Drew Barrymore - Biography & Career
Born February 22, 1975 to parents Ildiko Jaid Mako and John Drew Barrymore, Drew Blyth Barrymore was destined for stardom. At the age of 11 months her mother began taking Drew to TV auditions. An actress was born when Drew starred in her first television appearance--a commercial for Gainesburger Puppy Food.
Over the next several years, Drew grew into a charming and imaginative child. Her smile was dazzling and her personality catching. At the age of six Drew auditioned for Steven Spielberg's Poltergeist. Spielberg felt that the role was not for her, but instead she landed a big role as Gertie in E.T. The Extra-terrestrial.
She was a hit--audiences loved her. She made several television appearances, such as The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and as the youngest host of Saturday Night Live. She was center-stage--the spotlight was hers, and with that came a lot of stress and self-doubt. The world rested on Drew's shoulders, and eventually it all became too much to bear.
At the young age of nine, Drew became a victim of drugs and alcohol. Yet, Drew pressed on. She went on to star in three additional films. Sadly, the films not only increased her fame, but also added to her problems. By the age of thirteen she hit rock bottom. Drew was out of control and something had to be done.
On June 28, 1988, a life-changing decision was made. Drew was checked into ASAP Family Treatment Center by her mother. After years of self-destruction, Drew was finally on the road to recovery. However, it was not an easy one to travel. Not only did she have to recover from her drug abuse, but she also had to rebuild her professional career. Her biggest step was publishing an autobiography entitled Little Girl Lost at the age of fourteen. Drew started making a comeback. From coffee houses to after-school specials and low-budget films, she finally found herself back on the big screen.
At the age of nineteen, Drew wed bar owner Jeremy Thomas a marriage which lasted only three months. This was one in a series of failed relationships for Drew.
As her career continued to flourish with films and appearances, Drew also found herself being asked to appear in magazines and other ads, some of which include Guess?, Playboy, and Interview magazine. Most notably, Drew founded her own production company, Flower Films.
In the summer of 2000, Drew became engaged to the Canadian comic Tom Green. The two were wed in July 2001. However, after less than six months of marriage, a petition for divorce was filed. She is now dating Fabrizio Moretti, drummer for The Strokes.
Drew recently produced and directed a documentary about the voting process in the United States entitled The Best Place to Start. She also starred opposite Jimmy Fallon in Fever Pitch, which hit U.S. theaters April 8, 2005. This year her voice was featured in Ron Howard's Curious George. She has completed filming of Lucky You with co-stars Eric Bana and Robert Duvall, and is currently filming Music & Lyrics with Hugh Grant.
Drew has accomplished so much in her short life, both professionally and personally. She is a great role model for many. She has beat the odds in so many ways, and is a star that will never be outshined.