‘I haven’t had jobs since’: Sharon Stone says she was DROPPED by Hollywood after suffering a stroke in 2001
Sharon Stone says she was dropped by Hollywood after suffering a stroke and near-fatal brain hemorrhage in 2001.
Doctors told her at the time that the ‘nine-day brain bleed’ left her with just a ‘one percent chance’ survival.
And despite defeating the odds, the actress claims that she struggled to find work for 20 years after recovering.
‘I recovered for seven years, and I haven’t had jobs since,’ Stone said while hosting THR’s Raising Our Voices luncheon on Thursday.
‘When it first happened, I didn’t want to tell anybody because you know if something goes wrong with you, you’re out.
‘Something went wrong with me — I’ve been out for 20 years. I haven’t had jobs. I was a very big movie star at one point in my life,’ Stone explained.
Sharon Stone says she was dropped by Hollywood after suffering a stroke and near-fatal brain hemorrhage in 2001
Stone, 65, went on to recall the times in her career when she had to stand up for herself and be her own advocate.
‘I broke a lot of glass ceilings on the top of my head,’ Stone said, suggesting it had a negative impact on her career.
‘I want to tell you that it hurt. It hurt to get paid. It hurt to fight the studio heads. It hurt to make boundaries — boundaries about who could come in my trailer and what they could ask for; boundaries about the fact that I didn’t want to sign my contract in my makeup trailer on the day that I started a show,’ she preached.
Stone added, ‘It hurt to say that I had, like any corporation, the opportunity to have my lawyer read my contract and that I didn’t have to start the show signing my unread contract in the makeup trailer.’
With diversity being one of the central themes of the event, Stone spoke about the importance of self advocacy.
‘Diversity can mean more than one thing. Diversity can be an injury, diversity can be the color of your skin, diversity can mean standing up for yourself,’ Stone said.
‘If you are diverse, you must demand a position in this business.’
The mother-of-three has been her own advocate at times, which ‘has caused me a lot of problems in the business.’
After detailing her work with the World Health Organization and the United Nations helping raise underrepresented voices, Stone encouraged people to demand their place within the industry.
‘I recovered for seven years, and I haven’t had jobs since,’ Stone said while hosting THR’s Raising Our Voices luncheon on Thursday
‘Something went wrong with me — I’ve been out for 20 years. I haven’t had jobs. I was a very big movie star at one point in my life,’ Stone explained; seen in Casino (1995) with Robert De Niro
‘When it first happened, I didn’t want to tell anybody because you know if something goes wrong with you, you’re out,’ she told the crowd; Stone in Cold Creek Manor (2003)
Her own advocate: Stone, 65, went on to recall the times in her career when she had to stand up for herself and be her own advocate; seen in Mosaic (2017)
‘It is important to me that your diversity does not get wiped out by this anti-woke bulls**t idea in our country,’ the Basic Instinct star explained.
‘This democratic experiment means a lot. It means a lot. The extreme pushing of a controlled government society — whatever you want to call it, whatever people want to label it — is also an experiment. It doesn’t mean that it is happening. It means that it is an experiment to see if you will eat it. Will you eat a controlled government? Will you eat a controlled studio system? What will you eat — or will you stand up and be counted?’
After a successful career as a model, Stone ended up hitting the heights of Hollywood as a leading lady in such films as Total Recall (1990), Basic Instinct (1992), The Quick And The Dead (1995), Casino (1995), which resulted in an Oscar nomination for Best Actress, Sphere (1998), and the acclaimed HBO series Mosaic, among many others.
She is the proud mother of three children – Roan, 23, Laird, 18, and Quinn, 16, whom she adopted after suffering several miscarriages due to an autoimmune disease and endometriosis.
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