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drew barrymoreStill considered "America's Sweetheart" since her early appearance as Gertie in E.T., Hollywood actress Drew Barrymore was born to an acting dynasty in Culver City, California on February 22, 1975 as the granddaughter of John Barrymore and grandniece of Ethel Barrymore and Lionel Barrymore.

Before she was a year old, Barrymore had already appeared in her first commercial, and at the ripe old age of 4 snagged her first movie role in Alerted States.

Her most famous role come a few years later - as Gertie in Stephen Speilberg's E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, with more star assignments quickly following in Irreconcilable Differences and in the film version of Stephen King's Firestarter.

So began a roller coaster career in films — that saw the young star experimenting with drugs and alcohol before the age of 12, followed by a bout with rehab, a series of teen sexpot roles in in Poison Ivy (1992), The Amy Fisher Story (1993), and Batman Forever in 1995 - the same year she posed nude for Playboy. She was all of 20 years old.

At 21, Barrymore's career began again - in an upward direction - with critical raves for 'nice girl' roles in Woody Allen's Everyone Says I Love You, followed a few years later with a gentle, endearing performance in The Wedding Singer and finally as a lovelorn young innocent in Never Been Kissed.

Drew Barrymore in ET, Charlies Angels, and Fifty First Dates
One of the few Hollywood stars to successfully make the transition from child star to adult film actress,
Drew Barrymore began her film career as Gertie in the movie blockbuster E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
and went on to star in such hit films as Charlie's Angels and Fifty First Dates.

Regaining her reputation as a solidly bankable star, Barrymore next appeared in the hugely popular Charlie's Angels with Cameron Diaz, and became the real-life producer of the cult classic, Donnie Darko starring Jake Gyllenhaal.

In 2005, the actress won for "Favorite On-Screen Chemistry" alongside Adam Sandler at the People's Choice Awards for her performance in Fifty First Dates. Barrymore's other silver screen appearances have since included Fever Pitch, opposite comedian Jimmy Fallon, and Music and Lyrics co-starrring Hugh Grant. In 2009, she also starred in award-winning HBO movie Grey Gardens in which she starred as Edie Bouvier Beale, cousin to former First Lady Jackie Kennedy.

Coming up, Barrymore reunites with her "Fifty First Dates" co-star, Adam Sandler, in the romantic comedy, Familymoon slated for release in 2014.

Offscreen, Barrymore had a much-publicized off-again on-again relationship with "Mac" ad spokesperson, Justin Long until 2010. A year later, Barrymore began dating art consultant Will Kopelman whom she eventually married in 2012. Barrymore later gave birth to the couple's first child, Olive, in 2013.

Barrymore was married briefly to Welsh bar owner, Jeremy Thomas in 1994 and to comedian Tom Green in 2001. Both relationships ending in divorce a short time later.

More about Drew Barrymore around the Web:

The Drew Barrymore Collective
- Thousands of images in the photo galleries chronicling the star's appearances in movies and TV, along with very active message-boards, chat.

My Date With Drew - True-life tale of a love-sick fan's attempt to spend time with his favorite star.

Drew Barrymore Online Gallery - A huge collection of photos including candid shots, magazine scans, movie stills and screen captures, photo shoots, TV interviews and public appearances.


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