HER iconic role as a sexually-charged killer in film Basic Instinct is one of the most provocative in movie history.
But when Sharon Stone first turned up in Hollywood, she was told she was not “sexy” enough.
In her no-holds-barred autobiography, The Beauty Of Living Twice, out today, the 63-year-old actress reveals that her manager told her no one would hire her because, “I wasn’t, as they liked to say in Hollywood at the time, ‘fuckable’.”
Six weeks later, she was cast in Basic Instinct, where a scene in which she crossed and uncrossed her legs — to reveal she was not wearing any underwear — would capture the attention of the world.
Почти все развитые страны в мире активно поддерживают транспорт на электротяге и вот-вот окончательно откажутся от машин с ДВС. По крайней мере, именно такое впечатление складывается, если следить за новостями об автомобилях последних лет. О скором запрете машин с двигателем внутреннего сгорания на правительственном уровне уже объявили 14 стран. И это не только крошечный Сингапур или состоятельная Норвегия, но и Шри-Ланка, Словения, Бельгия, Великобритания, Египет и даже Индия с её миллиардным населением.
The words are etched on a cement boat ramp that leads from the Rio Grande, and it’s the spot where hundreds of illegal immigrants per week take their first steps onto American soil. The crossing point is on private property where an abandoned house sits on a quiet rural street that runs parallel to the Rio Grande, about 5 miles out of town from Del Rio, Texas, 150 miles southwest of San Antonio.
Law enforcement has nicknamed it ‘Border Lawn.’ ‘It’s the easiest illegal border crossing along the Rio Grande,’ Val Verde County Sheriff Joe Frank Martinez told DailyMail.com in an exclusive interview. In the past few months we’ve had a dramatic increase in illegal border crossings at this point,’ said Martinez, 64, who has been Sheriff of this border county for the past 13 years. ‘Two months ago we had maybe 20 illegals crossing here a week and now we have anywhere from 60-75 illegals a day.’ Del Rio has a population of 36,000 people. It’s counterpart across the Rio Grande, Ciudad Acuna, has a population of 216,000. Martinez says depending on the time of day, the water at this point of the Rio Grande is only a few feet deep in places – making it easy to wade through the water from Mexico to the United States in a matter of minutes.
The border crisis in full swing in the small border town of Del Rio, Texas. The town sits right on the Rio Grande River and at certain times of day the water level is low enough to wade over from Mexico making it the easiest illegal border crossing point in America
На тихом приморском курорте, где полно независимых школ, на девочек из колледжа Августа Виктория едва ли можно было обратить внимание, когда они играли в мяч на пляже. Но эти ученицы учились в совершенно иной школе, чем те, что обычно можно встретить в Британии, – она была предназначена для подготовки идеальных нацистов.
Sci-fi movies always give us a fictional and often exaggerated idea what the future or living in outer space might look like, including high-tech new inventions. And these retro pictures and drawings, collated by Bored Panda, show a 20th century view of what the future might look like, including their predictions for mobile phones and air travel. People from around the world have been sharing snaps of the futuristic inventions, which include an illustration from 1900 that predicted that by the year 2000, people would be using balloons to walk across lakes.
Other inventions that were far from accurate included floating trains and airplanes that looked more like a cruise ship with a swimming pool in a glass pod. However, predictions for high-tech self-driving cars, and a rather retro version of video calling, which included talking into a horn-like speaker, bear some relation to reality. Here, FEMAIL shares the sci-fi version of present day society that was imagined by people from across the last century.
Retro pictures, collated by Bored Panda , show what people from decades ago thought the future would look like, including their predictions jetliner air travel (pictured)
29 years after voting to end racial segregation, fascinating photos show 1960s South Africans of all races revelling together in illegal underground clubs
Rare pictures taken by photographer Billy Monk in 1960s apartheid South Africa have been shared
March 17 marked 29 years since the referendum on abolishing the system of racial segregation was held
The photographs show revellers socialising in mixed-race groups, which was illegal under apartheid laws
Images of black patrons linking arms with their white friends whilst pouring shots together would have appalled the ruling national party, which at the time were forcing 3.5 million black Africans from their homes
Fascinating pictures of illegal underground bars in apartheid South Africa have been shared, marking the anniversary of the referendum that saw the country vote to abolish the system of racial segregation. The pictures were taken in the late 1960s when the minority white South African government was 20 years into its discriminatory apartheid policy, that relegated the black majority population into second class citizens.
Taken inside secret bars and nightclubs, the photographs show people of different colours and creeds happily partying together despite the laws banning racial mixing in South Africa. On March 17, 1992 – 29 years ago – white South Africans voted overwhelmingly in a referendum to abolish the apartheid system, paving the way for revolutionary change in the country that would go on to elect Nelson Mandela as the country’s first black head of state, and first elected president in a fully representative election.
Rare pictures of underground bars in apartheid South Africa have been released marking the anniversary of the referendum that saw the country vote to abolish the system of institutionalised racial segregation. Pictured: Two women flash their breasts as they sit with two men inside The Catacombs bar, Cape Town, South Africa, Wednesday March 12, 1969
Давно утерянная мозаика, украшавшая роскошную “прогулочную баржу” безумного императора Калигулы 2 000 лет назад, наконец-то возвращена в Италию после того, как ее использовали в качестве журнального столика в Нью-Йорке
Мозаика, украшавшая мостик одной из двух роскошных прогулочных барж императора Калигулы, вернулась в Италию. Красно-зеленый с белым мозаичный узор площадью 5 кв. футов (0,46 кв. м.), которому 2000 лет, был извлечен со дна озера Неми – в 19 милях к югу от Рима – в 1929 году по приказу Муссолини. Избежав ада, уничтожившего обе лодки во время Второй мировой войны, мозаика исчезла где-то после 1955 года и была незаконно ввезена в США. В 2017 году итальянская полиция отследила этот предмет до дома итальянской пары на Манхэттене, которая заявила, что легально купила мозаику у одного аристократа в 1960-х годах. После того как эксперты потратили годы на удаление пятен от чая и кофе с древнего произведения искусства, которое было вмонтировано в небольшой столик, оно было репатриировано. Сейчас мозаика выставлена в Музее римских кораблей на берегу озера Неми, с видом на то место, где по ней когда-то ходил сам Калигула.
Chicago suburb to be first in US to pay reparations to black residents who will be offered $25,000 towards home ownership so long as they or their relatives lived there between 1919 and 1969 – and they’ll use tax on legal marijuana to pay for it
Chicago suburb Evanston could become first to offer black residents reparations
The City Council committed to utilize tax revenue collected from sales of recreational cannabis to support reparations with pledge of $10M over 10 years
Evanston officials are expected to vote on March 22 about whether the first $400,000 will be dedicated to addressing housing needs
Under this portion of the program, residents would get $25,000 to use toward homeownership, home improvement and mortgage assistance
In order to qualify, residents must have lived in Evanston between 1919 to 1969
Residents can also qualify if they are direct descendant of a black person who lived in Evanston between 1919 to 1969 and suffered discrimination in housing
Some feel reparations will only go so far and systemic racism in policy needs to be addressed
A Chicago suburb is on its way to becoming the first in the country to fund reparations for its black residents with a pledge of $10million over 10 years, but some say it isn’t enough.
Evanston’s reparations fund, established in 2019, is focused on housing inequities, using a 3 per cent tax on recreational marijuana sales to help black residents with homeownership, including mortgage assistance and funding for home improvements.
In November, a Reparations Fund was created and adopted as part of the city’s 2020 budget. The City Council committed to utilize tax revenue collected from sales of recreational cannabis to support reparations in Evanston with a pledge of $10million over 10 years.
However, some residents believe that more work still needs to be done.
‘Reparations is the most appropriate legislative response to the historic practices and the contemporary conditions of the Black community. And although many of the anti-Black policies have been outlawed, many remain embedded in policy, including zoning and other government practices,’ Robin Rue Simmons, an alderman in Evanston, who introduced the legislation, told NBC News.
Chicago’s suburb, Evanston, could become the first in the country to fund reparations for its black residents with a pledge of $10million over 10 years after Robin Simmons (pictured) proposed the legislation
In November, a Reparations Fund was created as part of the city’s 2020 budget. The City Council committed to utilize tax revenue collected from sales of recreational cannabis to support reparations in Evanston (aerial view)
Evanston officials are expected to vote on March 22 about whether the first $400,000 will be dedicated to addressing housing needs
‘We are in a time in history where this nation more broadly has not only the will and awareness of why reparations is due, but the heart to advance it,’ Simmons said. Evanston officials are expected to vote on March 22 about whether the first $400,000 will be dedicated to addressing housing needs. Under this portion of the program, residents would get $25,000 to use toward homeownership, home improvement and mortgage assistance. In order to qualify, residents must have lived in Evanston between 1919 to 1969. Residents can also qualify if they are the direct descendant of a black person who lived in Evanston between 1919 to 1969 and suffered discrimination in housing. During that time period, many Evanston banks refused to lend money to black people to buy homes on certain blocks and real estate brokers practiced informal racial zoning that only allowed black residents to live in a section of west Evanston.
In other parts of the US, Evanston is being used as a model for other cities to move forward with reparations. Professor Edwin Driver, 96, shared his story about arriving in Amherst in 1948 as one of the first black teachers hired at a flagship state university in the country. But the 23-year-old sociology instructor at what would become the University of Massachusetts Amherst says he was denied pay raises for decades, despite being one of its most published professors. Driver and his wife, who was from India, also encountered roadblocks trying to buy a house in the mostly white college town. Their three children faced racism from neighbors and school officials alike. ‘There’s a lot of people in Amherst that have not gotten a proper share of things,’ the now professor emeritus said at his home in nearby South Hadley on Wednesday.
In other parts of the US, Evanston is being used as a model for cities to move forward with reparations. Professor Edwin Driver (pictured), 96, shared his story about arriving in Amherst in 1948 and being denied pay raises for decades
Driver, who was a 23-year-old sociology instructor at what would become the University of Massachusetts Amherst, said: ‘I ended up being the lowest paid professor in the department, but also its most productive’
‘I ended up being the lowest paid professor in the department, but also its most productive.’ Driver and other current and former black residents may one day be compensated for their hardships. Amherst, some 90 miles from Boston, is among hundreds of communities and organizations across the country seeking to provide reparations to black people. They range from the state of California to cities like Providence, Rhode Island, religious denominations like the Episcopal Church and prominent colleges like Georgetown University in Washington. The efforts, some of which have been underway for years, have gained momentum in the wake of the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd last May. President Joe Biden has even expressed support for creating a federal commission to study black reparations, a proposal that’s languished for decades in Congress.
Kamm Howard, co-chair of the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America, said the wide-ranging approaches could provide models for a national reparations program. He’s also not surprised Amherst, long a liberal bastion, is tackling the issue. ‘It validates that every community in America, no matter the size, is a microcosm of the broader problem,’ Howard said. ‘You’re going to find these things, if you dig.’ Amherst’s effort started with a petition launched last summer by two white yoga instructors, which led to a town council-approved resolution in December committing Amherst to a ‘path of remedy’ for black residents ‘injured or harmed by discrimination and racial injustice’. Michele Miller and Matthew Andrews, who led the petition effort as co-founders of the group Reparations for Amherst, said they wanted to provide something ‘tangible and healing’ for local black families amid nationwide protests and turmoil. They argue that Amherst, a college town of nearly 38,000 residents, didn’t become more than 75 per cent white and just 5 per cent black by accident.
For decades, restrictive housing policies prevented Black families from purchasing homes in desirable parts of town, according to Miller and Andrews’ research. Black people were also shut out of jobs and educational opportunities at UMass Amherst, one of the state’s largest and most prominent institutions. As a result, the median income for Amherst’s white families is more than two times that of Black families, and more than half its black population lives below the poverty line. ‘Amherst likes to think of itself as progressive, but that idealism isn’t always borne out,’ Andrews said. ‘The economic and social disparities are clear.’ Kathleen Anderson, a former president of the Amherst NAACP chapter, said she’s encouraged that white residents initiated the reparations effort. But the next step needs to come from the black community, she said. Anderson and other black residents are taking part in virtual conversations this spring to talk about what reparations should look like.
Kathleen Anderson (pictured), a former president of the Amherst NAACP chapter, said she’s encouraged that white residents initiated the reparations effort. Anderson and other black residents are taking part in virtual conversations about what reparations should look like
A former school committee member, Anderson would like to see the process address a broader, systemic need, such as racial disparities in the public schools. Black teachers, she said, have complained of racist harassment and hostile work environments for years
A former school committee member, Anderson would like to see the process address a broader, systemic need, such as racial disparities in the public schools. Black teachers, she said, have complained of racist harassment and hostile work environments for years. ‘Reparations can be more than a check,’ Anderson said. Amilcar Shabazz, a professor of Africana studies at UMass, said he’d like to see better recognition of the local black community in town landmarks and monuments. Celebrated authors Chinua Achebe and James Baldwin both taught at UMass but aren’t recognized anywhere in town, he noted. ‘We have a lot to talk about,’ he said. ‘I wonder if the town is ready for this. Can these scars be healed? Can you put a price tag on trauma?’ Driver believes the town’s higher education institutions – UMass Amherst, Amherst College and Hampshire College – should be part of the solution because of the role they’ve played in the town’s racial divide. By the late 1960s, some 20 years after Driver was hired, UMass Amherst had just six black faculty members and 36 Black students in a student body of nearly 17,000, according to university historical records.
Black students were also excluded from living on campus at nearby Amherst College during his early years in town, Driver recalled. The three institutions expressed support for the town’s effort in separate statements to The Associated Press, but stopped short of committing any resources. Driver said he’d also personally like to be compensated for years of being underpaid. He earned tenure in 1954, but remained the lowest paid professor in his department until the 1970s, when a new department head sought to rectify the imbalance. ‘We are in a position of having to admit that Driver is an extremely impressive professional with an outstanding scholarly record whom we have not sufficiently recognized locally,’ wrote Thomas Wilkinson to other school officials in 1970. Driver continued to lead a distinguished career. The graduate of Temple and the University of Pennsylvania has written numerous books and is currently at work on another. He served as a visiting professor at UCLA and other top colleges.
He even had stints as a United Nations advisor in Iran and consulted and taught in France, India and elsewhere. Throughout, Driver remained firmly rooted at UMass, where he retired in 1987. ‘If reparations could make up the lost salary, I would appreciate it,’ Driver said. ‘I would enjoy it. I would celebrate it, but I don´t think that´s going to ever happen.’ He hopes UMass can at least acknowledge the contributions pioneering Black professors made.
Driver already has a building in mind: the historic Old Chapel where his first office was located, down in the basement by the furnace, in a place where the janitor didn’t even bother to empty the trash bins. ‘If they would rename that after me,’ Driver said. ‘That would be the ideal reparation.’