Sharon Stone, born 1958, is an American actress, film producer and former model. She made her debut in 1980 as an extra in Woody Allen's Stardust Memories, establishing herself in the 1980s with more substantial roles in the films Allan Quatermain, Action Jackson and Nico. In the nineties, after a part in Total Recall, she became internationally famous in 1992, the year of release of the famous film Basic Instinct, in which she played the femme fatale Catherine Tramell. The film causes numerous controversies due to its strong content, but becomes one of the biggest profits in history at the box office. Thanks to this film she received her first nomination for best actress at the Golden Globes.
She received critical acclaim for her portrayal of Ginger McKenna in Martin Scorsese's cult film Casino, for which she won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama and earned her first and only Academy Award nomination for the best actress.
From 1984 to 1990 she was married to television producer Michael Greenburg. She was engaged to producer William J. MacDonald for a year. On February 14, 1998, she married Phil Bronstein, publisher of the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper. During their marriage, Stone suffered several miscarriages due to an autoimmune disease and endometriosis, and she was unable to have biological children. In 2000 the couple then adopted a child, Roan Joseph Bronstein. Stone later adopted two more children: Laird Vonne Stone in 2005 and Quinn Kelly Stone in 2006.
On September 29, 2001 the actress suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage which was diagnosed as a vertebral artery dissection rather than the more common aneurysm. Her illness left her dying and forced her to be hospitalized for a long time.