It was on this day, March 10, 1958, American actress, film producer, and former fashion model Sharon Stone was born in Meadville, Pennsylvania. Best known for her part as bisexual novelist Catherine Tramell in Paul Verhoeven's 1992 Basic Instinct, Stone became the go-to femme fatale of 90s cinema.
Following her breakthrough success she starred in a slew of not particularly good erotic thrillers. Razzie nominated for her role in the 1985 Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold, her first big movie, she nevertheless showed what a talented performer she is in both her films for Verhoeven (Total Recall and Basic Instinct) as well as Scorsese's Casino, for which she won a Golden Globe and was Oscar nominated for Best Actress.
Following Basic Instinct, she was listed by People magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world. In November 1995, Stone received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1995, she received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Dramatic Motion Picture for her role as Ginger in Martin Scorsese's Casino, in which she starred opposite Robert De Niro. She also earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for the role. The same year, she starred opposite Gene Hackman, Russell Crowe, and Leonardo DiCaprio in the Sam Raimi western The Quick And The Dead. Also in 1995, she was awarded the Women in Film Crystal Award.
In October 1997, she was ranked among the top 100 film stars of all time by Empire. Stone starred opposite Ellen DeGeneres in the 2000 HBO film If These Walls Could Talk 2, in which she played a lesbian trying to start a family. For her work on 'Walls', she was again recognized by Women in Film, this time with the Lucy Award. In 2001, Stone was linked to a biopic of the German film director Leni Riefenstahl. The prospective director, Paul Verhoeven, and Riefenstahl herself, favored Stone to portray Riefenstahl in the film.
In March 2006, Stone traveled to Israel to promote peace in the Middle East through a press conference with Nobel Peace Prize winner Shimon Peres. In 2013, she referred to Peres as her "mentor." On October 23, 2013, Stone received the Peace Summit Award for her work with HIV/AIDS sufferers.