During her recovery after seven-hour brain surgery, Stone was asked to present at the Oscars.
She was to present alongside John Travolta.
Stone writes that she decided to set herself a challenge and asked Travolta to dance on-stage.
In her newly published memoir, "The Beauty of Living Twice," Sharon Stone writes that two weeks before her famous on-stage dance with John Travolta at the Oscars, she had been struggling to walk due to the effects of seven-hour brain surgery.
One year prior to the ceremony, Stone had suffered a brain haemorrhage that lasted nine days. Doctors thought she might not live. During the recovery process, which Stone writes lasted for many years, she was asked to present at the Academy Awards alongside John Travolta. By that time many of her symptoms, which she says included hearing loss, frequent stuttering, and loss of both short and long-term memory had cleared, so she accepted.
Stone writes that she decided to set herself a recovery goal and suggested to Travolta, who she says "has a remarkable gift of dance," that the pair dance on stage during the ceremony.
She said: "Of course, I didn't know if I was really able to dance, but I wanted to push myself toward a bigger goal; after all, I was walking now. He didn't respond at first. I let it go. The next night, when we arrived for the actual Oscars, I was sitting in the hallway on a steamer trunk as he walked by. He asked to see my dress. I shyly stood up as he twirled me around. 'Good dancing dress,' he said in his famously charming way. 'Let's do it. Let's come out from opposite sides and dance down the stage.'"
Stone continued: "My heart was racing. Just two weeks before, I had struggled with walking. Now I would be dancing. I could do this. I could dance. I looked into his eyes. I said yes. He walked away. I said a prayer to the universe: 'Let me do it for me. Let me do it for everyone who needs to know they can.'"
Later, Stone writes that the dance turned out to be a turning point in her recovery process.
"I stepped into my joy, my gratitude; I had made it this far. Faith is the question. Faith is the answer. Believe. This had become my mantra. I floated down that stage and looked into the faces of all of my talented, amazing fellow Academy members. They were smiling, laughing, and digging the moment. All of us uplifted. They didn't need to know why."
"The Beauty of Living Twice" is out now.
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