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Sharon Stone, 65, opens up on near-death experience: ‘I lost everything’

The Basic Instinct star is a mom of three

Sharon Stone at The Women's Cancer Research Fund's An Unforgettable Evening Benefit Gala 2023
Faye James
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In a deeply personal and candid interview, Sharon Stone revisited a pivotal moment in her life, opening up about the near-death experience that reshaped her world in ways she could never have anticipated.

Back in 2001, The Basic Instinct star faced a harrowing health crisis. A ruptured vertebral artery caused internal bleeding in her brain for a staggering nine days. The medical prognosis was grim; she was given a mere 1 per cent chance of survival. 

As she navigated this critical juncture, she felt a palpable sense of isolation, revealing to People: "My father was there for me, but I would say that was about it." 

Reflecting on the support she received during this time, the 65-year-old commented on the transient nature of relationships in Hollywood, saying: "I understand if you want to live with solid citizens, don’t come to Hollywood."

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Sharon spoke about her near death experience

Prior to this life-altering incident, Sharon's life seemed to be on an upward trajectory both professionally and personally. 

Five years earlier, her remarkable performance in Casino had earned her an Oscar nomination. 

On the personal front, she had adopted her son Roan, now 23, with her then-husband, newspaper editor Phil Bronstein. The family expanded in subsequent years with the adoption of two more sons, Laird, 18, and Quinn, 17.

Sharon Stone in green holding an award© Stefanie Keenan
Sharon said no one in Hollywood supported her during her illness

However, in the aftermath of her health crisis, she faced significant personal and professional challenges. 

Her marriage to Bronstein came to an end in 2004, and she felt the industry's distancing echo as opportunities dwindled. 

Sharon Stone posing in front of one of her paintings in a photo shared on Instagram© Instagram
Sharon Stone posing in front of one of her paintings in a photo shared on Instagram

Sharon shared the weight of these setbacks, saying: "I lost everything." This encompassed not only her finances and career but also deeply personal aspects of her life, like custody of her child. "I lost all those things that you feel are your real identity and your life," she continued.

While the repercussions of that period lingered, Sharon's resilience and determination have enabled her to find acceptance and contentment. "I never really got most of it back," she admits, "but I’ve reached a point where I’m okay with it, where I really do recognize that I’m enough."

Photo shared by Sharon Stone on Instagram July 2023 featuring one of her abstract artworks.© Instagram
Photo shared by Sharon Stone on Instagram July 2023 featuring one of her abstract artworks.

Today, Sharon is channeling her experiences into meaningful endeavors. She holds a seat on the board of the Barrow Neurological Foundation, an institution at the forefront of neurological research and treatment. Dr. Michael Lawton, the surgeon credited with saving Sharon's life, leads this medical institute in Arizona. 

The actress is actively involved in the Foundation's activities and will host its annual Neuro Night fundraiser on Oct. 27. Praising Sharon's involvement, Dr. Lawton says, "She’s an inspiration to those who suffer from anything neurological."

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