deserved.
The Specialist did not earn her credibility but went on to get her nominated for Golden Raspberry’s Worst Actress Award. Sharon Stone won the award for the Worst Actress from Golden Raspberry and Stinkers Bad Movie for her role in The Specialist, and Intersection.
Contradicting my point a little but The Specialist was not that bad after all. It also fetched Sharon Stone an MTV Movie Award nomination for Most Desirable Female.
Sharon Stone Becomes An Elite Celebrity
Sharon Stone played the role of a mother of a 13-year-old in a movie titled The Mighty. Her portrayal and the film both received tons of appreciation from the fans this time. Stone was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in The Mighty. Sharon certainly knows how to bounce back from setbacks, it seems!
The famous TV show presenter Ellen DeGeneres worked with Sharon Stone in the HBO television film If These Walls Could Talk 2. The storyline was about a lesbian struggling to start a family.
Stone played pivotal roles in Cold Creek Manor in 2003 and Catwoman in 2004. In 2006, Sharon Stone got in an ideological dispute with the makers of Basic Instinct 2. The moviemakers wanted less nudity in the film while Sharon wanted more.
The same year Sharon Stone made an appearance in the Alpha Dog crime series alongside Bruce Willis. She payed the role of Olivia Mazursky in the drama. In December of 2006, she was the co-host of the Nobel Peace Prize concert in Norway, Oslo.
She was seen in four episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit which received critical acclaim from the audience. Sharon was held in high regard by news and entertainment outlets everywhere.
Talking about her most recent projects, in January 2020, Sharon Stone was seen in Netflix drama series titled Ratched. She played the role of Lenore Osgood.
In 2021, Stone appeared as herself in Here Today directed by Billy Crystal. Her upcoming project includes Beauty which is directed by Andrew Dosunmu for Netflix.
Sexiest Star Of The Century
Top 50 most beautiful people in the world – People Magazine
Top 100 sexiest stars in film history – Empire Film Magazine
Top 100 film stars of all time – Empire Film Magazine
Top 25 sexiest stars of the century – Playboy Magazine
Love Life And Relationships
Sharon Stone’s love life is not a simple affair. She married her fellow co-actor Michael Greenburg whom she met on the sets of The Vegas Strip War in 1984. Two years down the line, her husband was her line producer in Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold.
Sharon Stone’s marriage did not last long and she separated from Michael three years into marriage. In 1990, the divorce was formalized.
In 1993 Sharon Stone got engaged to William J. MacDonald. At that time William had left her first wife Naomi Baca for Sharon. This relationship also ended a year later, in 1994. Sharon Stone returned the engagement via FedEx courier service, stings!
She dated comedian Garry Shandling for some time after that. The comedian died in 2016.
Sharon Stone married Phil Bronstein in 1998. They adopted a son, Roan Joseph Bronstein, in 2000 and in 2004 Sharon divorced Phil as well.
Stone adopted her second son, Laird Vonne, in 2005, and her third son, Quinn Kelly Stone, in 2006. As of 2018, Stone resides with her three sons in West Hollywood, California, in a home once owned by the actor Montgomery Clift.