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Drew in "Duplex"

Drew Blyth Barrymore (born February 22, 1975 in Culver City, California) is an 

American film and television actress and producer through her production company Flower Films.

FamilyEdit

Her paternal great-great grandparents were John Drew and Louisa Lane Drew. Her paternal grandparents were John Barrymore and Dolores Costello, whose father Maurice Costello was an actor. She is the great-niece of Lionel Barrymore, Ethel Barrymore, and Helene Costello, and the great grandniece of John Drew, Jr., actress Louisa Drew, and silent film actor/writer/director Sidney Drew. Her father John Drew Barrymore was an actor. Her half-brother John Blyth Barrymore is an actor. Her mother, the Hungarian-American Jaid Barrymore has also acted.

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

Her career began at the age 11 months when she auditioned for a dog food commercial. When she was bitten by her canine co-star, the producers feared she'd cry, but she merely laughed, and was hired for the job.

She shot to fame when she co-starred in the 1982 Steven Spielberg film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. At the age of 7, on November 20, 1982, Barrymore became the youngest-ever guest host of Saturday Night Live. She performed in a skit where she revealed that she killed E.T. She also received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress in 1984 for her role in Irreconcilable Differences.

In the wake of this sudden stardom, she endured a notoriously troubled childhood, drinking alcohol by the time she was 9, smoking marijuana at 10, and snorting cocaine at 12. Barrymore later described this period of her life in her 1990 autobiography, Little Girl Lost.

Though overcoming her substance abuse problems by the time she entered adulthood, she maintained her "bad girl" image, and leveraged her new-found role as a sex symbol to stage a career comeback playing a teenage seductress in Poison Ivy, and posing nude for the January 1995 issue of Playboy.

Steven Spielberg gave her a quilt for her 20th birthday with a note that read "Cover yourself up." Enclosed was a copy of her Playboy appearance, with the pictures altered by his art department so that she appeared fully clothed.

At that time she had also appeared nude in her last five movies. During a 1995 appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, Barrymore shocked the normally unflappable host by climbing onto his desk and flashing him (but with her back to the camera) for his birthday. She also modelled in a series of Guess? jeans ads during this time.

Continued Fame Edit

Barrymore has continued to be highly bankable. She is especially adept at romantic comedies: The Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates. She has also produced several films, including Charlie's Angels. Maxim magazine featured Barrymore and her fellow Angels in their Girls of Maxim gallery.

She has also recently explored more dramatic roles in movies such as Riding in Cars with Boys, where she played a teenage mother in a failed marriage with the drug-addicted father (based on the real-life story of Beverly D'Onofrio), Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, and Donnie Darko.

Barrymore's career makes for colorful copy. In the words of Yahoo! Movies:

Heir to a Hollywood dynasty, child star, prepubescent drug and alcohol abuser, teenage sexpot, and resurrected vessel of celluloid purity, Drew Barrymore is nothing if not the embodiment of the rise and fall of Hollywood fortunes, self-reinvention, and the healing powers of good PR.

She was the subject of My Date with Drew (2005). In it, an aspiring filmmaker and fan 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 Fame.

Personal Life Edit

Barrymore was married to Welsh bartender turned bar owner, Jeremy Thomas, from March 20 to April 28, 1994, and to comedian Tom Green from July 7, 2001 to October 15, 2002 (Green filed for divorce in December 2001). Barrymore is, as of 2006, dating drummer Fabrizio Moretti of The Strokes.

AdvocacyEdit

Drew is opposed to guns. When doing movies like Charlie's Angels, she doesn't want her characters to use them.

FilmographyEdit

Year Film Roles Notes
2006 Grey Gardens 'Little' Edith Bouvier Beale Announced
2006 Music and Lyrics By Sophie Fisher Filming
Lucky You Billie Offer
Curious George Miss Maggie Dunlop Voice
2005 Fever Pitch Lindsey Meeks Also producer
Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story Herself Voice
2004 Ramones Raw Documentary
50 First Dates Lucy Whitmore
2003 Duplex Nancy Kendricks Also producer
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle Dylan Sanders Also producer
2002 Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Penny
2001 Riding in Cars with Boys Beverly Donofrio
Freddy Got Fingered Mr. Davidson's receptionist Cameo
Donnie Darko Karen Pomeroy Also executive producer
2000 Charlie's Angels Dylan Sanders Also producer
The Simpsons Sophie, Krusty's daughter TV series; voice
Titan A.E. Akima voice
Skipped Parts Fantasy Girl
1999 Never Been Kissed Josie Geller Also executive producer
1998 Home Fries Sally Jackson
Ever After Danielle De Barbarac
The Wedding Singer Julia Sullivan
1997 Best Men Hope
Wishful Thinking Lena
1996 Scream Casey Becker Cameo
Everyone Says I Love You Skylar Dandridge
1995 Batman Forever Sugar
Mad Love Casey Roberts
Boys on the Side Holly Pulchik-Lincoln
1994 Bad Girls Lilly Laronette
Inside the Goldmine Daisy
1993 Wayne's World 2 Bjergen Kjergen Cameo
Doppelganger Holly Gooding
No Place to Hide Tinsel Hanley
1992 Guncrazy Anita Minteer
Poison Ivy Ivy
1991 Motorama Fantasy Girl
1989 Far from Home Joleen Cox
See You in the Morning Cathy Goodman
1985 Cat's Eye Our Girl, Amanda
1984 Irreconcilable Differences Casey Brodsky
Firestarter Charlene "Charlie" McGee
1982 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Gertie
1980 Altered States Margaret Jessup

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