In 1992, Sharon Stone was picked by People Magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful women in the world. Also that year she was named one of the 25 most fascinating people in the world, alongside Princess Diana, Madonna and presidential couple Bill and Hillary Clinton.
There is little debate about her beauty, and following her current visit to Israel, it is clear even to anyone who tried to write her off as a "dumb blonde," that she is a fascinating and an intelligent woman, with magnetizing presence and an agenda that is implemented even when photographers are not around.
I don't care if people think I am only beautiful, and discover my intelligence only later, she told Ynet. With an I.Q. of 145 that got her into second grade when she was just 5 years old, and university when she was 15, apparently the need to prove how smart she is to the world is not so urgent.
In a media world that prefers to label and categorize people, Stone is in a category of her own, which makes life more complicated.
'A wonderful country'
Her visit to Israel, as a guest of the Peres Center for Peace and her participation at the economic conference as part of the Woman's Festival in Holon, has shed a different light, in her mind, on Israel.
The American press only portrays the sensational aspects of Israel, and what I have found here is a wonderful country, committed to peace, whose people fight for education and try to be more than what they are, she said.
According to Stone, If the press would deal more with covering issues and not with the sensational, "we could learn so much about one another." The more we learn to get to know the other, I have no doubt we will find more common ground than differences, she said.
Does talking really help? Is there any point to throwing words around?
You should pose this question to yourselves. She said, and asked: "Are these only words? We can turn words into reality."
Stone, a mother of two adopted children, defines motherhood as a turning point in her life.
She adopted her eldest son, Roan Joseph Bronstein, in 2000 together with then-husband at the time, Jewish journalist Phil Bronstein. Both her children were circumcised, but also baptized and received the Dalai Lama's blessing.
Another ex-husband, Michael Greenburg, also has Jewish blood.
The fact that I married two Jewish men, Stone said, is related to my obsession with studying and eating, which are two pillars of Jewish culture. It is probably related to the fact that I prefer dark men, which pretty much limits the possibilities. She added jokingly.
"Judaism places emphasis on culture and education, and that's important to me."