Sharon Stone says she ‘lost half my money to this bank thing’: ‘Not an easy time’
Sharon Stone is feeling the financial ramifications of the ongoing banking saga.
The Oscar nominee, 65, said she “lost half my money on this bank thing,” which presumably referred to two major bank failures, but still planned to write a check to the Women’s Cancer Research Fund in a tearful speech at Thursday’s “An Unforgettable Evening” benefit gala in Beverly Hills.
“And right now, that’s courage, too,” she said. “Because I know what’s going on. I just lost half my money on this bank thing, and that doesn’t mean I’m not here. My brother just died, and that doesn’t mean I’m not here. This is not an easy time for any of us.”
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“This is a tough time in the world but I’ll tell you what, I’m not going to let a politician tell me what I can and can’t do, tell me I can and can’t live and what the value of my life is is and is not. So get up. Get up and say what you’re worth, I dare you. That’s what courage is,” Stone added.
Though Stone didn’t elaborate on what she meant by “bank matter,” her testimony comes after two of the three biggest bank failures in the country’s history — after Washington Mutual in 2008 — happened within 48 hours last weekend.
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According to the Associated Press, the US government seized Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank after a bank run that brought down financial institutions. Federal regulators have since guaranteed all deposits and created a program to protect other banks from similar incidents.
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President Joe Biden has since offered the public a sense of calm with the assurance: “Your deposits will be there when you need them.”
Stone, who received the Courage Award for her support of breast cancer research at An Unforgettable Evening, told PEOPLE on the red carpet that after having benign tumors removed from her breast in 2001, she has since had another operation to help remove tissue from her breast.
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“And that of me might seem weird since you’ve all seen them,” she said. “But let me tell you something else – you’ve seen her since surgery and you don’t know it.
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“So you never feel compelled not to have a mammogram, blood test, surgery because it doesn’t matter. I’m standing here and I’m telling you that I had a tissue and a half and my breast was removed and none of you even knew it,” Stone added.