Sharon Stone revealed that she made $13.5 million less than Michael Douglas on her breakout film, 1992’s Basic Instinct.
‘Michael Douglas made $14 million. Now, I was new. I was new and he was a very big star,’ she revealed at the New York Women In Film & Television’s 43rd annual Muse Awards lunch.
Stone – who claims she lost half her money in banking scandal – only made $500,000 on the film.
‘We should think a lot more about what women can do,’ Stone told the packed ballroom.
Talking about her early career, she said, ‘When I would go to the set there would be 300 men, and my hair and makeup and dressers were men, when I was doing sex scenes. It was all men and me. And sometimes I could ask the wardrobe supervisor, who may be a woman, if she wouldn’t mind staying on set while I did that.’
Underpaid: Sharon Stone revealed that she made $13.5 million less than Michael Douglas on her breakout film, 1992’s Basic Instinct
Not a star yet: ‘Michael Douglas made $14 million. Now, I was new. I was new and he was a very big star,’ she revealed at the New York Women In Film & Television’s 43rd annual Muse Awards lunch
‘Well, things have changed, and there are women in film now, and I am really grateful,’ she added.
At the same event, the Sliver star opened up about the tragic death of her brother Patrick, 57, just two years after the death of her infant nephew River.
She talked to DailyMail at the event about it, saying, ‘It’s a lot, the impact is just devastating.’
Speaking about her grieving process, the actress admitted that she is still struggling to come to terms with the heartbreaking losses, saying: ‘I’m just trying to take each day as it comes. I just have to try to understand.’
The actress noted that she has ‘worked with death a lot’ in her role as an AIDS ambassador, but confided that the impact that the losses of her brother and nephew have had on her has still been unbearable.
‘Because I’ve worked with AIDS so long, I’ve worked with death a lot but the impact is just devastating,’ she shared. ‘I’m just trying to take each day as it comes.’
Sharon sent shockwaves throughout the world when she took to Instagram to announce her younger brother Patrick’s death in February.
‘Hello everybody, this message is to confirm that, yes, we did lose my brother, Patrick Joseph Stone, to a heart attack yesterday,’ the heartbroken star shared in a short video.
More women: She also reflected on the fact that there are way more women on the crew of movies now than there were back in the early days of her career
Earlier this month, the Total Recall actress joked that she’d lost ‘half her money’ to the banking crisis as she pleaded for donations at a cancer charity gala in Beverly Hills.
‘I know that thing that you have to get on and figure out how to text the money is difficult. I’m a technical idiot, but I can write a f*****g check.’
‘And right now, that’s courage, too, because I know what’s happening. I just lost half my money to this banking thing, and that doesn’t mean that I’m not here,’ she said to laughs.
Stone spoke at the Unforgettable Evening Gala, which raises money for the Women’s Cancer Research Fund.
Grief: The Casino star also talked about her grieving process over the deaths of her brother and nephew
The Oscar nominee was honored for her relentless fundraising efforts. As she begged the deep-pocketed crowd for donations, she joked about there being no excuses not to donate.
Stone fought back tears as she said the lives of her friends were worth more than some of the superfluous ways the Beverly Hills crowd often wasted money.
The ritzy event at the Four Seasons hotel was headlined by Maroon 5, and attracted a crowd including socialites, actors and reality TV stars.
Stone also spoke of her own health scare; doctors recently found a benign tumor that was larger than one of her breasts. She was told that it had to be cancer, but it wasn’t.
‘Those mammograms are not fun. And for someone like me who was told that I had breast cancer because I had a tumor that was larger than my breast and they were sure that I couldn’t possibly have a tumor without it being cancer, it wasn’t.
‘But I went to the hospital, saying, “If you open me up and it’s cancer, please take both my breasts,” because I am not a person defined by my breasts.
‘You know, that might seem funny coming from me since you’ve all seen ‘em.”‘
Gala circuit: Stone spoke of her own health scare; doctors recently found a benign tumor that was larger than one of her breasts. She was told that it had to be cancer, but it wasn’t