Sharon Stone to Receive Taormina Film Fest Lifetime Achievement Award

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Sharon Stone will receive a lifetime achievement honor on the closing night of the 70th edition of the Taormina Film Festival next month.

The fest will present her with the Cariddi d’oro alla carriera (Golden Cariddi for Lifetime Achievement), which has previously been awarded to the likes of Jessica Lange, Robert De Niro, Tom Cruise, Sophia Loren, Nicole Kidman, Richard Gere, Colin Firth, Isabelle Huppert, and Gina Lollobrigida.

The star and producer will meet the press and the audience on the occasion of a conversation on “how she redefined what it meant to be a woman on screen, becoming a global cultural icon over the decades,” Taormina fest organizers said on Wednesday. “Sharon Stone’s appearance in Taormina – curated by Marco Fallanca – marks her first attendance at the festival, which hosted Basic Instinct’s Italian premiere in 1992.”

After her debut in 1980 with a cult cameo in Woody Allen’s Stardust Memories, Stone became famous worldwide in the 1990s with such films as Total Recall, in which she acted opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger, and especially with the iconic role of Catherine Tramell in Paul Verhoeven’s Basic Instinct, followed by Phillip Noyce’s thriller Sliver. In the Western The Quick and the Dead, Stone starred opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, and she also featured in Martin Scorsese’s Casino, for which she received a Golden Globe for best actress and an Oscar nomination.

“Sharon Stone has always been committed to issues relating to civil rights and for nearly 30 years has served as spokesperson of amfAR, founded by Elizabeth Taylor to support research against AIDS,” Taormina organizers highlighted.

The Taormina fest runs July 12-19.

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