Friday, February 26

Drew Barrymore Through the Years


In the spotlight! Drew Barrymore has had her ups and downs — and they’ve all played out in the public eye. The former child star overcame a rough past and is now a Hollywood vet with more than 70 credits under her belt.

The California native launched onto the entertainment scene with the 1982 sci-fi E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, which was directed by her godfather, Steven Spielberg. The following year, she presented at the Academy Awards at age 4.

Barrymore was born into an acting legacy thanks to her father, John Drew Barrymore, who was an actor. Her great uncle Lionel Drew famously played Mr. Potter in Frank Capra’s 1946 classic It’s a Wonderful Life.

The actress’ early years in Hollywood weren’t always glamorous, however. She took her first drink at 9, struggled with depression and went to a drug-and-alcohol rehab to get sober at 14. She also was estranged from her mom but recently revealed that she financially supports her.

Today, Barrymore is a box office success. She’s starred in a strings of hits — including Never Been Kissed, The Wedding Singer, Charlie’s Angels and He’s Just Not That Into You. She’s added director to her résumé and made a splash on TV with Netflix’s Santa Clarita Diet, which lasted three seasons from 2017 to 2019.

Off set, Barrymore has had tough times with love as well. The author and Flower Beauty creator previously married Welsh bar owner Jeremy Thomas in March 1994 and was briefly married to Tom Green in 2001. She and her third husband, art consultant Will Kopelman, announced in April 2016 that they were divorcing after three years of marriage.

“It was just like my worst nightmare,” Barrymore said of the split during The Ellen DeGeneres Show in February 2017. Still, the pair have remained amicable and coparent their daughters Olive and Frankie. “I got two families,” she continued. “I went from, like, zero to two and it’s a miracle and a blessing, and we do it in a way that I think a lot of other people are probably doing it too and sometimes, again, the road is different than what you tried to make it or what you expected and you just figure it out and figure it out with grace.”

The Whip It actress has continued to prove she is resilient both on and off screen, most recently adding talk show host to her impressive resume. The mother of two launched The Drew Barrymore Show in September 2020, which features kitchen segments, DIY tutorials, celebrity interviews and a virtual comedy club.

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Childhood Star

Barrymore shot to stardom after plating Gertie in 1982’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. The film won four Oscars and was nominated for five more.

 

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Trouble Years

The Riding in Cars With Boys actress entered rehab at age 13, after doing cocaine for the first time a year prior. She was hospitalized for 18 months and treated for drug and alcohol addiction beginning in 1988. Barrymore was then emancipated from her parents at the age of 15.

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I Do

Barrymore married bar owner Jeremy Thomas in March 1994. The pair divorced 10 months later.

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Business Mode

The California native partnered with Nancy Juvonen in 1995 to launch Flower Films production company. 

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Horror Queen

Barrymore appeared in 1996’s Scream as Casey after starring in Boys on the Side and Batman Forever one year prior. 

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Rom-Com Comeback

The actress began her reign as rom-com royalty with 1998’s The Wedding Singer. She followed it up with roles in Ever After: A Cinderella Story, Home Fries, Never Been Kissed, Fever Pitch and later reunited with Adam Sandler in 50 First Dates

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Kiss, Kiss

Barrymore’s Flower Films saw success with 1999’s Never Been Kissed, which was its first production. The company has since worked on two Charlie’s Angels films and a corresponding TV series, Music and Lyrics, He’s Just Not That Into You and How to Be Single.

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Action Hero

In 2000, Barrymore appeared in Charlie’s Angels as Dylan. She starred alongside Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu in the action film and its sequel, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle

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Holy Matrimony

The actress was married to Tom Green for less than a year, divorcing in 2002. The pair reconnected in September 2020 on The Drew Barrymore Show, after 15 years of not speaking. “You’ve had a whole life and I’ve had a whole life, and it’s just really nice to come together and check in and talk about it,” Barrymore said at the time. “It thrills me to no end. I think the world of you and I celebrate you and I always have and I always will.”

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Star Treatmen

The Miss You Already star got her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2004, after more than two decades in the entertainment industry. 

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Director’s Chair

Barrymore starred in, produced and directed 2009’s Whip It. The movie marked her first feature film as a director, having previously done a TV movie documentary and later a video short. 

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Wine Not?

The Hollywood star launched Barrymore Wines in April 2012 with a Pinot Grigio. She has since expanded the label by partnering with Carmel Road and adding a Rosé.

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Wedded Bliss

The actress married Will Kopelman in June 2012 after getting engaged six months prior. The couple said “I do” at Barrymore’s Montecito, California, estate. 

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Motherhood Mode

The couple welcomed their first child, daughter Olive, in September 2012. “I was reading a book with my husband, and I was three months pregnant. They said your baby is the size of an Olive and that was it,” Barrymore said on a December 2012 episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, of the origin of her baby’s name. “We never looked back.”

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Beauty Boss

Barrymore founded Flower Beauty in 2012, after tying the knot and giving birth to her first child. The cruelty-free products launched exclusively online and at Walmart but have since expanded to other beauty stores, including Ulta.  

 

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Expanding Family

The couple welcomed their second daughter, Frankie, in April 2014. 

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Book Club

The Blended actress released her autobiography, Wildflower, in October 2015, one year after she created the photo book, Find It in Everything. Wildflower later became a New York Times bestseller.


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Going Different Directions

Barrymore and Kopelman divorced in August 2016, four months after announcing their split. “Sadly our family is separating legally, although we do not feel this takes away from us being a family,” the pair said in a joint statement at the time. “Our children are our universe, and we look forward to living the rest of our lives with them as the first priority.”

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TV Takeover

The Los Angeles native starred as Sheila Hammond on Netflix’s Santa Clarita Diet from 2017 to 2019. She was also an executive producer on the project.

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Talk Show Time

The Golden Globe winner landed her own talk show, The Drew Barrymore Show, in 2019. The show’s September 2020 premiere featured guest appearances by Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu and Adam Sandler.

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