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January 31, 2007

Sweet charity award for Stone

By Donna Freydkin, USA TODAY

She just received her third Razzie nomination for worst actress, this time for Basic Instinct 2, but Wednesday night, Sharon Stone picked up a decidedly more laudable award for her long-term charity work on behalf of amfAR, which supports AIDS research and prevention.

"I've been doing it 11 years," Stone said. The star received the inaugural Roy London Award, which is named after her late acting coach. "I feel very emotional about it," Stone said. "I had a big crying breakdown in the tub an hour ago."

The award was presented at a star-studded amfAR gala at Cipriani, with Richard Gere, Woody Allen and Beyoncé Knowles also in attendance. The Dreamgirls star said she was happy to be there.

"Young people need to have awareness of this disease," she said.

The always-outspoken Stone recently made headlines for saying that Isaiah Washington's stint in therapy — for using a homophobic slur in front of gay co-star T.R. Knight on the set of Grey's Anatomy — was "absurd."

Whoopi Goldberg and John Demsey, chairman of the MAC AIDS Fund, also picked up awards for their efforts in helping the global struggle against the disease. Goldberg said, "I'm unable to explain what (this award) means, but it's a very, very big deal." She talked about helping others: "My mother always said if you have one crust of bread, you cut it up."

Kim Cattrall was only too happy to show support. "It's the beginning of the year and time to put attention to causes you are passionate about," said Cattrall, who was accompanied by her chef boyfriend, Alan Wyse. What has the former Sex and the City star been up to? "I have found love in my life. I have to work out a little more, having a boyfriend who is a chef."



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