Today Demi Moore is as well known for her fabulous figure, daring "Vanity Fair" cover photos, and much-publicized 2000 split from husband Bruce Willis as for her films. However, the husky-voiced actress who rose from a troubled upbringing to stardom has toiled successfully behind the scenes, as a producer of the hits Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) and its sequel Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999).
Moore was born Demetria Guynes in Roswell, New Mexico, on November 11, 1962, to her mother, Virginia, and stepfather, Danny Guyness, a newspaper ad salesman. Her parents' relationship was at times abusive and the family struggled, moving frequently as Danny sought work. When Moore was in her teens, Danny committed suicide.
Dropping out of high school to pursue modeling and acting, Moore landed her first acting job as Jackie Templeton on the TV soap "General Hospital." Then, at age 18, she married rock musician Freddy Rocker, divorcing him four years later.
Moore's early films included the horror flick Parasite (1981), Young Doctors in Love (1982) and No Small Affair (1982). But it was the post-college angst drama St. Elmo's Fire that put the actress in the big league. The film's ensemble cast included Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Ally Sheedy, Andrew McCarthy and Judd Nelson, all of whom became collectively known as the "Brat Pack." Fittingly, the actors played a group of yuppie twenty-somethings trying to figure out next steps after graduation. And Moore played Jules, a vivacious but cocaine-addicted woman -- a role that, unfortunately, was too close to home at the time. With her job in St. Elmo's Fire on the line, the actress had to overcome drug dependency while shooting the movie.
St. Elmo's Fire solidified the stardom of Moore and her fellow "Brat Packers." However,