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Drew Barrymore first made her mark at age 7 playing dress-up and sharing a smooch with a stranded alien botanist in Steven Spielberg's mega-successful E.T., and ascended to cult-celebrity status two years later as the star of the Stephen King adaptation Firestarter. Fortunately for Barrymore, that was enough to maintain Hollywood's interest in her professional career for a good long while, as she thereafter entered into a wildly troubled adolescence, every tumultuous detail of which was writ large in the tabloid press. The remarkably resilient youngster, characterized at the height of her teenage woes by longtime pal Spielberg as being "13 going on 29," bounced back both professionally and personally by age 21, when her riveting cameo in Wes Craven's Scream electrified her flagging career.
The great-niece of legendary thespian siblings Lionel and Ethel Barrymore and the granddaughter of their equally reputed baby brother John, a star of screen and stage who came to the end of his storied life penniless and lost in an alcoholic daze, Drew was born in Los Angeles just months after her actor father and actress mother parted company for good. On top of the cinematic world before she was old enough to worry about acne, Barrymore embarked on a long downward spiral in 1984.
Determined to forge a clean break with her checkered past,shw spent three more months of rehab in 1989 before Barrymore finally managed to lay her addictions aside, a personal triumph she celebrated by becoming legally emancipated at age 15, after having been continually at odds with her manager mother almost from the moment of her E.T. breakthrough. At 16 she co-authored a thoroughly candid memoir, Little Girl Lost, and a year later she posed nude for an Interview magazine cover shot.
That same year her acting career at long last began to recover in the wake of a striking turn in the lust-ridden thriller Poison Ivy and a series television lead in the short-lived primetime soap 2000 Malibu Road. Playing murderous Long Island teen Amy Fisher in the fact-based Amy Fisher Story provided further career CPR, and Barrymore kept her name in the news with a spur-of-the-moment marriage to actor Jeremy Thomas that lasted just two months. At age 20, she posed nude for the January 1995 issue of Playboy-showing off her numerous tattoos among other things-and her professional rebound continued with roles in Mad Love, Batman Forever, and Boys on the Side. Without a doubt, however, her most warmly received performance of 1995 was a risqué on-air happy-birthday dance for Late Night host David Letterman, which she punctuated by showing a bemused and blushing Letterman her breasts; he graciously responded by saying, "I can't thank you enough for that."
In 1996, Scream completed Barrymore's career rebirth, which she capped by delivering a well-reviewed performance in Woody Allen's Everyone Says I Love You. Fully restored to the good graces of the viewing public, she kicked off 1998 by striking sparks with Adam Sandler in the hugely successful romantic comedy The Wedding Singer. Later in the year, she demonstrated impressive drawing power playing a 16th-century Cinderella in the surprise summer blockbuster Ever After, and won further critical kudos for her charming lead performance in the darkly comic Home Fries.
Since 1994, Barrymore has managed her own production company, Flower Films, and she served as executive producer of the 1999 romantic comedy Never Been Kissed, in which she played an aspiring reporter who goes undercover to get the scoop on high school life, and the sexy 2000 hit "Charlie's Angels," costarring Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu.
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