ByJancy Richardson, writer at
To avoid fainting, keep repeating 'It's only a movie...It's only a movie...'
Jancy Richardson

You've probably seen Basic Instinct, or even if you haven't, you've probably seen its most iconic scene: the infamous 'leg cross' flash that rocketed Sharon Stone to true Hollywood stardom.

Still, as I'm a massive horror fan, my favorite movie reference to the mighty Goddess that is Sharon Stone has always been this one...

Now Sharon Stone is FIFTY-FREAKIN'-SEVEN and she's still a woman who should have statues erected in her honor, with all of the wryness and wisdom, hard-won from experience, that the maturation process brings.

If that's not sexy, I don't know what is...

Speaking to Harper's Bazaar while photographing this intimate shoot, Sharon Stone opened up about the devastating brain hemorrhage she had in 2001, bravely talking about the colossal impact it had upon her life:

"I was hemorrhaging so much that my brain had been pushed into the front of my face. It took two years for my body just to absorb all the internal bleeding I had. It almost feels like my entire DNA changed. My brain isn't sitting where it used to, my body type changed, and even my food allergies are different."

To this day, she has 22 platinum coils in her brain, repairing the ruptured artery that could have cost her her life. This is how much Sharon Stone is a fucking hero: she manages to find good and even joy from her trauma:

"I became more emotionally intelligent. I chose to work very hard to open up other parts of my mind. Now I'm stronger. And I can be abrasively direct. That scares people, but I think that's not my problem. It's like, I have brain damage; you'll just have to deal with it."

After many years in the cut-throat entertainment business, Stone says that it was crippling coming back to work, struggling to restart her previous, highly successful career.

"That was humiliating. Having worked with the finest people in the industry, I was like, 'Wow, I'm really at the back of the line here... This is so bad. What did I do to deserve this?' I thought, 'You know what? I got thrown off the bullet train, and now I'm going to have to crawl up a hill of broken glass, get back on the train that's going a million miles an hour, and work my way from the cattle car up. That's just the way it is, so I'd better get humble and shut the fuck up and do the job."

I don't know about you, but I find Sharon Stone's attitude pretty damn inspiring!


Were you aware of Sharon Stone's amazing struggle?

Source: Harper's Bazaar


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