Sharon Yvonne Stone was born March 10, 1958 in Meadville, Pennsylvania United States.
She began her career in modeling, and quickly moved to starring roles in movies in the 1980s, enjoying a success by interpreting the role of Catherine Tramell in “Basic Instinct”, in 1992. Her career was then launched and she didn’t stop making films including “Casino” for which she won a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination.
The actress got committed in 1995, in the Foundation amfAR (American Foundation for AIDS Research) created in 1985 by the Hollywood star Elizabeth Taylor. Since accepting a key volunteer position with amfAR, Ms. Stone has traveled widely on behalf of the Foundation. At each of her many public appearances, she has worked tirelessly to heighten awareness of HIV/AIDS as a threat to social and economic stability and to underscore the urgent need for continued AIDS research. She regularly conducts auctions and charity galas including the famous “Cannes AmfAR Gala” during the Cannes Film Festival. She also participates whenever she can to parties organized by Elton John for the HIV cause or at the Life Ball in Vienna, the largest charity event in Europe in this field.
Stone has received numerous accolades and honors for her philanthropic work. In 1999 she was honored by amfAR at its Seasons of Hope gala, and the AIDS Awareness Committee of Academy of Television Arts & Sciences presented her with a Ribbon of Hope award for AIDS awareness and education. She has received the Humanitarian Award from the Human Rights Campaign and a Spirit Award from the National Centre for Lesbian Rights for her support of gay and lesbian civil rights.
In 2005, Sharon was honored with the prestigious Harvard Humanitarian Award to celebrate her ten years as an advocate for AIDS research. At the Women’s World Awards In 2006, Sharon’s philanthropic efforts were recognized by Mikhail Gorbachev with the World Charity Award. The following year, she was awarded the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award, which is given to those who embody the fighting spirit of Ali in the race to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease.
In 2008 Ms. Stone was made an honorary guest at the Karolinska-Nobel Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. She presented a lecture on Health initiatives for peace for members of the Nobel Committee, students and faculty of the Karolinska-Nobel Institute at the Nobel Forum. And in 2013 she was honored by the Nobel Peace Laureates at the Nobel Summit in Warsaw, Poland, with the “Peace Summit Award” for her work on HIV/AIDS. The award was presented by his holiness the Dalai Lama. On December , 1st2015, on the occasion of World Day of fight against AIDS, the actress and activist appealed to stop HIV-related discrimination in the workplace and promotes voluntary counseling and screening Joining professional environment in the ILO (International Labor Organization).
For such commitment over Twenty years, Sharon Stone is a “Remarkable Woman”!
Critic by Beatrice Chassepot
For each single painting of her “Remarkable Women” series, Armelle Falliex finds her inspiration in a book she meticulously chooses and whose pages are put as background to the paintings. For Sharon Stone she chose ” The AmFAR Handbook, the Complete Guide to Understanding HIV and AIDS” by Darrell E. Ward, Mathilde Krim.
Here, the painting obviously shows the radiant face of Sharon Stone who fights HIV tirelessly, with the red ribbon, symbol for HIV. Despite the fact that the ribbon is above Stone’s face, her the painter has been able to make shine Stone’s face and energy with a radiance as strong as the red of the ribbon. Great job. BCh