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Overview (3)

Born in Meadville, Pennsylvania, USA
Birth NameSharon Vonne Stone
Height 5' 8½" (1.74 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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 (with an IQ of 154), 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 Crawford County and won the beauty contest.

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. In 1980, she made her acting debut in Woody Allen's Stardust Memories (1980) as "pretty girl in 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 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 got 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 landed the breakthrough role as a sociopath novelist, "Catherine Tramell", in Basic Instinct (1992). 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 afterwards, 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 but they divorced later in 2004. She received her third Golden Globe nomination for The Mighty (1998), a film that her company, "Chaos", also co-executive produced. The next year, she played the title role in Gloria (1999) and entered her first comedic role in The Muse (1999), which gave her another Golden Globe nomination.

Sharon Stone, a diva who thoroughly enjoys her hard-won stardom, is now a mother of three children: Roan, Laird and Quinn.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Johannes Prayudhi

Family (4)

Spouse Phil Bronstein (14 February 1998 - 29 January 2004)  (divorced)  (1 child)
Michael Greenburg (18 August 1984 - 20 January 1987)  (divorced)
Children Roan Joseph Bronstein
Laird Vonne Stone
Quinn Kelly Stone
Parents Dorothy Stone
Joseph Stone
Relatives Kelly Stone (sibling)
Patrick Stone (sibling)
Michael Stone (sibling)

Trade Mark (5)

Platinum blonde hair
Sparkling blue eyes
Deep sultry voice
Often plays femme fatales
Relentless self-promotion

Trivia (94)

Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the "100 Sexiest Stars in Film History" (#49). [1995]
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]
(1993-1994) Engaged to producer William J. MacDonald.
Former model for the Eileen Ford Model Agency.
Owns her own production company, Chaos.
Went to school at Saegertown High School, Saegertown, Pennsylvania.
Has one older brother (Michael 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" and "25 Most Intriguing People". [1992]
Auditioned for the role of Breathless Mahoney in Dick Tracy (1990).
Turned down the role in Exit to Eden (1994) that later went to Rosie O'Donnell.
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), in which she plays the lover to Ellen DeGeneres, with whom she wants to raise a child. [2000]
(3/2/00) 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 Los Angeles home two months earlier. In June, the former housekeeper was sentenced to 16 months in prison after she plead no contest to taking items from Ms. Stone. Judge Victoria Chavez ordered Socorro Del Carmen Membrano to pay Stone $50,000 in restitution after it was found that the maid had taken jewelry, handbags and other items from the home. Among the items taken were dozens of evening gowns worth over $20,000.
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. [March 2001]
She has English, German, Scottish, and Irish ancestry.
Is a close friend of Jeanne Moreau. Presented a 1998 American Academy of Motion Pictures life tribute to her.
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 she 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 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.
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. [June 2001]
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.
Her scar on her neck is from a childhood accident when she was 14 yrs old. She was riding a horse and it charged straight into a clothes line.
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.
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.
January 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.
She attended Edinboro State University of Pennsylvania where she majored in creative writing and fine arts in the 1970s on a writing scholarship, but left the school before graduating to pursue a modeling career. However, she was later awarded a honorary Doctorate in Philosophy in public service by the school in 2007.
Member of the Jury at Cannes Festival in 2002, alongside David Lynch, Christine Hakim, Claude Miller, Michelle Yeoh, Raúl Ruiz, Régis Wargnier, Walter Salles and William August (full-length films category).
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.
A dedicated fund-raiser and advocate for AIDS research for the past 10 years, she received the Harvard Foundation's 2005 Humanitarian Award at the Memorial Church. Her friend, Rock Hudson, died from AIDS.
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.
Owns a ranch in New Zealand.
Her publicist is Cindi Berger.
Daughter of Joseph Stone, a tool and die manufacturer, and Dorothy Stone, an accountant and homemaker. Her aunt, Vonne Stone, was a painter and writer.
Chosen by Australian men magazine Zoo weekly as one of the Top 50 Hottest Babes Ever. [2006]
For her role on The Quick and the Dead (1995), she was trained by renowned Hollywood Gun Coach Thell Reed, who has also trained such actors as: Russell Crowe, Val Kilmer, Edward Norton, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Foster and Girard Swan.
After Richard Gere introduced her to the The Dalai Lama, she converted to Buddhism.
Felt offended when Gwyneth Paltrow portrayed her on Saturday Night Live (1975). [February 1999]
Auditioned for the role of Lana in Risky Business (1983).
Appeared as one of the celebrity models in a charity fashion show staged by Thierry Mugler to benefit AIDS Project Los Angeles. [April 1992]
Was considered the role of Crystal Connors in Showgirls (1995).
Born at 5:55 PM (EST).
Temporarily lost custody of son, Roan Joseph Bronstein, to Phil Bronstein after their divorce.
Ranked #11 in Men's Health 100 Hottest Women of All Time. [December 2011]
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6925 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California in 1995.
Said that Rock Hudson was instrumental in helping her build up her confidence and skills as an actress early in her career (in the television movie The Vegas Strip War (1984)). She also became good friends with Hudson and became a lifelong crusader for AIDS research due to her friendship with him.
She turned down the role of Laura Alden in Wolf (1994) that went to Michelle Pfeiffer.
Suffers from asthma and diabetes, is also allergic to caffeine.
Suffered cerebral hemorrhage. [September 2001]
She was considered for the title role in Jade (1995) that went to Linda Fiorentino.
Fainted at a fashion show in Milan, Italy after severe head pains. [September 2012]
Release of the biography, "The Sharon Stone Story", by Mike Munn. [1997]
In 2015 Stone was guest of honor at the Pilosio Building Peace Award in Milan. She began an impromptu auction on stage in front of a crowd of CEOs from the construction industry and other dignitaries. She gained enough pledges to build 28 schools in Africa.
Attending the Shanghai International Film Festival in China. [June 2007]
Suffered a few miscarriages before adopting her 1st son Roan in July 2000.
She was originally set to co-star in So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993). She actually wanted to play both female roles, but studio executives at Sony did not like the idea and upon realizing this she refused to accept the part. The roles went to Nancy Travis and Amanda Plummer.
Has three adopted sons: Roan Joseph Bronstein (b. May 22, 2000) with ex-husband Phil Bronstein; Laird Vonne Stone (b. May 7, 2005) and Quinn Kelly Stone (b. June 8, 2006) as a single parent. She adopted Roan and Laird from Texas.
She was considered for the role of Poison Ivy in Batman & Robin (1997), but it ultimately went to Uma Thurman.
As an elementary grade student at Brookhauser Elementary in the Saegertown Schools, Sharon was one of seven students chosen based on individually administered intelligence exams to enter a gifted program. That 1966-67 school year was the first time gifted programs were offered to rural elementary school students in Northwest Pennsylvania. To qualify, students had to possess an IQ in the upper 3%. Sharon surpassed that 130 IQ threshold with an IQ that placed her in the upper one half of one per cent, above 150 IQ.
Dated Dwight Yoakam in the early 1990s, and was rather famously quoted as saying, "Kissing Dwight is like eating a dirt sandwich.".
She was the first choice to play Grace McKenna in U Turn (1997), but salary negotiations fell through. Jennifer Lopez replaced her.
In 2001, Stone was linked to a biopic of the German film director Leni Riefenstahl. Prospective director, Paul Verhoeven, and Riefenstahl herself, favoured Stone to portray Riefenstahl in the film. Verhoeven, with whom Stone had worked previously, pulled out of the project, reportedly because he wanted to hire a more expensive screenwriter than the producers did.
She was meant to play a character called Sharon Stone in The Flintstones (1994). When she dropped out to do The Specialist (1994), the character was renamed Rosetta Stone and Halle Berry replaced her. Sharon and Halle worked together ten years later in Catwoman (2004).
Stone was hospitalized on September 29, 2001 for a subarachnoid hemorrhage, which was diagnosed as a vertebral artery dissection rather than the more common ruptured aneurysm, and treated with an endovascular coil embolization.
She was originally cast as Stacy Mansdorf in Blue Ice (1992), but dropped out in order to do Basic Instinct (1992). Sean Young replaced her.
She wanted Kristin Scott Thomas' roles in The English Patient (1996) and The Horse Whisperer (1998).
She was considered for the role of Emma Peel in The Avengers (1998).
She turned down the role of Lilly Raines in In the Line of Fire (1993) that went to Rene Russo.
Was roommates with Angela Robinson Witherspoon when they were models.
Signed with CAA, a talent agency. [September 2017]
Manager for 30 years was Chuck Binder.
Demi Moore has taken over the role for Stone, who was originally set to star Corporate Animals (2019) but had to exit due to some scheduling conflicts.
She was mentioned in Joe Eszterhas' memoir, "Hollywood Animal".
Despite being both a Buddhist and a believer in God, she is a supporter of Planned Parenthood.
Has worked with Woody Allen four times: Stardust Memories (1980) (she was just an extra in that), Antz (1998) (voice-over), Picking Up the Pieces (2000) and Fading Gigolo (2013).
Despite her va-va voom image, Sharon's movies never attracted more than minimal box office. Gloria (1999) marked rock bottom, grossing just over $4 million in wide release on an estimated $30 million budget.
Current boyfriend is journalist Enzo Cursio. [November 2018]
Has said that she considers it a skill to have no shame.
Sharon Stone met Muhammad Ali when she was 17. She was in the Miss Pennsylvania pageant and Ali was in Hershey, Pennsylvania, when Stone was there and she met him. And then Ali called her father and offered her a part in The Greatest (1977), a film that he was making. The late boxing champ predicted movie stardom while her father was skeptical. Sharon Stone's father said, "She is not going to be in film". Ali told her father, ''You may think that she is not, but she is. You cannot hide that girl under a bushel basket. Her light is too bright".
In 2019, she stated she was blocked from the dating app Bumble because others reported her account, suspecting it to be fake. It was later restored when she contacted their online support.
Played The Giant in Into the Woods at Theatre Workshop of Nantucket.
IQ of 154.

Personal Quotes (76)

I was, like, forty at birth. When I wasn't even a year old, I spoke, I was potty trained, I walked and talked. That was it. Then I started school and drove everybody crazy because they realized I had popped out as an adult. I had adult questions and wanted adult answers.
"My father has always been supportive of my individuality." - in a Barbara Walters interview, September 1993.
It's traumatizing for me to come to Washington during a Republican administration because I don't have any Republican clothes. - Washington Post, June 20, 2001.
Any man in Hollywood will meet me if I want that. No, make that any man anywhere.
My personal style and public style are very different. When I go out, I play dress up.
Never play cards with a guy named Doc. Never eat at a place called Mom's. And never have sex with anybody who has more problems than you do.
...be willing to say yes, no matter who says no, and to say no, regardless of who says yes.
On the benefits of being famous: "I find I get to torture a higher class of men."
"I dress up to show that I am happy." 1994.
"It was my first movie (Stardust Memories (1980)) and the opportunity of working with Woody Allen. It was a great experience, and I can compare it, in sexual terms, with the loss of virginity".
It's my experience that you really can't lose when you try the truth.
People don't change their behavior unless it makes a difference for them to do so.
Asked to pay tribute to troops fighting in Iraq: "I know it's a difficult time for you to come out to party during such a time of strife in our world. My feeling is that I hope everyone will be safe and protected and taken care of, and our prayers are with the people around the world who will be affected by this."
I like to drive with my knees. Otherwise, how can I put on my lipstick and talk on the phone?
I've had the same breasts for my entire adult life.
If you have a vagina and an attitude in this town, then that's a lethal combination.
Stone found her brush with death from a brain aneurysm has given her a new lease of life: "This brilliant, bright, white vortex of light was upon me. And then I was met by some of my friends, people who are very dear to me. But it was over very fast and suddenly I was back in the room and in my own body. It affected me so profoundly that I realized my life would never be the same again. It has definitely given me a new perspective on my career."
Ava Gardner was the most beautiful woman in the world, and it's wonderful that she didn't cut up her face. She addressed aging by picking up her chin and receiving the light in a better way. And she looked like a woman. She never tried to look like a girl.
Women might be able to fake orgasms. But men can fake whole relationships.
If you act like you know what you're doing, you can do anything you want- except neurosurgery.
I bake all the time, but I don't like to eat the cookies when they're done. I just like the dough.
I don't believe make up and the right hairstyle alone can make a woman beautiful. The most radiant woman in the room is the one full of life and experience.
When told Madonna has said she wants to kiss her: "Not in this lifetime. Why? Because I'm the only one she hasn't done it to."
We Barbie dolls are not supposed to behave the way I do.
I believe that if you truly, truly love your children, you need to supply condoms in a place in your home, at a quantity that makes it a non-judgmental situation for them to have them... If they want to make water balloons out of them, great. If they want to carry them so they feel tough, great. If they want to give them to their friends, even better.
Carole Lombard, Clark Gable, Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire - that was my idea of what it was supposed to be like. I thought, 'Well, I can do that even if no one else does.' Who cares? I dress up to show that I am happy and grateful to be there. That's what you do where I come from. I don't feel like saying, 'fuck you.' I feel like saying, 'thank you.'
I thought when I made my first big mistakes in public that that was really going to be the end of me. My parents cried. My friends were desperate.
On fame: "It would walk into the room and eat you, or take you for a ride through a fabulous jungle - or it could slap the living daylights out of you, laugh, and leave."
If you don't want my peaches, don't shake my tree.
I have this philosophy that money talks and cash screams.
"After you've been through all that stuff, the rest of this is just kid's stuff. As Winston Churchill says, when you're going through hell, keep going".
People get very hung up on whether they gave birth. ... I've come to understand that it's not who 'has' you, but who loves you that shapes you as a person.
Peace does exist. It exists in your heart and soul.
I'm more honest, more true, more vulnerable because I used to think that I was supposed to be fearless. Now I know that its okay to be afraid as long as you show up.
The villain is like a cobra. They watch, they watch, they watch. And then they strike.
Celebrity is a pretty stunning thing. At first I was like 'They love me! Oh, I love them, too!' And suddenly, I was tap-dancing on my pedestal and it was WHACK! Facedown in the dirt.
[Talking about Basic Instinct 2 (2006)]: "By the time the film is released, I will be 48 and I wanted to do the nudity in a way that's quite brazen. I wanted her to be very masculine, like a man in a steam room and I wanted the audience to have a moment where they realize she's naked and then realize that she's a forty something woman and naked. Because we're not used to seeing that in movies. We're used to seeing Sean Connery and his granddaughter, you know what I mean? Or Mel Gibson and his daughter".
My mother gave me a jar of Avon Rich Moisture Cream when I was 14. She said, 'Don't ask me why; you'll thank me later.'

-Woman's World, 4-11-06.
In this business there is Plan A, in which you become successful by living and acting with a lot of integrity. Then there's Plan B, where you sell your soul to the Devil. I still find it hard to distinguish one from the other.
I've really given up my life to God, and I know that's why I'm OK and at peace. I've never had a conflict when I'm praying on a set.
I've been at this so long that I knew everyone in the business long before I became famous, and I didn't have any value to many of them. Now, suddenly, the people who were coarse and rude to me before treat me as though we've never met, and now I'm fabulous, they're fabulous and isn't it fabulous we're chatting.
My children need to have someone they can look up to, someone they can look at and say, Gee, I'd like to be just like him, So I don't want to just bring some schmuck around them. When I meet people I have to think about are they going to be a good example for my sons.
For the first half of your life, you get the face that you're born with. And for the second half you get the face you deserve. And it's important to recognize the beauty within you and allow it to grow by being the greater person that you can be.
People are just sitting there going, 'I don't care what she's saying, I just want to know does she get naked in the movie? Is she naked? Nude nude nude naked, do I see her boobies?'

-during a Basic Instinct 2 (2006) press conference.
At 47, you have thoughtfulness and dignity and spiritual elegance...You have something to say. It's not just, Hi! I look terrific in a bathing suit.'
When you've had a long career, nobody has not made movies that aren't successful, it's your job, not a hobby.
Being professional in what I do is very important to me. Flakes don't make it to the top, pros do. Acting is a tough scene that becomes your whole life and to survive in that kind of environment you must be humane and honest.
I was this cute young girl with a nice ass who was a terrible actress. But I've worked real hard to become a good actress and now I think I'm starting to reap the benefits of that hard work. (from a 1990 interview)
I feel at great pain when the spotlight is on the death of 4,000 American soldiers, while 600,000 Iraqi deaths are ignored. War is not a movie, it is a tragedy of dead bodies, victims, the disabled, orphans, widows and the displaced. I feel sad when I realize how much truth is being changed or obscured in the American media.
[2004] I suppose there was a time when I ran my celebrity like a business-but those days are over. I had a marvelous time doing all the great "Sharon Stone" things, and I love being an actor, loved achieving in that world, but I don't really feel the need now to stand in the line going "pick me, pick me!" anymore. "Sharon Stone" was one of the things that I did, but I don't think it's the only thing that I'm ever GONNA do or the only thing I ever WANT to do.
[on Basic Instinct (1992)] At least it proves I'm a natural blonde.
[on what three things should a movie star have] An unknown address, friends they knew before they were famous, and people who love them enough to tell them they're full of shit.
I feel that it's so disappointing in films when you see the comforter taped to someone's chest. It takes you out of the scene and doesn't protect you from something within the scene.
When it has common sense it doesn't make sense to do something else. It really is the costume of your character. What else are you gonna do? It seems foolish to do something else and if you do something else, that distracts the audience if you're in authentic.
If you're inauthentically naked then it's distracting to the audience when you are naked.
I just think television kind of has more to offer right now. Good film parts are less and less common, because the studios have less and less grip on how to bring people to film. They've used tentpole movies to such a degree that they've wiped out their own business. The film industry has kind of wiped itself out.
If I have to diet, I'm gonna diet. If I have to work out, I'm gonna work out. If I have to sleep upside down like a bat so I don't look like a basset hound, that's what I'm gonna do. Because I'm not leaving!
On Martin Scorsese: There is no one more exquisite to work for than Scorsese.
I will not work in any state that holds or is actively creating laws to legally support discrimination against American citizens whether due to their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation, nor where those laws are passed or approved by the government of said state.
We have leaders and people who are trying to be leaders who are running campaigns based on fear, and that's a contagion. It's horrible. Holocausts have occurred when that fire catches loose.
[on Donald Trump] When I go abroad and listen [to what people say about us], I just feel very, very sad. It was one thing during the George W. time where you just had to sit in shame, but this? What can I say that he doesn't say for himself? I think the ever-changing muskrat on his head speaks worlds about his confidence. Unfortunately, there is a lot of humor attached to Trump in the media, but it isn't funny and it wouldn't be funny if he became president.
[when asked by Lee Cowan of CBS in 2018 if she'd ever faced any sexual harassment working in the industry] I've been in this business 40 years. Can you imagine the business I stepped into 40 years ago? Looking like I look? From Nowhere, Pennysylvania? I didn't come here with any protection. I've seen it all.
[on what made her decide to join the "Mosaic" cast] When Steven Soderbergh writes something for you, once you get done screaming and get back up off the floor, I think it's time to say yes! I really got it with him.
[on Diabolique (1996)] The original is and will remain a classic. Ours is a funny, campy, one-box-of-popcorn thriller.
[reflecting on her hot streak] A lot of my women in my business, Shirley MacLaine and Faye Dunaway, said, "It won't last forever, love every single second of it, throw yourself into it." It was so fun during this young time in my life, and you know, no kids, running around the world, making big movies, that's an extraordinary time.
The fact that I married two Jewish men is related to my obsession with studying and eating, which are two pillars of Jewish culture. It is probably related to the fact that I prefer dark men, which pretty much limits the possibilities. Judaism places emphasis on culture and education, and that's important to me.
We all have a destiny. What's up to us is with how much integrity we meet it
When I lived in a little neighborhood with my house right on the street, and a basketball hoop on my garage, the neighbors were great, they'd tell the paparazzi, 'Get off our street'. Then I moved to the rich neighborhood and the neighbors let the paparazzi shoot through their bushes for another 20 bucks.
I used to love wine, but I don't drink at all now. I think, at a certain point, it's better for women not to have any alcohol because it can make your face, breasts and midsection get very bloated.
I see women who don't wanna say how old they are - and I just think that is such incredible bullshit!
[to a director who asked her to sit on his lap for a conversation] Does Tom Hanks sit on your lap?
[on the notorious scene in Basic Instinct] He [Paul Verhoeven] had told me when we shot the scene that the light was reflecting off of my underwear, and that if I took off my underwear, there would be a shadow, that we wouldn't see my pubic hair, as we do in the film, where everybody keeps claiming they see my vagina. He screened the movie with me publicly with many people in a room. He didn't give me a chance to see it, digest it. I think more I was just so shocked and I was embarrassed not to be able to process it alone with him than I was so horrified. Because I agree that it was very, very good for the movie. But I didn't have the chance to process it individually and get my brain around it.
[on cancel culture] I think cancel culture is the stupidest thing I have ever seen happen. I think when people say things that they feel and mean, and it's offensive to you, it's a brilliant opportunity for everyone to learn and grow and understand each other.
I'm a much better villain than Meryl and I'm sure she'd say so. Meryl was not gonna be good in Basic Instinct (1992) or in Casino (1995). I would be better. And I know it. And she knows it. But we're all set up to think that only Meryl is so amazing, that when you say her name, it must have been amazing for me to work with her.
The business was set up that we should all envy and admire Meryl because only Meryl got to be the good one. And everyone should compete against Meryl. I think Meryl is an amazingly wonderful woman and actress. But in my opinion, quite frankly, there are other actresses equally as talented as Meryl Streep. The whole Meryl Streep iconography is part of what Hollywood does to women. Viola Davis is every bit the actress Meryl Streep is. Emma Thompson. Judy Davis. Olivia Colman. Kate Winslet, for f***'s sake. But you say Meryl and everybody falls on the floor.
I don't have an agent or manager or lawyer. If a director wants me, they'll find me. If you want to hire me, you have to want me. At 63, you've seen what I can do. I don't want to be on a list or a name to help finance a project. I want to work because I'm the best person for a job.

Salary (8)

Basic Instinct (1992) $500,000
Sliver (1993) $2,500,000
Intersection (1994) $5,000,000
The Specialist (1994) $5,000,000
Casino (1995) $2,000,000
Diabolique (1996) $6,000,000
Last Dance (1996) $6,000,000
Basic Instinct 2 (2006) $13,600,000

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