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Demi Moore: from big hair in St. Elmo's Fire to a close crop in GI Jane

Feature by Anwar Brett

DEMI MOORE

We take a look at the career of one of Hollywood’s sexiest actresses, from General Hospital to Ghost to GI Jane and beyond

Few actors provoke such extreme reactions as Demi Moore. But love her or loathe her, you have admire the fact that she is a survivor who continues to command high profile roles in a career that is, to say the least, interesting.

Her range is impressive too, with roles taking her from the passive heroine in Ghost, coming to terms with the loss of her boyfriend, to the gutsy heroine of GI Jane. And whatever the films she has starred in may lack, it is not the effort and commitment of their 37-year-old star.

Born Demi Guynes in November 1962, she spent much of her childhood travelling with her parents, drifting from place to place. After working as a model she moved into acting, winning a role on the daytime Soap General Hospital.

Ghost of a chance

In movies, she was an appealing lead in About Last Night (1986) but her breakthrough came with the smash hit romance Ghost (1990). The underrated Mortal Thoughts marked her first screen appearance with husband Bruce Willis, and she also held her own in the heavyweight courtroom drama A Few Good Men. Other, more adventurous efforts, went unnoticed however, forcing the actress to seek commercial success in more obvious movies like Indecent Proposal with Woody Harrelson and Robert Redford, the sexual harassment drama Disclosure opposite Michael Douglas, or being terrorized by mean old Alec Baldwin in The Juror.

At her best in roles that emphasize her toughness, she is – Ghost aside – not an actress that audiences root for as the underdog. She’s a tough cookie, and that shines through. In some ways the peak of Demi’s movie career, Striptease was the film in which she earned $12.5 million, in a role that required her to wholeheartedly live up to the title.The film was, in truth, a poor adaptation of Carl Hiaasen’s novel, and despite enormous publicity was not the hit that was hoped for.

Her next role gave the actress a sharp 180 degree turn. GI Jane cast her as a naval intelligence officer who is desperate to become a Navy SEAL. Usually the preserve of a male elite, her efforts are not viewed sympathetically, but she has the grit to hang in there and prove all those unreconstructed men wrong. What did you expect? She’s the star of the film after all.

No Regrets

At the time of that film she reflected on a career as varied and interesting as any of her peers. “In general there is only one role in my entire career that I regret doing,” she said, adding, in response to an unspoken thought: “and that most definitely is not Striptease.

"What I get out of each film is something that is mine, and that is the experience of making it. I have taken away from Striptease, just as I have from GI Jane, things that have changed my life and will do so forever. There is no amount of criticism that would ever make me look back for a second and say it wasn’t good to do.”

Full feature in Ultimate DVD #07

Demi on DVD

Demi Moore (here in About Last Night) on DVD

Region 1

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About Last Night Columbia Tristar
Disclosure Warner
A Few Good Men Columbia Tristar
GI Jane Disney
If These Walls Could Talk HBO
The Juror
Columbia Tristar
Mortal Thoughts Columbia Tristar
Nothing But Trouble Warner
Now and Then
New Line
Parasite Full Moon
The Seventh Sign Columbia Tristar
Striptease Warner

Region 2

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About Last Night Columbia Tristar
Disclosure Warner
A Few Good Men Columbia Tristar
GI Jane
Columbia Tristar
The Juror
Columbia Tristar
Mortal Thoughts Columbia Tristar
St. Elmo's Fire Columbia Tristar
The Seventh Sign Columbia Tristar
Striptease Warner

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