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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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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.
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