Sharon Stone vs. Mae West

To be fair, we’re sure Sharon Stone has nothing against Mae West. But the two blonde sex symbols of different generations will be battling each other this Wednesday, August 26 –National Women’s Equality Day — thanks to overlapping free online film discussions.

Mae West: Dirty Blonde

At 6:30 pm ET, the Brooklyn Historical Society will screen the 90-minute documentary, Mae West: Dirty Blonde, which premiered on PBS’ American Masters earlier this year. After the film, its producer/director, Sally Rosenthal, will moderate a conversation about West’s “feminist legacy” with Claudia Roth Pierpont, writer at The New Yorker; Alexis Grenell, writer and co-founder of public affairs firm Pythia Public; and Rick DesRochers, Ph.D., Director of Theatre and Multimedia Performance, Lehman College, City University of New York.

To register for the Mae West event on Wednesday, visit Eventbrite.

Sharon Stone & Casablanca

At 8 pm ET, the Forum on Life, Culture and Society will host Stone for a discussion of 1942 Oscar winner Casablanca.

Why Sharon Stone? We’re not quite sure. Maybe she’s a big fan of Casablanca? Maybe she took some how-to-be-both-strong-and-sexy feminist cues from Ingrid Bergman? Maybe both?

See if you can spot any similarities between Bergman in Casablanca and Stone, 50 years later, in 1992’s Basic Instinct:

If you don’t have Casablanca committed to memory from countless viewings, you may want to stream the film prior to the discussion. It’s available with an HBO Max subscription or for $3.99 from various providers.

To register for Sharon Stone’s Casablanca discussion on Wednesday, visit Zoom.


We’d be remiss not to mention that Sharon Stone’s sister and brother-in-law are now fighting for their lives with COVID-19, her grandmother has already died from the virus, and her mother — despite a serious heart condition — hasn’t been eligible to be tested in their home state of Montana. In the following video, recently posted to Instagram, Stone talks about the situation and, to quote Casablanca, rounds up the usual suspects:

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