Demi Moore biography
Austin Powers in Goldmember
Date of Birth: November 11, 1962
Birth Name: Demetria Gene Guynes
A native to Roswell, New Mexico, Demi Moore led a troubled childhood. Born into the vagabond household
of Danny and Virginia Guynes, a couple that married and divorced twice, Moore seemed destined for a
white-trash existence. Along with her mother, half-brother and stepfather, she moved no less than
thirty times before her adolescence, thanks to her stepfather's job as a newspaper ad salesman. The
problems that went along with such an itinerant lifestyle were compounded by the dysfunctional,
sometimes abusive relationship between Moore's mother and stepfather. The latter committed suicide
when Moore was fifteen, around the time that she discovered that he was not her biological father. As
if that weren't enough, through part of her childhood, Moore had a cross-eyed condition that required
two operations to correct.
But by 16, Moore had quit school and was out on her own, doing a little modeling and putting her husky
voice to use at a collection agency. At 18, she married Freddy Moore, a rock musician 12 years her
senior. Though the marriage didn't last long, it held an unexpected key to her career: the Moores
happened to live next door to an actress named Nastassja Kinski, who imposed upon Moore to help her
Eventually, Moore decided to try acting herself. A year later, she beat out a thousand actresses for a
continuing role on the daytime drama General Hospital.
Moore made her film debut in 1981, appearing in both the coming-of-age drama Choices and the
schlocktastic Parasite. Following a bit role in 1982's Young Doctors in Love, she had her first lead
role, in No Small Affair (1984), as an aspiring rock singer opposite Jon Cryer. Her real breakthrough
came the next year, when she starred as an unstable member of a group of college friends in St. Elmo's Fire .
Apparently, her on-screen instability mirrored her off-screen condition at the time: she was reportedly
fired from the film at one point and then re-hired after going into drug rehab. The film was a hit,
and Moore, along with such co-stars as Emilio Estevez (to whom she was engaged for three years), Rob
Lowe, and Ally Sheedy became a member of the infamous "Brat Pack."
Shortly after breaking up with Estevez for the last time, Moore crossed paths with Bruce Willis, the
cheeky star of TV's Moonlighting. They married after a three-month courtship.
In 1990, Moore had her biggest hit to date with Ghost , a romantic drama that cast her as the grieving
wife of the recently deceased Patrick Swayze. A huge success, Ghost secured Moore a place on the A-list,
something she managed to sustain despite the subsequent twin flops of The Butcher's Wife and Mortal
Thoughts, both released in 1991.
That same year, Moore gained exposure of a different sort when she appeared nude and hugely pregnant
on the cover of Vanity Fair; the resulting hoopla gained her more attention than either of her movies
She then won the lead in Indecent Proposal , the first in a string of controversial roles in films such as
Disclosure (1994), The Scarlet Letter and Striptease, for which she received a sizable paycheck of $12.5 million for baring all.
Following The Scarlet Letter, Moore took refuge on safer grounds, lending her voice to Disney's
animated The Hunchback of Notre Dame in 1996.
The actress' career suffered a further blow with the disappointment of G.I. Jane in 1997, and she
found herself getting more attention for her off-screen life, as she was by that point embroiled in a
very public divorce from Willis. In June 1998, Moore and Willis went public with their intention to
separate, and were divorced in October 2003.
Although her career stalled for several years, Moore bounced back with a role in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003), gaining loads of publicity for her relationship with sitcom star Ashton Kutcher, almost 16 years her junior. They were married on September 24, 2005.
Her latest credits include the comedy Wild Oats (2016) with Jessica Lange and Shirley MacLaine, and the female-driven comedy Rough Night (2017) with Scarlett Johansson.
Demi Moore Filmography
Austin Powers in Goldmember
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July 26, 2002
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