“When I went back to my bank account, everything was gone.”

“When I went back to my bank account, everything was gone.”
“When I went back to my bank account, everything was gone.”

While American actress Sharon Stone was enjoying great success after the release of films such as “Basic Instinct” (1992) and “Casino” (1995), a stroke at the age of 43 in 2001 nearly wiped out her fortune.

Indeed, the producer returned to this difficult episode of her life during an interview for “The Hollywood Reporter”, published this Tuesday, July 9, 2024. In this interview, she confides that malicious people tried to take advantage of her weakness at that time.

Sharon Stone claimed she lost $18 million during this period: “I had $18 million in savings from my success, but when I went back to my bank account, it was all gone. My refrigerator, my phone – it was all in other people’s names,” she recalled. She added that she was completely ruined. “I had no money,” she added.

The actress was particularly vulnerable at that time, because in addition to having suffered a stroke, she had to deal with her divorce, in 2004, with her husband at the time, the journalist Phil Bronstein. They had married on February 14, 1998, Valentine’s Day. Together, they adopted a little boy born in 2000.

However, the actress did not lose heart and managed to overcome this ordeal: “I decided not to hold on to illness, bitterness or anger. If you bite into the seed of bitterness, it will never leave you. But if you keep the faith, even if that faith is the size of a mustard seed, you will survive,” she explained, before continuing: “That is why I now live in joy. I live with a purpose.”

Video. Sharon Stone’s Minute

In addition to being scammed, Sharon Stone suffered the after-effects of her stroke (she was given a 1% chance of survival), which had a major impact on her daily life and took her seven years to recover from: “I experienced death, and then they brought me back to life. I bled into my brain for nine days, so my brain was pushed to the front of my face. It wasn’t positioned in my head the way it was before,” she explained, before concluding: “My sense of smell, my sight, my touch. I couldn’t read for a few years. Things were stretched out and I saw patterns of color. A lot of people thought I was going to die.”

Video. “You can have a stroke at 20, 30, 40 years old without having these factors. We need to dismantle the stereotypes about strokes in young people.”

The actress also lost hearing in one ear, and had 23 platinum coils surgically implanted in her brain. Despite these difficulties, she was able to get back on her feet, pursue a brilliant career and replenish her bank account: her personal fortune was estimated a year ago at 50 million dollars.

However, she said in March 2023, at a charity event for breast cancer, which took place a few days after the recent bankruptcies of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank, that she had lost half of her fortune: “I just lost half of my money because of banking problems and yet I’m here. (…) It’s not an easy time,” she revealed, as reported by BFM TV. She nevertheless called for donations for research: “There are lots of things I don’t know how to do, but I know how to write a check. (…) And these days, it’s a form of courage, because I know what’s going on.”

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