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Demi Moore - Biography

Demi Moore has never sought to capitalise on her troubled start in life

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When was Demi Moore born?

Originally named Demetria Guynes, Demi was born in Roswell, New Mexico, on November 11, 1962. Her family life was troubled from the outset, as her biological father walked out before she was born. Although her mother later remarried, Demi's stepfather had trouble securing steady work and the family moved repeatedly, struggling to make ends meet. 

Her life was hit by tragedy when she was 18 when her stepfather died by suicide.

Having dropped out of school early, she briefly made a living as a debt collection agent before modelling opportunities took her to Europe. 

Did Demi Moore have surgery on her eyes?

When Demi was a younster, she was diagnosed with strabismus, a misalignment of the eyes, causing one eye to deviate inward toward the nose, or outward, while the other eye remains focused. She required two operations to correct. 

What has Demi Moore said about her looks?

The star admits to a sometimes troubled relationship with her appearance. Asked about her enviable and much talked-about physique, Demi says her fitness regime has more to do with low self-esteem than anything else. 

"The perception was that I was so in love with my body, when in reality I was trying to overcome my insecurity," she once revealed. 

Who was Demi Moore married to?

The year she turned 18 she tied the knot with 34-year-old rock musician Freddy Moore, whose surname she took. They split two years later in 1983 and in 1985 the divorce was finalized. The actress had a brief engagement to Emilio Estevez, followed by her marriage in 1987 to action hero Bruce Willis. Together they welcomed three daughters together: Rumer Glenn Willis (born August 16, 1988), Scout LaRue Willis (born July 20, 1991), and Tallulah Belle Willis (born February 3, 1994)

Sadly they announced their separation in 1998 and their divorce was finalized in 2000.

They remain close friends though, and Bruce was  among the intimate group of 100 guests who watched Demi marry Ahston Kutcher in September 2005. The marriage was thought to be one of Hollywood's happiest until the couple were rocked by allegations that Ashton, 15 years her junior, had been unfaithful. 

In 2011, Demi announced their divorce.

Did Demi Moore pose nude on the cover of magazine?

When pregnant with daughtet Rumer in 1988, the actress appeared naked at seven months pregnant on the cover of Vanity Fair.

Her second Vanity Fair cover portrayed her also in the nude, sporting a painted-on man's business suit.

What films has Demi Moore starred in?

When she moved into Freddy's home, Demi found herself living next door to Nastassja Kinski, who inspired her to pursue a career in acting. Her first break came in the soap General Hospital, which led to her big screen debut opposite Michael Caine in 1984's Blame It On Rio. The following year St Elmo's Fire launched her into the big time and also gave her a first taste of tabloid attention. 

Later she would admit: "I got involved with drugs because I was young and not sure how to deal with my sudden burst of fame."

Having overcome a cocaine habit, Demi had some mixed fortunes in movie ventures before the 1990 mega-blockbuster Ghost brought global stardom. The film, in which she appeared opposite Patrick Swayze, made her one of Hollywood's hottest properties. Demi's flirtation with risque roles gathered momentum through sexually charged films such as The Scarlet Letter, Disclosure and Indecent Proposal, before culminating in the critically-panned Striptease. 

While garnering her few fans in the newspapers' art pages, the films made her the first woman to earn over $10 million a movie.

"You look at her body and her soul and all that she's done, and it makes her seem enviably accomplished," says her Charlie's Angels co-star Drew Barrymore. "She changed the business for women as far as saying women can get paid the same as men." 

And when critics alleged that a body double had performed her more revealing scenes in Striptease, the characteristically forthright star disproved them by performing the much talked-about sequence live on The Late Show With David Letterman.

"When people came after me for doing Indecent Proposal or Disclosure I thought, 'ridiculous'," she declared. "These people are trying to limit me as an actor. Are they saying I can't play these roles? Well, I've proved I can. 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 also appeared in LOL alongaide Miley Cyrus, Very Good Girls with Dakota Fanning, and Michael Bay's Songbird.

She also found success on the other side of the camera as a producer, with her credits including GI Jane and the hugely-successful Austin Powers series. 

Does Demi Moore have a book?

The star's memoir, Inside Out, was published on September 24, 2019.

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