I'm honored to be assigned the debut cover story on actress Sharon Stone for the newly renamed and rebranded Neurology Now Magazine, now called Brain & Life. Sharon and I talked at length a few months ago about her arduous recovery after a sudden and life-threatening brain hemorrhage that struck just as her marriage to newspaperman Phil Bronstein was falling apart. Not understanding she'd had a stroke, she didn't get help for three days, even as her symptoms grew more and more dangerous. Stone lived up to her fierce reputation during our interview: equal parts defiant and emotional, she both raged and cried while recalling her decade of slowly rebounding, even after losing it all: home, husband, custody to their adopted son, status in Hollywood, plum roles, financial security, and most important, her health. Now starring in a new Showtime series, she's back—and wants you to know she's better than ever. READ MORE.
I've interviewed more than 100 well-known people over the past two decades. I love talking one-on-one and holding a serious conversation with someone, and I never get nervous, no matter how famous my subject is — with one exception. When I interview a fellow reporter, and specifically a reporter who's renowned for interviewing others, I tend to sweat a little (and do my homework twice over). That's because I know I'm being graded even as I ask my questions. How will I do with "60 Minutes" anchor Lesley Stahl? I'll find out April 18. Watch this space.