There are several fucked up things about the Demi Moore article on MSNBC today, the first of which is the headline: "As Career Sags, Demi Moore Battles Ageism." Nothing on that woman's body sags, OK? She's made it clear that she won't tolerate gravity. The item references yesterday's Daily Mail, which had the headline "She's Spent £226k On Plastic Surgery But 'I Still Can't Get A Hollywood Part', Says Demi." The cruelty never ceases. But surgery rumors aren't the point. And whether or not she is a good actress isn't the point, either. The point is this: Since 1981, this woman has worked consistently. After hits like St. Elmo's Fire, A Few Good Men and Ghost, she became the first woman to earn a $10 million salary. Then, in 2002, she turned 40. She sort of proved she still had "it" in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle but after that, the work slowed down. At age 45, the only project she has coming up is animated. You'll only hear her voice.
Demi told British magazine Red, "It's been a challenging few years, being the age I am. Almost to the point where I felt like, well, they don't know what to do with me. I am not 20. Not 30. There aren't that many good roles for women over 40. A lot of them don't have much substance, other than being someone's mother or wife." The aging star phenomenon is nothing new — see 1950's All About Eve — but Moore is not trapped in some Sunset Boulevard fantasy land. She's a working mom, albeit with a younger man, and she seems willing to keep her famous body and long shiny hair Hollywood-ready. She's willing to play the game, but Hollywood won't let her join in. Is it any wonder that Glenn Close is doing TV and Susan Sarandon stars in the craptastic-looking Mr. Woodcock?