[VIDEO REVIEWS]Stone's Career Path: From Woody to Vegas

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[VIDEO REVIEWS]Stone's Career Path: From Woody to Vegas

Sharon Stone fans can breathe a sigh of relief. The 43-year-old actress was released from a San Francisco hospital last week in good condition. The doctors said, "She will have no medical restrictions on her personal or professional activities," according to the Associated Press.

The actress checked in to the hospital due to severe headaches. Initial tests showed minor bleeding on the brain. After eight days of treatment, Stone is on her road to recovery. Hopefully, the treatments will not affect her purported 145 IQ.

Stone is equally famous for being a brazen siren and a Mensa member. Her acting career has been speckled with hits and misses, and bits of scandal. Here are some of her films.



STARDUST MEMORIES (1980)

Directed by Woody Allen. Starring Allen, Charlotte Rampling and Stone

Stone made her screen debut in Allen's tribute to Fellini. She appears briefly as the "pretty girl on the train."

Allen is Sandy Bates, a moviemaker attending a film seminar held in honor of his work. He is plagued by fans who prefer his earlier work and a neurotic girlfriend Dorrie (Rampling), who accuses Allen of flirting with her 14-year-old cousin. The truth is, he is having affairs with three women. Is it any wonder that critics have called "Stardust Memories" a fascinating autobiography?

BASIC INSTINCT (1992)

Directed by Paul Verhoeven. Starring Michael Douglas, Stone, George Dzundza and Jeanne Tripplehorn.

After "Stardust Memories," Stone took a series of missteps. Her lucky break came when she landed a role in this steamy thriller. Stone is the novelist Catherine Trammell, whose part-time lover is found murdered with an ice pick.

Nick (Douglas), a San Francisco police detective, investigates the case, but becomes drawn to the prime suspect. Nick's partner (Dzundza) and psychiatrist (Tripplehorn) try to pry him away, as more people are found murdered.

Stone became a hot property after moviegoers noticed what was missing beneath her tight dress in an interrogation scene. Stone crosses and uncrosses her legs, and that one simple movement clinched her reputation as a bad girl.



CASINO (1995)

Directed by Martin Scorsese. Starring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Stone.

Stone finally garnered an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of a Las Vegas hustler named Ginger.

It is 1970, and Ace Rothstein (De Niro) rules a somewhat respectable casino. His boyhood friend, Nicky (Pesci), is a sociopath who helps shake down the casino clients. But Nick has bigger plans Ace falls in love with Ginger as Nicky descends into drug use and greater violence.



by Joe Yong-hee

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