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With her husky voice and beauty, Demi Moore was a fixture in 'Brat Pack' movies of the 1980s, such as St. Elmo's Fire and About Last Night.
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While reviews were mixed, the film brought in a respectable $104 million at the box office.
Moore had her third child with Willis in 1994, a daughter named Tallulah. That same year, she starred opposite Michael Douglas in the box office hit Disclosure. Moore played a top executive who sexually harasses Douglas's character. In an interview for Entertainment Weekly,
she explained why she took the controversial role. "I'd never played a villain before so that was attractive to me,"she said. The part was exceedingly challenging for Moore, explaining that she was a "wreck" during filming. "I've never showed up for a show where I literally started shaking before every scene. I've never stepped into someone who's so cunning — she's just really scary.
In 1995, Moore made movie history when she became the highest paid actress at the time — netting a $12.5 million payday for Striptease (1996). The film is about a single mother who works as a stripper to earn money to fight her ex-husband for custody of their daughter (played by Moore's real-life daughter Rumer). The film proved to be a commercial and critical disappointment.
Moore faced more personal challenges around this time. Her estranged mother was diagnosed with brain cancer in 1997, and the mother and daughter finally reunited. Moore stayed with her mother for the final months of her life. Virginia Guynes succumbed to her disease in July 1998. At the same time, Moore had to cope with another loss. She and Willis announced their separation after more than 10 years of marriage, just days before Guynes's passing.
Around this time, Moore also continued to struggle professionally. She starred in 1997's G.I. Jane as the first woman to attempt to join the elite Navy Seals military unit. For her role Moore trained vigorously, lifting weights for two hours a day and going for six-mile runs. She even shaved off her hair for one scene. All of this dedication, however, translated into a middling showing at the box office. Moore later said that the media reports "killed G.I. Jane before it ever even had a moment," according to Entertainment Weekly. Through her production company, Moving Pictures, Moore found more success as a producer of Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) and its sequels Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) and Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002).
Retreating from the Hollywood scene in 1998, Moore and her three daughters moved to Hailey, Idaho, where she and Willis had previously purchased a home. During her time in Hailey, Moore mostly focused on raising her daughters. She left her quiet small-town life to act in one film: the independent drama Passion of Mind (2000).
Moore's next big screen venture was heralded as her comeback. In Charlie's Angels 2: Full Throttle (2003), she played a villain named Madison Lee. Moore appeared opposite such younger talents as Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu, and Cameron Diaz. "She's so lovely and so powerful.
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