Sharon Stone: I cheated death three times

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Sharon Stone. (PHOTO: Rich Polk/Getty Images)
Sharon Stone. (PHOTO: Rich Polk/Getty Images)
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She’s been struck by lightning, almost throttled by a washing line and had a catastrophic stroke. But Sharon Stone is alive and kicking to tell her tale and show you can’t get a strong woman down.

The Basic Instinct star admits she’s been through some “crazy” things in her lifetime.

“I had my neck cut to a sixteenth of an inch from my jugular vein when I was 14 on a clothesline,” she told The Sun.

She doesn’t elaborate on that near-death experience, preferring to delve into the force-of-nature incident.

“I’ve been hit by lightning and, wow, that was really intense.”

The 62-year-old explains she was filling an iron with water and had her hand on the tap when a lightning bolt struck, the charge apparently coming up through the water.  

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The shock threw her across the kitchen and against the fridge. Thankfully her mom “belted” her around the face to bring her back to consciousness and she survived to tell the tale. But she says it’s uncanny how many near-death experiences she’s had.

“It’s like, 'How am I going to die next time?' Probably something super dramatic and nuts,” she said.

She also opened up about how the major stroke she suffered in 2001 affected her career.

Sharon was in and out of a coma in the weeks following the stroke and had to undergo a gruelling seven-hour operation to have 22 platinum coils inserted into her brain to stabilise the artery and stop the bleeding.

She was given just 1% chance of survival and it took her about seven years to recover, she told Variety at a recent Women’s Brain Health Initiative event.

“People treated me in a way that was brutally unkind,” she says. “From other women in my own business to the female judge who handled my custody case. I don’t think anyone grasps how dangerous a stroke is for women and what it takes to recover.”

Sharon was in a heated custody battle to keep Roan, her son with ex-husband Phil Bronstein, with her.

It was hell, she says. And meanwhile her career was dead in the water, which didn’t help.

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She’s grateful that Bernard Arnault, head of luxury brands LVMH, gave her a Dior contract, saying he “rescued” her.

“But I had to remortgage my house. I lost everything I had. I lost my place in the business. I was like the hottest movie star, you know?

“It was like Miss Princess Diana and I were so famous – and she died and I had a stroke. And we were forgotten.”

But now she’s fully back and throwing herself into philanthropic endeavours. She joined Dr Heval Kelli in the Lifesaving Conversations series, which tackles racial issues and mental health concerns, among other things, Express reports.

Sharon had a heartfelt conversation with the Syrian Kurdish physician about human rights, Covid-19 and healthcare, to shed light on the issues the world currently faces.

During the conversation, the star appeared visibly upset as she spoke to the award-winning physician about his life as a refugee in the United States, the current refugee situation and the future impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

Sharon has been an avid philanthropist since 1995 serving as spokesperson for the American Foundation for AIDS Research, and has since supported a myriad of international humanitarian initiatives, according to IMDb.

More celebs who have cheated death

Kanye West

In 2002 the rapper was in a nasty car crash while driving home from his recording studio. He ended up totalling the rental car he was driving and walking away with just a fractured jaw.

Joaquin Phoenix

The Oscar-winner flipped his car in 2015 after a night of partying and heavy drinking to celebrate the success of his Johnny Cash biopic, Walk the Line. Joaquin was wearing a seatbelt so he walked away from the mangled wreck virtually unscathed – although it was the wake-up call he needed and he checked himself into rehab soon afterwards. 

50 Cent

His might be the most remarkable escape of all: the rapper survived after being shot nine times in an incident in front of his grandparents’ home in Queens, New York, in 2000.

Fifty sustained bullet wounds in his cheek, hand, arm, hip, both legs and chest but miraculously no major organs or arteries were damaged and he made a full recovery.

Source: Mirror, The Sun, Daily Mail, CNN