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Sharon Stone Lost $18M After Stroke: 'I Had Zero Money'

Sharon Stone Lost $18M After Stroke: ‘I Had Zero Money’

Sharon Stone has courageously opened up about the life-altering stroke she endured and the devastating repercussions that followed, including losing her entire fortune and facing betrayal from people close to her.

In 2001, the 43-year-old star of Basic Instinct was rushed to the hospital after suffering a brain hemorrhage that lasted nine excruciating days.

In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Stone vividly recounted how the stroke transformed every aspect of her life. “A Buddhist monk told me that I had been reincarnated into my same body,” she shared. “I had a death experience, and then they brought me back. For nine days, I bled into my brain, which caused it to shift towards the front of my face. It wasn’t positioned in my head where it was before.”

She described the profound changes that ensued: “My sense of smell, my sight, my touch all altered dramatically. I couldn’t read for a couple of years. Colors appeared stretched, and I saw new patterns. Many people thought I wouldn’t survive.”

Currently 66, Stone revealed it took her seven years to fully recover from the ordeal. During this vulnerable period, she confessed, “People took advantage of me.” She disclosed, “I had $18 million saved up from my success, but when I checked my bank account, it was all gone. My refrigerator, my phone—everything was listed under other people’s names. I had zero money.”

Nevertheless, rather than dwelling on “bitterness or anger,” Stone chose to embrace the present and let go of negativity. “If you bite into the seed of bitterness, it never leaves you. But if you hold faith, even if it’s the size of a mustard seed, you will survive,” she reflected. “So, I live for joy now. I live for purpose.”

Before the stroke, Stone was one of the quintessential stars of the Eighties and Nineties, with prominent roles in blockbuster films like Total Recall, The Quick and the Dead, and Casino.

Though she has continued to act, appearing in movies such as Catwoman, Lovelace, and The Laundromat since her stroke, her career never quite soared back to its former heights.

Stone previously opened up about how the stroke impacted her career during a talk in 2015. “I lost my place in the business,” she admitted. “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.”

She continued, “You find yourself at the back of the line in your business, as I did. You have to figure yourself out all over again.” Despite the hardships, Stone’s resilience and determination to live a life filled with joy and purpose shine through. Her journey serves as an inspiring testament to the power of faith and inner strength.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter