After years of scrutiny for her career, relationships and setbacks, the movie star hopes the public sees another side in her memoir, Inside Out.

A few days after I visited Demi Moore in her home high above Beverly Hills, her daughter Tallulah Willis told me, "My mum was not raised, she was forged."

But the woman who greeted me from atop a staircase, in the boxy residence she calls her "peaceful Zen treehouse," and asked if I was chilly or needed a jacket, was not the steely star whose movies, like St. Elmo's Fire, Ghost and A Few Good Men,

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"I was just the instrument"

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"Women didn't naturally fit into the system"

Recovery, reconciliation, "it's all been in alignment"

"Soul-centred living," and working