It truly is the memoir that keeps on giving. New details have emerged from Sharon Stone‘s eye-opening book, The Beauty of Living Twice, in which she recounts helping a number of prominent celebrities today. The Basic Instinct star has revealed she paid Leonardo DiCaprio from her own salary when filming The Quick and the Dead.
Stone was a co-producer on the 1995 western film and auditioned a number of teenagers for the role but said DiCpario was the “only one who nailed the audition.”
“In my opinion: he was the only one who came in and cried, begging his father to love him as he died in the scene,” Stone wrote in the memoir.
The studio behind the film, TriStar Pictures, did not want to hire an “unknown”.
“Why an unknown, Sharon, why are you always shooting yourself in the foot?” the studio asked. “The studio said if I wanted him so much, I could pay him out of my own salary. So I did.”
DiCaprio went on to star in Romeo + Juliet in 1996 and The Titanic in 1997.
Stone appeared on the Kelly Clarkson Show to promote her memoir on Wednesday. It was revealed that she also helped out Britney Spears during her very public decline in mental health in 2007.
“Britney wrote to me a very long and important, poignant letter during a very difficult time in her life ― about the time when people would recognise her for when she shaved her head ― wanting me to help her,” Stone told Clarkson. “I was in a very difficult time of my life and I couldn’t help myself. The truth of the matter is, we both needed help. She needed help and I needed help.”
Stone didn’t detail whether the pair had reconnected following the letter but she did touch on Spears’ controversial conservatorship under her father, Jamie Spears.
“It’s very hard to be a very successful woman and not have anyone control you, taking your finances and handling you,” Stone said. “Women ― and, I’m sure, all of the young stars ― get handled. There is a huge breaking point and there is a point where you get broken.”
“The thing with Britney Spears is so out of control and so awful,” she continued. “I can say certainly it’s been very out of control and very awful, more than once, in my life.”
Yesterday, Spears publicly responded to the Hulu and New York Times documentary, Framing Britney Spears, and said she “cried for two weeks” following its release due to the embarrassment she experienced from the unapproved film.
Through the memoir, Stone also claims that a surgeon gave her a breast enlargement without consent.