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Demi Moore puts her all into movie roles

June 28, 1996
Web posted at: 7:20 a.m. EDT

From Correspondent Bill Tush

NEW YORK (CNN) -- In the upcoming movie "Striptease," Demi Moore plays a single mother who dances topless to make a living and, hopefully, to make enough money to regain custody of her daughter.

In real life, Moore is the highest-paid actress in Hollywood. For "Striptease," she raked in a record-breaking salary of $12.5 million.

Part of the secret of her success may be her commitment and versatility. Moore shaved her head for her role in the upcoming movie "GI Jane," and learned to strip for "Striptease."

And yes, she did research for her role as a dancer.

"I went to Club Tier in New York, I've been to clubs in Florida and Los Angeles and various places," said Moore. "You know, on my path of enlightenment of the stripping world."

And on that path, Moore says, she found some women just like the one she plays, and one that was even doing better than her character in the movie.

"(There was) one in particular who I was most fascinated with because she was a mother of two," Moore said. "So beautiful this girl, (she) had two kids in private school, owned her own home, had a rental property, had her own car, had live-in help, was able to work nights and have her days available to her children, which meant she spent more time with them."

Playing the part of the stripper's daughter is Rumer Willis, the daughter of Moore and her husband, Bruce Willis.

"Well, she asked to have the opportunity to audition so after much discussion with my husband, I went and asked them if they would be willing to let her try because she wanted it so badly," Moore said.

And the role that she finally did land required Rumor to watch her mother dance.

But Moore said she didn't give it a second thought.

"We don't shame the body, we encourage the body as something beautiful and natural, and my children bathe with me, and I walk around naked," Moore says.

Now the question is: Will ticket buyers pay to see the same thing?

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