Moore, Moore, Moore!
The high school dropout turned soap star went on to become one of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood, but the journey was far from easy. Here, in honor of her 55th birthday, are 20 notable facts about Demi Moore.
She Has an Unusual Gift
Demi Moore landed her iconic role in 1990's "Ghost" in part because of her exceptional ability to cry on cue—through either eye or both.
Her Parents Had a Secret
Born Demetria Guynes in Roswell, New Mexico, in 1962, Demi was 3 months old when her mother married a salesman named Dan Guynes. The couple never told her that Guynes was not her biological father (who'd left while her mom was pregnant). Demi discovered this on her own when she was 13.
She Left Home at 16
Her parents, who drank and fought a lot, split up when Demi was 15. A year later, she dropped out of high school, moved out of her mom's apartment and got a job as a debt collector. Not long after that, her stepfather committed suicide at the age of 37.
She's a Songwriter
Demi met 28-year-old musician Freddy Moore when she was 16 and co-wrote three songs with him. They married the following year. Although the marriage ended in divorce five years later, she kept her first husband's name and made it famous.
She Was a Cover Girl
As a teenager, Demi posed nude for Oui magazine, then owned by Playboy Enterprises, and appeared on its cover. This was 1981, the year she made her movie debut in the now forgotten "Choices," which led to a somewhat bigger role in a 3-D horror flick called "Parasite" (Rotten Tomatoes score: 11 percent).
Her First Big Break Was on a Daytime Soap
From 1982 to 1984, Moore played investigative reporter Jackie Templeton on ABC's "General Hospital."
She Had Some Near Misses
Demi was a finalist for the lead in 1983's "Flashdance." She also tried out for the role of Nancy in 1984's "Nightmare on Elm Street."
She Became One of the "Pack"
Her career took off with 1985's "St. Elmo's Fire," which also starred Rob Lowe, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy and the rest of the young stars that New York magazine labeled the Brat Pack. Director Joel Schumacher insisted that Moore go into rehab before he cast her as Jules, a coke addict. Demi agreed, arriving on the set clean and sober.
She and Emilio Estevez Became a Brat Pack Power Couple
Moore and her "St. Elmo's Fire" co-star got engaged, planning a December 1986 wedding. But they called it off before the big day. The following year, she married Bruce Willis instead. Bruce and Demi had three daughters together before their seemingly amicable divorce in 2000.
"Ghost" Took Her to the Next Level
The 1990 romantic thriller, which co-starred Patrick Swayze and Whoopi Goldberg, was the highest-grossing film of the year, and it led to star billing in movies like "A Few Good Men" and "Indecent Proposal." Thanks to "Ghost," Demi became the first actress to be paid more than $10 million for a movie role.
She Turned Down Some Big Parts
Demi (seen here at her 30th birthday party at Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park) turned down what would become Sharon Stone's breakthrough role, in 1992's "Basic Instinct." Even before the success of "Ghost," she could be picky. In 1988, she opted not to play the lead in "The Accused," for which Jodie Foster won an Oscar.
Her Mom Parodied Her
In 1993 (the year of "Indecent Proposal"), Demi's mother, Virginia Guynes, posed nude in High Society magazine. The pictorial spoofed her daughter's famous Vanity Fair covers—one showing her naked and pregnant, another where she's covered only in body paint—and replicated a love scene in "Ghost." By then, the star was estranged from her troubled mom, who died of brain cancer in 1998 at the age of 54.
She Was in the Restaurant Business
Moore was an early investor in the Planet Hollywood restaurant chain. Her partners included Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and her then-husband Bruce Willis.
She Had a Reputation for Being a Diva
Demi's career took a turn after she was paid $12.5 million to star in 1996 flop "Striptease." Stories about her outrageous demands (the use of a private plane for her entourage, for example) began to circulate, and she became known in Hollywood as "Gimme More."
She Works Hard to Stay in Shape
To prepare for her role in 1997's "G.I. Jane," Moore pumped iron for a couple of hours and ran six miles every day. Two decades later, she's still rigorous about diet and exercise, but favors Bikram yoga over free weights.
She's Got Religion
Moore is a member of L.A.'s Kabbalah Centre, which has attracted lots of celebrities, including Madonna, Mick Jagger and Elizabeth Taylor. Years earlier, Demi dabbled in Scientology, but her then-husband Bruce Willis got her to quit, reportedly because he didn't want their children to have anything to do with it.
She Sees Age as Just a Number
After her split with Bruce Willis, Demi dated a martial arts instructor for a few years and then came her well-publicized romance with Ashton Kutcher, 15 years her junior. When the couple got married in 2005, Willis attended the wedding.
She Collects Dolls—Big Time
At one point, Moore kept a separate residence to house her collection of 2,000 or so dolls. Ashton Kutcher, who was married to Demi for eight years, once described having dolls in their bedroom as "just weird." (In the photo, she's wearing a red silk gown by Dolce & Gabbana and her doll has an outfit to match.)
Her Daughter Is Her Biggest Fan
"My mom is the cutest human #beautyhasnoagelimit #momtime," wrote Rumer Willis when she posted a snapshot of her over-50 mom on Instagram. She then posted this "twinning" image of the two of them together.
That Ageless Look? She Works at It
Demi even traveled to Austria and underwent leech therapy, which allows leeches to crawl on your skin and suck your blood. The centuries-old medical treatment, long ago considered a cure-all, is now a beauty secret for some. Of course, Demi always goes for the best. "These are not some low-level scavengers," she said. "We're talking high-level bloodsuckers."
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