From child star to Hollywood elite, Drew Barrymore has come a long way since the days of E.T. In recent years, Miss Barrymore has opened up about her journey, offering a glimpse into the dysfunctional, troubled, drug-addled past and the attitude that ultimately landed her atop the celebrity A-list.
“I guess I do have a childlike sense of fun,” she says, “and although I still have my dark days, I’m generally an optimistic person. The way things have gone in my life, sure, I could have been a bitter person. But I just find bitter people really un-fun, you know? And who wants to be that person?”
Certainly not Drew, who these days despite childhood drug and alcohol issues and a rocky upbringing, appears to possess a sunny outlook, winning smile and stable career – no small feat for someone with a 30+ year stretch in the Hollywood spotlight.
Drew’s Rocky Childhood
Drew seems to understand that there was little hope of enjoying a “normal childhood”, saying “I grew up in a family that was multifaceted, sexually oriented, and pretty much open to everything. And because I was working, my friends were all adults. I had a tough time going to different schools because people new me from films and I was the fat child who got beaten up every day.” She is also quick to point out that, “If you can get through those times it makes you a better person.”
For a period, it seemed as though the actress was lost. In her autobiography, published when Drew was just 14, she wrote, “I had my first drink at age nine, began smoking marijuana at ten and at 12 took up cocaine.” A 13-year-old Barrymore found herself in rehab and subsequently blacklisted from many opportunities due to her “party-girl” ways. Following a suicide attempt and second rehab stint, Drew, age 15, petitioned for and received emancipation rights from her mother and father. It was soon after, while employed at a coffee house that the actress realized just how much she missed the silver screen and decided to take back her career.
With a fair amount of persistence Drew was eventually able to shine through her old reputation, returning to stardom in such films as Scream, The Wedding Singer, 50 First Dates and Charlie’s Angels, among others.
Though Barrymore certainly had reason to throw in the towel early on, the actress chose to fight her way back onto the Hollywood A-list. To say that it has been an amazing turn around may be an understatement. To say that the actress be deemed an inspiration is obvious.
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