A small town Pennsylvania girl aka the glaring Hollywood sex symbol, adopting mother, activist, awarded by Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, talks to HL’s Yana Mandeville about her feelings and discontent about overcoming a brain hemorrhage, her most impassioned causes and child custody battle. Best Actress Academy Award nominee, one of the world’s most recognized faces, gallant and radiant Sharon advocates listening to no one and doing what makes you happy. The prominence and vast movie career don’t stop her from working to end gang violence, organizing peace movements and searching for a cure for AIDS. Read her thrilling account of unfulfilled adoption of quadruplets to touch a nerve on who an unfeigned Sharon Stone is.
Sharon Stone: Yana, what’s your last name?
Sharon Stone: Oh, like the canyon.
HealthyLivinG: My husband’s family owned that land a long, long time ago.
Sharon Stone: I’m sure. Okay. Lay it on me. What do you want to know?
HealthyLivinG: Despite talent and beauty, success didn’t come easily or early. How did that fact shape you?
Sharon Stone: I’m not from here. I’m from blue-collar, hardworking, lowermiddle-class Pennsylvania. Our town had coal mining, the railroad, and the zipper factory. My father worked the swing shift and made $14,000 a year and raised four kids. We thought we were a rich family. The size of our house and the size of our yard would be one of the mansions in Bel Air, California, because it was a farmhouse with a two-and-a-half-acre yard and a stream and a ravine. So I grew up in what would seem like incredible luxury compared to the way people live here in Los Angeles.
HealthyLivinG: Did you know how fortunate you were?
Sharon Stone: We did. My mother was an astonishing homemaker. Our home was beautiful, and our gardens were beautiful. It was a U-shaped driveway around our house, back out onto the road. She had planted peony bushes all the way around it, that were just gorgeous. She had a huge, one-acre garden in the backyard, and we had all of our fruits and vegetables that she would can in the summer for the winter. So I didn’t come from somewhere where there was some kind of luxury or ease. I came from real hardworking America. For me it was not something that I expected that I was going to get without a lot of hard work. It seemed like something I would work for, and I did. Kid Rock said to me one day, “Clark Gable didn’t come from Park Avenue.” I think that’s very true. I think that most of the people who really make it here are not Hollywood royalty. There’s not a lot of second-generation. Most of us came here and worked for it. Read the rest of this entry »