Demi Moore: Is the Divorce, Along with Her Age, Too Much to Bear?

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Demi Moore is admired not only for her strong acting skills but also for her looks. She's always been a raven-haired beauty with distinctive facial features and a toned, shapely figure.

These days, however, the "Margin Call" actress looks painfully thin. Everyone knows by now that the 49-year-old star split with her 33-year-old husband Ashton Kutcher. The stress from the divorce has likely taken its toll. So if the woman who will appear in "Linda LoveLace" as Gloria Steinem isn't eating much these days, we understand it.

But is it more than that? Demi was recently hospitalized for what her reps are calling "exhaustion." "Because of the stresses in her life right now, Demi has chosen to seek professional assistance to treat her exhaustion and improve her overall health. She looks forward to getting well and is grateful for the support of her family and friends," said her rep.

However, TMZ claims the actress is being treated for substance abuse.

Is it one, or the other, or both?

As reported at HelpGuide.org, sudden weight loss or weight gain can be attributed to substance abuse. It would not be a stretch to learn that the mother of three is abusing drugs, due to everything that's going on in her life.

Not only has Ms. Moore lost her husband, she's also dealing with being an "over-the-hill" actress. As reported at BBC News, "Hollywood is littered with tales of aging starlets who see their careers take a nosedive after they pass the big 4-0."

Says James Parish, a Hollywood historian and author of Katherine Hepburn: The UnTold Story, on 53-year-old Michelle Pfeiffer, "She does very few films - not because she's not talented, not because she's not pretty in a mature way, but just because there aren't many parts for women over 40."

Although a good actress like Demi will likely continue to get roles, even if they are centered on non box-office bonanzas, such as "Another Happy Day" with Ellen Barkin, she can also make a name for herself as a director. She recently helped direct the Lifetime Network's "Five," a movie that showcases five stories about breast cancer. The film was co-directed with Jennifer Aniston, Alicia Keys, Patty Jenkins and Penelope Spheeris.

Meanwhile, her fans root for her recovery so that she can get back on her feet and move on with her life, whether in acting, directing or both.

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