Demi Gene Moore, born November 11, 1962 is an American actress and film producer. She has been credited as an influential figure in the movement for equal salary for women in Hollywood and was one of the highest-paid actresses through the 1980s and 1990s.
She is recognized as a sex symbol for her looks and media image. Her accolades include nominations for a Critics’ Choice Movie Award, two Golden Globe Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award. After making her film debut in 1981, Moore appeared on the soap opera General Hospital (1982– 1984) and subsequently gained recognition as a member of the Brat Pack with roles in Blame It on Rio (1984 ), St. Elmo’s Fire (1985 ), and About Last Night … (1986 ). She had her breakthrough for her starring role in Ghost (1990 ); the highest-grossing film of that year, her performance was praised and earned her a Golden Globe nomination. She had further box-office success in the early 1990s, with the films A Few Good Men (1992 ), Indecent Proposal (1993 ), and Disclosure (1994 ). In 1996, Moore became the highest-paid actress in film history when she received an unprecedented $12.5 million to star in Striptease. She had starring roles in the films The Scarlet Letter (1995 ), The Juror (1996) and G.I. Jane (1997 ), all of which were commercially unsuccessful and contributed to a downturn in her career. 16 17 Her career has since had a resurgence with supporting roles in such films as The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996 ), The Hunchback of Notre Dame II (2002 ), Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle (2003 ), Bobby (2006 ), Mr. Brooks (2007 ), Margin Call (2011 ), and Rough Night (2017 ). In 2019, she released a memoir titled Inside Out, which became a New York Times Best Seller.
Moore has been married three times, to the musician Freddy Moore and the actors’ Bruce Willis 22 and Ashton Kutcher. She has three children with Willis. Moore was born November 11, 1962, in Roswell, New Mexico. Her biological father, Air Force airman Charles Harmon, Sr., left her mother, Virginia (née King), after a two-month marriage before Moore was born. When Moore was three months old, her mother married Dan Guynes, a newspaper advertising salesman who frequently changed jobs, and then, they had Moore’s half-brother Morgan. As a result, the family moved many times. Moore said in 1991, “My dad was Dan Guynes. He raised me. There is a man who would be considered my biological father who I don’t really have a relationship with.” Moore has half-siblings from Charlie Harmon’s other marriages, but she doesn’t keep in touch with them either. Moore’s stepfather Dan Guynes died by suicide in October 1980 at age 37, two years after he separated from Moore’s mother. Her biological father Charlie Harmon died in 1997 after a battle with cancer. Moore’s mother had a long arrest record which included drunk driving and arson. Moore broke off contact with her in 1990 when Mrs. Guynes walked away from a rehab stay Moore had paid for at the Hazelden Foundation in Minnesota. Guynes posed nude for the magazine High Society in 1993, where she spoofed Moore’s Vanity Fair pregnancy and bodypaint covers and parodied her love scene from the film Ghost. Moore and Guynes briefly reconciled shortly before Guynes died of cancer in July 1998 at age 54. Moore spent her early childhood in New Mexico, and later, Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. She suffered from strabismus as a child, which was ultimately corrected by two operations; Moore also suffered from kidney dysfunction. Moore learned of her biological father, Harmon, at age 13, when she found her mother and stepfather’s marriage certificate and inquired about the circumstances since she “saw my parents were married in February 1963. I was born in 1962.
Moore is viewed as a pioneer for equal salary for women in Hollywood. The role in The Hunchback of Notre Dame made her the first Hollywood actress to reach a $10 million salary. She was paid $12.5 million for her role in Striptease, which was more money than any other woman in Hollywood had ever been offered at the time. 132 Producers for Striptease and G.I. Jane got into a bidding war to see who could get Moore to film first. Striptease won and Moore became the highest-paid actress in Hollywood in 1996. “She became a pioneer for other actresses by being the first female lead to demand the same salary, benefits, and billing as her male counterparts,” Lifetime wrote. “Her screen persona always has something indestructible about it. There’s a toughness, a strength, a determination,”
The Guardian described in 2007. Moore has been included in magazine lists of the world’s most beautiful women. She was selected as one of People magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People in the world in 1996. In 2004, People ranked her ninth on their list of All-Time Most Beautiful Women. She was voted seventh on Life & Style magazine’s Best Dressed Female poll in December 2006. In 1999, she was ranked eighth on Forbes’ list of Top 20 Actresses, based on three separate lists of box office receipts. In 1999, Moore became a guest editor for the November issue of Marie Claire. On December 31, 2019, The Wall Street Journal listed a cover story about Moore as one of their most-read stories 2019.
Moore has 4.5 million followers on Twitter as of January 2020. She uses Twitter as a platform to raise awareness of sex trafficking and slavery. “She is practicing what she preaches: More than half of her posts are on the subject, directing followers where to get involved,” Harper’s Bazaar reported in August 2010. “I like to connect to people in the virtual world. exchanging thoughts and ideas when in the physical world we might never have the opportunity to cross paths,” Moore told Harper’s Bazaar. Moore has graced the cover of numerous international fashion magazines, including France’s Elle; UK’s Grazia; US’ W, Vanity Fair, Interview, Rolling Stone, Glamour, and InStyle; Australia’s Harper’s Bazaar and Turkey’s Marie Claire. She has also appeared on the front cover of Vogue (Portugal, France and US). Moore has appeared in commercials and print ads throughout her career. She has appeared in television commercials for Keds, Oscar Mayer, Diet Coke, Lux, Jog Mate, and Seibu Department Stores, and print ads for Versace and Ann Taylor.
During the production of G.I. Jane, it was reported that Moore had ordered studio chiefs to charter two planes for her entourage and her, which reinforced her negative reputation for being a diva– she had previously turned down the Sandra Bullock role in While You Were Sleeping because the studio refused to meet her salary demands, and was dubbed “Gim me Moore” by the media. Moore took on the role of an ultrapious psychiatrist in Woody Allen’s Deconstructing Harry, also in 1997. After G.I. Jane, Moore retreated from the spotlight and moved to Hailey, Idaho, on a full-time basis to devote herself to raising her three daughters. Moore was off screen for three years before re-emerging in the arthouse psychological drama Passion of Mind (2000 ), the first English-language film from Belgian director Alain Berliner. Her performance as a woman with multiple personality disorder was well received, but the film itself garnered mixed reviews and was deemed “naggingly slow” by some critics. Moore then resumed her self-imposed career hiatus and continued to turn down film offers. Producer Irwin Winkler said in 2001, “I had a project about a year and a half ago, and we made an inquiry about her– a real good commercial picture. She wasn’t interested.” Moore returned to the screen playing a villain in the 2003 film Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, opposite Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Liu. A commercial success, the film made US$ 259.1 million worldwide, and Rolling Stone, on Moore’s role, remarked: “It’s a relief when Demi Moore shows up as fallen angel … Moore, 40, looks great in a bikini and doesn’t even try to act. Her unsmiling sexiness cuts through the gigglefest as the angels fight, kick, dance, and motocross like Indiana Jones clones on estrogen”. Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle was followed by yet another three-year absence. In the interim, Moore signed on as the face of the Versace fashion brand and the Helena Rubinstein brand of cosmetics.
In Emilio Estevez’s drama Bobby (2006 ), Moore portrayed an alcoholic singer whose career is on the downswing, as part of an ensemble cast, about the hours leading up to the Robert F. Kennedy assassination. As a member of the cast, she was nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Cast in a Motion Picture. The film won the Hollywood Film Festival Award for Best Ensemble Cast. Moore had a lead role as a grieving and tormented novelist in the mystery thriller Half Light (2006 ), then took on the role of a driven police officer investigating a serial killer in the psychological thriller Mr. Brooks (2007 ), with Kevin Costner. The film received mixed reviews and grossed $48.1 million worldwide. 86 Rolling Stone wrote that “the cop on the case, played by Demi Moore with a striking directness that deserved better than being saddled with an absurd back story as an heiress with a fortune-hunting husband.” Moore in 2009 Moore reunited with Blame It on Rio co-star Michael Caine for the British crime drama film Flawless (2008 ), 88 which saw her portray an American executive helping to steal a handful of diamonds from the London Diamond Corporation during the 1960s. Moore received positive reviews from critics; Miami Herald wrote: “The inspired pairing of Demi Moore and Michael Caine as a pair of thieves in the diamond-heist semi-caper movie Flawless goes a long way toward overcoming the film’s slack, leisurely pacing”. In 2010, Moore took on the role of a daughter helping her father deal with age-related health problems in the dramedy Happy Tears, opposite Parker Posey and Rip Torn, and starred as the matriarch of a family moving into a suburban neighborhood in the comedy The Joneses, with David Duchovny. The latter film was largely highlighted upon its theatrical release, with critics concluding that it “benefits from its timely satire of consumer culture– as well as a pair of strong performances” from Duchovny and Moore. In Bunraku (2010 ), a film Moore described as a “big action-adventure,” she played a courtesan and a femme fatale with a secret past. Moore portrayed a chief risk management officer at a large Wall Street investment bank during the initial stages of the financial crisis of 2007– 08 in the critically acclaimed corporate drama Margin Call (2011 ), where she was part of an ensemble cast that included Kevin Spacey, Simon Baker, and Paul Bettany. The cast garnered nominations for the “Best Ensemble” award from the Gotham Awards, the Phoenix Film Critics Society, and the Central Ohio Film Critics Association. Also in 2011, Moore received a Directors Guild of America Award nomination for Outstanding Directing– Miniseries or TV Film for her work as a director in a segment of the 2011 Lifetime anthology film Five and starred opposite Ellen Barkin, Ellen Burstyn, and George Kennedy in Sam Levinson’s black comedy Another Happy Day, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
She was at one point a follower of Philip Berg’s Kabbalah Centre religion, and initiated Kutcher into the faith, having said that she “didn’t grow up Jewish, but would say that been more exposed to the deeper meanings of particular rituals than any of friends that did.” She is no longer affiliated with Berg’s organization. According to The New York Times, Moore is “the world’s most high-profile doll collector”, and among her favorites is the Gene Marshall fashion doll. At one point, Moore kept a separate residence to house her 2,000 dolls. While she appeared on PETA’s Worst-Dressed List in 2009 for wearing fur, two years later she supported the group’s efforts to ban circus workers’ use of bullhooks on elephants.