Sharon Stone Reinvented

After a virtual five-year hiatus and armed with a new lease on life, Sharon Stone has returned to her rightful place as a Hollywood star.

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She also is committed to charity work. She has been the spokesperson for AMFAR, the American Foundation for AIDS Research, since 1995. While she stepped in years ago as a substitute for Elizabeth Taylor, who was unable to appear for an event in Cannes, Stone has taken the charity to heart. After she took the job, her mentor and acting coach, Roy London, fell ill with AIDS and eventually died. "It wasn't because of him that I did it, but it was because of him that I had the courage to become philanthropic. I think it's just my calling to do this, and somehow, I've learned how to be good at it," Stone says. She also has worked on other charities, including one that helps the homeless in the San Francisco area, a project spearheaded by Francis Ford Coppola. "It's not about AIDS, or breast cancer, or the homeless," Stone says, "It's about asking people to look at the person next to them, and asking them to be kind."
Whether it's a charity, a songwriting session, a new book or a movie project, Stone isn't twisted up in knots about what she should or shouldn't do. "I'm in a real interesting period again. It's a real Zen period of caring and not caring…I don't care, because I don't care if I get there. If I never act again, I don't care. And yet, I'm excited about the next part. That's a terrific place to be," Stone says, once again reflective. "I was not surprised that the studio told me they liked my work in Catwoman. You know, I don't care if they liked me, and yet I care deeply if I did my very best. I have no need to be liked. I have no need to pander. I have nothing to prove, and yet I absolutely would only do my best. So I will probably do my better work."
Every red-blooded male in America hopes she gets that chance.
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