Sharon Stone recalls feeling as though she "never be pretty again" after suffering a brain hemorrhage more than 10 years ago and felt more anguish years later, after losing primary custody of her oldest son.
The 53-year-old actress, who became a Hollywood sex icon mostly due to her provocative role in the 1992 movie "Basic Instinct," made her comments in an interview with the magazine AARP, which is geared toward senior citizens.
In the fall of 2001, Stone experienced a blinding headache and was rushed to a hospital in San Francisco, where she lived at the time with her second husband, Phil Bronstein. After more than a week, doctors found she had bleeding in her brain, facial cavity and spinal column and operated on her. The event occurred more than a year after the birth of her and Bronstein's adopted son Roan, who is now 11.
"My brain was pushed forward into my face. I'd lost 18 percent of my body mass," Stone told AARP. "I came out of the hospital with short- and long-term memory loss. My lower left leg was numb. I couldn't hear out of my right ear. The side of my face was falling down. I thought, 'I'll never be pretty again. Who's going to want to be around me?'"
Two years later, her husband filed for divorce. She moved back to Los Angeles and adopted two more sons, who are now 5 and 6. Bronstein remained in San Francisco and eventually won primary custody of Roan. She told the magazine she now sees him once a month.
"I had had a brain hemorrhage and was an actress who had made sexy movies," Stone told AARP. "I would go to these [philanthropic] events where I had to get on stage. I would be in the wings, with people looking at me, my head on the floor, praying: 'God, please help me. I know I have to go out there and raise money. But I've lost my child, I've lost my health, I've lost everything.' I was just broken."
Despite her medical and personal turmoil, Stone continued to act.
She appeared on shows such as "The Practice" and the Showtime series "Huff." Stone also starred in the 2004 movie "Catwoman" and reprised her sexy role as Catherine Tramell in "Basic Instinct 2," which was released in 2006. Both films flopped at the box office.
She went on to star in smaller movies such as "$5 a Day" and "The Year of Getting to Know Us" with Tom Arnold and Jimmy Fallon." In 2010, Stone played the recurring role of Assistant District Attorney Jo Marlowe on the NBC series "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." A year later, she starred in the independent movie "The Burma Conspiracy."
Stone is currently filming "Lovelace," a movie about the late porn star Linda Lovelace, which stars Amanda Seyfried as the title character and Demi Moore as feminist activist and writer Gloria Steinem. Stone plays Lovelace's mother and does not appear to be worried about her film career, telling AARP: "If I'm not going to be a big movie star again, then guess what? That wasn't my destiny."