American actress Demi Moore is widely known for her ability to attract attention. Rising to prominence with such films as the 1984 Blame It on Rio and the 1985 St. Elmo's Fire, Moore acquired international fame with her starring role as Patrick Swayze's widow, Molly Jensen, in the blockbuster hit Ghost (1990). In 1994, she won the MTV Movie award for her work in the successful film Indecent Proposal (1993), but received mixed reviews for her performance in The Juror (1996), Striptease (1996), G.I. Jane (1997) and Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003), for which she took home four Razzie Awards.
"There's this idea that if you take your clothes off, somehow you must have loose morals. There's still a negative attitude in our society towards women who use a strength that's inherent -- their femininity -- in any way that might be considered seductive." Demi Moore
A tabloid headliner, Moore drew mass attention for appearing nude on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine in August 1991 while seven months pregnant. In August 1992, she again posed topless for the magazine, this time wearing body paint that resembled a man's suit. She also appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman by wearing nothing but a bikini and the "Top Ten" list cards (before the release of Striptease). In the 2000s, she drew media attention for having three plastic surgeries to remove fat from her abdomen, buttocks and hips, as well as a breast enlargement.
As for her private life, one of People magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People in the World (1996), Moore was married and divorced twice before her marriage to young Ashton Kutcher. She first married musician Freddy Moore, who was 12 years her senior, in 1980, but the marriage ended in divorce in 1984. She then began a new relationship with fellow Brat Pack member, and occasional co-star, Emilio Estevez (briefly engaged in 1986).
After the couple’s separation, Moore married Bruce Willis in 1987. However, she announced her separation from her husband of 11 years in 1998, and they eventually divorced in 2000. Moore was also linked to martial arts instructor Oliver Whitcomb (dated in 1999). On September 24, 2005, Demi married actor Ashton Kutcher (16 years her junior) after a two year courtship. Demi and Ashton recently topped the Hollywood’s 10 Most Loving Couples List by Touch magazine (2005), beating Kate Bosworth and Orlando Bloom in second place, and Will and Jada Pinkett Smith in the third slot.
Fans will catch Moore, who looks sexier than ever in her 40s, in the forth coming Half Light (2005) and Bobby (2005). She will also have voice work in the made-for-television film The Magic 7 (2005).
Childhood and Family:
Born on November 11, 1962, in Roswell, New Mexico, Demetria Gene Guynes, who would later be famous as Demi Moore, is the daughter of Charles Harmon and his wife Virginia. Before Demi was born, her father abandoned the family and her mom remarried salesman Danny Guynes. Due to her stepfather’s unstable job, Demi and her family moved often. Though she was born in Roswell, she spent a great deal of her childhood and teenage years in the suburbs of Pittsburgh.
Demi Moore, who carried the nickname "Gimme Moore" around Hollywood studio executives, led a bothered childhood. In addition to poverty, her mother and stepfather drank, argued and beat one another. Her stepfather eventually committed suicide when Demi was 15. A year later, blended French, Welsh and Native American heritage Demi dropped out of Hollywood's Fairfax High School and began modeling in Europe.
"I got involved with drugs because I was young and not sure how to deal with my sudden burst of fame." Demi Moore
For three years, Demi became seriously involved with cocaine and alcohol. She eventually kicked her addiction after the director of the 1985 St. Elmo's Fire, Joel Schumacher, had her sign an agreement to stop her habits.
Demi married rock musician Freddy Moore, who was 12 years older than her, in 1980, but the couple divorced after a four-year of marriage. She next tied the knot with actor Bruce Willis in a small wedding in Las Vegas, Nevada, on November 21, 1987. They split up in 1998, and eventually filed for divorce on October 28, 2000. Demi and Bruce have three daughters, Rumer Glenn Willis (born on August 16, 1988), Scout LaRue Willis (born July 20, 1991) and Tallulah Belle Willis (born February 3, 1994).
On September 24, 2005, Demi married actor Ashton Kutcher in a surprise Kabbalah ceremony. They exchanged vows in their Beverly Hills home, in a small, quiet, and private ceremony. Despite their age difference (she’s 16 years older), family and friends offer full support to the union.
16-year-old Demi Moore left high school to pursue a modeling career in Europe. After returning to the U.S, Moore was encouraged by her neighbor, actress Nastassja Kinski, to try her hand in acting. In 1981, she made her film debut in Choices (1981), and the two film projects Parasite (1982) and Jerry Bruckheimer's Young Doctors in Love (1982). Her first crack toward stardom arrived when she was cast as series’ regular Jackie Templeton in the long-running daytime soap "General Hospital" (1982-1984).
After leaving the series, Moore gained notice for her good portrayal of Michael Caine's daughter, Nicole, in the 1984 Blame It on Rio and picked up a role in No Small Affair (1984) that same year. Her big break arrived as one of nine original members of the 1980s "Brat Pack," when she starred with them in director Joel Schumacher’s St. Elmo's Fire (1985, also starring Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe and Andrew McCarthy). She followed it up with About Last Night... (1986), One Crazy Summer (1986, opposite John Cusack), Wisdom (1986), the supernatural thriller The Seventh Sign (1988) and We're No Angels (1989, alongside Robert De Niro and Sean Penn). During her hectic schedule, Moore also debuted Off-Broadway in a production of "The Early Girl" (1987), in which she won a Theatre World award for her performance.
Moore gained worldwide fame in 1990 when she was cast as Patrick Swayze's widow, Molly Jensen, in the romantic tearjerker Ghost. As soon as the film was released, the actress became a household name. Additionally, Moore received a Golden Globe nomination for her fine acting.
The following year, she formed the production company Rufglen Films and produced and starred in her debut film Mortal Thoughts (1991).
Unfortunately, the film was considered a flop. It was followed with two more forgettable films, Nothing But Trouble (1991) and The Butcher's Wife (1991). In 1992, however, Moore was in the limelight again when she costarred with Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson in Rob Reiner’s drama A Few Good Men (1992). The film was a smash hit at the box office.
Moore turned heads again with her work in the blockbuster Indecent Proposal (1993, also starring Robert Redford and Woody Harrelson), in which she nabbed an MTV Movie award for Best Onscreen Kiss, sharing the award with Woody Harrelson. She continued to attract attention with the thriller Disclosure (1994), opposite Michael Douglas. For the next two years, Moore was highly praised with a Sho West for Female Star of the Year and a People's Choice for Favorite Actress in a Movie Drama.
Her next film projects, The Scarlet Letter (1995) and Now and Then (1995), were basically failures. Moore received even more negative reviews from critics for her portrayal of Annie Laird in Brian Gibson’s drama The Juror (1996, opposite Alec Baldwin). As a result, she took home a Razzie for Worst Actress. Demi picked up another Razzie for Worst Screen Couple, with Burt Reynolds, when she starred as stripper Erin Grant in Striptease (1996). In spite of getting mixed reviews, Moore was paid $12.5 million to appear in the drama and was launched as the highest paid actress in contemporary Hollywood. That same year, she appeared on the HBO television film If These Walls Could Talk (1996) and provided voices for The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) and Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (1996).
In 1997, Moore shaved her head to play the lead of Lt. Jordan O'Neil in the action film G.I. Jane (1997). However, critics again panned her performance and she netted her next Razzie award for Worst Actress. She then appeared in the Woody Allen comedy Deconstructing Harry (1997) before deciding to take a break from film.
Returning to the spotlight after a three-year hiatus, Moore starred as Martha Talridge in the psychological romantic thriller Passion of Mind (2000). Three years later, she marked her comeback with her much-anticipated supporting role as villainous Madison Lee in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003, starring Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu). Moore won a Razzie for Worst Supporting Actress for her work in the film.
Recently, the 43-year-old actress is set to play Rachel Carson in writer/director Craig Rosenberg’s thriller Half Light (2005) and Virginia Fallon in the drama Bobby (2005, directed by her ex-fiancé Emilio Estevez), as well as lend her voice to the television movie The Magic 7 (2005).
- Razzie: Worst Supporting Actress, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, 2004
- Razzie: Worst Actress, G.I. Jane, 1998
- Razzie: Worst Screen Couple, Striptease; shared with Burt Reynolds, 1997
- Razzie: Worst Actress, The Juror, 1997
- People's Choice: Favorite Actress in a Movie Drama, 1996
- Sho West: Female Star of the Year, 1995
- MTV Movie: Best Onscreen Kiss, Indecent Proposal, 1994
- Theatre World: "The Early Girl," 1987