Sharon Stone Reveals the Moment She Almost Lost Everything

TOTAL RECALL, Sharon Stone, 1990
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Actress Sharon Stone is opening up about the hardest time in her life when she said that she almost lost everything after an extremely scary health issue. In the late ’90s, Stone seemed to have it all. She had a successful career, starred in popular films such as Basic Instinct and Casino, was married to newspaper editor Phil Bronstein, and had just adopted a son.

Then in 2001, she started experiencing some extreme symptoms and was given a 1 percent chance of survival after a ruptured vertebral artery bled into her brain for nine days. Stone said that there was just one person there for her during that horrible time.

BASIC INSTINCT, Sharon Stone, 1992

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She revealed, “My father was there for me, but I would say that was about it. I understand if you want to live with solid citizens, don’t come to Hollywood.” When she did eventually recover, she found that her life had fallen apart. Stone and Bronstein divorced in 2004 and she added, “I lost everything. I lost all my money. I lost custody of my child. I lost my career. I lost all those things that you feel are your real identity and your life.”

CASINO, Sharon Stone, 1995

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She continued, “I never really got most of it back. but I’ve reached a point where I’m okay with it, where I really do recognize that I’m enough.” While she has since returned to Hollywood, recently starring in the film Beauty and hosting Saturday Night Live, she is also on the board of the Barrow Neurological Foundation. The foundation supports the medical institute led by the brain surgeon, Dr. Michael Lawton, who saved her life.

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