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Rumer Glenn Willis (born August 16, 1988)[1] 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. She has recently had a recurring role in season 3 and 4 of FOX musical-drama Empire and became a series regular in its fourth season.

Rumer Willis
Rumer Willis at 2012 MIFF (cropped).jpg
Willis at the 2012 Miami International Film Festival presentation of "The Diary of Preston Plummer"
Born Rumer Glenn Willis
(1988-08-16) August 16, 1988 (age 30)
Paducah, Kentucky, U.S.
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1995–present
Home town Hailey, Idaho, U.S.
Parent(s) Bruce Willis
Demi Moore


Early lifeEdit

She was born at Lourdes Hospital in Paducah, Kentucky, while her father, Bruce Willis, was filming In Country. She was named after British author Rumer Godden.[1] Her mother, actress Demi Moore, hired a cameraman to videotape her birth.[2] 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).[3]

Raised in Hailey, Idaho,[1] 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.[2] She attended the University of Southern California for one semester before dropping out.


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 twice: in The Whole Nine Yards in 2000 and Hostage in 2005.

In 2008, Willis ventured into the role of spokesperson for Ocean Pacific.[4] That same year, she was featured in the comedy The House Bunny[5] and the horror film From Within. In 2009, she co-starred in Sorority Row and in the independent film Wild Cherry, starring opposite Tania Raymonde and Kristin Cavallari.[6] In 2013, she starred as Maya in the independent film The Odd Way Home.

Willis' television credits include guest appearances on Miss Guided, Army Wives, CSI: NY, Medium, 90210, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Hawaii Five-0 and Workaholics.

In May 2013, it was announced that Willis would portray Zoe, an organizer in a worldwide charity, in the fourth season of Pretty Little Liars.[7]

From September 21 to November 1, 2015, Willis starred as Roxie Hart in "Chicago" on Broadway. Willis was supposed to start her run on August 18 but was forced to delay her opening due to a foot injury. On March 22, 2017, she appeared in season 3 of FOX's musical-drama Empire premiere as Jamal's (Jussie Smollett) musical female counterpart.

Dancing with the StarsEdit

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.[8] 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.[9]

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.[10] 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.

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



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
2005 Hostage Amanda Talley
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 Completed
2014 Return to Sender
2014 There's Always Woodstock Emily
2015 The Escort Dana
2017 Hello Again Emily (The Young Wife)
2018 Woman on the Edge Susan
2018 Future World Rosie
2018 Air Strike Nurse
2019 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Joanna Pettet Filming


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?"
2009–2010 90210 Gia Mannetti Recurring role; 10 episodes
2012 Workaholics Lisa Episode: "True Dromance"
2012–2013 Hawaii Five-0 Sabrina Lane Guest role; 2 episodes
2013 Pretty Little Liars Zoe Episode: "The Guilty Girl's Handbook"
2015 Dancing with the Stars Herself / Contestant Season 20
2017-2018 Empire Tory Ash Recurring (Season 3); Series Regular (Season 4)


  1. ^ a b c "Rumer Willis". Retrieved 17 March 2015.
  2. ^ a b AskMen Editors. "Rumer Willis". AskMen. Archived from the original on 17 August 2017. Retrieved 17 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Bruce Willis' Wife Emma Heming-Willis Gives Birth, Couple Welcomes Second Girl, Baby Evelyn Penn". Us Weekly. May 7, 2014. Retrieved May 7, 2014.
  4. ^ New York Daily News, April 30, 2008
  5. ^ "Rumer Willis Hopes First Lead Role Convinces Critics She's Not Interested In Riding Her Parents' Coattails". MTV News. Retrieved 17 March 2015.
  6. ^ "Rob Schneider, Rumer Willis in Wild Cherry". Entertainment Weekly's Retrieved 17 March 2015.
  7. ^ Ng, Philiana (May 22, 2013). "'Pretty Little Liars' Recruits Rumer Willis for Season 4 (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 22, 2013.
  8. ^ ABC News. "'Dancing With the Stars' 2015: Season 20 Celebrity Cast Announced". ABC News. Retrieved 17 March 2015.
  9. ^ ABC News. "'Dancing With the Stars' 2015: Rumer Willis Gets Two Perfect Scores In Week 8 of Season 20". ABC News.
  10. ^ Kubicek, John (May 19, 2015). "'Dancing with the Stars' Season 20 Finale Recap: Who Wins the Golden Mirror Ball?". BuddyTV. Retrieved May 19, 2015.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Alfonso Ribeiro & Witney Carson
Dancing with the Stars (US) winners
Season 20
(Spring 2015 with Valentin Chmerkovskiy)
Succeeded by
Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough