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Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: City of Edmonton News. Posted by Lexi Schwartz
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Entertainment
Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: City Of Edmonton News.
Posted by Lexi Schwartz
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Rumer Willis

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Famous For:
Dancing with the Stars, The House Bunny, Hostage
Networth:
$3 Million
Currently Known For:
Actress and Singer
Famous Years:
1990s - Present
Birthdate:
August 16, 1988
Rumer Willis


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  Famous For:
Dancing with the Stars, The House Bunny, Hostage

  Networth:
$3 Million

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On the brink of his massive success as John McClane in the Die Hard film franchise (1988-2013), Bruce Willis met actress Demi Moore at the movie premiere of Stakeout in 1987. It was love at first sight for the couple who exchanged vows just months later on November 21, 1987. They wasted very little time starting a family with the birth of their first daughter, Rumer Glenn Willis, on August 16, 1988, at Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah.

Willis was raised in Halley, Idaho with her two younger sisters, Scout LaRue and Tallulah Belle. When she was 12 years old, her parents divorced in October 2000 in a decision that devastated her father. “I felt I had failed as a father and a husband by not being able to make it work,” Bruce said of the decision. Regardless, Willis and her sisters flourished as their parents remained close friends. She enrolled at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan before her family relocated to Southern California to ensure the girls were close to both parents. Once in California, Willis attended Wildwood Secondary School in Los Angeles and, after graduation, spent one semester at the University of Southern California.

As a youngster, Willis toyed with the idea of acting and made her feature film debut alongside her mother in Now and Then (1995). She then appeared in Striptease (1996) and joined her father in The Whole Nine Yards (2000) and Hostage (2005). After spending a semester in college, Willis knew she wanted to pursue acting full time and did exactly that as she signed on as a spokesperson for Ocean Pacific in 2008 and made her comedy debut in The House Bunny (2008) and her horror debut in From Within (2008).

She ventured into television with several guest appearances in Miss Guided (2008), Army Wives (2008), CSI: NY (2008), Medium (2009), and The Secret Life of the American Teenager (2009). She added in two more film credits in Wild Cherry (2009) and Sorority Row (2009) before she snagged a recurring role as Gia Mannetti in 90210 (2009-2010). By this time, Willis developed her own style and turned heads when she landed the racy role as part of the same sex storyline on the hit series. “We wrote the character first,” showrunner Rebecca Sinclair said. “Rumer auditioned and she was really fantastic, and she had a kind of eccentricity which I really liked. Her hair is great, and her glasses are cute.”

Following her impressive stint on 90210, Willis expanded her reach in Hollywood with numerous film appearances in The Odd Way Home (2013), Return to Sender (2014), There’s Always Woodstock (2014), and The Escort (2015). She also stayed busy on television with guest roles in Workaholics (2012), Hawaii Five-0 (2012-2013), and Pretty Little Liars (2013). In 2015, she put on her dancing shoes and joined Valentin Chmerkovskiy for a first-place finish on Dancing with the Stars.

Amid salsa-dancing her way into the spotlight in 2015, Willis enjoyed another huge first when she made her Broadway debut as Roxie Hart in the 2015 production of Chicago. Once the production wrapped, she returned to television and film with credits in Hello Again (2017), Empire (2017-2018), Future World (2018), and Air Strike (2018). Her most recent credits include films What Lies Ahead (2019) and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019) and the television singing competition, The Masked Singer (2019).

Beyond the Spotlight

“There’s so much pressure to look a certain way, and I don’t fit the convention. But it’s okay if you’re not the perfect picture.” As the oldest daughter of Hollywood stars, it’s no surprise that the 30-year-old Willis often finds herself in the tabloids. In fact, she’s endured media speculation for years over her evolving looks and the likeness she shares with her famous parents. “People have such an immediate judgment of me because I have tattoos or because my hair is sometimes crazy,” she says. “They think I’m this reckless child of famous parents.”

Willis also endured ongoing comparisons to her famous mother especially as she toyed with her look, sometimes exchanging lacy feminine clothing for more androgynous pieces. “People would say I looked like a man or something… or a potato head was the big term that everyone used a lot, making fun of the way I looked,” she said. “My mom, who is one of the most stunning women I’ve ever met and who everyone was comparing me to, saying that you look more like your very masculine father than your beautiful mom.”

Because of the criticism, Willis considered going under the knife to alter her look, but she never worked up the courage. Instead, she learned to embrace her appearance and is confident in who she is even if it frustrates her that photographers and editors use Photoshop to alter her appearance. “I find it really offensive for anyone to try and change the way you look so drastically,” she says. “I love the way I look, and I won’t support anyone who would feel a need to change the way I look to make me beautiful.”

In 2017, Willis made headlines again—not for her appearance this time—when she turned to Instagram to share that she was six months sober. “I wanted to share this because I am really proud of myself,” she said. “Yesterday I celebrated six months of sobriety. It’s not something I planned on but after the long journey of getting here, I can honestly say I have never been prouder of myself in my entire life.”

Shocking the world with her announcement, rumors ran wild that Willis was battling substance abuse but that wasn’t the case at all as she told People magazine, “My decision to become sober wasn’t out of a need necessarily, it was more just that I did ‘sober January’ and I just decided to keep going… I didn’t say I was sober from anything; I could have been sober from a food addiction or buying too many clothes or from relationships or whatever, but I think we’re in this culture where we naturally presume and assume.”

Today, the 30-year-old Willis continues to raise eyebrows in Hollywood for her eclectic and bohemian style as well as her lifestyle. As Demi Moore’s and Bruce Willis’ daughter, we wouldn’t expect anything less!

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