The Oscar-nominated actor, the star of the Sidney Lumet-directed 1999 movie Gloria, a remake of John Cassavetes’ film of the same name, was part of the elaborate music production, which featured Smith surrounded by a large choir. In some sort of surreal performance art, Stone was lying on a bed for most of the song, then dramatically got up toward the end.
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Stone later returned for a cameo in the final sketch of the night, “Film Noir,” where she played the seductress mother of host Aubrey Plaza’s Black Widow.
Smith released Gloria two days ago, ahead of their stint as musical guest on the NBC sketch program; the album, Smith’s fourth, is coming out January 27.
Stone has hosted SNL once, in 1992, shortly after the release of Basic Instinct, which catapulted her to global stardom. She was frequently impersonated on the show by Amy Poehler who, coincidentally, also made an appearance tonight to reprise her Parks & Recreation character.
Watch “Gloria” above. You can also watch below “Film Noir” with Stone, Smith’s other SNL performance, “Unholy” featuring Kim Petras, who made a memorable entrance, along with the SNL curtain call where Smith was flanked by Stone and Petras.
UPDATE SUNDAY AM: Sharon Stone took to Instagram to reflect on her SNL appearance. “What a fun weekend!” she wrote next to photos from Smith’s “Glory” performance and Deadline’s coverage of it. She also sent love to Smith and thanked NBC and her glam squad.
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