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How did Sharon Stone become a Hollywood legend?

Screen diva Sharon Stone has had an amazing career in show business, but did you know she started as a working-class girl? She is also not the stereotypical blonde girl with her impressive IQ of 154! Keep reading to find out more!

  • The actress won Pennsylvania’s Miss Crawford County beauty pageant. This success led to a modeling contract with the Eileen Ford agency.
  • At the beginning of her career she appeared in many TV commercials, including Diet Coke, Clairol and Maybelline.
  • Sharon made her debut on the big screen in Woody Allen's Stardust Memories. She appears briefly in a role as “pretty woman on a train”. 

Sharon Stone was born and raised in a small town in Pennsylvania. Her mother Dorothy was a housewife and accountant, and her strict father Joseph William Stone II, a factory worker. She worked part-time as a McDonald’s cashier. Her beautiful looks come from her German and British ancestry.

Can you believe she was a bookworm? She was a smart girl and won a scholarship to Pennsylvania's Edinboro University when she was only 15 years old. She graduated with a degree in creative writing and fine arts. Her parents wanted her to become a lawyer, but her real secret love was to be an actress in the movies. So she won a beauty contest in her town, then she pursued a modelling career appearing in famous ads on TV.

Her breakthrough was a role in “Total Recall” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct - Source: Twitter

Although, unless you’ve been living on Mars you already know that she became world-famous thanks to her memorable character, Catherine Tramell, a psycho-killer novelist in erotic thriller “Basic Instinct” in 1992. Her captivating performance is a classic in cinema history, for which she earned her first Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress.

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