Sharon Stone and Leonardo DiCaprio


Leonardo DiCaprio is admired and respected around the world for his work as a leading man in an array of box-office smashes. His films have grossed over $7.2 billion worldwide and is one of the world’s highest paid actors.


DiCaprio is the recipient of numerous accolades, including an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, and three Golden Globe Awards. DiCaprio’s mother, Irmelin Indenbirken, named him Leonardo after she felt him kick for the first time while she was looking at a Leonardo da Vinci painting in the Uffizi museum in Florence, Italy.

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DiCaprio had a tough childhood. He was just a year old when his father moved out of their house after he fell in love with another woman.

His family struggled financially and lived in Echo Park, a neighborhood in Los Angeles. DiCaprio and his mother later moved to other neighborhoods, such as Los Feliz, while she held down a number of jobs. DiCaprio hated public school and wanted to audition for acting jobs instead, so that he could improve his family’s financial situation.

He dropped out of high school following his third year, eventually earning a general equivalency diploma.

At age 19, DiCaprio received critical acclaim and his first Academy Award nominations for his performance as a developmentally disabled boy in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993).

He later became a teen idol as the lead in Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet (1996) and James Cameron’s Titanic (1997). Prior to his breakout roles, DiCaprio was cast in the film The Quick and the Dead starring Sharon Stone in 1995. He so impressed Stone, she put her money where her mouth is…


Leonardo DiCaprio Struggled Growing Up

Leonardo DiCaprio spent the first nine years of his life in a run-down Hollywood neighborhood. The 48-year-old revealed there was a “major prostitution ring on my street corner, crime and violence everywhere.” He told the Los Angeles Times that “it really was like ‘Taxi Driver’ in a lot of ways.” DiCaprio shared about being “very poor”, as he defended his decision to play the amoral Jordan Belfort in Martin Scorsese’s critically acclaimed The Wolf of Wall Street.

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“Who am I to talk about this? It goes back to that neighborhood. It came from the fact that I grew up very poor and I got to see the other side of the spectrum,” he said.

When DiCaprio hit the big time, his early experiences meant that he avoid the wild side Hollywood and has maintained that he has “never done [drugs]”. The Wolf Of Wall Street went on to receive five Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Sharon Stone Gave Part Of Her Salary To Leonardo DiCaprio After Being Blown Away By His Audition

Leonardo DiCaprio has Sharon Stone to thank for adding an extra credit on his filmography. In Stone’s new memoir The Beauty of Living Twice, the actress recounts the casting of DiCaprio in the 1995 western, The Quick and the Dead. The Basic Instinct actress felt strongly about hiring the actor even though TriStar Pictures, the company backing the film were unsure.

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As a co-producer on the film, Stone, 63, said she remembered auditioning several teens for the role, but DiCaprio was the “only one who nailed the audition.” Stone wrote in the memoir, “In my opinion: he was the only one who came in and cried, begging his father to love him as he died in the scene.”

Stone was adamant that she wanted to hire DiCaprio, but the studio were not keen to cast the up-and-coming actor. “Why an unknown, Sharon, why are you always shooting yourself in the foot?” she remembered the studio asking. “The studio said if I wanted him so much, I could pay him out of my own salary. So I did.”

Leonardo DiCaprio Revealed His All-Time Favorite Film

During the premiere of 2012’s Django Unchained, DiCaprio was asked by a CNN reporter to name his favorite role. “If I had to choose one, it would probably be The Aviator, playing Howard Hughes,” he replied.

“It’s a different set of circumstances when you’re able to say to yourself, ‘You know, someday I’m going to play this character,’ and then you get to develop it. And I got to develop it for over eight years, and then the great Martin Scorsese got to direct me in it. So that’s the one I’m probably the most proud of.”

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