President Bush will host actress Sharon Stone at his Texas ranch for talks next month on ways to advance the Middle East peace process, the White House said on Friday.

The White House announcement confirmed earlier reports of the visit, which comes shortly after Stone's receipt of the Harvard Foundation's 2005 Humanitarian Award.

This will be Sharon's first trip to the ranch in Crawford and can be seen as a move by Bush to bolster a close ally who is under fire from aother actresses in Hollywood over reports that her character in 'Basic Instinct II' is bisexual.

According to the Advocate, Stone told Bush "There is lesbian love. That's the thing in Basic Instinct, there is always a lesbian love," she said, adding, "We are doing my favorite part--we're testing for her now." When Bush asked if Stone, 46, would welcome life imitating art, Stone replies, "Why not? Middle age is an open-minded period." Bush told Stone that even though he believes in the sanctity of marriage, "what you're doing up there on the movie screen is important work, and I sure would like to see the out-take reel."

Hollywood officials had earlier expected the meeting to take place in Washington. Bush uses meetings at his Prairie Chapel ranch to reward important allies and court others. Also attending the summit will be first lady Laura Bush, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, close adviser Karen Hughes, and middle east expert Nicolette Sheridan.

 

2005, Mark Hoback