Drew Barrymore

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Real Name: Drew Barrymore - Official Web Site
Birthday: February 22, 1975
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California


Barrymore Biography And Filmography:

The child of an acting legacy that runs from great-grandmother Louisa Lane through grandfather John Barrymore, Drew Barrymore showed signs of her future from the start, acting in television commercials before the age of two. While her family heritage gained her attention, the brilliance of her role as little Gertie in the 1982 classic "ET, The Extra-Terrestrial" won her praise normally reserved for more seasoned celebrities.  

Barrymore's talent and cute young appeal carried lots of projects, including Stephen King's "Firestarter" with Heather Locklear (1984), and "Cat's Eye" (1985). A victim of the 1980's wild Hollywood way of life, Drew admits she had too much too soon, and started drawing less attention for her acting than for the troubled tabloid stories about her young teen addictions to drugs and alcohol. After attending rehab and publishing a book, "Little Girl Lost" (1989), Barrymore made a remarkable comeback in the early 1990's. Another smash hit for Drew was "Irreconcilable Differences" (1984) where a precocious little girl sues her selfish, career-driven parents for emancipation, surprising them both.

Still holding on to her youth, Barrymore played young Lolita teens in "Poison Ivy" (1992), "Guncrazy" (1992) and the TV movie "The Amy Fisher Story" (1993), based on the case of the Long Island Lolita teenager who shot the wife of her former lover. Drew returned to big-screen movies with "Bad Girls" (1994), then was cast next to Whoopi Goldberg in "Boys on the Side" (1995) with Matthew McConaughey, and showcased an acting skill that had not previously been seen. Next, Drew appeared in the smash hit comedy "Wayne's World 2" (1995) with Mike Myers and Tia Carrere, where the inseparable duo Wayne and Garth try to organize a rock concert while Wayne must fend off a record producer who has an eye for his girlfriend.

In 1995, Barrymore took on two very different roles, first playing a suicidal young teen opposite Chris O'Donnell in "Mad Love,” followed by a cameo role a childlike killer Sugar in "Batman Forever,” with Val Kilmer, Jim Carrey, and Nicole Kidman. During her post rehab comeback, she again appeared in the tabloid gossip columns with more personal troubles. Unlike her earlier drug related problems, Drew seemed much more in control, with some nudity being the most scandalous of her activities. Everybody wanted to see her naked. Among the more bizarre activities was a birthday dance for talk show host David Letterman which ended in her flashing her breasts for Dave. She also got more attention by stripping on stage at a New York club and posing for Playboy Magazine. 

Wes Craven then cast and hired Barrymore for a crucial role in his film "Scream" (1996). As the biggest name in the cast, Drew took the role of the first victim, helping to create the film as a new thriller experience. She followed with a role in the Woody Allen's musical "Everyone Says I Love You" (1996) with Edward Norton, portraying a sexy New York City daughter of wealth. Barrymore had another hit with 1998's "The Wedding Singer,” playing the beautifully enchanting Julia opposite Adam Sandler in the romantic comedy.

The comedy "Home Fries" (1998) came next, starring the actress as a pregnant fast food worker who falls in love with the her unborn child's adult stepbrother played by her then real life companion Luke Wilson. A talented businesswoman as well, her Flower Films production company formed in 1994 won a deal with Fox that led to the comedy "Never Been Kissed,” (1999) in which Barrymore played a twenty something reporter posing as a young high school student for an undercover assignment.

Under her name Flower Films Productions, Drew teamed with Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu in  "Charlie's Angels" (2000) - a box-office smash hit.  The following year, she embarked on her most challenging role to date, portraying a young teenager who gets pregnant, ultimately marries and then raises her child as a single mother in "Riding in Cars with Boys.” Playing a character that aged from 16 to her 35 during the course of the film. 

Drew is also talented behind the scenes, acting as a producer on projects through her company and partner Nancy Juvonen. Along with producing and developing her own starring movies like "Never Been Kissed," "Charlie's Angels" and a remake of "Barbarella", she also produced "Donnie Darko" (2001) with Jake Gyllenhaal in which she had a small role. In 2002, she co-starred with Julia Roberts in "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" with Michael Cera and directed by George Clooney, giving a more womanly portrayal as Penny, the girlfriend of real-life game show producer Chuck Barris.  

Drew Barrymore next joined again with Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu for the sequel "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" (2003). The three ladies showed, once again, their skill as masters of espionage, martial arts, and camouflage, and as producer of the film she scored a major feat by personally getting Demi Moore out of retirement to play the movie's evil mistress. She then produced and co-starred in the comedy "Duplex" opposite Ben Stiller, playing an upwardly mobile couple whose home owning dreams become a nightmare when they come across the seemingly sweet old lady next door.

In 2004, just days after becoming the sixth member of her famed family to receive a star of Hollywood's Walk of Fame, Barrymore was joined on-screen with her "Wedding Singer" co-star Adam Sandler in the film "50 First Dates", a romantic comedy that cast her as Lucy Whitmore, a woman who suffers from a disorder that removes her short term memory each day, forcing a obsessed veterinarian (Adam Sandler) to win her heart again every 24 hours. Drew returned to the romantic comedy films again for "Fever Pitch" (2005), playing a corporate worker whose tranquil romance with a schoolteacher played by Jimmy Fallon is threatened by his insane loyalty to the Boston Red Sox. 

After lending her voice as the schoolteacher Maggie in the animated “Curious George” (2006), Drew played the strange plant lady with an affection for writing lyrics who falls for a washed-up ‘80s pop star (Hugh Grant) under pressure to write a hit song in the comedy “Music & Lyrics” (2007). She then appeared in the romantic drama, “Lucky You” (2007), playing a young singer from Bakersfield with more heart than talent chased by a remarkably talented poker player who takes advantage of his opponents across the table, but actively avoids long-term commitments in his personal life. 

The following year, Barrymore was cast in the dramatic "Grey Gardens" (2008), based on the life stories of the eccentric aunt and first cousin of Jackie Kennedy raised as Park Avenue debutantes but who withdraw from New York society, taking shelter at their Long Island summer home, "Grey Gardens". Next was the comedy "Beverly Hills Chihuahua" (2008) with Jamie Lee Curtis and Salma Hayek, where on vacation in Mexico, Chloe, a ritzy Beverly Hills Chihuahua, finds herself lost and in need of assistance in order to get back home. She then appeared in the smash hit comedy "He's Just Not That Into You" (2008) with an all-star cast including Jennifer Aniston, Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Connelly and Ben Affleck, the Baltimore-set movie of interconnecting story lines deals with the challenges of reading or misreading human behavior.

Finally, Barrymore wrapped up the year with the adventure comedy "Everybody's Fine" (2009) with Robert De Niro and Kate Beckinsale, about a widower who realizes his only connection to his family is through his wife sets off on an impromptu trip ride to reunite with each of his grown children.

Barrymore started 2010 working with Justin Long and Christina Applegate in “Going the Distance” (2010) - a romantic comedy centered on a couple who try to keep their love alive as they shuttle back and forth between New York and San Francisco to see one another.
The following year, Barrymore changed gears for “Big Miracle” (2012) – the tale of a small town Alaska where a news reporter recruits his ex-girlfriend on a campaign to save a family of gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle.


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