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Also Known As: Drew Blythe Barrymore Died:
Born: February 22, 1975 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actress, director, producer

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Actress, producer and director Drew Barrymore rode a career rollercoaster before hitting the age of 25, surviving childhood stardom and adolescent drug addiction - to say nothing of a tragic family legacy of great talent, but also great pain - only to work her way up to Hollywood A-lister. Steven Spielberg's science fiction blockbuster "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial" (1982) first launched the dimpled and precocious seven-year-old, though her image was shattered by tabloid photos of her partying at New York night clubs and three stints in rehab for drug and alcohol addiction by the time she was just 13 years old. Following several years of teen angst typecasting in low-budget features like "Poison Ivy" (1992), Barrymore's big, open smile resurfaced and she was tapped by filmmakers for the free-spirited energy she brought to the screen. A naturally charming lead in romantic comedies, Barrymore won over male and female audiences by playing slightly offbeat but sincere sweethearts in hits like "The Wedding Singer" (1998), "50 First Dates" (2004) and "Music and Lyrics" (2007). Her down-to-earth appeal also led to popularity in empowerment-themed chick flicks, ranging from the melodramatic "Boys on the Side"...

Actress, producer and director Drew Barrymore rode a career rollercoaster before hitting the age of 25, surviving childhood stardom and adolescent drug addiction - to say nothing of a tragic family legacy of great talent, but also great pain - only to work her way up to Hollywood A-lister. Steven Spielberg's science fiction blockbuster "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial" (1982) first launched the dimpled and precocious seven-year-old, though her image was shattered by tabloid photos of her partying at New York night clubs and three stints in rehab for drug and alcohol addiction by the time she was just 13 years old. Following several years of teen angst typecasting in low-budget features like "Poison Ivy" (1992), Barrymore's big, open smile resurfaced and she was tapped by filmmakers for the free-spirited energy she brought to the screen. A naturally charming lead in romantic comedies, Barrymore won over male and female audiences by playing slightly offbeat but sincere sweethearts in hits like "The Wedding Singer" (1998), "50 First Dates" (2004) and "Music and Lyrics" (2007). Her down-to-earth appeal also led to popularity in empowerment-themed chick flicks, ranging from the melodramatic "Boys on the Side" (1995) to the sublimely fun "Charlie's Angels" film franchise, which she also produced as co-owner of her own Flower Films. Well after her dark years were behind her, Barrymore continued to make entertainment news for the occasional spontaneous nudity incident or whirlwind marriage, but nothing could mar her hard-won status as a perennially popular actress and successful producer-turned-director.

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  Whip It (2009)

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 Blended (2014)
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 Miss You Already (2014)
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 Big Miracle (2012)
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 Whip It (2009)
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 Everybody's Fine (2009)
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 Music and Lyrics (2007)
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 Grey Gardens (2007)
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Milestones close milestones

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Acted in television commercials as a baby
1980:
TV-movie debut in "Bogie" (CBS); played Leslie Bogart as a child
1980:
Made first film appearance in a bit part in "Altered States"
1982:
Played Gertie, the younger sister, in Steven Spielberg's classic "E.T., The Extra-Terrestrial"
1984:
Played the title character in the sci-fi thriller "Firestarter"
1984:
Starred as a young girl divorcing her parents in "Irreconcilable Differences"
1986:
Starred in the NBC TV remake of "Babes in Toyland"
1990:
At age 15, filed papers to become legally emancipated from her parents
1991:
Lived with film director Tamra Davis and her husband briefly
1992:
First starring film role, "Poison Ivy"
1992:
TV series debut as regular, had featured role on the short-lived serial "2000 Malibu Road" (CBS)
1992:
Directed by Davis in "Guncrazy" (shown at film festivals before airing on Showtime prior to its 1993 theatrical release)
1993:
Played 'Long Island Lolita' Amy Fisher in the ABC TV-movie "The Amy Fisher Story"
1994:
Founded the production company Flower Films, Inc.
1995:
Cast as the flirtatious Holly in "Boys on the Side," also featuring Whoopi Goldberg and Mary-Louise Parker
1995:
Starred opposite Chris O'Donnell as his free-spirited, mentally ill romantic interest in "Mad Love"
1996:
Made cameo appearance as a high school student targeted by the masked killer in "Scream"
1996:
Played featured role as Edward Norton's fiancee in Woody Allen's "Everyone Says I Love You"; had singing voice dubbed
1998:
Starred opposite Adam Sandler in the popular romantic comedy "The Wedding Singer"
1998:
Played a character based on Cinderella in the romance "Ever After"
1999:
Starred as an awkward twenty-something reporter who returns to high school for an undercover assignment in "Never Been Kissed"
2000:
Co-starred with Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu in big screen version of the 1970s TV series "Charlie's Angels"
2001:
Executive produced and played supporting role of an English teacher in the critically acclaimed film "Donnie Darko"
2001:
Played a teenage mother in a failed marriage with the drug-addicted father (based on the real-life story of Beverly D'Onofrio) in Penny Marshall's "Riding in Cars With Boys"; also executive produced
2002:
Played the female lead in George Clooney's directorial debut "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind"
2003:
Reprised role in "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle"; made under her production banner Flower Films
2004:
Reunited with Adam Sandler for the comedy "50 First Dates," playing a chronic amnesiac
2005:
Co-starred with Jimmy Fallon in the Americanized version of Nick Hornby's "Fever Pitch," directed by the Farrelly Brothers
2007:
Starred opposite Hugh Grant in the romantic comedy "Music & Lyrics"
2007:
Co-starred with Eric Bana in "Lucky You," a drama directed by Curtis Hanson
2008:
Lent her voice to the live-action comedy "Beverly Hills Chihuahua"
2009:
Joined an ensemble cast for the feature adaptation of the bestselling book <i>He's Just Not That Into You</i>; also produced through her company Flower Films
2009:
Portrayed Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale opposite Jessica Lange as 'Big Edie,' in the HBO film "Grey Gardens"; earned an Emmy nomination for Best Actress in a TV Movie
2009:
Made directorial debut with the film "Whip It!"; also produced and co-starred in the film with Ellen Page
2010:
Co-starred opposite Justin Long in "Going the Distance," a romantic comedy about long-distance relationships
2011:
Directed the music video for garage-pop trio Best Coast's single "Our Deal," starring actors Chloƫ Moretz and Tyler Posey
2011:
Executive produced the small screen revamp of "Charlie's Angels" (ABC)
2012:
Starred in "Big Miracle," a drama centered on a campaign to save a family of gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle
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Notes

Named Woman of the Year by Hasty Pudding Theatricals of Harvard University in 2001.

In February 2001, one of her pet dogs alerted Barrymore and her fiance Tom Green of a fire that ultimately destroyed their home.

On working with Steven Spielberg: "Right off, I fell in love with Steven. In many ways he was, and always will be, the dad I never had."---From "Little Girl Lost".

"I think she conquered many demons early in life, and she's come out the other end an extraordinary human being. The nice thing about Drew is she's gotten strong but not tough."---director Joel Schumacher quoted in Newsday, May 21, 1995.

When she was a child and appeared on the party circuit with her mother, Barrymore was dubbed 'The Badger' by actor Gary Busey because 'she was shorter than everyone else, moved faster and darted around close to the ground.'"---From Us, November 1998.

"... It's Ms Barrymore whose presence illuminates the screen. She's come a long way since 'E.T., The Extra-Terrestrial' and possibly, she has much further to go after she graduates from her Lolita roles."---Vincent Canby reviewing "Guncrazy" in The New York Times, January 27, 1993.

"I can't see myself the way other people see me. I'm not insecure. I've been through way too much fucking shit to be insecure. I've got huge balls. But I've been humbled. That makes you grateful for every day you have."---From "Drew Barrymore: Wild Thing" by Chris Mundy, Rolling Stone, June 15, 1995.

"The truth is that as a child I always wanted a boring functional family, with proper parents. I am fine now with the fact that my family is totally wacky. But you don't want guys like these to be your mom and dad.

"You can stand around and complain at Hollywood, with all of its hurt and bulls***, or you can do something about it. I want to produce films, not to make more money or to become powerful, but just to have some control over my working life and future. I also want to work with people I like. I know my limitations. I am not a method actor; I am not brilliantly trained or highly technical. I have to bring a good deal of myself to a part or it doesn't work."---Barrymore quoted in the London Times, October 4, 1998.

"I could definitely relate to how Sally [in 'Home Fries'] looked at her dad, which was, I see you for who you are. And I accept you for that. More importantly, I expect nothing more, because that's the only way I won't be let down ...

"He's my father and he gave me life. But we're just like neighbors. I think I was basically just trying to make sure he was safe, and he is. I don't have to worry and I don't worry. I get snippets of what a lovely person he is. But I also remember he's that crazy man, the same one I knew when I was kid. He didn't take care of me. I don't take care of him ... I don't confide in him, or rely on him. Whenever I see him, it's a joy. Then, sometimes I don't see him for two days. It's easy and it has to be easy."---Barrymore on her on-again, off-again relationship with her father, to Movieline, April 1998.

"Drew reminds me of Jodie Foster. When you're a child actor, you grow up precocious because you're around adults all the time. Jodie was like that, and Drew is, too. She's very real, there's none of this phony-baloney business. She sees herself like the guys who do the lights. She sees herself as just another worker on a film."---director Jonathan Kaplan ("Bad Girls") quoted in Us, May 1994.

"I am Miss Bubbly. But I'm just honest. That way, I never have to question what I thought, said or did.

"But life is beautiful. I live for kindness and moments when someone makes you feel good. I don't know if you're happy all day long, every day, but I think that you try to be and you want to be. After years of life, you accumulate these moments, and you hope that even if that's the best it ever is and will be, that's good. I'm content with that."---Barrymore on her blithe spirit, quoted in The Boston Globe, November 22, 1998.

" ... No one in my family can make any mistakes from the grave, at least. From the grave you're sacred, you have no flaws. Of course, I only know the pleasures of being alive, and I wouldn't trade them in. Until my time is up ... "---From Details, February 1997.

"I don't sit and think in my head, 'You're a role model,' because I think that would make me contrived."---Drew Barrymore to Daily News, April 8, 1999.

"When I first met her, I used to say she was an 8-year-old boy and a 40-year-old woman in the same body. Now I see a mature young businesswoman who is not only looking after her own best interests [but] also has a lot of serious people asking that she look after their best interests, too. And she's doing it."---Nancy Juvonen, Barrymore's partner in Flower Films, quoted in Us, November 1998.

"I didn't get much theater growing up. I can see my family turning in their graves when I say that."---Barrymore to James Brady, quoted in Parade Magazine, March 28, 1999.

"This is my analogy of how Drew works a room. You give Drew a box with a piece of lint in it. 'Oh!' She throws her arms around you. 'Thank you! How did you know this was my secret passion? This is the best gift I've ever gotten, because you knew that secretly I love lint!' That's Drew. She's always on. always up, always wide-eyed."---an unidentified acquaintance quoted in Premiere, September 1998.

"All that matters to me is that physically, emotionally, spiritually, mentally, verbally, you know, accents, dialogue, wardrobe, you know, personalities, backstories, cultures, everything, I want to be different in every movie. And if, you know, you play a couple of characters that have a similar genre, can you depict that they do have differences, no matter what? All that matters to me is that I get to be every different type of person; bad, good, indifferent. Maybe my choices at times have seemed odd, but I read these scripts and knew I had to be these people.

"For a while, you know, when I was like 16 to 20, I like ... I had like this total wild streak in me and yet I wasn't wild at all but I loved playing these wild characters. I just ... you know, it's cathartic and you do become these people and it was really fun for me. I love movies more than anything."---Barrymore to Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times, November 22, 1998.

"I don't feel bitter about anything in the past. Even if it all ended today, how fun is that I've gotten to be both [the diabolical] Poison Ivy and [the sweet] Danielle in 'Ever After'? I want to do everything, be a pirate, get to run around and look bad [on screen], get to dress up and look good!"---Barrymore on being named a recipient of the Women in Films Crystal Award, was quoted in The Hollywood Reporter, June 11, 1999.

In February 2004, Barrymore officially joined her famous showbiz relatives when she was honored with her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She joins her father John D. Barrymore, grandfather John Barrymore, great uncle Lionel Barrymore and great aunt Ethel Barrymore.

"If I hadn't married Tom, I wouldn't be as strong as I am now ... These intense tornadoes that I walk away from, though ridiculous, embarrassing, uncomfortable ... have taught me so much."---Barrymore on her five month marriage to Tom Green US weekly April 19, 2004.

Barrymore was named one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People for 2004

"I'm still trying to figure out exactly who I am and what I want to be. I'm getting there, at my own pace."---Barrymore quoted in People, April 25, 2005.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
James Walters. Actor, singer. Born in July 1969; announced one-year engagement in August 1992; separated in January 1993.
companion:
Phedon Papamichael. Director of photography, director. Together c. 1992; no longer together.
husband:
Jeremy Thomas. Bar owner. Welsh-born; married on March 20, 1994 after five-week courtship; together for 19 days; filed for divorce on May 10, 1994; divorced 11 months later.
companion:
Val Kilmer. Actor. Involved c. 1995; Barrymore has said they were only friends.
companion:
Eric Erlandson. Musician. Born c. 1963; guitarist with the rock group Hole (featuring Courtney Love); Barrymore nicknamed him 'String Bean' (he stands 6'4"); no longer together.
companion:
Luke Wilson. Actor. Born c. 1971; worked with Barrymore in "Best Men" and "Home Fries"; together from 1996 to 1999.
companion:
Jeremy Davies. Actor. Briefly dated in early 1999.
husband:
Tom Green. TV host. Dating as of March 2000; announced engagement in July 2000; reportedly eloped to the South Pacific in March 2001; remarried in ceremony before friends and family on July 6, 2001; Green filed for divorce on December 17, 2001; divorced finalized in 2002; Barrymore keeps the Los Angeles house and Greene pays $307,000 to Barrymore.
companion:
Alec Pure. Musician. Born c. 1976.
companion:
Brandon Davis. Hollywood Heir. Dated April 2002.
companion:
Fabrizio Moretti. Drummer. Dated May 2002; no longer together as of September 2002; reconciled in October 2002; rumored to be engaged as of January 2003.
companion:
Joel Shearer. Guitarist. Dating as of September 2002.
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great-great-grandmother:
Louisa Lane Drew. Actor, theater manager. First woman theater manager in USA.
great-great-grandfather:
John Drew. Actor.
great-grandfather:
Maurice Barrymore. Actor. Born in 1847; popular stage actor and matinee idol; died of syphilis in 1905.
great-grandmother:
Georgianna Drew. Actor. Famed light comedy actress; born in 1855; died in 1893.
great-grandfather:
Maurice Costello. Actor. Known as 'The Dimpled Darling', Costello was one of the first matinee idols of the screen (beginning c. 1908).
grandfather:
John Barrymore. Actor. Highly acclaimed matinee idol of stage and screen in the 1920s and 30s; known as 'The Great Profile'; born in 1882; died in 1942.
grandmother:
Dolores Costello. Actor. Popular star of silent films who made memorable comeback in "The Magnificent Ambersons" (1942).
great-uncle:
Lionel Barrymore. Actor, director. Famed, prolific actor who worked primarily in Hollywood over the course of his lengthy career; Oscar winner as Best Actor for "A Free Soul" (1931); born in 1878; died in 1954.
great-aunt:
Ethel Barrymore. Actor. Legendary stage performer who in her later years played character roles in Hollywood films; Oscar winner as Best Supporting Actress for "None But the Lonely Heart" (1944).
great-aunt:
Helene Costello. Actor. Sister of Dolores Costello, also a silent screen star.
aunt:
Diana Barrymore. Actor. Born in 1920; died in 1960.
father:
John Barrymore Jr. Actor. Born born on June 4, 1932; separated from Barrymore's mother before her birth; was estranged from daugther for most of his life; died on November 29, 2004 at age 72.
mother:
Ildiko Jaid. Actor, author. Separated from Barrymore's father before her birth dedicated her book, "Secrets of World Class Lovers", to Barrymore.
half-brother:
John Blyth Barrymore. Former actor. Experienced own struggles with addictions; born in 1954; mother, Cara Williams.
half-sister:
Blyth Dolores Barrymore. Born in 1962; mother, Gabriella Palazzoli.
half-sister:
Jessica Barrymore. Older; mother, Nina Wayne.
godmother:
Anna Strasberg. Acting teacher.
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