Sharon Stone Claims Hollywood Shuns Her After Stroke: ‘If Something Goes Wrong With You, You’re Out’

Sharon Stone details her harsh reality — since suffering a stroke in 2001, the actress has claimed she was cast out from Hollywood.

In her opening remarks as the host of the “Raising Our Voices” luncheon hosted by The Hollywood Reporter, Stone admitted that, like others in the room, she is also “a person who has a diversity issue.”

“I had a stroke in 2001. My chance of survival was 1%. I had a nine day cerebral hemorrhage. I recovered for seven years and haven’t had a job since. My contract has changed. I have a maximum of a 14 hour day. When it first happened I didn’t want to tell anyone because, you know, if something goes wrong with you, you’re out. Something went wrong for me: I’ve been out for 20 years,” she explained.

“I didn’t have a job. At one point in my life I was a very big movie star. I broke a lot of glass ceilings with my head,” she admitted.

Sharon Stone smiles softly on the red carpet at The Hollywood Reporter's Raising Our Voices DEIA Luncheon, wearing a red suit with a large flower on her shoulder

Sharon Stone openly discussed the importance of diversity in Hollywood and government at The Hollywood Reporter’s Raising Our Voices luncheon. (Michael Kovac/The Hollywood Reporter)

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Stone, whose career skyrocketed in the ’90s with roles on Basic Instinct and Casino, has primarily embraced activism, explaining that being a diverse person can mean many things.

“Diversity can mean more than one thing. Diversity can be a hurt. Diversity can be the color of your skin. Diversity can mean standing up for yourself. If you are diverse, you must claim a position in this business. We are here to.” “Raise our voices to call for you. We demand that you be seen. We demand that you be heard,” she passionately told the crowd. “I would have liked to have heard, but since that wasn’t the case, I decided to work to make sure you are heard.”

“I have spent the last 20 years working for the World Health Organization, for the United Nations and for governments around the world. So that you can be heard. It’s important to me that your diversity isn’t wiped out by this anti-woke bulls—idea in our country,” she added.

Sharon Stone holds the glass pedestal while speaking to him "We raise our voices" Crowd at lunch wearing a red suit with a flower

Sharon Stone spoke about how her stroke in 2001 hindered her acting career. (Michael Kovac/The Hollywood Reporter)


“This democratic experiment means a lot. It means a lot. … The extreme push of a controlled government society, whatever you want to call it, whatever people want to call it, is also an experiment. That doesn’t mean it’s like that.” happens. It means it’s an experiment to see if you’ll eat it. Will you eat a controlled government? Will you eat a controlled studio system? What are you going to eat? Or will you stand up and be counted? Raise your voices, please,” she concluded to her audience.

Stone, 65, hasn’t backed down from voicing her displeasure with the industry in the past.

Sharon Stone looks sideways at the audience at the Raising Our Voices luncheon in a red suit

Sharon Stone has slammed the “anti-woke cops” trying to eliminate diversity in Hollywood and beyond. (Stefanie Keenan/The Hollywood Reporter)


In her speech, Stone also pointed out that her demands for fair treatment cost her jobs.

“I want to tell you that it hurt. It hurt to get paid. “I didn’t want to sign my contract in my makeup trailer the day I started the show,” she said.

“It hurt to say that like any company, I had the option of having my attorney read my contract and that I didn’t have to sign my unread contract in the makeup trailer at the start of the show. That caused me a lot of problems in business. That’s why I wasn’t hired.

Rick Schindler

Rick Schindler is a Worldtimetodays U.S. News Reporter based in Canada. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Rick Schindler joined Worldtimetodays in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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