11/11/2012 07:50 am ET Updated Nov 13, 2012

Demi Moore: Birthday Girl Turns 50 Today!

Welcome to the 50 club, Demi Moore!

Demi Moore has enthralled us throughout her 28-year-long career, but long before Moore was one of the highest paid actress in film history or a gossip magazine favorite, she was just a struggling 16-year-old, attempting to live independently off a fledgling modeling career. At 19, the New Mexico native had transitioned into acting, landing a role on "General Hospital." She made the jump to the big screen in "Blame It On Rio" opposite Michael Caine as his daughter; by the release of "St. Elmo’s Fire" one year later, she was a star.

For years Demi was one of the premiere actresses in Hollywood, going on to star in successful films like “About Last Night…,” “Ghost,” “A Few Good Men,” “Indecent Proposal,” and “G.I. Jane.” Of her 1986 performance in “About Last Night…,” movie critic Robert Ebert wrote, “Moore is especially impressive. There isn't a romantic note she isn't required to play in this movie, and she plays them all flawlessly.” A career high came in 1996, when Moore earned $12.5 million for her role in “Striptease,” a record amount for any female actress at the time -- though we can’t say much about the actual movie.

After a seven-year hiatus from acting, Moore returned to movies looking better than ever as "fallen angel" Madison Lee in "Charlie's Angel: Full Throttle" in 2003. She's since followed up with thoughtful indies like "The Jones" and "Happy Tears."

However, for as much attention as Moore as received about her on-screen performances, she’s received just as much for her off-screen romances. In 1980 she married musician Freddy Moore. A few years later, she was briefly engaged to actor Emilio Estavez, and in 1987, she married actor Bruce Willis, with whom she has three daughters. Her latest high-profile romance came in 2005, when she became gossip rag’s favorite “cougar” and married actor Ashton Kutcher. Kutcher is nearly 16 years her junior.

While Moore has fallen upon some hard times since her separation from Kutcher in 2011, we hope that her sixth decade endows her with all the wisdom, perspective and faith in the world. We can't wait to see what you will do next, Demi. Happy birthday!



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