Sharon Stone has opened up about her near-death experience following a severe brain haemorrhage. The actress reveals how she was given a ‘five per cent chance’ of living and had to re-learn ‘everything’ when her life was ‘wiped out’ as a result of the ruptured blood vessel in 2001,
The 59-year-old actress told CBS News that she also believes work dried up following her recovery because she was considered to be a ‘broken person.’
Sharon, who is set to make her TV return in Steven Soderbergh’s Mosaic this month – said: ‘There was about a five per cent chance of me living. My whole life was wiped out. Others aren’t that interested in a broken person.
I was alone.’ She added: ‘I’m sure I seemed peculiar coming through this all these years, and I didn’t want to tell everybody what was happening because, you know, this is not a forgiving environment.
‘I’m so grateful to have this. The chance of me having it was so slim.’ Describing the moment she saw a ‘giant vortex of light’ when her brain haemorrhage struck she said: ‘I feel that I did die. This kind of giant vortex of light was upon me and – poof! I sort of took off into this glorious, white light.
I started to see and be met by some of my friends … people who were very, very dear to me [who had died].’ ‘I had a real journey with this that took me to places both here and beyond. But it was very fast – whoosh! Suddenly, I was back. I was back in my body.’
Although the Total Recall star is back to work, she still enjoys some time alone and likes to spend some of it talking to her tree, admitting it ‘kinda’ talks back. Yup, that’s right – she communicates with nature! She said: ‘I talk to my tree … it’s pretty fabulous, it smells so great.’
The Hollywood star – who has adopted sons Roan, 17, Laird, 12, and 11-year-old Quinn – has ‘seen it all’ in the entertainment industry over the last 40 years, and is pleased to see women are becoming more ’empowered.’
When asked if she has ever been in an ‘uncomfortable’ position in the industry she laughed and replied: ‘Oh, I’ve been in this business for 40 years. Can you imagine the business I stepped into 40 years ago? ‘Looking like I look, from nowhere, Pennsylvania? I didn’t come here with any protection. I’ve seen it all.’