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Oh, boy. Sharon Stone, a (quite literally) firm believer in the "any publicity is good publicity" dictum, is working it topless on the cover of Paris Match this month. And, of course, the blogosphere is all over it, with "Sharon Stone Paris Match" rising to the top of the Google search list today.

For those of you highbrow types, you can read the actual Paris Match article here ... in French. And we'll be sure to tell all your friends you only have that Playboy subscription for the articles. The rest of you can see the NSFW photos at the Huntington Post. Oh, boy. Sharon Stone, a (quite literally) firm believer in the "any publicity is good publicity" dictum, is working it topless on the cover of Paris Match this month. And, of course, the blogosphere is all over it, with "Sharon Stone Paris Match" rising to the top of the Google search list today.

For those of you highbrow types, you can read the actual Paris Match article here ... in French. And we'll be sure to tell all your friends you only have that Playboy subscription for the articles. The rest of you can see the NSFW photos at the Huntington Post.

What's so fascinating about the cover isn't that Sharon Stone looks great, but that she looks SO great at 51. And, um, has stuck steadfast to her claim not to have had any plastic surgery. Uh-huh. As much as we'd love to think that yoga, lots of green vegetables and non-stop tricep lifts result in a rack that defies gravity after more than half a century, well, we're a little skeptical. We're also very curious to see the painting of a withered crone she must be keeping under lock and key in her attic.

While what Stone does to her body is, of course, her own business -- and we're very impressed with the results in any case -- stars refusing to 'fess up to getting a little surgical assistance is starting to get old, pun intended. Demi Moore has also denied going under the knife, even though the London Telegraph reports that her plastic surgeon is Dr. Brian Novack. When actresses claim that they stop the clock by simply eating right and exercising, it's enough to make mere mortals want to throw in the towel and eat cookie dough in a muumuu on the sofa until the sweet release of death overtakes them.

But that doesn't mean we're not fascinated by Stone's topless cover, if only to see what the combination of Photoshop, (alleged) surgeries, hard work and, of course, good genes can do when they come together in one former model/blond bombshell. And don't mind us if we also hit sites like Awful Plastic Surgery to get a less varnished take on whether Stone is mostly real or man-made at this point.

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    Actress Sharon Stone attends the Elton John AIDS foundation "An Enduring Vision" benefit in New York, Monday, Nov. 16, 2009. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)

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    NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 16: Actress Sharon Stone enters Cipriani Wall Street on November 16, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Sharon Stone

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    NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 16: Actress Sharon Stone enters Cipriani Wall Street on November 16, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Sharon Stone

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    NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 16: Actress Sharon Stone enters Cipriani Wall Street on November 16, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Sharon Stone

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    Sharon Stone visits "Late Show With David Letterman" at the Ed Sullivan Theater on November 16, 2009 in New York City. Viggo Mortensen Visits "Late Show With David Letterman" - November 16, 2009 Ed Sullivan Theater New York, NY United States November 16, 2009 Photo by Soul Brother/FilmMagic.com To license this image (58934888), contact FilmMagic.com

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    Sharon Stone visits "Late Show With David Letterman" at the Ed Sullivan Theater on November 16, 2009 in New York City. Viggo Mortensen Visits "Late Show With David Letterman" - November 16, 2009 Ed Sullivan Theater New York, NY United States November 16, 2009 Photo by Soul Brother/FilmMagic.com To license this image (58934867), contact FilmMagic.com

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    Sharon Stone visits "Late Show With David Letterman" at the Ed Sullivan Theater on November 16, 2009 in New York City. Viggo Mortensen Visits "Late Show With David Letterman" - November 16, 2009 Ed Sullivan Theater New York, NY United States November 16, 2009 Photo by Soul Brother/FilmMagic.com To license this image (58934788), contact FilmMagic.com

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    Sharon Stone attends the 8th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation�s "An Enduring Vision" at Cipriani, Wall Street on November 16, 2009 in New York City. 8th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation�s "An Enduring Vision" - Arrivals Cipriani, Wall Street New York, NY United States November 16, 2009 Photo by Soul Brother/FilmMagic.com To license this image (58935282), contact FilmMagic.com

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    Actress Sharon Stone arrives at the Elton John AIDS Foundation�s eighth annual benefit �An Enduring Vision� November 16, 2009 in New York. AFP PHOTO DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Actress Sharon Stone arrives at the Elton John AIDS Foundation�s eighth annual benefit �An Enduring Vision� November 16, 2009 in New York. AFP PHOTO DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

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Still, we have to hand it to Stone, who looks better now than some stars do in their 20s. She really owes some of her success to going au naturel, so we can't help but expect her to stay well-preserved and possibly pickled if she needs to. Stone is said to have gotten the role in 'Basic Instinct' that made her career due to her being the only female star willing to do the nudity required for the film -- which included the infamous "I'm not wearing panties!" scene that became ripe parody fodder for years.

Stone's also been wet and naked (in 'Sliver', in which she also pleasured herself in the bathtub), pointlessly naked (dropping trou in the comedy 'The Muse'), topless in a Western (while making out with Russell Crowe in 'The Quick and the Dead'), naked with Sly Stallone (in 'The Specialist'), semi-nude with weaponry (in 'Year of the Gun'), nude with lots of other people (in the orgy scene in 'Basic Instinct 2'), nude in Spanish (the 1989 Spanish film 'Blood and Sand'), nude in and out of the shower ('Intersection,' 'Action Jackson') and nude changing clothes ('Scissors'). She's been memorably nude (that 'Basic Instinct' scene) and gratuitously so ('Basic Instinct 2'). We have to give her credit -- at least she's consistent.

All that skin may distract some people from the fact she can be a really good actress (remember 'Casino'?). But maybe those heady character roles that will show off her acting chops can wait until she can no longer fight the relentless hands of time. Until then, Sharon, you go ahead and work your groove thing. All we ask is that you consider keeping your clothes on after, say, 60. We really, really don't need to see your topless AARP magazine cover.