Sharon Stone was honored with the title of Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters by France’s Minister of Culture on Tuesday. The actress, who has starred in more than 100 films, is one of just five people to be awarded this honor since its creation in 1730.
Sharon Stone has been named Commander Of The Order Of Arts And Letters.
When Sharon Stone was awarded a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters, she was overcome with emotion (Picture: Getty)
At the 74th Cannes Film Festival in France on Friday, Sharon Stone was overwhelmed with emotion when she was awarded a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters.
The 63-year-old American actress wiped away tears as she received the highest French artistic honor, the Commandeur des Arts et Lettres.
Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Fremaux placed the lavish gold medal over the neck of the Basic Instinct actor, which included a striped dark green ribbon.
Sharon wore a baby pink trouser suit with a blue top to ensure she looked stunning for the occasion.
Sharon was also joined by Bill Murray, a 70-year-old actor with whom she has been close pals since their 2005 film Broken Flowers.
The award, which was created on May 2, 1957 by Minister of Culture André Malraux, was also attended by Cannes Film Festival President Pierre Lescure.
During the ceremony, Sharon was overwhelmed with emotion (Picture: Reuters)
Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Fremaux placed the medal around the star’s neck. (Photo courtesy of Getty)
Sharon was spotted wiping tears of pleasure from her eyes (Picture: Reuters)
The prize honors outstanding achievements in the arts, literature, and allied areas.
Leonardo Dicaprio, Clint Eastwood, Bob Dylan, and Bono of U2 were among the previous winners.
Sharon is best known for playing Catherine Tramell in the 1992 film Basic Instinct.
A patterned dark green ribbon adorned the opulent gold award. (Photo courtesy of Getty)
Sharon looked stunning during the event (Picture: Getty)
Actor Bill Murray, 70, complimented Sharon. (Photo courtesy of Getty)
Since their roles in the 2005 film Broken Flowers, Sharon and Bill have been good friends. (Photo courtesy of Getty)
The star has long spoken out against the moment in Basic Instinct in which her character crosses and uncrosses her legs while not wearing underwear during a police interrogation.
She previously said that she was ordered to remove her panties during her iconic interrogation scene because they “reflected the light” while shooting her part.
The actress, who was 32 at the time of shooting, also claimed that she was assured that her private region would not be seen on-screen in an extract from her book, The Beauty of Living Twice, acquired by Vanity Fair.
Oscar-nominated Sharon wore a blue blouse with a baby pink trouser suit (Picture: Reuters)
The prize honors outstanding achievements in the arts, literature, and allied areas. (Photo courtesy of Getty)
Leonardo Dicaprio, Clint Eastwood, Bob Dylan, and Bono of U2 are among the previous winners (Picture: Reuters)
When Sharon called to view the final cut of the film in a “room packed with agents and attorneys, most of whom had nothing to do with the production,” she realized the deal hadn’t been honored.
‘That was how I first saw my vagina-shot, long after I’d been informed, “We can’t see anything, I only need you to remove your underwear, since the white is reflecting the light, so we know you have panties on,”‘ she wrote.
Paul Vehoeven, the director of Basic Instinct, has subsequently denied manipulating Sharon into going without panties for the film, calling her account “impossible.”
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