After a short break from the big screen, the 58-year-old actress is back with several new films, including spring's Mothers and Daughters and the new working-class drama, Life on the Line, which co-stars John Travolta, Devon Sawa and Kate Bosworth.
In the Lionsgate Premiere film about linemen who put their life on the line to keep the electric grid running, Stone plays an emotionally-exhausted mother to Duncan (Sawa). And ET has an exclusive first look at a devastating scene she shares with her on-screen son. (Watch above.)
While there's no questioning Stone's raw star power seen in the film, there was a time when the actress herself didn't know if she had what it takes. But it was a chance meeting with late boxing legend Muhammad Ali at age 17 that gave her the motivation she needed.
"I was in the Miss Pennsylvania pageant and he was in Hershey, Pennsylvania, when I was there and I met him," Stone recalled earlier this year. "And then he called my father and offered me a part in his film that he was making."
While Ali saw Hollywood potential in the young Pennsylvania native, Stone's dad thought otherwise. "My father said, 'She is not going to be in film,'" Stone continued. "He told my father, 'You may think that she is not, but she is. You cannot hide that girl under a bushel basket. Her light is too bright.'"
Inspired, Stone quit school to move to New York City, where she was signed by Ford modeling Agency and eventually landed her first on-screen role as "pretty girl on the train" in Woody Allen's 1980 dramedy, Stardust Memories.
Life on the Line is in theaters and on demand Nov. 18.