Still 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
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
The Extra-Terrestrial, with more star assignments quickly
following in Irreconcilable Differences and in the film
version of Stephen King's Firestarter.
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.
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.
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
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.
Barrymore had a much-publicized off-again on-again relationship with "Mac" ad spokesperson,
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.
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:
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.
Date With Drew - True-life tale of a love-sick fan's attempt
to spend time with his favorite star.
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.