Demi Moore is an American actress best known for her roles in Ghost, G.I. Jane, and Striptease. Having started her career in the early 1980s, Moore has appeared in more than 65 movies and television series.
Today, she’s one of America’s most well known actresses. But it’s not just her acting career that contributes to her financial success.
Read on to find out how she earned her biggest paychecks and most successful projects and trace her career from its start until present day.
Demi Gene Guynes, who we all know as Demi Moore, was born on November 11, 1962, in Roswell, New Mexico. Moore’s biological father’s name is Charles Harmon, Sr., who left her mother Virginia King just two months into their marriage.
Her mother was only 18 years old at the time and pregnant with Moore. When Moore was 3 months old, her mother married Dan Guynes, who Moore recognizes as her father.
Because of the irregularity of Guynes’ employment, the family moved around a lot. When Moore was 15 years old, they settled in West Hollywood, California, where she attended Fairfax High School.
It was during this time that Moore experienced significant trauma. She was raped by their landlord, Val Dumas (born as Basil Doumas), who said he paid Moore’s mother so he can get to Moore. Soon after these traumatic events, Moore dropped out of school and moved out of the house.
Moore has spoken openly about these events, her troubled childhood, as well as her later relationships in Inside Out: A Memoir, which she published in 2019.
Moore signed with Elite Modeling Agency in the 80s. Inspired by Nastassja Kinski, a 17-year-old German actress who was her neighbor at the time, Moore signed up for acting classes as well. Soon, Moore would met her future first husband, musician Freddy Moore. The pair met at a Los Angeles nightclub, where he was performing.
Soon after meeting, the couple moved into together, and married shortly after. Moore would co-write three songs with Freddy Moore for which she continues to receive royalty checks to this day.
In 1981, Moore was featured on the cover of Oui, an adult magazine, where she posed in the nude. She was only 16 years old at the time but told the management that she was 18. Moore only agreed to the cover picture but some other shots made their way into publication as well.
The first movie that Moore appeared in was the teen drama Choices in 1981. Throughout the early 1980s, she played small roles in movies like Parasite, Blame It on Rio, and No Small Affair. She was also cast in the soap General Hospital as Jackie Templeton for 38 episodes between 1982 and 1984.. However, it was in 1985 that she got her first big break when she was cast in a major role in St. Elmo’s Fire.
The late 1980s brought on bigger roles with slightly bigger paychecks, and Demi Moore’s net worth began to steadily grow. Some of her most notable films during this period were About Last Night, One Crazy Summer, Wisdom, The Seventh Sign, and We’re No Angels.
The turning point in Moore’s career came when she appeared in the massive blockbuster, Ghost, starring opposite Patrick Swayze. The movie made over $505 million and was the highest grossing film of 1990.
It was not only her acting performance that made an impact on audiences around the world but also her hairstyle. After the movie was released, millions of women around the world went to their salons demanding a bowl cut that looks just like the one Moore’s Molly sported in the iconic movie.
After doing Ghost, Demi Moore’s net worth was quickly increasing. The movies that followed all gave her a pretty substantial paycheck. A Few Good Men in 1992, Indecent Proposal in 1993, and Disclosure in 1994 all turned out to be pretty big hits at the box office as well.
In 1993, Moore would star in her fifth highest-grossing film to date, Indecent Proposal. The film had a star-studded cast, including Robert Redford, Woody Harrelson, Oliver Platt, and Billy Bob Thornton. And with a budget of $38 million, the movie earned more than $266 million globally.
The film was also a sizable boost to Demi Moore’s net worth. She was reportedly paid $3 million for the role.
By 1996, Moore became the highest paid actress at the time. She was paid a salary of $12.5 million for starring in Striptease, which is equivalent to about $20 million today. At the time, it was the highest salary an actress had ever been paid for a film.
The movie grossed more than $113 million worldwide against a budget of $40 million.
In 1997, Demi Moore’s net worth grew even more with a reported salary of $11 million for G.I. Jane. Unfortunately, the film was a flop at the box office, only grossing $48 million against a budget of $50 million.
Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle
In 2003, Moore starred opposite Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu, and Cameron Diaz in Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle. The movie, which was a follow up to 2000’s Charlie’s Angels, grossed more than $259 million globally against a 120 million budget.
Moore was reportedly paid $2 million for her role as Madison Lee.
Moore has received two Golden Globe nominations for her acting performances. The first one was for her iconic role in Ghost, and the second was for the 1996 HBO miniseries If These Walls Could Talk, for which she also received an Emmy nomination.
Moore’s popularity seemed to wane a little bit during the turn of the millennium. Part of the reason was because she took a break from acting as she focused on raising her three daughters.
She did make a comeback by 2006 when she started doing movies again, starting with Bobby, which won awards for best cast. She also starred in the thrillers Half Light with Hans Matheson, Mr. Brooks with Kevin Costner, and Flawless with Michael Caine.
More recently, Moore has appeared in the films songbird, Please Baby Please, and The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent.
Since she was young, Moore had always had to fend for herself. Her biological father was absent, her stepfather was abusive, and her mother had multiple problems with the law, so she really had no other choice. In 1981, she married Freddy Moore and took on his last name. The couple got divorced in 1985.
Two years later, Moore would marry actor Bruce Willis. Throughout their 13-year marriage, the couple had three daughters, who are all successful in their careers. Rumer Willis is now an actress and singer. Scout LaRue is also a singer who had just released her first single. And Tallulah Belle the youngest is the owner of a clothing line.
Moore and Willis separated in 1998 and finalized their divorce in 2000. Moore received a $90 million divorce settlement in the form of cash and real estate. Despite the separation, however, the two continued to co-parent their daughters quite well.
In 2005, Moore got married for the third time, this time to actor Ashton Kutcher, who is 15 years younger. The marriage lasted six years until they separated in 2011 and eventually divorced in 2013. Currently, Moore is said to be dating chef Daniel Humm.
In 2017, Moore sold her New York City penthouse in the San Remo building for $45 million. The property had originally been listed at $75 million, and then reduced to $59 million. Moore had owned the property since 1990 with her then-husband, Bruce Willis.
Demi Moore’s Net Worth
As of 2022, Demi Moore’s net worth is estimated at $200 million. And while her acting career is largely responsible for that number, her work as a producer, her book sales, and her real estate investments also impact her net worth.
Although the peak of her success came in the 1990s, Moore is still presently working in film and TV, most recently appearing in The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent alongside Nicolas Cage. She has also branched out into producing, directing and voice acting as well.
Fans of Moore can look forward to seeing her next in The Substance, which was set to begin filming in May 2022. However, the movie also stars Ray Liotta, who passed not long after filming began. There’s not been an update yet on the production status of the film.
Moore is also set to join FX’s Feud, for its second season. And lastly, Moore has an addition pitch in the works that will see her star in, as well as produce, Dirty Diana for Amazon Prime. The television series will follow a couple and their journey to find their way back to each other through perseverance, connection, and sex.