Written by: J. Logan
Drew Barrymore has been in the professional acting game since she was eleven months old. Through the ups and downs of her career, she has missed a beat when it came to performance. At the age of 7 she got cast in her first big role in the science fiction film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. From there it was history, and it probably would've happened eventually anyway with her family history. Coming from a family of stars, Barrymore grew up in California and was raised by her acting parents John Barrymore and Jaid Barrymore. Not only were her parents actors, but her grandparents and even her great grandparents were. She also had a few aunts and uncles who were had some film and television roles as well. From the womb she was in a way destined for greatest and she has come pretty close.
After the release of the film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, it became one of the highest-grossing films during the 80s. The film brought in $11 million it's opening weekend and was at the top of the box office for six weeks. The success of this film resulted in Barrymore becoming one of the most famous child stars during the 80s. She even received a Young Artist Award for Best Supporting Actress. From then she continued to rise landed big roles in the films Firestarter (1984) and Irreconcilable Difference (1984) which she won another Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress in a motion picture. With so much success at such a young age she was exposed to many of the vices within Hollywood. She didn't let the down falls in her life stop her from getting back on track and developing better as a actress.
Beginning in the 90s, Barrymore landed more big roles in multiple successful films such as Poison Ivy (1992), Scream (1996), The Wedding Singer (1998), Charlie's Angels (2000), 50 First Dates (2004), and He's Just Not That Into You (2009). In the midst of all her work within film she also had her hand in directing and producing. In 1995, Barrymore and film producer Nancy Juvonen started their own production company called Flower Films. The first film that was produced through the company was the film Never Been Kissed in 1999. The company developed a few other films that were a box office success as well such as Charlie's Angels (2000), Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003), Fever Pitch (2005), and the 2017 Netflix series Santa Clarita Diet (2017).
Drew Barrymore is a force to reckoned with and has been since she was young. She has made her mark in television, film, producing, directing, and fashion. Barrymore is an icon if I ever seen one and she continues to show her talent in the series Santa Clarita Diet.