Sharon Stone, the iconic actress and activist, gave a tearful speech at a charity fundraiser in Beverly Hills, where she revealed that she had lost half of her fortune in the recent Silicon Valley Bank collapse. She also shared her personal experience with breast cancer and urged women to get regular mammograms.
Stone, 65, was honored with the Courage Award at the Women’s Cancer Research Fund’s An Unforgettable Evening event on Thursday. She spoke candidly about the challenges she faced in her life and career, and how she overcame them with resilience and grace.
“I know that thing that you have to get on and figure out how to text the money is difficult. I’m a technical idiot, but I can write a check. And right now, that’s courage, too, because I know what’s happening. I just lost half my money to this banking thing, and that doesn’t mean that I’m not here,” Stone said, referring to the fallout from the Silicon Valley Bank collapse, which marked the second-largest bank failure in U.S. history.
Stone admitted that this was a hard time for her and for the world, but she did not let that stop her from supporting the cause of cancer research. She also opened up about her own health scare, when she was misdiagnosed with breast cancer and had to undergo surgery to remove tumors from her breasts in the 1990s.
“I went to the hospital saying, ‘If you open me up and it’s cancer, please take both my breasts,’ because I am not a person defined by my breasts. You know, that might seem funny coming from me since you’ve all seen ’em,” Stone said, referring to her famous scene in Basic Instinct.
She added that she was not ashamed of her body after the surgery and encouraged women to not feel compelled to skip mammograms or blood tests. “I’m standing here telling you I had one-and-a-half and more tissue of my breasts removed and none of you knew it,” she said.
Stone received a standing ovation from the audience, which included celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Demi Moore, Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks. She thanked them for their support and praised the Women’s Cancer Research Fund for its contributions to finding a cure for cancer.
Stone is known for her roles in films like Casino, The Muse, The Quick and the Dead and The Laundromat. She has also been an outspoken advocate for human rights, women’s rights and environmental issues. She has received numerous awards and nominations for her work, including an Oscar nomination for Casino and a Golden Globe award for Basic Instinct.
Stone’s speech was a powerful reminder of her courage, talent and generosity. She showed that despite losing half of her money and facing health challenges, she still had a lot to give and inspire others with.
Sharon Stone Says She Lost “Half My Money to This Banking Thing,” Breaks Down in Tears During Speech
The actress said “this is not an easy time for any of us” as she nods to prior health scares, her brother Patrick’s recent death and losing money: “
Sharon Stone says she ‘lost half of my money to this banking thing’ during a teary-eyed speech at a charity fundraiser
Sharon Stone spoke at the Women’s Cancer Research Fund’s “An Unforgettable Evening” fundraiser.
Sharon Stone was at the recent Women’s Cancer Research Fund fundraiser to accept the Courage Award.
“I went into the hospital saying, ‘If you open me up and it’s cancer, please take my breasts, because I am not a person defined by my breasts,’ ” the actress told PEOPLE
Sharon Stone revealed in an impassioned speech at a recent cancer benefit that she was financially affected because of recent banking failures.