Legendary actress Sharon Stone turns 64 today. “Basic Instinct,” the movie that turned her into a megastar, is also celebrating a milestone this month. March 20 marks the 30th anniversary of the film’s release. The Paul Verhoeven-directed neo-noir erotic thriller (now streaming on HBO Max) caused quite a stir straight out of the gate, with critics and audiences alike taking issue with its misogynistic leanings, rampant – and at some points violent – sexual imagery, and a certain scene – one of the most infamous and talked about in movie history – in which Stone’s Catherine Tramell character goes au naturel during a police interrogation.
Three decades later, people are still talking about the controversial film! Sharon’s 2021 autobiography, “The Beauty of Living Twice,” thrust “Basic Instinct” – and its notorious leg-crossing scene – back into the limelight, as did the #MeToo movement a few years prior, which caused people to look at the movie as a whole under a very different lens. Stone also recently detailed the story behind the white turtleneck dress her character donned during the police interview, a look created especially for the actress by costume designer Ellen Mirojnick, in an article for InStyle magazine just last month.
And now the beach house where Tramell lived in the much-ballyhooed film, for sale since 2019, has gotten a significant price chop from its original asking price. Initially offered for an ice-shattering $52.375 million as part of a large complex of residences, the sleek California Modern-style property is now available solo at a much reduced $29.625 million.
Said to be located north of San Francisco in Stinson Beach, the contemporary pad can actually be found about 120 miles south of the City by the Bay at 157 Spindrift Rd. in Carmel. Jonathan Spencer of Compass holds the listing. (Please remember this is a private residence. Do not trespass or bother the property or its owners in any way.)