Sharon Stone’s career has been in the spotlight since she made her breakthrough in the 1980s. The famously blonde Hollywood star certainly gave a lot of men cause to remember her performances in movies like ‘Basic Instinct’.
After the initial commotion she turned to more serious roles as witnessed in ‘Casino’, playing alongside Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci in the seedy underworld of gangsters and gamblers.
It’s not only her stellar career that’s been the under the spotlight though and in 2001 she suffered a brain aneurysm which left fellow actors and fans concerned about her recovery.
Stone was hospitalized in San Francisco after suffering from severe head pains and the results of an angiogram indicated that she’d had a minor brain aneurysm resulting in bleeding in the brain. The bleeding was a result of a ruptured aneurysm – a burst vein or artery – which can often lead to a stroke.
However after being in hospital for several days she returned home and continued to rest there. In 2007, during an interview with Larry King, she said: ”I seem to be able to walk and talk just fine (now). (But) in the beginning, I have to say, it was (touch and go).
“It’s a big thing, like when you have anything that affects the brain. It’s pretty scary.”
Her health problems didn’t begin or end with the aneurysm as she also has to live with Type I Diabetes, an illness that affects one in 17 people across the globe. Type 1 diabetes causes the pancreas to under-produce insulin which means that body’s cells are starved of vital sugar supplies after food consumption causing weakness and ill-health.
Also in Sharon Stone’s illness arsenal is asthma and she has sadly lost two children to miscarriages. Both of her children passed away during the fifth month of pregnancy she regards that period of her life as the most testing and difficult.