Sharon Stone's divorce from Phil Bronstein in 2004 was initially amicable but turned bitter as they battled over custody of their adopted son, Roan.
"Basic Instinct" actress Sharon Stone was considered the most beautiful woman of her generation, but like so many other legendary Hollywood beauties she was sadly unable to find happiness in her marriages,
Her second husband was Phil Bronstein: journalist, war correspondent, and newspaper editor -- a man as darkly handsome as Stone was gloriously blond, and who had lived an excitingly dangerous life worthy of one of her movies.
Sharon Stone with Phil Bronstein in 1998 in France | Source: Getty Images
MEETING PHIL BRONSTEIN
Stone met Bronstein in 1997 while she was filming the sci-fi thriller, "Sphere" with Dustin Hoffman, and Samuel L. Jackson. The two fell head over heels, he proposed with a three-carat sparkler, and they married after a whirlwind courtship.
Stone's many celebrity guests which included James Woods, Nell Carter, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ray Charles, and Melanie Griffith came for what they thought was a Valentine's Day party at Stone's home and ended up attending a romantic wedding.
Sharon Stone and Phil Bronstein at the 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards in 2000 in Beverly Hills, California | Source: Getty Images
Bronstein and Stone longed to have a family, but the actress revealed that she went through three pregnancies that ended after 5 months in heartbreaking miscarriages that left her devastated. Stone revealed:
“The Rh factor is a genetic thing, so all of the (my) siblings have the Rh factor (...) and no one had any answer for me (as to) what’s going on."
Sharon Stone and Phil Bronstein at the Film Society Awards Night in 2002 in San Francisco | Source: Getty Images
The desperate Stone questioned doctors as to the why of her late-term miscarriages, but they had had no concrete answers and no solutions. Determined to have a family, Bronstein and Stone decided to adopt.
In 2000 Stone and Bronstein welcomed their adopted child, a son, Roan Joseph Bronstein. With baby Roan, Stone finally lived her dream of becoming a mother, but her happiness wasn't complete.
Stone went on to adopt two more boys on her own, Laird in 2005 and Quinn in 2006.
Sharon Stone and son Roan at the Cartier Queen's Cup final in 2013 in Egham, England | Source: Getty Images
BITTEN BY A DRAGON
In June 2001, Stone arranged a treat for her family: a behind-the-scenes visit to the Los Angeles Zoo. During the visit Bronstein ended up stepping boldly into the enclosure of the notoriously aggressive Komodo dragons.
The adventure ended badly for the man who had faced down gunfire as a war correspondent when a 7-foot Komodo dragon attacked him and gripped him by the ankle. Bronstein escaped but suffered a serious injury.
Sharon Stone and son Roan at the 21st GQ Men of the Year Award in 2019 in Berlin, Germany | Source: Getty Images
Bronstein was rushed to the hospital and underwent a lengthy and complicated surgery to reattach his tendons and reconstruct his macerated big toe. For weeks afterward, he was taking antibiotics to counteract the Komodo's toxic saliva.
But the family's problems were far from over. In September 2001, Stone was felled by a stroke but only went to the hospital three days later. A fragile blood vessel in her brain had ruptured causing a stroke.
In 2003 Bronstein filed for divorce from Sone, citing irreconcilable differences. The two announced through their representatives that the divorce was amicable, but when their son's custody was discussed, things got ugly.
Initially, the judge awarded the parents joint custody, which forced the child to travel from San Francisco to Los Angeles every three weeks, which turned out to be extremely stressful to the child, then just three years old.
Bronstein accused Stone of not being as present as she should be because of her work, and gained full custody of Roan. Stone went on to adopt two more boys on her own, Laird in 2005 and Quinn in 2006.
Today the dark times are behind her, and Roan now lives with Stone and his brothers in the actress' home in Los Angeles. Stone is as beautiful as ever, and finally has what she always longed for despite her failed marriages-- a family.