Sharon Stone to receive Zurich Film Festival’s Golden Icon Award

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The Zurich Film Festival will honor Sharon Stone with its highest accolade, the Golden Icon Award, during its 17th edition, scheduled for Sept. 23-Oct. 3.

Stone will be in Switzerland to accept the award in person on Sept. 25, according to a news release. The award ceremony will be followed by a screening of Martin Scorsese’s thriller “Casino,” which earned Stone a Golden Globe Award as well as an Oscar nomination.

“Sharon Stone is a true icon of the seventh art,” said Christian Jungen, artistic director of the Zurich Film Festival, in a statement. “She is a woman that Hitchcock would have loved. Her distinguishing qualities include an irresistible charm, a great human depth, the talent to play a whole range of roles and the ability to captivate an audience like no other. At a time when the film business was dominated by men, she stood her ground to fight against sexism and in doing so became a major role model for many women in the film business.”

In addition, Stone will participate in a master class during the Zurich Film Festival, where she will offer the public insight into her career and creative process.

“It is an honor to engage with the global community and celebrate the profound depth of our art,” Stone said in a statement. “I am thrilled to be recognized in this capacity.”

Stone made movie history with her breakthrough role as the femme fatale in 1992’s “Basic Instinct,” but in the years that followed, she refused to be typecast as the man-eating ice queen.

Instead, the performer, whose recently addressed the ills of Hollywood in her New York Times best-selling memoir “The Beauty of Living Twice,” has proven herself to be a versatile actor over the years.

Soon after the Meadville, Pennsylvania, native was crowned Miss Pennsylvania” at the age of 17, Stone moved to New York in order to embark on a career as a professional model. But Woody Allen gave her her first role, as an extra in 1980’s “Stardust Memories,” listing her in the credits as “Beautiful Girl on Train.”

Director Paul Verhoeven cast her opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1990 sci-fi actioner “Total Recall” before offering her the role of Catherine Tramell, an author with the ice pick, in “Basic Instinct.”

Her breakout success in the 1992 the psychological thriller led to many opportunities: Stone starred alongside William Baldwin in 1993’s “Silver,” and opposite Sylvester Stallone in 1994’s “The Specialist.” Along with playing one of the strongest women characters in Scorsese’s filmography in “Casino,” Stone skillfully demonstrated her gun-slinging abilities in 1995’s “The Quick and the Dead,” a movie that was only made possible because she co-produced it.

She went on to appear in “Last Dance” (1996) and “Sphere” (1998), along with the drama “The Mighty” (1998) and the comedy “The Muse” (1999), picking up two Golden Globes in the process.

In recent years, Stone appeared in “The Laundromat” (2019), which was screened as a Gala Premiere at the Zurich Film Fest.

She also has made her mark in television, most recently in the 2020 Netflix hit “Ratched,” along with 2019’s “The new Pope” and the 2017 HBO series “Mosaic.” She earned the 2004 Emmy for Guest Actress in a Drama Series category for her performance on “The Practice.”

In addition to Switzerland’s Golden Icon Award, Stone recently received the “Commandeur des Arts et Lettres,” the highest accolade for cultural workers at the Cannes Film Festival in France.


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