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Drew Blyth Barrymore (born February 22, 1975) is an American actress, film producer and film director. She is the youngest member of the Barrymore family of American actors and granddaughter of John Barrymore. She first appeared in an advertisement when she was eleven months old. Barrymore made her film debut in Altered States in 1980. Afterwards, she starred in her breakout role in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. She quickly became one of Hollywoodmarker's most recognized child actresses, going on to establish herself in mainly comic roles.

Following a turbulent childhood which was marked by drug and alcohol abuse and two stints in rehab, Barrymore wrote the 1990 autobiography, Little Girl Lost. She successfully made the transition from child star to adult actress with a number of films including the unsuccessful Poison Ivy, Bad Girls, Boys on the Side, and Everyone Says I Love You. Subsequently, she established herself in romantic comedies such as The Wedding Singer and Lucky You.

In 1995, she and partner Nancy Juvonen formed the production company Flower Films, with its first production the 1999 Barrymore film Never Been Kissed. Flower Films has gone on to produce the Barrymore vehicle films Charlie's Angels, 50 First Dates, and Music and Lyrics, as well as the cult film Donnie Darko. Barrymore's more recent projects include He's Just Not That into You, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, and Everybody's Fine. A recipient of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Famemarker, Barrymore appeared on the cover of the 2007 People magazine's 100 Most Beautiful issue.

Barrymore was named Ambassador Against Hunger for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). Since then, she has donated over $1 million to the program. In 2007, she became both CoverGirl's newest model and spokeswoman for the cosmetic and the face for Gucci's newest jewelry line.

Early life

Barrymore was born in Culver Citymarker, Californiamarker, the daughter of American actor John Drew Barrymore and Ildikó Jaid Barrymore (née Makó), an aspiring actress born in a Displaced Persons camp in Brannenburgmarker, West Germany to Hungarian World War II refugees. Barrymore is of Irish descent on her father's side through an ancestor, actor Maurice Costello. Her parents divorced after she was born. She has a half-brother John Blyth Barrymore, also an actor, and two half-sisters, Blyth Dolores Barrymore and Brahma (Jessica) Blyth Barrymore.

Barrymore was born into acting: her great-grandparents Maurice Barrymore and Georgie Drew Barrymore, Maurice Costello and Mae Costello (née Altschuk) and her grandparents John Barrymore and Dolores Costello were all actors; John Barrymore was arguably the most acclaimed actor of his generation. She is the grandniece of Lionel Barrymore, Ethel Barrymore and Helene Costello, the great-great-granddaughter of John Drew and actress Louisa Lane Drew, and the great grandniece of silent film actor/writer/director Sidney Drew. She is also the god-daughter of director Steven Spielberg, and Sophia Loren.

Her first name, Drew, was the maiden name of her paternal great-grandmother, Georgie Drew Barrymore; her middle name, Blyth, was the original surname of the dynasty founded by her great-grandfather, Maurice Barrymore.

Rise to fame

Barrymore's career began when she auditioned for a dog food commercial at eleven months old. When she was bitten by her canine co-star, the producers were afraid she would cry, but she merely laughed, and was hired for the job. She made her film debut in Altered States (1980), in which she got a small part. A year later, she landed the role of Gertie, the younger sister of Elliott, in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, which made her famous. She received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress in 1984 for her role in Irreconcilable Differences, in which she starred as a young girl divorcing her parents. In a review in the Chicago Sun-Times, Roger Ebert states: "Barrymore is the right actress for this role precisely because she approaches it with such grave calm." He concludes with saying that "The Drew Barrymore character sees right through all of this. She doesn't care about careers, she wants to be given a happy home and her minimum daily requirement of love, and, in a way, the movie is about how Hollywood (and American success in general) tends to cut adults off from the natural functions of parents."

Rebellious era

In the wake of this sudden stardom, Barrymore endured a notoriously troubled childhood. She was already a regular at the famed Studio 54marker when she was a little girl, smoking cigarettes at age nine, drinking alcohol by the time she was 11, smoking marijuana at 12, and snorting cocaine at 13. Her nightlife and constant partying became a popular subject with the media. She was in rehab at age 13. A suicide attempt at age 14 put her back in rehab, followed by a three-month stay with singer David Crosby and his wife. The stay was precipitated, Crosby said, because she "needed to be around some people that were committed to sobriety." Barrymore later described this period of her life in her 1990 autobiography, Little Girl Lost. The next year, following a successful juvenile court petition for emancipation, she moved into her own apartment and has never relapsed.

New image

In her late teens, Barrymore forged a new image as she played a manipulative teenage seductress in Poison Ivy (1992), which was a box office failure, but was popular on video and cable. That same year, at the age of 17, she posed nude for the cover of the July issue of Interview magazine with her then-fiancé, actor Jamie Walters, as well as appearing nude in pictures inside the issue. In 1993, Barrymore earned a second Golden Globe nomination for the film Guncrazy. Barrymore would go on to pose nude for the January 1995 issue of Playboy. Steven Spielberg, who directed her in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial when she was a child, gave her a quilt for her twentieth birthday with a note that read, "Cover yourself up". Enclosed were copies of her Playboy pictures, with the pictures altered by his art department so that she appeared fully clothed. She would appear nude in five of her films during this period. During a 1995 appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman, Barrymore climbed onto Dave Letterman's desk and bared her breasts to him, her back to the camera, in celebration of his birthday. She modeled in a series of Guess? jeans ads during this time. She underwent breast reduction surgery in 1992, and has said on the subject:

Return to prominence

In 1995, Barrymore starred in Boys on the Side opposite Whoopi Goldberg and Mary-Louise Parker, and had a cameo role in Joel Schumacher's film Batman Forever, in which she portrayed a moll to Tommy Lee Jones' character, Two-Face. The following year, she made a cameo in the successful horror film Scream. Barrymore has continued to be highly bankable, and a top box office draw. She was frequently cast in romantic comedies, such as Wishful Thinking (1996), The Wedding Singer (1998), Home Fries (1998).

Besides a number of appearances in films produced by her company, Flower Films, including Charlie's Angels, Barrymore had a dramatic role in the comedy/drama Riding in Cars with Boys (2001), playing a teenage mother in a failed marriage with the drug-addicted father (based on the real-life story of Beverly D'Onofrio). In 2002, Barrymore appeared in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, alongside Sam Rockwell and Julia Roberts.

Flower Films

In 1995, Barrymore formed Flower Films, a production company, with business partner Nancy Juvonen. The first film produced by the company was 1999's Never Been Kissed. The second offering from the company wasCharlie's Angels (2000), a major box office success in 2000 that helped solidify the standing of both Barrymore and the company.

When the production of Richard Kelly's debut film, Donnie Darko, was threatened, Barrymore stepped forward with financing from Flower Films and took the small role of Karen Pomeroy, the title character's English teacher. Although the film was less than successful at the box office in the wake of 9/11, it reached cult film status after the DVD release, inspiring numerous websites devoted to unraveling the plot twists and meanings.

In 2003, she reprised her role as Dylan Sanders in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, was nominated for an Emmy Award for her performance in Olive, the Other Reindeer and appeared with Ben Stiller in Duplex in 2003. Flower Films produced 50 First Dates with co-star Adam Sandler's Happy Madison company in 2004. Summing up Barrymore's appeal, Roger Ebert, in his review of 50 First Dates, described Barrymore as having a "smiling, coy sincerity", describing the film as "ingratiating and lovable".

50 First Dates was followed by Fever Pitch (2005), and in 2007, Music and Lyrics and Lucky You. Barrymore's more recent projects include Beverly Hills Chihuahua in 2008, and 2009's He's Just Not That into You, Grey Gardensmarker and Everybody's Fine.

Barrymore's directorial debut film Whip It, was released in October 2009. Whip It starred Ellen Page and Marcia Gay Harden and centered on an obsession with beauty pageants and the Austin, Texas Hurl Girls roller derby team. Barrymore also co-starred in the film.

Other career highlights

Barrymore began a recurring character in the animated comedy Family Guy as Brian Griffin's simple-minded girlfriend, Jillian. She has since appeared in eight episodes. She was the subject of the 2005 documentary My Date with Drew. In it, an aspiring filmmaker and a fan of Barrymore's, uses his limited resources in an attempt to gain a date with her.

On February 3, 2004, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Famemarker.

Barrymore's films have a worldwide box office gross that stands at over $2.3 billion. According to The Hollywood Reporter's annual Star Salary Top 10, she was one of the actresses with the second highest salary per movie for 2006.

On February 3, 2007, Barrymore hosted Saturday Night Live (SNL) for the fifth time, making her the second female host (after Candice Bergen) in the show's history to do so. She hosted again on October 10, 2009, becoming the first female to host six times. Barrymore still holds the record as the youngest celebrity ever to host the show (1982, at age seven).

Barrymore became a CoverGirl Cosmetics' model and spokeswoman in 2007, and was No. 1 in People's annual 100 Most Beautiful People list. In 2007, she was named the new face for the Gucci jewelry line. Barrymore is signed to IMG Models New York City.

In May 2007, Barrymore was named Ambassador Against Hunger for the United Nations World Food Programme and later donated $1 million to the cause.

Personal life

In 1991, at the age of 16, Barrymore became engaged to Leland Hayward, grandson of Hollywood producer Leland Hayward. However after a few months, this engagement was called off. Soon afterward, Barrymore was engaged to and lived with musician/actor Jamie Walters in 1992-93.

She was married to Welsh bartender turned bar owner Jeremy Thomas from March 20 to April 28, 1994. Her second marriage was to comedian Tom Green from July 7, 2001 to October 15, 2002. Green filed for divorce in December 2001. In 2002, Barrymore began dating Strokes' drummer Fabrizio Moretti, soon after they met at a concert. Their five year relationship, however, ended on January 10, 2007. She most recently dated Justin Long, however, they confirmed their split in July 2008. Although the two are no longer a couple, Us Weekly reported that they signed on to co-star in the upcoming film Going the Distance.

In the 1990s Barrymore was frequently described as bisexual, although she said in a 1997 interview that she had not "been with a woman in about two years". In 2004, she was quoted as saying "A woman and a woman together are beautiful, just as a man and a woman together are beautiful. Being with a woman is like exploring your own body, but through someone else. When I was younger I used to go with lots of women. Totally. I love it". In March 2007, former magazine editor Jane Pratt claimed on her Sirius Satellite Radio show that she had a romance with Barrymore in the mid-nineties.

Barrymore was formerly a vegetarian, but has since begun to eat meat.



Year Film Role Notes
1978 Suddenly, Love Bobbi Graham (Uncredited) TV movie
1980 Bogie Leslie Bogart TV movie
Altered States Margaret Jessup
1982 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Gertie Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Newcomer
1984 Firestarter Charlene "Charlie" McGee Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor
Irreconcilable Differences Casey Brodsky Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
1985 Cat's Eye Our Girl, Amanda (all segments)
1986 Babes in Toyland Lisa Piper TV movie
1989 See You in the Morning Cathy Goodwin
Far From Home Joleen Cox
1991 Motorama Fantasy Girl
1992 2000 Malibu Road Lindsay 6 episodes
Waxwork II: Lost in Time Vampire Victim #1
Poison Ivy Ivy
Guncrazy Anita Minteer Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
1993 The Amy Fisher Story Amy Fisher
No Place to Hide Tinsel Hanley
Doppelganger Holly Gooding
Wayne's World 2 Bjergen Kjergen
1994 Inside the Goldmine Daisy
Bad Girls Lilly Laronette
1995 Boys on the Side Holly Pulchik-Lincoln
Mad Love Casey Roberts
Batman Forever Sugar
1996 Everyone Says I Love You Skylar Dandridge
Scream Casey Becker Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
1997 Wishful Thinking Lena
Best Men Hope
1998 The Wedding Singer Julia Sullivan Nominated – Chlotrudis Award for Best Actress also for Ever After
Ever After Danielle de Barbarac Saturn Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Chlotrudis Award for Best Actress also for The Wedding Singer
Home Fries Sally Jackson
1999 Never Been Kissed Josie Geller Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Performance - Female
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss
Olive, the Other Reindeer Olive voice
2000 The Simpsons Sophie (voice) 1 episode
Skipped Parts Fantasy Girl
Titan A.E. Akima voice
Charlie's Angels Dylan Sanders MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Team with Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Fight
2001 Donnie Darko Karen Pomeroy
Freddy Got Fingered Mr. Davidson's Receptionist
Riding in Cars with Boys Beverly Donofrio
2002 Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Penny
2003 Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle Dylan Sanders Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Dance Sequence with Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu
Duplex Nancy Kendricks
2004 50 First Dates Lucy Whitmore MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Performance - Female
People's Choice Award for Favorite On-Screen Chemistry

My Date With Drew Herself
2005 Fever Pitch Lindsey Meeks
2006–2009 Family Guy Jillian Russell (voice) 7 episodes
2006 Curious George Maggie voice
2007 Music and Lyrics Sophie Fisher
Lucky You Billie Offer
2008 Beverly Hills Chihuahua Chloe voice
2009 He's Just Not That Into You Mary
Grey Gardens Edith Bouvier Beale Made-for-cable HBO film
Nominated – Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
Everybody's Fine Rosie Awaiting release
Whip It Smashly Simpson Also Directed
2010 Going the Distance 'In production


Year Film Notes
2004 Choose or Lose Presents: The Best Place to Start Director; Documentary
2009 Whip It directorial debut

Producer credits

Year Film Notes
1999 Never Been Kissed Executive producer
2000 Charlie's Angels Producer
2001 Donnie Darko Executive producer
2003 Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle Producer
Duplex Producer
2005 Fever Pitch Producer
2009 He's Just Not That Into You Executive producer
Whip It Executive producer

See also


Further reading

  • Aronson, Virginia. Drew Barrymore. Chelsea House, 1999. ISBN 0791053067
  • Bankston, John. Drew Barrymore. Chelsea House Publishers, 2002. ISBN 0791067726
  • Barrymore, Drew. Little Girl Lost. Pocket Star Books, 1990. ISBN 0671689231
  • Ellis, Lucy. Drew Barrymore: The Biography. Aurum Press, 2004. ISBN 1845130324
  • Hill, Anne E. Drew Barrymore. Lucent Books, 2001. ISBN 1560068310

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