Drew Barrymore Success Story

Drew Barrymore Success Story

Drew Blythe Barrymore


Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler at World Premiere of Blended Movie

Drew Barrymore is an American actress, model, producer, director, and author. She is the granddaughter of film legend John Barrymore. Barrymore first appeared in a commercial when she was only 11 months old. She made her debut in Hollywood with the Altered States in 1980. She shot to fame with her role as Gertie in Steven Spielberg’s E.T the Extra-Terrestrial. Soon she became one of the most recognized child actresses in Hollywood. 

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She along with her business partner, Nancy Juvonen formed a production company Flower Films. The film Never Been Kissed was the first movie produced by Barrymore in 1999. She was named as the Ambassador against Hunger for the UN World Food Programme and has donated the US $1 million to the program.

Early Life

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Barrymore was born to actor John Drew Barrymore and Jaid Barrymore on 22 February 1975 in California. Her parents divorced when she was only nine years old. Barrymore was born into acting. Her grandfather John Barrymore was the most acclaimed actor of his generation. Barrymore faced a rather troubled childhood.


drew in her debut movie “altered states” in 1980

Barrymore began her career when she was only 11 months old. She made a feature debut in 1980 with Altered States. She played the role of Gertie, in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial in 1982 which made her the most famous child stars of the time. She starred in the Motion Picture Irreconcilable Differences in 1984. Barrymore forged as a manipulative teenage seductress in the movie Poison Ivy in 1992. The movie bombed at the box-office but was a hit among the cable.

The same year she posed nude for the cover of Interview magazine. In 1993, Barrymore worked in the film Guncrazy which was a major success at the box office and her performance was acclaimed.

drew posing for playboy magazine

At the age of nineteen she posed nude for the Playboy magazine in 1993. Steven Spielberg gifted Barrymore a quilt on her twentieth birthday asking her to cover herself.  In 1995, she appeared on Late Show with David Letterman and bared her breasts to him in celebration of his birthday.

Barrymore starred in Boys on the Side opposite Whoopi Goldberg and Mary-Louise Parke in 1995r. She even played a cameo in the film Batman Forever the same year. She was cast in Home Fries and Ever After in 1998. In 2003, Barrymore reprised her role as Dylan in Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.


drew earned a golden globe nomination for her film guncrazy

Barrymore in 1993 earned a Golden Globe nomination for her film Guncrazy. After her cameo in the horror film Scream in 1996, she became the most bankable actress and a top box office draw. Barrymore has also worked in romantic comedies such as Wishful Thinking in 1997 and The Wedding Singer in 1998.

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She was nominated for an Emmy Award for her performance in Olive, the Other Reindeer in 2000. The movie Charlie’s Angels produced by Flower Films was a huge hit among the audience. Her role in the movie 50 First Dates with Adam Sandler was described as smiling and coy.

Personal Life

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In 1991, Barrymore got engaged to Leland Hayward but later the engagement was called off. She then was engaged to musician and actor Jamie Walters. They lived together from 1992 to 1993. Shortly after the break-up with Walters she married Jeremy Thomas for a brief period in 1994.  Just two months later she filed for divorce. Barrymore then came into relationship with Eric Erlandson from 1995 until 1996. Barrymore began dating MTV host and comedian Tom Green in 1999.

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They lived together before getting engaged in 2000. They got married in 2001. In the same year Green filed for divorce which was finalized in 2002. In 2002 Barrymore started dating Fabrizio Moretti but ended their five year relationship in 2007.  She then started Justin Long and had a on and off relationship until 2010. In 2011 she started dating Will Kopelman and got engaged in 2012. The couple’s marriage featured in People’s magazine in the same year. The couple is blessed with two daughters.


In 1984, she received a Golden Globe nomination as Best Supporting Actress in Motion Picture Irreconcilable Differences. Barrymore is the recipient of Hollywood Walk of Fame and also appeared in the 100 Most Beautiful Issue of People’s Magazine in 2007.

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She also became the CoverGirl’s newest model and spokesperson for the cosmetic and the face for Gucci’s newest jewelry line in the same year.  She has published her autobiography Little Girl Lost.


Screen Actors Guild
Screen Actors Guild for Best Actress in a Miniseries
Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Miniseries
Young Artist Supporting Actress for the movie E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Drew Barrymore Interview with Ellen on Ellen Show