Phil Archbold After a difficult childhood marred by cases of alcoholism and suicide in the family, Demi Moore left behind her life in a New Mexico trailer park in pursuit of the bright lights of Tinseltown.
Three decades and three husbands later, Moore's name is known the world over, but her face is rarely seen anymore. She became a teen icon in the '80s, and by the '90s was the most sought after woman in Hollywood.
Then a series of unfortunate career moves — The Scarlet Letter, anyone? As far as her career in recent years , the space between Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle and her brief stint on the Fox series Empire — is a veritable wasteland outside of the Miley Cyrus-led romantic comedy, LOL, which kind of says it all. On the personal front, Moore's had more than her share of drama: She seems to have been on a downward spiral for years, which makes it kind of obvious as to why she's become so reclusive, but let's see if we can decipher the real reason we don't hear from her anymore.
Going head-to-head with her tabloid headlines Getty Images Demi Moore has had a feisty relationship with the press right from the get-go. The actress has battled with the media over her public image on countless occasions over the course of her career, even during her early, more successful years. The stunning young starlet first came to the attention of audiences as a member of the so-called Brat Pack, starring in '80s coming-of-age classics like St.
Elmo's Fire and About Last Night, though she always hated being labelled as a brat. He implied we all hate each other. Things took a turn for the worse at the midpoint of the decade, however. The Scarlet Letter barely managed to claw back a fifth of its budget, Razzie favorite Striptease became Hollywood slang for box office bomb after a horrible performance in , and G. Jane for which Moore shaved her head was a resounding disappointment domestically.
Overpaid and underperforming Getty Images It might seem hard to believe now, but at one point Demi Moore was Hollywood's highest paid female. That would be the last eight figure sum she would receive, as studios became wise to her salary demands. One Disney senior executive seemed to realize her bubble had burst even before G. We would have to drag them kicking and screaming to see this movie. The media started calling her " Gimme Moore ," highlighting the crazy and often ridiculous requests the actress was said to have been making of movie studios — she once asked for a private plane to transport her from her secluded Idaho home to New York City and then reportedly demanded that Sony swap it for a larger one so that she didn't have to stack her luggage!
The older she got, the more desperately she tried to hang on to her good looks, reportedly turning to plastic surgeons for help. When asked about the sudden differences in her appearance, Moore flat-out denied she had ever gone under the knife, telling reporters in Paris via Daily Mail that she didn't like "the idea of having an operation to hold up the aging process… the scalpel won't make you happy.
Not ready for the grandma roles Getty Images After allegedly spending a small fortune on changing her appearance only to be told she still was no longer suitable for the strong, sexy roles she used to get, Demi Moore spoke out against ageism in Hollywood, blaming it for her relegation from the A-list. When she hit 44, she opened up about how difficult it was to be a middle-aged woman in the film industry. Almost to the point where I felt like, well, they don't know what to do with me.
I am not There aren't that many good roles for women over A lot of them don't have much substance, other than being someone's mother or wife. The final straw came when year-old part-time model Sara Leal spilled the beans about sleeping with Kutcher on his and Moore's wedding anniversary ouch! The actress relied heavily on the three daughters she had with ex Bruce Willis in the aftermath of her very public separation from Kutcher, though she was said to have been contacting them so regularly and often in tears that they reportedly considered taking out a restraining order against her.
Demi has been calling them incessantly and emailing them, leaving them tearful messages and begging them to call her and the girls are sick of it. Elmo's Fire director Joel Schumacher threatened to fire her from the teen movie if she didn't get totally clean before the shoot began.
She managed to get sober in time and the movie made her a star in the making, but unfortunately for the actress it wouldn't be her last experience with substance abuse. Her excessive drug taking supposedly drove a gap between her and Kutcher , with one source close to the couple revealing that "it was a sticking point for Ashton. He wanted her to take care of herself and get a hold of things, and she wouldn't. Is she suffering from anorexia?
Getty Images Demi Moore's drug problems lead to a period of dramatic weight loss, and before long the fading star had been diagnosed with anorexia according to sources inside her camp. She has not taken care of her health at all lately and has lost a ton of weight.
She was tied to a tragic accident Getty Images Demi Moore was briefly back in the news in , though for all the wrong reasons. In July of that year a year-old man named Edenilson Steven Valle attended a party at Moore's Beverly Hills home — where he drowned after falling into her swimming pool while intoxicated. The actress was away visiting family at the time of the tragic accident she released a statement that said she was in "absolute shock" when she heard the news , though the fact that a wild party had led to a death on her premises only reinforced studio fears that she was a liability.
Valle's family initially launched a lawsuit for unspecified damages against party host Lenny Hernandez for "serving alcohol at a party which was unsafe to host," and Moore herself was later dragged into the proceedings. Valle's mom and dad Maria and Jorge claimed that Moore was culpable as there were no depth markers on her feet-deep pool and she had rocks placed around its edges, which was an accident waiting to happen according to the deceased man's grieving parents.
The actress is said to have fought the suit, insisting that her rock display was in plain sight and it was Valle's own fault if he failed to notice them because he was drunk. It's unclear how much money may have eventually changed hands, but court papers obtained by TMZ in January reveal that all parties came to an agreement and asked for the case to be dismissed. Welcome to Demi's dollhouse Getty Images Ashton Kutcher never mentioned it after they split, but while still married to Demi Moore he admitted that her obsessive hobby totally freaked him out.
Moore is an avid collector of dolls and according to reports has between 2, and 3, in her bizarre horde — enough to warrant their very own house. The former Punk'd presenter told Conan O'Brien via Telegraph that he was pretty sure the dolls had souls. We have some in the bedroom and that makes things just weird.
While her record with the critics has always been spotty, she still managed to win favor on a semi-regular basis back in the late '80s and early '90s, with films like Ghost and A Few Good Men earning Certified Fresh status on Rotten Tomatoes and No Small Affair , About Last Night and One Crazy Summer both scoring respectable percentages on the Tomatometer the previous decade. Scroll up her profile page to her recent projects, however, and the love she used to receive on occasion is nowhere to be seen.
In fact, of the last ten feature films scored by the website's network of knowledgeable critics, eight ended up with scores of 55 percent or less , a record that isn't exactly attractive to studios. Does that mean a comeback for Moore is impossible? She failed to conquer Empire Back in March , Radar Online spoke exclusively with a source close to Demi Moore who revealed that the actress was plotting a huge Hollywood comeback on the back of her role in hit Fox show, Empire.
Despite all the noise made by her camp in the run-up to her return, the Striptease star only had a six-episode arc on Empire, culminating in her character Claudia being arrested for kidnapping Lucious Terrence Howard. Of course, there's always a chance that the showrunners might decide to bring her back at some stage, but judging from an interview with executive producer Craig Brewer, that seems highly unlikely. Full Throttle is considered one of the most iconic of her career, helping her to re-establish herself as a Hollywood hottie at a time when her on-screen pursuits had gone a little stale.
Now, Moore is banking on bikinis to once again help her get out of a funk, though this time she's going to be selling them rather than wearing them.
Savvy young businessman Jesse Horwitz who made the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in after co-founding contact lens company Hubble Contacts is also involved, which can only be good news for the actress.
Her charity work also keeps her busy Getty Images Thanks to the aforementioned fur coat fiasco, Demi Moore found herself in the dog house with top animal charity PETA , and while that had a negative impact on her public image, it shouldn't distract from all the philanthropy she's been engaged in since.
Her biggest passion has always been the abolition of modern day slavery and human trafficking, however, and in she was honored for her efforts to keep young girls safe from such horrors.
It was Moore who wound up thanking them, however. And that it inspires them to be the beautiful, powerful, young women that they are. As the ramifications of prolific predator Harvey Weinstein 's downfall continue to grip Tinseltown, more and more stars are being implicated.
But nobody expected Moore's name to be added to that list. Maybe we should have, however, as the evidence has actually been on YouTube for years. In , the staff of General Hospital Moore got her big break on the long-running ABC soap opera went out on the town to celebrate the fifteenth birthday of cast member Philip Tanzini.
Footage of the frivolities shot by Entertainment Tonight first found its way online in but has been largely ignored until recently. According to Digital Music News , calls for Moore to be added to the list of offenders have been growing, though Tanzini who joked about the fact that the actress was married to Freddy Moore during the video has declined to comment.
He certainly didn't seem to mind at the time, and it looks as though he wants to keep the incident in the past. As far as we can tell, Moore hasn't responded to the outcry. However, it wouldn't surprise us if this was now one of the biggest reasons we no longer hear from her.