When the star was young, she and her sister suffered sexual abuse at the hands of their own grandfather.
Sharon Stone is known widely not only for her exceptional acting skills but also as one of the most popular sex symbols from the 90s. Although she found fame and acclamation for her work, Stone had a rather heartbreaking introduction to life. When the star was young, she and her sister suffered sexual abuse at the hands of their own grandfather. The 63-year-old opened up about the traumatic childhood in her memoir The Beauty of Living Twice. Through this, she recalled a horrifying incident where she and her sister, Kelly, were sexually abused and now as adults, they have "made this decision together" to reveal the heartbreaking details in Stone's memoir.
"We spoke to my mother and at first she was very stoic and wrote me a letter about how disconcerting all this information was. The whole pious, horrified, I-don't-really-want-to-talk-about-it-directly kind of thing. Then my sister got loaded when my mom was staying with her and really went for it with my mom," the Basic Instinct actress told The New York Times. "And my mom had a major breakthrough. When I finished the book, I read it to my mother over a three-day period. And I had the flu at the time. I was in bed and she got in bed with me as I finished the book, and then I recorded an hour and a half of her talking. And then I rewrote a lot of the book. That’s when I dedicated the book to her."
In one of the chapters, Stone recalls a horrifying incident where her grandmother forced her to watch as her grandfather molested her five-year-old sister. According to Los Angeles Magazine, Stone was just 8 at the time. When her grandfather passed away, the actress attended his funeral and later wrote that "it’s a very weird thing when you’re a kid and the first experience you have of death is glee and relief. And emptiness." Stone explained how she tapped into the anger she felt towards him while playing the role of serial killer Catherine Tramell in Basic Instinct. "To know that I was so angry that I would have loved to stab [my grandfather] to death," she wrote, "as incredibly freeing."
This was not the end of heartbreaks for the Silver actress, who crossed state lines to secretly get an abortion at the age of 17. And as she grew older, she, unfortunately, suffered three miscarriages—each after five months of pregnancy. During her interview with the New York Times, she was asked what people would think of her after reading the in-depth details of her personal life in her memoir. She explained that "people will make it all up for you" if she didn't do it herself. "There's been pretty much an adult lifetime of people making up my life for me," she noted. "I've had quite a bit of tummy trouble waiting for this book to come. Now I'm going to go out in the most menacing, disruptive, psychologically aggressive period that our world has been in since the '60s and be vulnerable and open."
"I understand that I'll be met with a certain amount of that. But I don't want to gird my loins. I don't want to be defensive. I want to prepare to be open and present. Because that's the purpose of my journey," she continued. She further elaborated on her memoir in a taped interview for Oprah Winfrey's talk show Super Soul. Stone shared that as women reached the age of 40, "white male society starts to tell women you don't have worth." According to PEOPLE, she said, "I think that as we grow older, we have this societal pressure where people start to try to tell us that our worth is diminished." She told Winfrey, "I think this is a time in our life when our worth is the most enhanced. I believe that's because it's the first time in your life when your worth becomes so much more. You become the most powerful than you've ever been."
World-renowned actress and activist @SharonStone sits down with @Oprah to discuss her near-death experience and recovery after suffering a stroke and "The Beauty of Living Twice," her new memoir.— Super Soul (@SuperSoulSunday) March 25, 2021
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