Sharon Stone Speaks Out About Near-Death Health Incident: ‘I Lost Everything’

In 2001, a ruptured vertebral artery bled into the Casino star’s brain for nine days. She was given a one percent chance to live. Despite the severity of the situation, Stone decided at the time to keep it a private matter, but the health complications that followed affected her work.

The 65-year-old shared that her life began falling apart shortly after the near-fatal incident, with the end of her marriage to Phil Bronstein, the loss of custody of her adopted son Roan, and the nosedive of her successful career.

“I lost everything,” she admitted. “I lost all my money. I lost custody of my child. I lost my career. I lost all those things that you feel are your real identity and your life.” She added, “I never really got most of it back, but I’ve reached a point where I’m okay with it, where I really do recognize that I’m enough.”

At the time, she wrote, “I spent two years learning to walk and talk again. I came home from that stroke stuttering, couldn’t read for two years. I was in an ICU for nine days and the survival rate for what I went through is very low. I don’t need someone to make me feel bad about growing older. I’ll tell you what makes you feel bad: when you think you might not.”

“I was clearly having some mini seizures when I was doing ‘Basic Instinct,’” Stone said. “I would go like this. [She tilts her head back and flutters her eyes.] I used to tell people I was having them, and nobody would believe me.” The director, Paul Verhoeven, told her that her co-stars thought she was “taking drugs at work.”