HOLLYWOOD powerhouse Sharon Stone has told how she nearly didn’t make it as an actress as she came close to death TWICE as a youngster.
The Golden Globe winner has been struck by lightning and suffered a freak accident aged 14 when she was throttled by a washing line.
Sharon Stone is one of Hollywood’s most recognisable stars, but she nearly didn’t make it as an actress as she came close to death twice as a youngster
Sharon Stone is one of Hollywood’s most recognisable stars, but she nearly didn’t make it as an actress as she came close to death twice as a youngsterCredit: Kobal Collection – Shutterstock
Incredibly, Sharon, 62 — whose leg-uncrossing scene in 1992 thriller Basic Instinct is one of the most iconic ever — almost died a third time when she suffered a stroke in 2001.
The actress, who grew up on a smallholding in the US state of Pennsylvania, said: “I’ve had a lot of things, it’s crazy.
“I had my neck cut to a sixteenth of an inch from my jugular vein when I was 14 on a clothesline.
“I’ve been hit by lightning and, wow, that was really intense.
Sharon Stone made the most of her lucky escapes to become a famous actress
Sharon Stone made the most of her lucky escapes to become a famous actressCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Sharon Stone’s leg uncrossing scene in Basic Instinct is iconic to this day
Sharon Stone’s leg uncrossing scene in Basic Instinct is iconic to this dayCredit: Rex Features
“I was at home, we had our own well. I was filling up the iron with water and I had my hand on the tap.
“The well got hit by lightning and it came up through the water.
“I was indoors and I got picked up and thrown across the kitchen and hit the refrigerator.
“Thankfully my mum belted me round the face and brought me to.
“It’s like, ‘How am I going to die next time?’ Probably something super dramatic and nuts.”
Thankfully for big-screen fans, Sharon is still here to tell the tales — and she has branched out into TV with Netflix series Ratched, a prequel to 1962 novel One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, out next month.
Sharon Stone’s latest project is Netflix series Ratched
Sharon Stone’s latest project is Netflix series RatchedCredit: BackGrid
Sharon says she is “tremendously lucky” to be alive after suffering a massive stroke and haemorrhage for nine days. She was given a one per cent chance of surviving.
She has said: “I felt like I had been shot in the head. I remember laying there thinking, ‘I’m having a stroke’.”
She was rushed to hospital and spent the next week in and out of a coma as doctors tried to diagnose her.
Sharon was married to her second husband, American journalist Phil Bronstein, at the time and they had an adopted son Roan, now 20.
Sharon with son Roan at a film premiere last year
Sharon with son Roan at a film premiere last yearCredit: Getty Images – Getty
She had to undergo a seven-hour surgery in which 22 platinum coils were inserted into her brain to stabilise the artery and stop the bleed.
The surgeons saved her life, but she had to have years of gruelling therapy.
She said: “My speech, my hearing, walking . . . everything. My whole life was wiped out.
“I thought I was dying for a long time, even after I came home.”
It took seven years to recover, in which time Sharon’s career was left hanging in the balance and she endured a divorce and child custody battle.
She said: “I had to re-mortgage my house. I lost everything I had.
“From trying to keep custody of my son to just functioning — to be able to work at all.
“I lost my place in the business. I was forgotten.”
Her extraordinary comeback marks three decades since her breakthrough role as Lori Quaid in 1990 action sci-fi, Total Recall, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Sharon’s Hollywood breakthrough came 30 years ago in Total Recall
Sharon’s Hollywood breakthrough came 30 years ago in Total RecallCredit: � TriStar Pictures Diltz / Bridgeman Images
At 31 she was relatively old to be finding fame in Hollywood.
But it led to her most famous film Basic Instinct, playing psychologist Catherine Trammell alongside Michael Douglas as a police detective investigating a rock star’s murder.
Sharon must have left a lasting impression as Michael is an executive producer on Ratched.
Acting wasn’t an obvious choice for the country girl from Meadville, which had a population of less than 14,000.