Demi Guynes Kutcher (born November
11, 1962), known professionally as Demi Moore, is an American actress.
After minor roles in film, and a role in the television drama series,
General Hospital, Moore established her career in films such as St. Elmo's
Fire (1985) and Ghost (1990), and in the early 1990s became one of the
highest paid actresses in Hollywood following her successes in A Few Good
Men (1992), Indecent Proposal (1993) Disclosure (1994). The Hunchback of
Notre Dame (1996) & G.I. Jane (1997) By the end of the decade her films
were less successful, but she returned to prominence with her role in
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003).
Moore took her professional name from her first husband, Freddy Moore, and
is the mother of three daughters from her marriage to Bruce Willis. She
has been married to actor Ashton Kutcher since 2005 and later took his
last name in 2009.
Moore was born Demi Gene Guynes in Roswell, New Mexico. As a child she had
a difficult and unstable home life. Her biological father, Charles Harmon,
left her mother, Virginia King (November 27, 1943 – July 2, 1998), after a
two-month marriage, before Moore was born. As a result, Moore had the
surname of her stepfather, Danny Guynes (March 9 1943 – October 1980), on
her birth certificate. Danny Guynes, who committed suicide in 1980,
frequently changed jobs; as a result the family moved a total of forty
times, once living in a small town called Rogers Manor, Pennsylvania.
Moore's parents were alcoholics and often fought and beat each other.
Moore was cross-eyed as a child, and wore an eye patch in an attempt to
correct the problem until it was eventually corrected by two surgeries.
She also suffered from kidney dysfunction. Demi Moore has heterochromia;
she has one green eye, and the other hazel.
Moore's family settled in Los Angeles in 1976. Moore attended Fairfax High
School in Hollywood, where her schoolmates included Red Hot Chili Peppers
frontman Anthony Kiedis and bassist Michael Balzary and actor Timothy
Hutton. When Moore was sixteen, her friend, actress Nastassja Kinski,
persuaded her to drop out of school to become an actress. Moore has two
younger half-brothers: James Craig Harmon (paternal) and Morgan Guynes
(maternal, born 1967). Moore is a former Scientologist.
Demi Moore's film debut was in the year of 1982 3-D science fiction/horror
film, Parasite, which was a hit on the drive-in circuit, ultimately
grossing $7 million. However, Moore was not widely known until she played
the part of Jackie Templeton on the ABC soap opera, General Hospital, from
1982-1983. Moore also had an uncredited cameo at the end of the 1982 spoof
Young Doctors in Love.
In the mid-1980s, Moore appeared in the youth-oriented films St. Elmo's
Fire and About Last Night, and she was often listed as one of the Brat
Pack, a name the media dubbed a certain group of top young actors at the
time. In 1988 Demi starred in The Seventh Sign directed by Carl Schultz.
After the commercial success of Ghost, Moore was given more prominent
roles in A Few Good Men, Indecent Proposal, Disclosure and The Hunchback
of Notre Dame for which she was the first actress to reach the $10 million
salary mark. During the early 1990s, she was the highest paid actress in
Hollywood. She never duplicated the success of Ghost and had a string of
less successful films like The Scarlet Letter, The Juror, Striptease, and
G.I. Jane. Meanwhile, Moore's Passion of Mind co-star Joss Ackland
lambasted Moore by describing her as being "not very bright or talented".
although he worked with her again on Flawless in 2008. At the same time
she produced and starred in a TV mini-series called If These Walls Could
Talk, written by Nancy Savoca. A three-part series on abortion, Savoca
directed two segments, including the one in which Moore played a single
woman in the 1950s seeking a back-alley abortion. She was nominated for a
Golden Globe for Best Actress for that role.
Moore was a founding "celebrity investor" in the Planet Hollywood chain of
international theme restaurants (modeled after the Hard Rock Cafe and
launched in New York on October 22, 1991) along with Sylvester Stallone,
Arnold Schwarzenegger and then-husband Bruce Willis.
After a break from her acting career, Moore returned to the screen as a
former member of Charlie's Angels gone bad in the 2003 film Charlie's
Angels: Full Throttle. In 2006, she appeared in Bobby which featured an
all-star cast including her husband Ashton Kutcher although they did not
appear in any scenes together. She later starred in the thriller film Mr.
Brooks, which was released on June 1, 2007. She appeared in Jon Bon Jovi's
longform video "Destination Anywhere" as Janie.
In 2006, Moore became the new face for the Helena Rubinstein brand of
Moore married singer Freddy Moore in 1979 and they divorced in 1985. In
1987, Moore met Moonlighting star Bruce Willis, and the couple married two
months later. The star couple had three daughters together: Rumer Glenn
Willis (b. 16 August 1988), Scout LaRue Willis (b. 20 July 1991), and
Tallulah Belle Willis (b. 3 February 1994). Demi and Bruce separated in
1998 and were divorced in 2000, but remain friends to this day. In 2003,
Moore began dating actor Ashton Kutcher. Demi married Ashton in 2005.
Moore's primary residence is in Hailey, Idaho, near the famous Sun Valley
resort, although she spends much time in the Los Angeles area with
Kutcher. She also owns a waterfront mansion on Sebago Lake, Maine. She is
a practicing follower of the 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 she has been more exposed to the deeper
meanings of particular rituals than any of her friends that did". Contrary
to popular belief, Moore claims she has never been a raw foodist and
dispelled the vegan rumors by eating a hamburger in a recent Mario Testino
Moore legally changed her last name to Kutcher two years after marrying
husband Ashton Kutcher. However, she continues to use Moore in her
professional life and her acting roles.
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