To say acting is in Drew Barrymore's blood would be an
understatement. Drew's paternal great-great grandparents were
John Drew and Louisa Lane Drew. Drew's 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-great grandniece of John Drew, Jr., actress Louisa Drew,
and silent film actor/writer/director Sidney Drew. Drew's 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; Drew's middle name Blyth was the original surname of the dynasty founded by her great-grandfather, Maurice Barrymore.
Drew Barrymore's career began at the age 11 months when she auditioned for a dog food commercial. When Drew was bitten by her canine co-star, the producers feared she'd cry, but she merely laughed, and was hired for the job.
Drew Barrymore 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, Drew became the youngest-ever guest host of Saturday Night Live. Drew Barrymore performed in a skit where she revealed that she killed E.T. Barrymore 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, Drew Barrymore 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, Drew Barrymore maintained her "bad girl" image, and leveraged her new-found role as a s-- 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 Drew Barrymore 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 Drew Barrymore 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. Drew also modeled in a series of Guess? jeans ads during this time.
Drew Barrymore has continued to be highly bankable. Drew 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.
Drew Barrymore 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.
On February 3, 2004, Drew Barrymore received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Drew 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). She is currently dating drummer Fabrizio Moretti of The Strokes.
Drew has also publicly declared herself to be bis--ual, revealing that she had slept with many women (although naming no one as of yet publicly) as a teenager and is still interested in women s--ually.
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