Sharon Stone, Hubby Split

Phil Bronstein files for divorce from Basic Instinct star after five years; couple says it was "amicable and mutual"

By Marcus Errico Jul 04, 2003 3:55 AMTags

Here's one Sharon Stone relationship that won't end with an ice pick.

Stone's husband, newspaper editor Phil Bronstein, has filed for divorce from the Basic Instinct star.

And although Bronstein was nearly turned into Komodo dragon chow thanks to Stone, he simply cites "irreconcilable differences" as the reason behind the split, per his San Francisco Superior Court petition.

In a joint statement, Stone, 45, and Bronstein, 52, described their breakup as "amicable and mutual." The couple said they will share custody of their 3-year-old adopted son, Roan (whom Stone calls her "wonderful, precious little Buddha").

"We're committed to being great parents and having a friendship, as parents, going forward," they said.

But things aren't so peachy behind the scenes--one source familiar with the case says Bronstein is asking the court for spousal support, even though the couple had a prenup.

Stone and Bronstein had been seemingly inseparable since meeting in 1997 during the filming of Stone's waterlogged sci-fi thriller Sphere. They married on Valentine's Day 1998 at a Beverly Hills affair attended by the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Melanie Griffith and James Woods, with Ray Charles and Nell Carter providing the live soundtrack.

It was Stone's third matrimonial go-round, Bronstein's second.

Before Thursday's divorce news, the nadir of their union occurred two years ago, when Stone arranged a behind-the-scenes tour of the L.A. Zoo that ended with Bronstein being attacked by a 7-foot Komodo dragon. He required emergency surgery to reattach severed tendons and reconstruct his toe.

Months later, Stone found herself laid up in the E.R. after suffering a minor brain hemorrhage.

After she was mended, she went to work trying to repair her Hollywood reputation. Following her star-making success in 1992's Basic Instinct and an Oscar nod for her role as Robert De Niro's drug-addled wife in 1995's Casino, Stone's career flatlined with a string of flops (Sphere, Diabolique, Gloria, The Mighty), she hadn't appeared in a major film since 1999's The Muse, and she was devoting more time to charitable causes in the Bay Area and playing mommy to Roan. Then, her would-be comeback vehicle, a sequel to Basic Instinct, fell apart in early 2001, leading Stone to sue the project's producers.

Now, however, Stone is finally ready for the spotlight again. She's set to star in the thriller Cold Creek Manor with Dennis Quaid, Stephen Dorff, Juliette Lewis and Christopher Plummer. That film is due in theaters in September. She's also in talks to appear on next season's The Practice in a recurring role, and her name was linked to a cable biopic on Hillary Clinton, but her reps have downplayed the reports.

Aside from his fame as Mr. Sharon Stone (and Komodo dragon bait), Bronstein is a Pulitzer-nominated journalist who currently serves as executive editor of the San Francisco Chronicle.