Exceptionally bright, outspoken, and controversial both onscreen and off, Golden Globe-winning actress Sharon Stone weathered career ups and downs, but always emerged as master of her own iconic image. With a flair for self-invention and a full embrace of the old Hollywood notion of creating a larger than life persona, Stone was a journalist's dream - smart, tough and funny and one of the most deliciously quotable celebs - not to mention one renowned for bringing back high-glamour as a quintessential "movie star." When given the shot, the blonde beauty demonstrated considerable range as an actor and with complex, psychologically-driven material, she outshone the competition. But such roles were few and far between for an aging actress, and Stone's film choices were often beneath her talent. Consequently, she failed to maintain a steady Hollywood footing, despite critical successes with "Basic Instinct" (1992) - which single-handedly made her an overnight star, courtesy of the infamous interrogation scene - "Casino" (1995) and the "The Muse" (1999). But she did consistently deliver raised eyebrows with her sometimes ill-fated forays into philanthropy and trash-talking of former boyfriends. One thing was certain: Stone was never boring and always managed to find herself the center of attention, for better or for worse.