We all know Dwight Yoakam as a country singer, but there are so many other interesting things he's done in his life. The Kentucky native has spent time hanging out with the one and only country legend Johnny Cash. His music video for "Honky Tonk Man" was the first country music ever featured on MTV. He has a career in Hollywood and has appeared in a random array of films ranging from Sling Blade to Four Christmases. He even wrote, directed, and starred in the bizarre western film South of Heaven, West of Hell opposite Bridget Fonda, Vince Vaughn, and Billy Bob Thornton. But one of his most random experiences was his brief relationship with one of the all-time sexiest movie stars, Sharon Stone.
At the time the country star and actress were attached, Stone was incredibly well known for her roles in Total Recall and Basic Instinct. She had starred opposite some of the biggest names in Hollywood from Michael Douglas to Woody Allen. Yoakam had won country album of the year in 1986 for Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc. Etc. and a Grammy in 1988 for Hillbilly Deluxe. He had blown up in Nashville in the '80s and covered countless artists, ranging from Elvis to Queen, and collaborated with legends like Buck Owens. Bottom line, both Yoakam and Stone were thriving professionally.
Yoakam accompanied Stone as her date to the 1992 Academy Awards in Los Angeles, California, wearing his signature cowboy hat. But things didn't end well for the couple and they called it quits shortly after. Yoakam kept quiet on his relationship with the starlet, but Stone had no problem telling everyone that kissing Yoakam was like a "dirt sandwich." Their brief affair was over almost as quickly as it had started.
Yoakam, beloved for his "cowpunk" music, ended up going on to marry photographer Emily Joyce, with whom he has a brand new son, Dalton Loren Yoakam, born this year during the pandemic. He was invited into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2019 but hasn't released any new music since his latest new album in 2016, Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars. We're sure the latest news is he's enjoying time with his newly extended family.
Stone was an Academy Award nominee in 1996 for her role in Casino and won an Emmy Award in 2004 for best guest actress on The Practice. She married her second husband, Phil Bronstein, editor of The San Francisco Examiner and later San Francisco Chronicle in 1998 but they later divorced in 2004. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her three adopted sons.
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