Drew Barrymore


Born: 22 February 1975
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California
Best known as: Star of the movie Charlie's Angels and E.T.

Drew Barrymore was seven when she snagged a plum role in Steven Spielberg's hit film E.T. (1982). She was already a member of the famous Barrymore acting clan; her great-uncle Lionel tormented Jimmy Stewart in It's A Wonderful Life, and her great-aunt Ethel and grandfather John Barrymore also were popular thespians earlier in the century. For Drew Barrymore, early success bred excess: by age 10 she was using alcohol and marijuana, by 13 she was in rehab, and by 17 she was posing nude for Interview magazine. She described this period in a 1990 memoir, Little Girl Lost. Despite her tabloid-fodder personal life, in her twenties Barrymore became a prolific and respected actress in films like Boys on the Side (1995, with Matthew McConaughey), The Wedding Singer (1998, with Adam Sandler), and Never Been Kissed (1999, with Jessica Alba). She also starred with Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu in Charlie's Angels (2000) and Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003), and got involved behind the scenes with a production company, Flower Films. Barrymore has since starred in the Flower productions Fever Pitch (2005, based loosely on a book by Nick Hornby), Music and Lyrics (2007, with Hugh Grant) and He's Just Not That Into You (2009, with Jennifer Aniston).

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Drew Barrymore was married briefly to barkeep Jeremy Thomas in 1994… She married comedian and MTV personality Tom Green in July 2001; Green filed for divorce in December 2001 and the marriage ended the next year… Drew Barrymore married art consultant Will Kopelman on 2 June 2012.

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