Having made more than seventy films during her career, Demi Moore has burst onto the Silver Screen with more than just a perfect body and sparkly eyes. Married for a while to Hollywood action hero star Bruce Willis, it is sometimes asked: “Why?”. Enjoy.

Demi Moore

Date of Birth

11 November 1962, Roswell, New Mexico, USA

Birth Name

Demetria Gene Guynes

Height

5′ 5″ (1.65 m)

Mini Biography

Demi Moore was born 1962 in Roswell, New Mexico. Her father left her mother, Victoria, before Demi was born. Her stepfather, Danny Guynes, didn’t add much stability to her life, either. He frequently changed jobs and made the family move a total of 40 times. The parents kept on drinking, arguing and beating, until Guynes finally committed suicide. Demi quit school at the age of 16 to work as a pin-up-girl. At 18, she married rock musician Freddie Moore; the marriage lasted four years. At 19, she became a regular on the TV show “General Hospital” (1963) (1982-1983). From the first salaries, she started partying and sniffing cocaine. That lasted more than 3 years, until director Joel Schumacher fired her from the set of St. Elmo’s Fire (1985) when she turned up high. She got a withdrawal treatment and returned clean after a week… and stayed clean. With determination and a skill for publicity stunts, like the nude appearance on the cover of Vanity Fair while pregnant, she made her way to fame. Since the huge commercial success of Ghost (1990) and the controversial pictures Indecent Proposal (1993) and Disclosure (1994), she’s one of Hollywood’s most sought-after and most expensive actresses.

In April 2011 Demi Moore and spouse Ashton Kutcher launched their “Demi and Ashton Foundation” a non-profit, non-governmental organization directed towards fighting child sexual slavery. It’s first campaign is “Real Men Don’t Buy Girls”. On April 23rd, 2011 Demi and Ashton appeared together for their first on air interview on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight to promote their foundation and start the work towards ending child sexual slavery. The foundation’s website enables people to educate themselves, show support and take action or make a donation. They first got involved in the issue almost three years ago and that a great deal of the early work just involved starting discussions, raising awareness and creating urgency.

Spouse

Ashton Kutcher    (24 September 2005 – present)

Bruce Willis         (21 November 1987 – 18 October 2000) (divorced) 3 children

Freddie Moore      (8 February 1980 – 7 August 1985) (divorced)

Trade Mark

Husky voice

Trivia

Hired 3 cameramen to videotape the birth of her first child.

Bruce and Demi announce they are ending their marriage of eleven years. No reasons given. [24 June 1998]

Chosen by People (USA) magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world. [1996]

Has three daughters with Bruce Willis: Rumer Willis (b. 1988), Scout LaRue Willis (1991) and Tallulah Belle Willis (1994).

Was once engaged to Emilio Estevez.

She posed nude while seven months pregnant with daughter Scout LaRue Willis for a 1991 ‘Vanity Fair’ magazine cover. In August 1992, she again posed nude for ‘Vanity Fair’, this time wearing body paint that resembled a man’s suit.

Stripped on “Late Show with David Letterman” (1993), allegedly to disprove rumors that she’s too fat for her new movie Striptease (1996).

Owns a production company: “Moving Pictures”.

She appeared in John Parr’s “St. Elmo’s Fire (Man In Motion)” music video.

Listed as one of twelve “Promising New Actors of 1986” in John Willis’s Screen World, Vol. 38.

In order to play a coke addict, Jules, in St. Elmo’s Fire (1985), she had to sign a contract stipulating that she would stop her own alcohol and drug abuse, an agreement that caused her life to turn around.

Was one of three finalists for the lead in Flashdance (1983). No one could decide between the three, so a group of about 50 men was brought into a room, shown the three audition tapes and asked who they would want to sleep with the most. Jennifer Beals won by a landslide.

Was replaced by Sandra Bullock for the lead in While You Were Sleeping (1995).

Operations on her left eye during childhood caused her to wear a patch.

First actress to reach 10 million dollar salary mark.

Aunt of actors Cooper Guynes and Oliver Guynes.

Demi’s real father, Charles Harmon, abandoned the family before she was born, which is why she didn’t share his last name on her birth certificate.

Measurements: 32A-24-33 (young model 1980), 32C-24-33 (after implants in 1996), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine).

Continues to receive royalty checks for songs she wrote before becoming an actress.

Was spoofed in the video game Leisure Suit Larry 7: Love for Sail! (1996) (VG) as a hypersexual version of herself called “Dewmi (pronounced “Do Me”) Moore”.

First job was as a bill collector.

Voted #22 on VH1’s Hottest Hotties.

Though born in New Mexico, she spent much of her childhood in Eastern Pennsylvania.

Supporter of Arsenal Football Club, and attends home games whenever she is in London.

She quit school at 16 and started working as a pin-up girl.

According to an article in the now defunct Buzz magazine, she was so demanding when it came to perks and fringe benefits, her nickname around Hollywood studio executives was “Gimme Moore”.

Was one of the nine original members of the 1980s “brat pack”, along with Judd Nelson, Mare Winningham, Anthony Michael Hall, Andrew McCarthy, Rob Lowe, Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez and Ally Sheedy.

The only Brat Packer to become a huge and long-lasting movie star after the Brat Pack era ended.

Along with Pia Zadora, Madonna, Pauly Shore and Sylvester Stallone, one of the few people who have “won” back to back awards at the Razzies in successive years. She “won” Worst Actress of 1997 for her performances in the films The Juror (1996) and Striptease (1996), then again the next year she “won” Worst Actress for her role in G.I. Jane (1997).

Her wedding with Ashton Kutcher was attended by about 100 guests. Among them were ex-husband Bruce Willis, their three daughters, Ashton’s best friend and co-star from “That ’70s Show” (1998), Wilmer Valderrama, and Demi’s close friend Lucy Liu.

Auditioned for (and won) the role of Jackie Templeton on “General Hospital” (1963) after producers put out a casting call for a “Margot Kidder/Karen Allen” type actress (both of whom were top box office stars at the time).

Her left eye is green and her right eye is hazel.

Married Bruce Willis at the Golden Nugget Hotel in Las Vegas.

Little Richard presided over her wedding to Bruce Willis and Ally Sheedy was one of the bridesmaids.

Attended (but did not graduate from) Fairfax High School in Los Angeles with actor/producer Byron Allen.

Is part Cherokee.

Lived next door to Nastassja Kinski when moving to Los Angeles to pursue acting.

Her professional first name “Demi” (short for her birth name Demetria) is pronounced “deh-ME”, not “DEM-ee”, with emphasis on the second syllable just as in “Demetria”.

Mother died from cancer at the age of 54.

Older stepsister of Morgan Guynes.

Named Demetria after a shampoo that her mother saw in a magazine.

Her mother was only 19 when she had her.

In 1996, became the highest-paid actress in Hollywood, getting $12.5m for Striptease (1996).

Thanked by Blink 182 in the liner notes of their album “Enema of the State”.

Credited along with actor Daniel Morton for saving a woman’s life through Twitter.

Campaigned for the part of Mona Lisa Vitoe in My Cousin Vinny (1992) as she wanted to reinvent herself. However she lost out to Marisa Tomei, who went on to win the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance.

Auditioned for the role of Luisa Contini in Nine (2009), but Marion Cotillard was cast in the part instead.

Was in consideration for the role of Katherine Clifton in The English Patient (1996) but Kristin Scott Thomas, who went on to receive a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her performance, was cast instead.

Lives in Los Angeles, California and Hailey, Idaho.

Along with Gerard Butler, Ben Stiller, Susan Sarandon and director Paul Haggis, she visited a camp for internally displaced persons managed by Sean Penn and his Jenkins-Penn Humanitarian Relief Organization in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. [April 2010]

The controversial Vanity Fair magazine cover of Moore – nude and pregnant – was photographed by Annie Leibovitz (August 1991).

Had knee surgery [February 2011].

Remains friends with Daniel Morton since helping save a woman’s life on Twitter together.

Personal Quotes

I’m sure there are a lot of people who think I’m a bitch.

The truth is you can have a great marriage, but there are still no guarantees.

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.

Time is an amazing equalizer. I think if you stay true to yourself and keep moving forward, things come around.

On the changes made to Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Scarlet Letter” (she starred in the adaptation): In truth, not very many people have read the book…the ultimate message of “Hester Prynne” would have been lost if we’d stayed with the original ending.

I didn’t want to work and drag my kids with me while they were trying to cross this huge transition. I wanted them to become as stable and as confident as possible. There are people who go through this and don’t have the financial means, but I did. It wasn’t a risk; it was the right thing to do.

Once you’ve tasted a bit of success, it’s more challenging. We have to continue to be willing to take a risk so that we don’t get too safe. Unwillingness to risk failure is always there, but it gets harder when you feel you have more to lose. So the better place to keep yourself in is out of your comfort zone, willing to try even at the risk of failing. And that’s not natural to me at all. In fact, it’s completely unnatural.

I think we all want the same things. We all want to feel loved, and feel a part of something, but we all have self-doubt no matter where we came from.

[on plastic surgery] It’s completely false, I’ve never had it done. It’s a way to combat your neurosis. The scalpel won’t make you happy. For the moment I prefer to be a beautiful woman of my age than try desperately to look thirty.

Salary

Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle (2003)        $2,000,000

G.I. Jane (1997)   $11,000,000

Striptease (1996)  $12,500,000

The Juror (1996)  $5,000,000

Now and Then (1995)    $500,000

The Scarlet Letter (1995)         $5,000,000

Disclosure (1994) $5,000,000

A Few Good Men (1992)        $3,000,000

The Butcher’s Wife (1991)      $500,000

Mortal Thoughts (1991)          $1,000,000

Nothing But Trouble (1991)    $500,000

Ghost (1990)        $350,000

Where Are They Now

(August 2011) Spokeswoman/model for Ann Taylor clothing store chain

© Marcus De Storm 2011