Sharon Stone has always conducted her life and her career by always striving for more, from seeking challenging film roles to enhancing her spiritual experience by becoming a minister with the Universal Life Church. Hers is the classic story of a small-town girl moving to the big city to achieve stardom. Stone’s family lived in a working-class town in Pennsylvania. After excelling in the local beauty pageant circuit, Sharon moved to New York City as a teenager and became a professional model with the prestigious Ford Modeling Agency in the late 1970s.
Not satisfied with the glamor of modeling, Sharon Stone returned to New York after working in Europe to pursue a career in acting. She took a number of small roles in film and television, eventually getting her big break in the sci-fi classic Total Recall in 1990. Stone rejoined Total Recall‘s director, Paul Verhoeven, two years later to take the lead role in Basic Instinct, which established her as an A-list star in Hollywood.
Throughout the 1990s, Sharon Stone took a number of complex film roles that earned her critical acclaim and several awards, including an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe win for her performance in Martin Scorcese’s Casino. Health problems in the early 2000s forced Stone to take a break from acting for a short time, but she returned to the craft in 2003 with a role on the ABC drama The Practice, earning an Emmy for her work on the show.
In addition to her acting work, Sharon Stone spent much of the 2000s being an advocate for peace and pursuing spiritual fulfillment. She adopted Tibetan Buddhism and became a minister with the Universal Life Church to perform the wedding of two of her friends in 2004. Stone has also worked closely with the Nobel Committee, co-hosting the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Concert and traveling to Israel with Peace Prize winner Shimon Peres to promote peace efforts in Israel/Palestine.