She was the youngest host ever of the
In the wake of this sudden stardom, she endured a notoriously
troubled childhood, drinking alcoholic beverages by the time she
was 9, smoking marijuana at 10, and snorting cocaine at 12.
Barrymore later described this early period of her life in her
1990 autobiography, Little Girl Lost. Though overcoming her
substance abuse problems by the time she entered adulthood,
Barrymore maintained her "bad girl" image, and in fact leveraged
her new found role as a s-- symbol to stage a career comeback in
the 1990s, playing a teenage seductress in Poison Ivy, and
posing n--- for the January 1995 issue of Playboy. Steven
Spielberg, Barrymore's godfather, gave her a quilt for her 20th
birthday with a note that read "Cover yourself up". Enclosed was
a copy of her Playboy appearance, with the pictures altered by
his art department so that she appeared fully clothed. At that
time she had also appeared n--- in her last five movies. During
a 1995 appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman,
Barrymore shocked the normally unflappable host by climbing onto
his desk and flashing her breasts at him, as part of a dance for
his birthday. She also modelled in a series of Guess? jeans
advertisements during this time.
Drew Barrymore on The Late Show with David Letterman in 1995, immediately after notoriously flashing the host on-air for his birthday.Barrymore has continued to be a highly bankable movie actress. Though her playful s-- appeal has undoubtedly helped her remain in the media spotlight, she has also established a substantial career behind the scenes, despite never finishing high school. She has produced several films, including the highly successful Charlie's Angels movie adaptation and its sequel. In addition to the light-hearted romantic comedies that she has typically starred in, she has also recently explored more dramatic roles in movies such as Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, and the cult favorite Donnie Darko, of which she was also the executive producer. Barrymore has started to receive more notice both as a serious actress and a savvy Hollywood "player", though without losing her reputation as a s-- symbol and (occasional) hellraiser.
Barrymore's career makes for colorful copy. In the words of Yahoo! Movies:
Heir to a Hollywood dynasty, child star, prepubescent drug and alcohol abuser, teenage s--pot, and resurrected vessel of celluloid purity, Drew Barrymore is nothing if not the embodiment of the rise and fall of Hollywood fortunes, self-reinvention, and the healing powers of good PR.
On February 3, 2004, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Barrymore was married to bartender Jeremy Thomas from March 20 to April 28, 1994, and to comedian Tom Green from July 7, 2001 to October 15, 2002 (Green filed for divorce in December 2001). She is currently dating drummer Fabrizio Moretti of The Strokes. Barrymore has also publicly declared herself to be bis--ual, revealing that she had slept with many women as a teenager and is still very interested in women s--ually.
Films she has acted in include:
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