During an extended hospitalization in 2001, when Sharon Stone was being treated for a stroke and a subarachnoid hemorrhage that blew into her brain, head and spine, she writes that she was referred to by her grandmother, Leila Visited, who had been dead for 30 years.
“This is where it gets weird,” Stone writes in a new memoir, “The Beauty of Living Twice”, which Nope will publish on Tuesday. Leela comes out to warn: “Whatever you do, don’t move your neck.”
This is one of the many scenes in his life, Stone, such as the 63-year-old film star “Basic nature,” “Casino” And “the quick and the Dead,” Candor and sardonic is related to Humer. Despite their long careers in Hollywood, women of female families and mystery – even in recent television series “Mosaic” And “Sent” – His memoir is a more important anecdote of his life and upbringing, especially his youth raised in a modest Mvilleville, Pa., And indelible but troubled family.
As he explained in a video interview in February, “I believe the point of my book is that it describes a regular life.” I don’t think my life is extraordinary, except that I ended up being a movie star. This book can be written by many others who grew up in a small town. “
It is a story that Stone often tells in unfiltered detail, beginning with the experience of death, which inspired him to write the book. “After all this standing on my neck, I could breathe again,” he said. “I could speak again. And I was going to breathe and speak differently. “
She further talked about the creation of “The Beauty of Living Twice”, personal experiences that it is chronicle and how it encouraged her to reassure herself. These are parts of that conversation.
Why did you decide to write this memoir?
I was trying to publish my short stories and everyone told me, no one wants to read short stories. I think they really meant, we really want to get up in your personal life. I did not want to do it at that time. Again my friend kl [the author J. Kael Weston], who wrote “The mirror test, “Recommended that their editor Tim O’Connell take a look at Knopf. In the meantime, I wrote a letter to Jankolo & Nebitt about getting an agent. So Knopf and another book company gave me the deal. Started giving. I thought I would learn more from Sunny Mehta [the revered Knopf publisher who died in 2019] And Tim. Sonny read my stuff and said that he thought I was his next Irish storyteller.
Did you have a particular writing process as you worked on it?
When I was really close to it, I took two films in New York and every day, I went to Knopf and I sat in an office and wrote. Should I take some food or order some food and write for five, eight, 12, 15 hours and only.
Were you worried about getting recognition in their offices?
It was sleeping and snowing in the worst of winter conditions. I wanted to sit down in my down coat with my hat and my computer and my belongings. Nobody gave [expletive] About Me.
You reveal a lot of in-depth personal information about your family and your childhood, including descriptions of you and your sister Kelly, who were sexually abused by a grandfather. Did you discuss this with your surviving relatives before the publication of the book?
My sister and I decided together. We talked to my mother and at first she was very skeptical and she wrote me a letter about how disappointing all this information was. Totally holy, fearful, I-not-really-to-talk-about-this-straight-talk. Then my sister loaded up when my mom was living with her and actually went for it with my mom. And my mother was a great success. When I finished the book, I read it to my mother over a period of three days. And I had the flu at that time. I was in bed and she came to bed with me as soon as I finished the book and then I recorded an hour and a half of talking to her. And then I rewrote a lot of books. That’s when I dedicated the book to him.
Are you apprehensive about people knowing these things about you when the book is published?
If you don’t, people will do it all for you. The people who made their lives for me have been very adult throughout their lives. I had a lot of trouble waiting for this book to arrive. Now I am going out of the most dangerous, disruptive, psychologically aggressive phase in our world since the 60s and weak and open. I understand that I will get a certain amount. But I do not want to tighten my back. I do not want to be defensive. I want to prepare to be open and present. Because that is the purpose of my journey.
There are some violent scenes in the book – a neck injury you received as a teenager in a horse riding accident; The death of an uncle who slipped and froze to death – you find humorous ways to write about it. Where does that come from?
I have a bit of a dark comedy personality. I really feel that we are meant to fulfill life with a certain amount of grace, and humor helps to do so. I mean, I have got a unique opportunity in my career to play the role of a bad guy. When I was in school, my acting teacher studied me with this man, who taught you to explore your shadow. And I was very surprised when I got a real good look at myself – I was like, is that it? You are not so bad I am not afraid of my shadow. Once you know the depth and breadth of your dark side – [Her phone begins to play the ringtone “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. She dismisses the call and, after some laughter, resumes her answer.]
People keep coming to me for those parts because they think I’m good at it, and I think they think I like to do it. I really don’t like doing it, and I really don’t want to do it, intentionally, anymore. If I am going to play something dark now, I need a reason other than that, it is fun. I think Monkey-on-the-shoulder [an eccentricity favored by her character Lenore Osgood on the Netflix series “Ratched”] Super funny. I told ryan [Murphy, who developed the series], We can digitally remove the monkey when the performance ends, and the display will still be very interesting.
Apart from the passage in the book where you write about your work on films like “Basic Instinct” and “Casino”, you don’t pay much attention to your film career. Why not?
[pause] I wasn’t really working at the moment. They were not just a part of what I was really trying to get.
You do not focus too much on your previous marriages. However, you say that you had to sign a confidentiality agreement with your second husband, journalist Phil Bronstein.
Yes, before we got married, I was asked to sign a special type of confidentiality agreement.
Does this seem like an unusual arrangement to enter?
I would just say that you are a very smart man, you are a journalist, and if you want to know anything on that subject, I am sure you can find it all by yourself.
Do you plan to move away from acting to focus more on your writing?
Well, I have really let go of my agents and management and all those people. I only really want to be hired by the directors I like now. I really don’t want to be pitchy anymore. I don’t want to give it to people because I can finance their film. I do not want to go out shopping. I do not want others to decide what content I should see or not. So I am only taking direct offers.
Now how will people contact you with these offers?
Most people know a way to get hold of me. They can send things to my publicist, who send them to me. Of course, I am on Instagram. I have explained all the reasons why I cannot work. I think 40 years old, too short, too fat, too thin, too blonde, too brown, too young, too old. Many, also. I’m not really interested in why you can’t return it. So, if a director wants me, specifically, they will be able to find me.
Did the title of your book reflect a personal feeling of revival after you survived your health crisis in 2001?
I had the whole white-light experience on the operating table. And when you really slam on a table, you have to ask yourself some questions. I wanted to review my life and ask myself why did you push yourself without listening to yourself? Which part of your listening device is so fractured or broken that you haven’t been able to see where you went The book is a big question. I’m not the person who likes me, forgive me, give me the envelope, let’s open a corner. I am the person who loves to blow the envelope. I am like [explosion noise] Fafda. Push the rider. Stand in its rubble and watch.