7:15am PT by Chris Gardner, Rhonda Richford
Was Sharon Stone Uninvited From amfAR's Cannes Gala?
AmfAR champ Sharon Stone was absent from the 24th gala in Cannes on May 25, marking the third straight year she missed the Hotel du Cap event. Stone had been a regular since the '90s, helping the AIDS organization raise millions by hosting and energizing the live auctions.
So what gives? When THR reached out to Stone's longtime manager, Chuck Binder, he responded that Stone "was not invited, that's the whole story." At the Cannes event, THR then asked amfAR chairman of the board Kenneth Cole why Stone wasn't there to which he replied: " You know, I guess, Sharon has, she's got her own life, and if and when she does come it's great."
He dismissed the counter that Stone hadn't been invited and instead looked to hosting her again in the future, possibly next year at the milestone 25th anniversary event. "Sharon will come back someday, hopefully," Cole said. And if she'll take up hosting duties again? "God knows. We have tonight first. What we have is a great platform for everyone to be seen, and it's a great opportunity for them to do something with it so it works for them and us."
It worked in a major way this year. The 2017 gala raised more than $20 million in support of amfAR and its pursuit of a cure for HIV/AIDS. The star-studded black-tie event, presented by Harry Winston and Bold Films, drew event chairs Jessica Chastain, Dustin and Lisa Hoffman, Nicole Kidman, Diane Kruger, Eva Longoria, Carine Roitfeld, and Harvey Weinstein along with Leonardo DiCaprio, Will Smith, Diana Ross, Nicki Minaj, David Beckham, Chris Tucker, Tracee Ellis Ross, Jean Paul Gaultier, Bella Hadid and Olivier Rousteing.
Additional reporting by Rhonda Richford.
A version of this story first appeared in the June 7 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.