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Actress Drew Barrymore gained early fame as a child star. She later struggled with substance abuse and notoriety, before re-emerging as a talented actress and producer.
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Actress Drew Barrymore, born in Los Angeles on February 22, 1975, captured audiences' hearts at age 7 with her role in E.T.: The Extraterrestrial. Her troubled childhood soon led to substance abuse and a wild reputation, however, which negatively impacted her career for many years. In 1995, Barrymore founded Flower Films, and has since regained success as a talented actress, model and producer.
"I've always said that one night, I'm going to find myself in some field somewhere, I'm standing on grass, and it's raining, and I'm with the person I love, and I know I'm at the very point I've been dreaming of getting to."
"I just want to build fun, great things for my family."
"Life is very interesting... in the end, some of your greatest pains, become your greatest strengths."
Drew Barrymore was born Drew Blythe Barrymore on February 22, 1975, in in Los Angeles, California. Barrymore is the daughter of actor John Drew Barrymore Jr. and Ildiko Jaid, but her family tree of actors doesn't end there: Her great-grandparents, Maurice Barrymore and Georgiana Drew, and grandparents John Barrymore and Dolores Costello, were also actors. Famous director Steven Spielberg is Barrymore's godfather.
Credited today as a talented young actress, Barrymore has been as well known for her wild antics off-screen as for her acting ability. Ildiko Jaid, estranged from husband John Barrymore Jr., began taking her daughter to auditions when Barrymore was an infant. The actress appeared in her first television commercial for Puppy Choice dog food before she was 1 year old.
Barrymore made her big screen debut at the age of four in Ken Russell's Altered States (1980). At the age of 7, she landed one of her most famous roles: Playing Gertie, the adorable little sister in E.T.: The Extraterrestrial (1982). The role pushed Barrymore into the spotlight. After working on the movie, she appeared on NBC's The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, and became Saturday Night Live's youngest host.
However, Jaid soon began taking her daughter to night clubs, and it was at Studio 54 and the China Club that Barrymore developed a pre-teen fondness of drugs and alcohol. At 13, an enraged Barrymore became violent when she was unable to throw her mother out of the house. She was placed in a rehabilitation center, and later wrote of the experience in her autobiography, Little Girl Lost.
Because of her reputation as a wild child in trouble, film projects were slow to materialize. Barrymore made some minor films, including Irreconcilable Differences, Firestarter and Cat's Eye. In the 1990s, she began starring in a series of films that exploited her bad-girl image, including Poison Ivy (1992), Guncrazy (1992) and The Amy Fisher Story (1993), a made-for-TV movie based on the Joey Buttafuoco scandal.
In 1994, Barrymore entered into a short-lived marriage to bar owner Jeremy Thomas at age 19. The union lasted for less than three months, and the actress went on to make headlines for more controversial behavior, posing nude for spreads in Playboy and Andy Warhol's Interview, and then exposing herself on live TV to a shocked David Letterman during his Late Night show birthday celebration.
Barrymore's luck began to change in 1995, when she founded her own production company, Flower Films.
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