Why defiant Demi is a true Hollywood survivor
Demi's childhood was hardly a bed of roses.
By the age of 14, the actress – who described herself as a "trailer park kid" – had already moved home 30 times.
Her father walked out before she born, and her stepfather commited suicide sending her mother spiralling into alcoholism.
By 16, she had dropped out of school.
She started work as a debt collector but dared to follow her acting dream after her interest was sparked by reading scripts with her neighbour, aspiring actress Nastassja Kinski