It’s been such a wonderful year for so many grownup talents — Michelle Pfeiffer, Laura Dern, Nicole Kidman — that W magazine proclaimed it the Year of the Comeback. But no one has come back like Sharon Stone, 59, who went mano a mano with Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1990's Total Recall, sexually taunted Michael Douglas in 1992's Basic Instinct, and earned a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination as a hot mess in 1995's Casino, directed by Martin Scorsese.
A two-time cover subject for AARP The Magazine and winner of the 2012 AARP Movies for Grownups career achievement award, Stone survived a cerebral hemorrhage in 2001 that, temporarily, severely impaired her vision, hearing, memory and career. This was tough for a woman who has "about a 190 million IQ," according to her Casino costar James Woods in Stone's 2012 cover story. He added: "You spend the afternoon with her, and you'd think you're at Yale."
It was also tough to be "broke," as Stone puts it, but nice that even when she was very ill, she could earn money as a model. Now she’s got her wits back and has a new lease on creative life. "I'm writing some short stories," she says, and enacting some of the most interesting stories of her career on-screen. Healthy and on a hot streak, she can currently be seen playing talent agent Iris Burton in the offbeat, fact-based feature film The Disaster Artist and as a mysterious murder victim in director Steven Soderbergh’s innovative six-part series Mosaic on HBO, which premieres Jan. 22 at 8 p.m.
"I'm back!" Stone says. "I’ve got A Little Something for Your Birthday in March [a rom-com with Scandal’s Tony Goldwyn, 57, as her squeeze, and Ellen Burstyn, 85, as her mom] and a comedy with Bette Midler. I’m going to play a heroin dealer, a drug kingpin, in Sunny, by a Scandinavian female director, Eva Sørhaug." She and Scorsese are reteaming for an untitled film — a great idea because Scorsese never created a more impressive female role than Stone's in Casino. But that one she won't tell us about. "It's secret."
Stone, however is eager to talk about her giant leap to TV this week with Oscar winner Soderbergh, 55, who quit making movies to concentrate on what is fast becoming the more interesting medium, and spent three years writing Mosaic with Stone in mind for the lead role. She did numerous guest roles on shows such as Law & Order: SVU during her recovery, then got better and executive-produced and starred in the 2015 action series Agent X.