Sharon Stone had to turn herself into a sex symbol in order to be successful in Hollywood.
The 61-year-old star has claimed that early on in her career actresses had to be deemed "f***able" by studio executives in order to get parts and revealed that to become more "employable" she did a "strategically planned" racy Playboy shoot in 1990 to coincide with the release of sci-fi thriller 'Total Recall' - in which she appeared opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger - to change the perception of her as an actress.
The decision worked as it led to her being cast in her most famous role in 1992 erotic thriller 'Basic Instinct', in which she stripped off and had sex in numerous scenes with leading man Michael Douglas.
In an interview with Vogue Portugal, she said: "When I entered the business the term 'f***able' was used to see if you were employable. The studio executives sat around a large table and discussed whether or not each of us was in fact 'f***able'.