Sharon Stone received a standing ovation after she gave an emotional speech at the Women’s Cancer Research Fund’s (WCRF) An Unforgettable Evening fundraiser. The Oscar-nominated Basic Instinct The actress paid tribute to other honorees at the event and talked about her health struggles, encouraging attendees to support WCRF.
Fox Business notes that Stone underwent breast reconstruction surgery in 2001 after doctors removed benign tumors, which she later learned were large fibroid tumors that required further surgery. The 65-year-old actress also opened up about her health challenges in her memoir, The Beauty of Living Twice, including the fact that she had one and a half times more breast tissue removed than first reported. At the WCRF event, she shared a touching moment about her hairstylist—who did her hair after receiving her first chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer cancer—and then tearfully urged the crowd to donate more money to the cause.
Although he didn’t give many details, The Hollywood Reporter featured Stone’s admission that he “just lost half my money in this banking thing.” He is likely referring to the recent collapse of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) and the subsequent turmoil in the financial market. Based in California bank, which primarily catered to tech start-ups, was shut down by regulators on March 10 following a liquidity crisis. The government has already announced plans to ensure customers can access their funds.
Stone also spoke about the recent passing of his brother, Patrick Stone, 57, who died of heart disease: “My brother just died,” he said, “and that doesn’t mean I’m not here. It’s not an easy time for any of us. It’s a tough time in the world, but I tell you what, I’m not having some politician tell me what I can and can’t do. How I can and can’t live, and what my life is worth is and isn’t. So stand up. Stand up and say what you’re worth. I dare you. That’s courage.”