November 11, 1962
Born in: Roswell, New Mexico
Career: American Actor
Demi Moore is an American actress, best known for her roles in renowned movies like ‘Ghost’, ‘A Few Good Men’ and ‘Indecent Proposal’. Though her real name is Demi Kutcher, she has been using the surname of her first husband, singer-songwriter Freddy Moore, even after divorcing him years back. Her good looks, combined with seductively husky voice and great acting, have made her very popular amongst the American as well as international audience. Currently, she is married to actor Ashton Kutcher.
Demi Moore was born as ‘Demetria Gene Guynes’ on 11th November 1962, in Roswell, New Mexico. However, she spent majority of her childhood years in Perryopolis (Pennsylvania), which is a small town situated to the south of Pittsburgh. She was born to Virginia King, who was abandoned by Demi’s biological father, Charles Harmon, just two months after their marriage. After that, Virginia married Danny Guynes and it is Danny only who is named as Demi’s father, on her birth certificate.
Moore had a very disturbed and unstable childhood. Her stepfather was never able to stick to a single job, because of which her family had to move around, shifting to new places, as much as forty times. Both her parents were alcoholics and used to fight a lot and beat each other on a very frequent basis. If that wasn’t enough for her trouble, Moore was cross-eyed as a child and wore an eye patch to correct the problem, till she was operated upon for the same. She also suffered from kidney dysfunction as a child.
Moore’s family moved to Los Angeles in 1976, when she was around sixteen years old. She started attending Hollywood's Fairfax High School, where her schoolmates comprised of the ‘soon-to-be celebrities’, like Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis and actor Timothy Hutton. However, her friend, actress Nastassja Kinski, persuaded her to drop out and try her luck at acting. During this time, she met songwriter Freddy Moore and married him in 1979, when she was hardly 17. The following year, her stepfather committed suicide.
After leaving Fairfax High School, Moore started working as a pin-up girl. Apart from that, she modeled for European photographers and also worked at a collection agency. In early 1980s, she posed for a series of photographs that featured full frontal nudity. Though unnoticed then, the pictures were later published in a German magazine and later, a North America magazine, after Moore became a celebrity. Her debut came with Parasite, a 3-D science fiction/horror film that was released in 1982 and became a drive-in hit.
Fame still eluded her and she finally achieved recognition with the ABC soap opera, ‘General Hospital’, which ran from 1982-1983. In the meantime, she also did an uncredited cameo for the 1982 spoof ‘Young Doctors in Love’. Moore was seen in youth-oriented films ‘St. Elmo's Fire’ and ‘About Last Night’, released around the mid-1980s. She delivered her first major hit in 1990, with ‘Ghost’. This was followed by other major blockbusters like ‘A Few Good Men’ (1992) and ‘Indecent Proposal’ (1993).
In fact, for some time in the 1990s, Demi Moore was the highest-paid actress in Hollywood. In 1994, she delivered another chartbuster with ‘Disclosure’ and followed it with ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ (1996). With the latter one, she became the first actress in Hollywood to reach the $10 million salary mark. Somewhere around the mid 1990s, Moore’s reputation began to drop, mainly owing to movies like ‘The Scarlet Letter’, ‘The Juror’, ‘Striptease’ and ‘G.I. Jane’, which bombed badly at the box office.
Demi Moore donned the hat of a producer with a TV mini-series called ‘If These Walls Could Talk’. She also starred in the series, which were written by Nancy Savoca. For her excellent performance in one of the segments of the three-part series, Moore was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress. She was also a founding "celebrity investor" in the Planet Hollywood chain of international theme restaurants, along with Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and then-husband Bruce Willis.
Demi Moore took a short sabbatical from the world of movies around the late 1990s/early 2000s. However, she came back to Hollywood, in 2003 film ‘Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle’, as a former member of Charlie's Angels gone bad. In 2006, she starred in ‘Bobby’, along with her present-husband Ashton Kutcher, although they did not appear in any scenes together. Her latest release was ‘Mr. Brooks’, which hit the theaters on 1st June 2007. Her last appearance was in Jon Bon Jovi's longform video, ‘Destination Anywhere’, as Janie.
Moore first marriage was with Freddy Moore in 1980, before she turned even eighteen. The marriage ended five year later, with their divorce, in 1985. In the year 1987, she met Bruce Willis and feel in love with him. They married the same year, albeit two months after their meeting. The couple was blessed with three daughters, Rumer Willis (born in 1988), Scout LaRue Willis (born in 1991) and Tallulah Belle Willis (born in 1994). Demi Moore went though a major controversy when she was pregnant with Scout LaRue Willis.
She appeared nude on the cover of Vanity Fair, 7 months pregnant with Scout. While, some people complained of ‘sexual objectification’, others cheered her photo as a symbol of empowerment. The couple separated in 1998 and got divorced two years later. Moore started dating actor Ashton Kutcher, fifteen years her junior, in 2003, and they got married in 2005. She changed her surname, legally, to Kutcher in 2007, but continues to use ‘Moore’ in her professional life. Though her primary residence is in Hailey (Idaho), Moore spends much of her time in Los Angeles, with Kutcher.
- 1981 - It's Not A Rumor - The Nu Kats (Rock Temptress)
- 1982 - Choices (Corri)
- 1982 - Young Doctors in Love (New Intern)
Parasite (Patricia Welles)
- 1984 - No Small Affair (Laura Victor)
Blame It on Rio (Nicole 'Nikki' Hollis)
- 1985 - St. Elmo's Fire (Jules)
- 1986 - Wisdom (Karen Simmons)
One Crazy Summer (Cassandra Eldridge)
About Last Night... (Debbie)
- 1988 - The Seventh Sign (Abby Quinn)
- 1989 - We're No Angels (Molly)
- 1990 - Ghost (Molly Jensen)
- 1991 - The Butcher's Wife (Marina Lemke)
- Mortal Thoughts (Cynthia Kellogg)
Nothing But Trouble (Diane Lightson)
- 1992 - A Few Good Men (LCDR JoAnne Galloway)
- 1993 - Indecent Proposal (Diana Murphy)
- 1994 - Disclosure (Meredith Johnson)
- 1995 - Now and Then (older Samantha)
The Scarlet Letter (Hester Prynne)
- 1996 - Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (Dallas Grimes - voice)
Striptease (Erin Grant)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Esmeralda - voice)
The Juror (Annie Laird)
- 1997 - Deconstructing Harry (Helen/Harry's Character)
G.I. Jane (LT Jordan O'Neil)
- 2000 - Passion of Mind (Martha Marie/'Marty' Talridge)
- 2002 - The Hunchback of Notre Dame II (Esmerelda - voice)
- 2003 - Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (Madison Lee)
- 2006 - Bobby Virginia (Fallon)
Half Light (Rachel Carlson)
- 2007 - Flawless (Laura Quinn)
Mr. Brooks (Detective Tracy Atwood)