A rare example of a childhood star who made it back from the brink, Drew Barrymore has been bringing the funk since the tender age of 11...months. Drew Blyth Barrymore is an actress, director, producer, screenwriter and model. We must briefly discuss her lineage as she comes from a long line of actors and actresses. Her parents, John Drew and Jaid Barrymore, were both in the biz and her grandparents, John Barrymore and Dolores Costello, were as well -- in fact John is thought of as one of the most critically acclaimed actors of his generation. Even her great-grandparents, John and Louisa Lane, were film stars. There's a slew of uncles and aunts, and then great uncles and aunts who all acted as well. Drew was fated to the industry, and it certainly doesn't hurt that Sophia Loren and Steven Spielberg are her godparents. Her career was kick started with a dog food commercial at 11 months and then at the age of 6 she struck stardom playing Gertie in her godfather's film E.T.
With her mother as an aspiring actress Drew was allowed a certain amount of leeway when it came to industry events and partying. She was a regular at Studio 54, smoking cigarettes with the stars at age 9. She started drinking at 11, smoking pot at 12 and had a coke straw up her nose at only 13. She was sent to rehab at 14 and after a suicide attempt she found asylum with singer David Crosby and his family. Her mother was a terrible influence and it was clear that Drew could not be in her care. So at the age of only 15 she took the matter to the courts and was officially emancipated, moving into her own apartment in Los Angeles shortly there after. Of course all of this was a major media blitz, and Drew, a savvy business woman in her mere teens, cashed in on the topic of her rebellion with the 1997 film Poision Ivy.
Her bad girl image persisted with nude magazine spreads, a tit job and some bizarre late night talk show antics (she flashed David Letterman on camera.) But in 1995 she somehow managed to find peace and successfully started her own production company called Flower Films. She has done a fantastic job selecting films and has been behind Never Been Kissed
, Donnie Darko
, the Charlie's Angels
series and He's Just Not That Into You
. Her style evolved as she transformed from wild party girl to full time business woman -- trading in her ripped up wife beaters and cigarettes for a more approachable flower child hippy chic. Drew is one of the few exceptions to the child star rule in Hollywood -- most never make it back from the insanity their childhood's usually bring on -- and she has managed to forge an incredibly remarkable career both in front of and behind the camera.
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