10 March 1958
One of four children, Sharon Stone grew up in Pennsylvania, attending Saegertown
High School in Saegertown. But with an IQ of 154, Sharon quickly found herself among much
older classmates when she entered Pennsylvania's Edinboro University at age 15.
As a teenager she worked part-time as a McDonald's countergirl. But her stunning good looks
won her the title at the Miss Pensylvannia beauty contest. From there it was only
natural for her to pursue this career track and by the late 1970's she was a successful
Ford model working in both magazine ads and commercials.
This type of work lead to the next usual step on the entertainment ladder, and Sharon got
work on several television series including a small part in "Not Just Another Affair"
in 1982, and "Bay City Blues" to name a few. With her appetite whetted and experience
under her belt, she went on to be cast in a few television movies.
Stone's first feature film break was playing Arnold Schwarzenegger's kick-boxing, secret
agent wife in Paul Verhoeven's "Total Recall" in 1990.
Five years of box-office failures consisting of thrillers and comedies followed until she
achieved "overnight" stardom in yet another Verhoeven film, "Basic Instinct". After this
highly successful film, Stone was quickly beginning to be type-cast in the femme fatale role.
Whether this was due to shrewd marketing on her part, or the typical Hollywood exploitation
machine, Sharon appeared to be having difficulty breaking free from the mold. However, this
was not the creative direction she was interested in taking, which became apparent when she took on
the role of Ginger, the Vegas hustler who wins the heart of Robert De Niro, in "Casino", a role
which earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Sharon now gained
the respect and of critics and peers alike, proving once and for all she was more than a hot
body with a pretty face.
Additionally, Sharon owns her own production company, Chaos, and has a first-look deal with
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