Sharon Stone Is Sick of Picking Up the Dinner Tab “Every Single Time,” Okay?

The actress lamented that it’s “very expensive to be famous.”

Sharon Stone
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Sharon Stone has a reported net worth of $40 million, and, while no doubt a blessing, she also told InStyle that it’s a bit of a burden.

“You go out to dinner, and there’s 15 people at the table, and who gets the check?” she told the outlet in an interview for its “Confidence Issue.” “You get the $3,000 dinner check every single time.”

Sharon Stone on the cover of InStyle

Stone covers InStyle's "Confidence Issue," released this week

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Of the champagne problem, Stone added that it’s “very expensive to be famous.” After all, she lamented, she has to pay for her newly purchased home, as well as fees for her security staff, publicists, makeup artists, and managers.

The actress is also generous with her wealth, as evidenced by an anecdote she shared in her 2021 memoir, The Beauty of Living Twice. In the book, per Page Six, Stone revealed she gave a large portion of her paycheck to Leonardo DiCaprio so he could star in the 1995 film The Quick and the Dead

Sharon Stone

Stone starred alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in 1995's "The Quick and the Dead," and gave him one-third of her salary for the film

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“He was a superstar,” Stone told InStyle of DiCaprio, who at the time had just starred in his Oscar-nominated breakout role in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. “I wanted to be in a great movie, not a stupid movie, so I got the best people to surround me that I possibly could.”

When a producer didn’t understand her decision to give some of her salary to have a pre-Titanic fame DiCaprio in the Western, Stone said “I get this isn’t man-think. But concentric thinking is how women think.” 

Sharon Stone

Stone revealed the DiCaprio anecdote, an example of her generosity, in her 2021 memoir

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Continuing this fascinating anecdote, Stone—who was hired for $3 million for the picture—gave DiCaprio $1 million, a third of her paycheck, to play her onscreen son in the film. “Leo was a kid,” she said, noting that DiCaprio, who turned 18 as the movie was being filmed, probably had no idea that Stone did that until she wrote about it in her book three years ago.

Sharon Stone

DiCaprio has since publicly thanked Stone for her act of kindness

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After finding out about Stone’s act of kindness, he told E! News last November that “It’s incredible. She’s been a huge champion of cinema and giving other actors opportunities, so I’m very thankful.”

He added “I’ve thanked her many times. I don’t know if I sent her an actual, physical thank you gift, but I cannot thank her enough.”

From $1 million paychecks to $3,000 tabs for dinner, one could never call Stone stingy.

Rachel Burchfield
Senior Celebrity and Royals Editor

Rachel Burchfield is a writer, editor, and podcaster whose primary interests are fashion and beauty, society and culture, and, most especially, the British Royal Family and other royal families around the world. She serves as Marie Claire’s Senior Celebrity and Royals Editor and has also contributed to publications like Allure, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, People, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and W, among others. Before taking on her current role with Marie Claire, Rachel served as its Weekend Editor and later Royals Editor. She is the cohost of Podcast Royal, a show that was named a top five royal podcast by The New York Times. A voracious reader and lover of books, Rachel also hosts I’d Rather Be Reading, which spotlights the best current nonfiction books hitting the market and interviews the authors of them. Rachel frequently appears as a media commentator, and she or her work has appeared on outlets like NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, CNN, and more.