Drew Barrymore Biography

Why Is She Famous?

Probably the most famous child actress of her generation, she spent her childhood
plastered in tabloids because of her wild partying and drug addiction. Since then, she's made many memorable films, such as E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Poison Ivy (1992), Batman Forever (1995), The Wedding Singer (1998), Charlie's Angels (2000), and 50 First Dates (2004).

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Date of Birth
22 February 1975, Culver City, California, USA

Birth Name
Drew Blyth Barrymore


5' 4" (1.63 m)


Tom Green (7 July 2001 - 15 October 2002) (divorced)
Jeremy Thomas (20 March 1994 - February 1995) (divorced)

Music and Lyrics (2007) $15,000,000
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003) $14,000,000
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002) $250,000 (scale)
Donnie Darko (2001) $500,000
Charlie's Angels (2000) $9,000,000
Ever After (1998) $3,000,000

Golden Apple Awards
Year : 2001
Category : Female Star of the Year

Hasty Pudding Theatricals
Year : 2001
Category : Woman of the Year
ShoWest Awards
Year : 2000
Category : Comedy Star of the Year

Blockbuster Entertainment Award
Year : 2000
Category : Favorite Actress - Comedy/Romance
For : Never Been Kissed

Saturn Award
Year : 1999
Category : Best Actress
For : Ever After

Hollywood Film Festival
Year : 1999
Category : Actress of the Year

Women in Film Crystal Awards
Year : 1999

Young Artist Awards
Year : 1999
Category : Former Child Star Lifetime Achievement Award

MTV Movie Awards
Year : 1998
Category : Best Kiss, shared with Adam Sandler
For : The Wedding Singer

Year : 1993
Category : Best Actress
For : Guncrazy

Young Artist Awards
Year : 1982
Category : Best Young Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture,
For : E.T. The Extra-terrestrial

Mailing Address

Drew Barrymore
c/o SFM
1122 S. Robertson Blvd., Suite 15
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Drew Barrymore
Flower Films, Inc.
9220 Sunset Blvd., #309
Los Angeles, CA 90069

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Drew Barrymore Biography

Drew Barrymore was born on February 22, 1975, in Culver City, California. Being from a family that produced legendary actors John, Lionel, and Ethel Barrymore, it's no wonder Drew quickly found her way to the spotlight.

When she was barely 11 months old, she made her first television commercial for Puppy Choice dog food. Other TV spots soon followed for Pillsbury chocolate-chip cookies and Rice Krispies cereal. But it was clear she was destined for greater things.

She made her first movie at the age of two when she appeared as a boy in the made-for-television film Suddenly, Love (1978). Another TV movie followed with Bogie (1980), in which she played Leslie Bogart.

That same year, at the age of five, she moved to the big screen and played William Hurt's daughter in the philosophical science-fiction film Altered States. Two years later, she was cast as Gertie in the Steven Spielberg blockbuster E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982).

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fame and drugs

The success of E.T. made her quite popular, and after Irreconcilable Differences (1984), her next two projects were adaptations of Stephen King works, namely Firestarter (1984) and Cat's Eye (1985). But at the same time, Drew's personal life was taking a drastic turn.

At the age of nine, she discovered alcohol when she got drunk at a party thrown for actor Rob Lowe. A year later, she had moved up to marijuana; cocaine came soon after. During this time, she made a series of television movies: The Adventures of Con Sawyer and Hucklemary Finn (1985), Babes in Toyland (1986), and Conspiracy of Love (1987).

But by 1989, she was caught in a downward spiral. Her risqu role in the thriller Far From Home (1989) caused a lot of controversy and her heavy partying forced her mother, Jaid Barrymore, to commit her to a drug rehab clinic.

Drew wasn't ready to give up her lifestyle and she soon escaped from the clinic. With her mother's credit card, she ran back to California, but she was quickly apprehended. To make amends, she appeared in an after-school special, 15 and Getting Straight (1989), about the virtues of a drug-free life. Nevertheless, she was still heavily addicted.

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sex bomb
It was so bad that, in July 1989, she attempted to commit suicide. Another stint in a rehabilitation clinic followed, but this time the treatment was successful. What she did next shocked many; she decided her mother was a bad influence (her father, John Drew Barrymore, had never been part of her life) and obtained a legal separation from her. She was only 15.

In 1990, she wrote her autobiography, Little Girl Lost, with the help of Todd Gold. It mostly dealt with her struggle with drug addiction and her life in the fast lane.

Knowing she had to get a grip on her life to re-establish her career, she appeared in the sexy thriller Poison Ivy (1992), as well as Guncrazy (1992), The Amy Fisher Story (1993), Doppelganger (1993) and Wayne's World 2 (1993).

At this point, she reinvented herself into a wild girl with roles in movies such as Bad Girls (1994), Boys on the Side (1995), Mad Love (1995), and Batman Forever (1995). She also appeared nude in the best-selling January 1995 issue of Playboy magazine.

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drew calms down
By then, she was getting older and seemed to start realizing that there is more to life than publicity stunts and shock value. She set out to build a distinguished career. Her first move was as the first victim of the masked killer in Scream (1996), alongside Neve Campbell.

Her next projects were Everyone Says I Love You (1996), Best Men (1997), and Wishful Thinking (1997) with Jennifer Beals. It's at this moment that Hollywood became conscious that Drew Barrymore would make a great leading lady. She then appeared in The Wedding Singer with Adam Sandler, Ever After, and Home Fries, all 1998 features.

In 1998, she also established her own production company, Flower Films. From then on, she had more control over her projects. She acted in and produced Never Been Kissed (1999) with Leelee Sobieski and Jessica Alba, Charlie's Angels (2000), Donnie Darko (2001), Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003), the Ben Stiller comedy Duplex (2003), and A Confederacy of Dunces (2004). She also appeared in Riding in Cars with Boys (2001), Freddy Got Fingered (2001), Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002), and 50 First Dates (2004).

Her romantic life has been as rocky as her childhood. In 1994, she was married to Jeremy Thomas for a little over a month and, in 2001, she was married for five months to Canadian funnyman Tom Green. But she really seems to have a thing for musicians. She was once briefly linked to singer Jamie Walters and is currently engaged to Fabrizio Moretti, drummer of the band The Strokes.

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She was the Guest Host for "Saturday Night Live" (1975) when viewers voted that Andy Kaufman would never be allowed to return to the show.

Never finished high school.

Originally offered the lead role in Scream (1996/I) but chose to play Casey Becker because she thought it would be more fun.

Was engaged to Jamie Walters for a brief period of time.

Chosen by "People" magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World. [1997]

Daughter of John Drew Barrymore and Jaid Barrymore. Half-sister of John Blyth Barrymore. Niece of actress Diana Barrymore. Granddaughter of actor John Barrymore and Dolores Costello, on her father's side. Great-granddaughter of silent film actor Maurice Costello and Mae Costello. Great-niece of famed actors, Ethel Barrymore and Lionel Barrymore.

She is half Hungarian from her mother's side.

Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1984" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 36. [1984]

Steven Spielberg gave her a quilt for her birthday with a note "Cover yourself up". Enclosed was a copy of the January 1995 issue of Playboy Magazine for which she posed nude, with the pictures altered by Spielberg's art department so that she appeared fully clothed.

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Her favorite poet is e.e. cummings.

Won the 1999 Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Award for favorite movie actress.

Her godmothers are Sophia Loren and Anna Strasberg.

As a child, she auditioned for the role of Carol Ann in Poltergeist (1982).

She was formerly a vegan: "I don't eat a ton of meat, and I don't wear a ton of leather, but I just don't put strict limitations on myself anymore".

She was, at seven years old, the youngest person ever to host "Saturday Night Live" (1975).

Was offered the leading part of Nomi Malone in Showgirls (1995), but turned it down because she felt uncomfortable with the explicit nudity displayed in the script.

Her $3-million Beverly Hills mansion caught fire while she and fiance Tom Green were inside sleeping. The couple made it safely out, but the house was ruined. [February 2001]

Born at 11:51 AM.

During an appearance on "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" (1996), she said that she never watches any of the movies she stars in.

Published an autobiographic book titled "Little Girl Lost" (co-written by herself and contributor Todd Gold) in 1990. At the time of completing the book she was 14.

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Married Tom Green twice, 1st eloping to the South Pacific in March 2001, then on July 7, 2001 before family and friends in a ceremony in Malibu, California.

She and Tom Green honeymooned in Ireland.

Ranked #61 in Premiere's 2002 annual Power 100 List.

Measurements: 34C-24-34. (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine).

In honour of Bill Clinton turning 50, John Kennedy Jr. had Drew pose as Marilyn Monroe on the cover of his magazine, "George", with the heading, "Happy Birthday, Mr. President", which Marilyn Monroe sang to his father at the now-infamous 19 May 1962 Birthday Salute to President John F. Kennedy. (September 1996).

3 February 2004: Got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, joining her famous relatives Ethel Barrymore, John Barrymore and Lionel Barrymore as recipients of that honour.

Was engaged to Fabrizio Moretti, drummer in the band The Strokes. [2004]

Godmother of the late Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love's daughter, Frances Bean.

Referenced by name in the Invertigo song "Typical".

One of her hobbies is photography.

Owns her own production company, "Flower Films".

She is allergic to garlic, bee stings, perfume and coffee.

Lived with David Crosby and his wife for over a year.

Became a Boston Red Sox fan during the filming of the movie Fever Pitch (2005).

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Her first of two impulsive marriages was to Welsh-born Jeremy Thomas, who was a Los Angeles barkeep. They had known each other only six weeks before they married, which was decided within hours one night. The impromptu setting was at Jeremy Thomas' bar, "The Room", on Cahuenga Boulevard, shortly after 5:00 a.m, on March 20, 1994. Supposedly both were sober. The minister was a clairvoyant from a psychic hot line who arrived within a half an hour after being paged.

She was delivered by Dr. Paul Fleiss, father of Heidi Fleiss.

Good friends with Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu since Charlie's Angels (2000).

Drives a Porsche Carerra.

Currently (2005) lives part time in Hollywood Hills, and part time in Mahattan, New York.

When she found out that a 23-year-old girl wanted to be on MTV's "I Want a Famous Face" (2004) and have cosmetic surgery to look like her, she contacted the girl and successfully convinced her to not have the surgery.

Ranked #5 in VH1's list of the "100 Greatest Kid Stars".

Personal assistant is Kelly Kall.

Is the spokesperson of Lancome.

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Was ranked #3 in E's 50 cutest child stars all grown-up. (2005).

Model for Missoni. (2006)

Her godfather Steven Spielberg is also the godfather of Gwyneth Paltrow.

Is a huge fan of The Beach Boys and appeared in their music video, "Rock and Roll To The Rescue" as well as singing "Wouldn't It Be Nice" in the film 50 First Dates (2004). Other favorite musicians include The Beatles, Daft Punk, Lauryn Hill, Coldplay Ratt and Beck.

Was named as an U.N. ambassador. [2007]

On February 3, 2007, she became a member of Saturday Night Live's "five-timer" club, which consists of celebrities who have hosted five or more times. She is the second female member to date, the first being Candice Bergen.

Great-granddaughter of Maurice Barrymore and Georgiana Barrymore. Great-great granddaughter of Louisa Drew. Great-grand-niece of Sidney Drew. Grand-niece of S. Rankin Drew, Ethel Colt, John Drew Colt, and Samuel Colt.

Close friend of Nancy Juvonen. She and Nancy have a production company together called Flower Films.

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Drew Barrymore Quotes

I know certain actors are totally screwed up on drugs, yet it gets covered up. Why wasn't I excused for 'exhaustion' or 'the flu'?

There's something liberating about not pretending. Dare to embarrass yourself. Risk.

If I ever start talking to you about my 'craft', my 'instrument', you have permission to shoot me.

I believe in fate. I believe that everything happens for a reason, but I think it's important to seek out that reason - that's how you learn.

I believe you can be the person that you dream of being.

[On her favorite movies to make]: I try to make movies that I would want to go see rather than ones I would just want to do as an actor. I want people to have movies full of romance and hope and empowerment, something they can escape into and feel good about. I love happy endings.

[On her morning routine]: Every morning I stay in bed for ten minutes to ponder my place in the universe. Then I wash my face and check my karma.

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Life is very interesting. In the end, some of your greatest pains become your greatest strengths.

I love levity. As crazy as I am, I just love to laugh!

I'm getting older so those dark circles are really starting to show. Now, I'm starting to look like Night of the Living Dead.

When I lay my head on the pillow at night, I can say "I was a decent person today". That's when I feel beautiful.

There's nothing like the power of a smile.

[As quoted in Woman's World (5-24-05 issue]: I'd rather be a few pounds heavier and enjoy life than be worried all the time.

I don't want to sit around and hope good things happen. I want to make them happen.

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[Quoted in Woman's Day, 11-1-05]: My whole life, I've wanted to feel comfortable in my skin. It's the most liberating thing in the world.

My parents are not bad people. It was just a case of them not wanting a child.

You have to fight unhappiness like a dragon with fire and breathe.

"As much light as I have inside me, there's just as much darkness, I'm afraid. There's a polarity, and I still have demons to work out."

"I love women who have fought to the change the world and made a difference. I want to be one of them myself".

"I did karaoke once-a Pat Benatar song-and my friends looked at me with disgust." (In Style/Sept/2006)