Drew Barrymore Through the Years: From Child Star to Hollywood Vet


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 with a rough past is now a Hollywood vet with more than 70 credits under her belt. Us Weekly Video rounded up her life and career highlights in the video above!

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Drew Barrymore in ‘E.T.’ Universal/Courtesy Everett Collection

Barrymore, now 42, first landed huge success in 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’s family is a part of an acting legacy. Born to actor John Drew Barrymore and Jaid Barrymore, her great uncle Lionel Drew 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.

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Drew Barrymore attends the premiere of “Santa Clarita Diet” at ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome on February 1, 2017, in Hollywood. Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

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 currently stars in the Netflix series Santa Clarita Diet, which was picked up for a second season.

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. Still, the pair have remained amicable and coparent their daughters Olive, 4, and Frankie, 2. “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.”

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