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Rumer Willis

Rumer Willis

American actress
Rumer Willis
The basics

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Intro American actress
A.K.A. Rumer Glenn Willis
Is Actor Television actor Model Film actor
From United States of America
Type Fashion Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender female
Birth 16 August 1988, Paducah, McCracken County, Kentucky, USA
Age 32 years
Star sign Leo
Residence Hailey
Family
Mother: Demi Moore
Father: Bruce Willis
Siblings: Talulah WillisScout Willis
Education
University of Southern California
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Biography

Rumer Glenn Willis (born August 16, 1988) is an American actress and singer. She is the oldest daughter of actors Bruce Willis and Demi Moore. Willis won season 20 of Dancing with the Stars. She went on to make her Broadway debut in Chicago as Roxie Hart on September 21, 2015.

Early life

Willis was born in Paducah, Kentucky, while her father, Bruce Willis, was filming In Country. She was named after British author Rumer Godden. Her mother, actress Demi Moore, hired a cameraman to videotape her birth.

She has two younger sisters, Scout LaRue Willis (born 1991), and Tallulah Belle Willis (born 1994), as well as two younger paternal half-sisters from her father's marriage to model Emma Heming, Mabel Ray Willis (born 2012) and Evelyn Penn Willis (born 2014).

Raised in Hailey, Idaho, Willis enrolled as a freshman at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan. In January 2004, she enrolled as a sophomore at Wildwood Secondary School in Los Angeles, California. She attended the University of Southern California for one semester before dropping out.

Career

In 1995, Willis made her film debut alongside her mother in Now and Then. The following year she appeared in Striptease (1996). She has worked with her father three times: in The Whole Nine Yards in 2000, Hostage in 2005 and Air Strike in 2018. She portrayed Joanne in the comedy film The House Bunny (2008) alongside Emma Stone, Colin Hanks and Anna Faris. The film was a commercial success, grossing $70 million worldwide. She played Natalie Wilburn in the horror film From Within (2008), which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 25, 2008. In 2009, she appeared in two films, the slasher film Sorority Row and the high school comedy film Wild Cherry. She won "Breakthrough Performance Female" award at Young Hollywood Awards for her performance in Wild Cherry. She was nominated for "Choice Movie Actress: Horror/Thriller" at Teen Choice Awards for Sorority Row. In 2013, Willis landed the lead role of Maya in the drama film The Odd Way Home. She also appeared in films There's Always Woodstock (2014), Return to Sender (2014), The Escort (2015) and Hello Again (2017).

She had guest roles in television shows Miss Guided, Army Wives, CSI: NY, Medium, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Hawaii Five-0 and Workaholics. Willis portrayed Gia Mannetti in ten episodes of the teen drama television series 90210 (2009–2010). In May 2013, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Willis will portray Zoe in the fourth season of Freeform's teen drama series Pretty Little Liars. She was a judge at Miss USA beauty pageant in 2014. In May 2015, Willis and professional dancer Valentin Chmerkovskiy won season 20 of ABC's dance competition television series Dancing with the Stars. From September 21 to November 1, 2015, Willis starred as Roxie Hart in Chicago on Broadway. W magazine noted that the past six months have been "a major breakout" for Willis." W magazine praised "her astonishing routines on the spring season of the show Dancing with the Stars, which she won with her partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy, that propelled Willis to new heights of fame. It also revealed the actress-singer to be a triple threat."

In 2016, she had a voice role on the stop-motion sketch comedy series Robot Chicken, in the episode "Yogurt in a Bag." On March 22, 2017, she had a recurring role in the third season of FOX's musical drama series Empire as Tory Ash. She became a series regular in Empire during the show's fourth season. In 2019, she appeared as a guest co-host in three episodes of CBS' talk show The Talk. On February 20, 2019, she was revealed to be the Lion on the first season of Fox's reality singing competition series The Masked Singer. Entertainment Weekly wrote that "Willis had commanded the stage with her vocal prowess and magnetic presence during the last eight weeks of the competition, proving time and again how powerful and versatile her singing skills truly are." Willis portrayed Joanna Pettet in the comedy-drama film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019) written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. The film has grossed $368.9 million worldwide, with The Hollywood Reporter writing that critics had "an overall positive view" of the film, calling it "Tarantino's love letter to '60s L.A."

Other ventures

She has appeared on the cover of several magazines, such as Page Six, Prestige and Us Weekly, and pictorials for Vanity Fair, Harper's Bazaar and The Sunday Times. In 2008, Willis ventured into the role of spokesperson for clothing brand Ocean Pacific.

Dancing with the Stars

On February 24, 2015, Willis was announced as one of the celebrities to compete on season 20 of Dancing with the Stars. Her professional partner was Valentin Chmerkovskiy. Her performance during week 1 earned her the highest score of the night (32 out of 40), and her performance during two rounds of competition in week 8 landed her two perfect scores.

On May 19, 2015, Willis and Chmerkovskiy were crowned the season's champions, winning over singer and actor Riker Lynch and army veteran Noah Galloway who took second and third place, respectively. Willis joined partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy and other Dancing with the Stars professionals on the 40-city "Dancing with the Stars: Perfect 10 Tour" during the summer of 2015.

Week # Dance / Song Judges' score Result 
Inaba Goodman Hough Tonioli    
Foxtrot / "Take Me to Church" No elimination 
Cha-cha-cha / "Rumor Has It" Safe 
Salsa / "Turn the Beat Around" Safe 
Waltz / "Turning Tables" Safe 
Samba / "Poor Unfortunate Souls" 10 10 10 Safe 
Jazz / "Bootylicious"
Team Freestyle / "Trouble" 
8
10 
8
7
10 
9
10 
Safe 
Jive / "Dear Future Husband"
Foxtrot Dance-Off / "Orange Colored Sky" 
8
Awarded 
9
9
extra 
9
points 
Last to be called safe 
Rhumba / "Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps"
Paso doble (Trio Challenge) / "Scott & Fran's Paso Doble" 
10
10 
10
10 
10
10 
10
10 
Safe 
Viennese Waltz / "Earned It"
Contemporary Fusion / "Theme from Swan Lake, Op. 20" 
10
10 
9
10 
9
10 
10
Last to be called safe 
10 Foxtrot / "Take Me to Church"
Freestyle / "Toxic"
Foxtrot & Paso Doble (fusion) / "Big Jet Plane" 
10
10
10 
10
10
10 
10
10
10 
10
10
10 
Winner 

Personal life

Willis is a teetotaler and has described it as a "lifestyle choice." In 2017, she told People that her "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."

She has several tattoos, including wings on her wrist and a feather on her shoulder blade.

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes 
1995 Now and Then Angela Albertson Credited as Willa Glen 
1996 Striptease Angela Grant Credited as Willa Glen 
2000 The Whole Nine Yards Girl Running Between Jimmy and Oz Uncredited 
2005 Hostage Amanda Tally  
2008 From Within Natalie  
2008 The House Bunny Joanne  
2008 Streak Drea Short film 
2008 Whore Smoking girl  
2009 Wild Cherry Katelyn Chase  
2009 Sorority Row Ellie Morris  
2012 Six Letter Word Zoe Short film 
2012 The Diary of Preston Plummer Kate Cather  
2013 The Ganzfeld Experiment Lucky  
2013 The Odd Way Home Maya  
2014 Return to Sender Darlene  
2014 There's Always Woodstock Emily  
2015 The Escort Dana  
2017 Hello Again Emily  
2018 Woman on the Edge Susan  
2018 Da hong zha Julia  
2018 Future World Rosie  
2018 Air Strike Nurse  
2019 What Lies Ahead Raven  
2019 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Joanna Pettet  
Year Title Role Notes 
2008 Miss Guided Shawna Episode: "Frenemies" 
2008 Army Wives Renee Talbott Episode: "Transitions" 
2008 CSI: NY Mackendra Taylor Episode: "My Name Is Mac Taylor" 
2009 Medium Bethany Simmons Episode: "The First Bite Is the Deepest" 
2009 The Secret Life of the American Teenager Heather Episode: "Knocked Up, Who's There?" 
2009–10 90210 Gia Mannetti Recurring role; 10 episodes 
2012 Workaholics Lisa Episode: "True Dromance" 
2012–13 Hawaii Five-0 Sabrina Lane Guest role; 2 episodes 
2013 Pretty Little Liars Zoe Episode: "The Guilty Girl's Handbook" 
2014 Miss USA Herself / Judge Television special 
2015 Dancing with the Stars Herself / Contestant Season 20 Champion 
2016 Robot Chicken Lila, Kathy, Clawdeen Wolf Voice role; episode: "Yogurt in a Bag"ko 
2017 Lip Sync Battle Herself / Competitor Episode: "Rumer Willis vs. Bryshere Gray" 
2017–2018 Empire Tory Ash 22 episodes 
2019 The Masked Singer Lion 7 episodes
 
2020 Floored Herself / Guest Judge Episode: "Tapped Out!" 
2020 Barkitecture Herself Episode: "Rumer Willis: Canine Camper" 
2020 9-1-1 Georgia Episode: "What's Next" 
Year Title Artist 
2007 "Still in Love with You" Five A.M. 
2009 "Get U Home" Shwayze 
2017 "Crazy Crazy 4 U" Cast of Empire featuring Rumer Willis 
2018 "SOS" Cher 
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