Sharon Stone recalls career backlash after supporting AIDS charity

Sharon Stone recalls career backlash after supporting AIDS charity
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Sharon Stone has reflected on the backlash she received when she went from actress to activist in her quest to fight for HIV/AIDS research.

The Hollywood star said she was warned against standing in as chairwoman for the AIDS charity amfAR in 1995, which was then held by actress Elizabeth Taylor.

“I had pretty big shoes to fill with Elizabeth Talyor at amfAR,” Stone recalled on a panel at Saudia Arabia’s Red Sea Film Festival over the weekend, adding that her publicist at the time told her: “If you do this, it will destroy your career.”

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Sharon Stone onstage during the in Conversation with Sharon Stone at the Red Sea International Film Festival on December 02, 2022 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Sharon Stone speaks at the Red Sea International Film Festival on December 2. (Getty Images for The Red Sea Int)

According to Stone, her acting career took a blow when she stayed on with the foundation for a further three years but was naive to “the resistance, cruelty, hate and oppression that we would face” as at the time talking about AIDS was taboo.

But Stone says she is glad she continued to support the foundation as now 40 million people were no longer dying from the disease, thanks to antiretroviral medicines, research and education – factors she and the amfAR team fought for.

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Sharon Stone speaks as she presents the inaugural Elizabeth Taylor Award to brothers Dr. Kamiar Alaei and Dr. Arash Alaei,at  the opening day of the AIDS 2012 - XIX International AIDS Conference at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on July 22, 2012 in Washington, DC.
Stone, pictured presenting the inaugural Elizabeth Taylor Award in 2012, was warned her career would be destroyed. (Getty)

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“I stayed for 25 years until we had AIDS remedies being advertised on TV like we have aspirin,” Stone said. “It did destroy my career. I didn’t work for eight years. I was told if I said condom again, funding would be removed. I was threatened repeatedly, my life was threatened, and I decided I had to stick with it.”

“Now 37 million are living with HIV AIDS, living functioning and healthy,” she added.

Using her platform, Stone has made a positive impact with amfAR and in one previous charity event in 2014, the actress helped the organisation raise $US35 million ($51 million) in one night.

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