Drew Barrymore Biography

Drew Barrymore is a popular American model, actor, director and producer. This biography of Drew Barrymore profiles her childhood, life, acting career, achievements and timeline.

Drew Barrymore
Quick Facts

Birthday: February 22, 1975

Nationality: American

Famous: Quotes By Drew Barrymore Bisexual

Age: 44 Years, 44 Year Old Females

Sun Sign: Pisces

Also Known As: Drew Blyth Barrymore

Born in: Culver City, California, U.S.

Famous as: Actress, Producer

Height: 5'4" (163 cm), 5'4" Females


Spouse/Ex-: Jeremy Thomas (m. 1994; div. 1995), Tom Green (m. 2001; div. 2002), Will Kopelman (m. 2012)

father: John Drew Barrymore

mother: Jaid Barrymore

children: Frankie Barrymore Kopelman, Olive Barrymore Kopelman

Personality: ISFP

U.S. State: California

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Drew Barrymore is a popular American model, actor, director and producer who first rose to fame as a child artist with her portrayal of Gertie in the Steven Spielberg masterpiece ‘E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial’. The granddaughter of the famous John Barrymore, Drew belongs from the prestigious Barrymore family that boasts of famous stage and movie actors. Even as a child, she was very natural before the camera. She overcame her teenage crises which involved drug and alcohol abuse and went on to become one of the most successful American actresses by proving her mettle in hit movies like ‘The Wedding singer’, ‘Music and Lyrics’, ‘50 First Dates’ and ‘Charlie’s Angels’. She and co-partner Nancy Juvoner founded the production company ‘Flower Films’ which has produced the cult film ’Donnie Darko’. 2007 People’s Magazine listed her as one of the 100 most beautiful people. She has also been the recipient of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. As an ambassador against Hunger for the UN World Food Programme, she has donated $1 million. Drew Barrymore is also the model for CoverGirl Cosmetics as well as the face of Gucci’s jewelry line. She has been the recipient of the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television film.

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Drew Barrymore
Childhood & Early Life
  • Drew Blyth Barrymore was born on February 22, 1975 at the Brotman Medical Center in Culver City, California, to John Drew Barrymore, an actor and Jaid Barrymore, a struggling actress.
  • Drew Barrymore was a descendant of some of the most famous acting personalities like Maurice & George Drew Barrymore, John Barrymore and John Drew. Stephen Spielberg and Sophia Lauren adopted her as their goddaughter.
  • In 1984, when Drew was nine years old, her parents got divorced. The lack of a father had a negative impact on her life.
  • Drew’s first audition was for a Gainsburger puppy food commercial, when she was an 11 year old child.
  • When she was 2 years old, Drew had already acted in a TV movie called ‘Suddenly, Love’. Other acting ventures included ‘Bogie’ and small roles in TV commercials until she made her debut as a child actor in the 1980 feature movie ‘Altered States’.
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  • In the summer of 1982, Drew Barrymore starred in one of the highest grossing movies of all time. It was Steven Spielberg’s ‘E.T: The Extra-Terrestrial’.
  • In 1984, she received a Golden Globe nomination as Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for her role in ‘Irreconcilable Differences’.
  • Bby this time, Barrymore had walked into a phase of substance abuse which continued till she had to be admitted in a rehab, at the age of 14.
  • She came out of this phase successfully and starred in a few films like ‘Poison Ivy’(1992), ‘Gun-Crazy’(1992) and the Joey Buttafuoco scandal story ‘The Amy Fisher Story’ which exploited her rebellious girl image.
  • She went on to make headlines for more controversial events like posing nude for ‘Playboy’ and exposing herself on live TV in the ‘Late show with David Letterman’.
  • In 1995, with the launch of her production house ‘Flower Films’, Barrymore’s luck changed. The same year, she appeared in ‘Boys on the Side’ and ‘Batman Forever’, both commercially successful movies.
  • In 1996, Barrymore made a cameo appearance in the hit franchise ‘Scream’ and also starred in the Woody Allen musical ‘Everybody says I love you’.
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  • From 1998, she was cast in a series of rom-coms like ‘Wishful Thinking’ (1997), ‘Wedding Singer’ (1998), ‘Home Fries’ (1998).
  • In 1999, Barrymore’s company produced the comedy ‘Never Been Kissed’. The film became a sleeper hit and she earned credit as the executive producer.
  • In 2000, her company released the majorly successful ‘Charlie’s Angels’, in which she was also an actor. This success solidified her standing in Hollywood.
  • She believed in the potential of ‘Donnie Darko’ and ‘Flower Films’ produced the movie which earned cult status.
  • In 2002, her turn in the biopic ‘Confessions of a Dangerous Mind’ was hugely acclaimed and she earned the status of a highly talented actress.
  • Since 2004, Drew Barrymore has acted and produced several successful movies like ’50 First Dates’ (2004), ‘Fever Pitch’ (2005), ‘Music and Lyrics’ (2007), ‘Lucky You’ (2007), ‘Grey Gardens’ (2009), ‘Going the Distance’ (2010).
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Major Works
  • Drew Barrymore has a host of commercially successful movies to her credit. ‘E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial collected a whopping $435,110,554, followed by ‘Charlie’s Angels’ ($125,305,544) and ’50 First Dates’ ($120,908,074) at the box office.
Awards & Achievements
  • Barrymore received the Young Artist Award as Best Young Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for ‘E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial’ in 1982.
  • She created a record as the youngest person to have hosted ‘Saturday Night Live’ on November 20, 1982.
  • In 1999, she was honored by the Young Artist Foundation with its Former Child Star "Lifetime Achievement" Award for her outstanding performance as a child actor.
  • In 2010, she won the Golden Globe Awards for Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television for ‘Grey Gardens’.
  • In 2004, she was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her 30 years in the film industry.
  • She was nominated several times for the PrimeTime Emmy Awards, BAFTA Award, American Comedy Awards.
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Personal Life & Legacy
  • Drew Barrymore narrated her experiences of the troubled teenage years in her autobiography ‘Little Girl Lost’.
  • In 1994, Barrymore married a bar owner Jeremy Thomas. The marriage ended within a few weeks.
  • In 2001, she wedded the Canadian comedian Tom Green but the pair got divorced after 6 months.
  • She has also dated the drummer Fabrizio Moretti and the actor Justin Long, among others.
  • In June 2012, Drew Barrymore got married to her current husband Will Kopelman.
  • On September 26, 2012, the couple had their first child, daughter Olive Barrymore Kopelman. Their second child, Frankie Barrymore Koppelman was born on April 22, 2014.

1. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

  (Sci-Fi, Family)

2. Donnie Darko (2001)

  (Thriller, Sci-Fi, Drama)

3. EverAfter (1998)

  (Drama, Romance, Comedy)

4. 50 First Dates (2004)

  (Comedy, Romance)

5. The Wedding Singer (1998)

  (Romance, Music, Comedy)

6. Scream (1996)

  (Horror, Mystery)

7. Blended (2014)

  (Comedy, Romance)

8. Everybody's Fine (2009)

  (Adventure, Drama)


Golden Globe Awards
2010 Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television Grey Gardens (2009)
MTV Movie & TV Awards
2004 Best On-Screen Team 50 First Dates (2004)
2001 Best On-Screen Team Charlie's Angels (2000)
1998 Best Kiss The Wedding Singer (1998)
People's Choice Awards
2008 Favorite Leading Lady Winner
2005 Favorite On-Screen Chemistry 50 First Dates (2004)

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