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Sharon Stone plans welcome for returning troops

Oscar-nominated actress Sharon Stone poses on arrival at the 3rd Annual Governors Awards in Hollywood on Nov. 12, 2011.
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Oscar-nominated actress Sharon Stone poses on arrival at the 3rd Annual Governors Awards in Hollywood on Nov. 12, 2011.
AFP PHOTO / Frederic J. BROWN/Getty Images

(CBS/AP) Sharon Stone announced that she will be taking on two very different roles - one in the Linda Lovelace biopic and the other, creating a Facebook page to welcome returning troops.

The "Basic Instinct" star says she will play Linda Lovelace's mother in "Inferno: A Linda Lovelace Story." But, before the 53-year-old actress takes on that role, she has decided to delve into the world of social media and give back to military personnel returning home from duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"It's very important that people know that their country is behind them," Stone said in an interview. "With all of this negative chatter in the governmental races, we need to have our actual country say what they feel in loving, really vocal terms."

Stone says her Facebook page will serve as a community bulletin board where people can not only thank the troops for their service, but offer them jobs, discounts, a helping hand and a warm welcome.

Stone said that with 38,000 military personnel heading home in the coming weeks, she hopes her "We Welcome Home Our Troops" page will be a positive place where troops can find support.

"I'd like to see like big stores like K-Mart and Target offer 30 percent off for veterans," she said. She hopes businesses seeking workers might also post on the page, along with "lots of thoughtful, understanding messages" from everyday citizens.

Stone said she is planning to hold contests for veterans to attend movie premieres and other Hollywood events, "and I'm hoping that other celebrities will do the same."