Sharon Stone gives classy response to Madonna calling her 'mediocre' in private letter from the '90s


Sharon Stone goes high.

The Total Recall actress rose above a recently uncovered letter that Madonna penned in the '90s, where she referred to Stone and the late Whitney Houston as "mediocre," giving the classiest possible response while criticizing the letter being made public at all.

"Dear @madonna, First, I think it's absurd that anyone is publishing your private letters. Therefore; I publish publicly," the 59-year-old Emmy winner wrote on her social media alongside a picture of the two of them together. "Know that I am your friend. I have wished to be a rock star in some private moments... have felt as mediocre as you described."

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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actress Sharon Stone attends the 25th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar Viewing Party at The City of West Hollywood Park on February 26, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)
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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 06: Sharon Stone attends the 16th Annual AARP The Magazine's Movies For Grownups Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 6, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for AARP)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 06: Actors Sharon Stone (L) and Jeff Bridges attend Jeff Bridges hand and footprint ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on January 6, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 10: Chuck Binder and Sharon Stone attend the The TMA 2016 Heller Awards on November 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Araya Diaz/Getty Images for Talent Managers Association )
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 09: Actress Sharon Stone speaks on stage as she accepts the 2016 Israel Film Festival Career Achievement Award at the Israel Film Festival 30th Anniversary Gala Awards Dinner at Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on November 9, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for Israel Film Festival)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02: Actress Sharon Stone attends the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 26: Actress Sharon Stone is seen on October 26, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by SMXRF/Star Max/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24: Actresses (L) Amber Valletta and Sharon Stone attend the 23rd Annual ELLE Women In Hollywood Awards at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for ELLE)
Sharon Stone attends The Carousel of Hope Ball, in Beverly Hills, California, on October 8, 2016. / AFP / TOMMASO BODDI (Photo credit should read TOMMASO BODDI/AFP/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 08: Comedian Jay Leno (L) and actress Sharon Stone speak onstage during the 2016 Carousel of Hope Ball at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 8, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 11: Actress Sharon Stone is seen on September 11, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by SMXRF/Star Max/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 10: Actress Sharon Stone attends a special event for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on August 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 10: Host Brett Ratner (L) and actress Sharon Stone attend the special event for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hosted by Brett Ratner and David Raymond at Hilhaven Lodge on August 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Imagesfor RatPac Entertainment's 'In Harm's Way' Event)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 13: Sharon Stone attends the presentation of 'Eat That Question: Frank Zappa In His Own Words' at Linwood Dunn Theater on June 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
TIBURON, CA - JUNE 04: Actress Sharon Stone and Andrea Bocelli arrive to the 5th Annual Hotbed Gala Presented By The Drever Family Foundation at the Drever Family Estate on June 4, 2016 in Tiburon, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/Getty Images)
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"We know, as only those who have survived so long that owning our own mediocrity is the only way to own our own strengths; to become all that we both have become," Stone continued. "I love and adore you; won't be pitted against you by any invasion of our personal journeys."

Addressed simply to "J" -- believed to be shorthand for Madonna's ex-boyfriend, John Enos -- Madonna in her past letter laments over the "heartache and pain" being an artist has brought her, while expressing frustration over Houston and Stone's success.

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"It's so unequivically [sic] frustrating to read that Whitney Houston has the music career I wish I had and Sharon Stone has the film career I'll never have," she confessed at the time. "Not because I want to be these women because I'd rather die, but they're so horribly mediocre, and they're always being held up as paragons of virtue and some sort of measuring stick to humiliate me."

The private letter is going up for auction on July 19 from the Gotta Have Rock and Roll auctioneers, who are starting the bidding at $1,000.

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Madonna, who has been in Malawi with her family this week opening a children's hospital, has yet to publicly address the letter controversy.

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London, UNITED KINGDOM: (FromLtoR) US Pop Star Madonna, her husband and British Film Director Guy Ritchie and children, Rocco and Lourdes arrive at the British Premiere of animated film 'Arhur and the Invisibles', 25 January 2007, in London. Madonna's provides the voiceover for one of the film's characters. Actors Harvey Keitel and Robert De Niro also appear in the film. AFP PHOTO / CARL DE SOUZA (Photo credit should read CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)
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US pop diva Madonna sits among Malawian children during a visit to the Mkoko Primary School, one of the schools Madonna's Raising Malawi organization has built jointly with US organization BuildOn in the Kasungu District, Central Malawi, on November 30, 2014. Madonna met Malawi's new president on November 28 after her VIP status was restored in the country where she adopted two children but then fell foul of the former government. Madonna has adopted two children from the country, which officially has more than a million orphans and vulnerable children. AFP PHOTO/AMOS GUMULIRA (Photo credit should read AMOS GUMULIRA/AFP/Getty Images)
US star Madonna (L) walks out with Dr. Eric Borgstein(R) after visiting the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) on November 27, 2014 where he launched a new project with Ministry of Health to construct a pediatric surgery and intensive care unit at the hospital in Blantyre. AFP PHOTO/STRINGER (Photo credit should read STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 11: Director Guy Ritchie and wife Madonna attend theToronto International Film Festival gala premiere of 'Revolver' at Roy Thomson Hall September 11, 2005 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05: Editor in Chief WSJ. Magazine Kristina O'Neill, dancer Charles 'Lil Buck' Riley and Madonna attend WSJ. Magazine 2014 Innovator Awards at Museum of Modern Art on November 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: (Exclusive Coverage) Kanye West, Madonna and Riccardo Tisci attend Keep A Child Alive's 11th Annual Black Ball at Hammerstein Ballroom on October 30, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Child2014/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05: Madonna speaks at WSJ. Magazine 2014 Innovator Awards at Museum of Modern Art on November 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05: Madonna attends WSJ. Magazine 2014 Innovator Awards at Museum of Modern Art on November 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: (Exclusive Coverage) Madonna attends Keep A Child Alive's 11th Annual Black Ball at Hammerstein Ballroom on October 30, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Child2014/WireImage)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 26: Singer Madonna and son David Banda Mwale Ciccone Ritchie arrive at the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 26: Singer Madonna and son David Banda Mwale Ciccone Ritchie arrive at the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 26: (L-R) Rapper Macklemore, singer Mary Lambert and singer Madonna perform onstage during the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 26: Singer Madonna performs onstage during the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/WireImage)
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