Sharon Stone

Beautiful People Do Not Just Happen

Yana Mandeville, Sharon Stone. Healthy Living Magazine

Yana Mandeville, Sharon Stone. Healthy Living Magazine

Part 1 of 3

A small town Pennsylvania girl aka the glaring Hollywood sex symbol, adopting mother, activist, awarded by Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, talks to HL’s Yana Mandeville about her feelings and discontent about overcoming a brain hemorrhage, her most impassioned causes and child custody battle. Best Actress Academy Award nominee, one of the world’s most recognized faces, gallant and radiant Sharon advocates listening to no one and doing what makes you happy. The prominence and vast movie career don’t stop her from working to end gang violence, organizing peace movements and searching for a cure for AIDS. Read her thrilling account of unfulfilled adoption of quadruplets to touch a nerve on who an unfeigned Sharon Stone is.

Sharon Stone: Yana, what's your last name?

HealthyLivinG: Mandeville

Sharon Stone: Oh, like the canyon.

HealthyLivinG: My husband's family owned that land a long, long time ago.

Sharon Stone: I'm sure. Okay. Lay it on me. What do you want to know?

HealthyLivinG: Despite talent and beauty, success didn't come easily or early. How did that fact shape you?

Yana Mandeville, Sharon Stone. Healthy Living Magazine

Yana Mandeville, Sharon Stone. Healthy Living Magazine

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Sharon Stone: I'm not from here. I'm from blue-collar, hardworking, lowermiddle-class Pennsylvania. Our town had coal mining, the railroad, and the zipper factory. My father worked the swing shift and made $14,000 a year and raised four kids. We thought we were a rich family. The size of our house and the size of our yard would be one of the mansions in Bel Air, California, because it was a farmhouse with a two-and-a-half-acre yard and a stream and a ravine. So I grew up in what would seem like incredible luxury compared to the way people live here in Los Angeles.

HealthyLivinG: Did you know how fortunate you were?

Sharon Stone: We did. My mother was an astonishing homemaker. Our home was beautiful, and our gardens were beautiful. It was a U-shaped driveway around our house, back out onto the road. She had planted peony bushes all the way around it, that were just gorgeous. She had a huge, one-acre garden in the backyard, and we had all of our fruits and vegetables that she would can in the summer for the winter. So I didn't come from somewhere where there was some kind of luxury or ease. I came from real hardworking America. For me it was not something that I expected that I was going to get without a lot of hard work. It seemed like something I would work for, and I did. Kid Rock said to me one day, "Clark Gable didn't come from Park Avenue." I think that's very true. I think that most of the people who really make it here are not Hollywood royalty. There's not a lot of second-generation. Most of us came here and worked for it.

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HealthyLivinG: Do you miss that small-town life?

Sharon Stone: No.

HealthyLivinG: Do you have brothers and sisters?

Sharon Stone: I have two brothers and a sister.

HealthyLivinG: And you raised three men. What was it like raising three sons?

Yana Mandeville, Sharon Stone. Healthy Living Magazine

Yana Mandeville, Sharon Stone. Healthy Living Magazine

Sharon Stone: I feel very lucky to have my children. My ex-husband sued me for custody right after our divorce. So he has primary custody of our oldest son, and he lives primarily with him and visits us. I raised my two boys on my own, whom I adopted after our divorce and they're eight and nine now. It is heavenly. It's spectacular. Of course, being a single mom is a lot, but I have an extraordinary nanny, a woman who is getting a master’s degree in early childhood development, who lives with us and she's a godsend. They love her, and she loves them, and she's an amazing person. So that helps the situation tremendously, because they have that regular and consistent care. Of course we have the godfathers, the brigade of godfathers that have been in their lives always. All my girlfriends just adore them. It's an amazing thing. We're a really happy family.

HealthyLivinG: What advice would you give women who are going through divorce?

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Sharon Stone: You know, there's no easy answer. Divorce is a deep cut. I think you're supposed to feel bad, and you're supposed to grieve and you're supposed to consider your choices and why you made them and what you did. And I think you're supposed to remember that when you love someone, you'll probably always love them, no matter how great the disappointment or how intense the heartache. It's probably more intense because you will always love them. So you have to try to be compassionate with yourself and tremendously forgiving of yourself and another, until you can get steady on your feet again.

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