Naked Instinct: The Unauthorized Biography of Sharon Stone

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Carol Publishing Group, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 215 pages
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Who is Sharon Stone? We know her face, her voice, her movies, but what about the woman behind the image? Through exclusive interviews with family members, friends, and colleagues, this unauthorized, often incendiary, biography reveals a woman little known to public.

After struggling for years to achieve a mediocre success, Stone finally reached the top with the film Basic Instinct. But even with that accomplishment behind her, she was not taken seriously. Three years later, a Golden Globe award and an Oscar nomination for her work in Casino proved she was a powerhouse in the film industry.

Naked Instinct uncovers the experiences that made Sharon Stone the dynamic, intriguing woman she is today. It tells:

- Why during her childhood, the girl with a genius I.Q. felt fat and ugly -- even after winning a local beauty contest and a contract with the modeling agent of the seventies, Eileen Ford

- Why her high school classmates loathed her

- How mysteriously, in her starlet years, Stone lived lavishly, with no visible means of support

- The personal and professional low she hit in Africa, where she made back-to-back bombs: King Solomon's Mines and Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold

- The near-fatal car crash that paralyzed her for six months immediately after a big break in Total Recall, in which she starred opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger

Why her own former publicist, Howard Brandy, calls her "a nut case" after she claimed to have heard voices on the set of her recent flop, Diabolique

- How her superagency, CAA, continued to treat her poorly, even after she became a superstar

Why she fired former president Richard Nixon's ex-bodyguard when he asked for two days offto attend his former boss's funeral

- How a stalker "forced" her to move out of her modest one-bedroom house into a 27,000-square-foot Beverly Hills chateau

- Why she told Steven Spielberg to get lost when he asked her to star in a film

Naked Instinct explores Stone's colorful love life, beginning with the tragic deaths of two high school boyfriends and continuing through a series of brief, often volatile romantic liaisons she began after emerging from several years of sexual seclusion following her 1987 divorce from producer Michael Greenburgh. Her list of lovers includes country singer Dwight Yoakum; Chris Peters, son of Jon Peters and Leslie Ann Warren; producer Bill MacDonald; and Robert Wagner, a twenty-something production assistant. Stone pursues a new and tougher stardom the same way she pursues male companionship, with equal amounts of verve and determination.

Naked Instinct exposes the foibles, excesses, ambitions, and fears of this driven and remarkable woman.

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Author and journalist Frank Sanello has written about film and world history, cultural anthropology, politics, and substance abuse. His 30+ books are available on,, and in bookstores. They are also in the library collections of Harvard, Yale and Temple Universities. Sanello's most prominent work is "The Opium Wars: The Addiction of One Empire and the Corruption of Another," about the two 19th century conflicts over the British importation of opium into China which was devastating Chinese society. The book was also published in China, a rare honor because the Chinese typically reject Western historians as biased. Other historical works include "The Knights Templars: God's Warriors, the Devil's Bankers"; "Invisible People: History's Homosexuals Unhidden," and "Victims and Victimizers: Gays and Lesbians in Nazi Germany." Sanello cowrote "Saving America: Solutions For a Nation in Crisis," with Adel N. Shenouda, M.D., professor emeritus of nephrology at the University of Tennessee. "The Addict Next Door: The Epidemic of Prescription Painkiller Abuse and Other Contemporary Plagues," coauthored with Jayson A. Hymes, M.D. assistant professor of anesthesiology and pain management at the University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine. will be published in early 2013. Sanello's solo effort about substance abuse, "Tweakers: How Crystal Meth Is Ravaging Gay America," was made into a feature-length documentary. "The Autobiography of Frau Adolf Hitler" is the author's first novel. An investigative journalist for the past 35 years, Sanello has written articles for the Washington Post, the New York Times Syndicate, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Boston Globe, the San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today, Redbook, People, US Weekly, and Penthouse. Cosmo and other magazines have excerpted his books. Sanello was formerly a film reviewer for the Los Angeles Daily News and a business reporter for UPI. The author graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in English literature from the University of Chicago and earned a master's degree from UCLA's film school. He also holds a purple belt in Tae Kwon Do and has volunteered as a kickboxing instructor at AIDS Project Los Angeles where he taught self-defense classes for HIV/AIDS patients who had been AIDS- or fag-bashed. A former instructor of English at the University of Phoenix, Sanello lives in Los Angeles and can be contacted at

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