Drew Blythe Barrymore (born February 22, 1975) is an American actress, producer, director, talk show host and entrepreneur.
Barrymore is the recipient of numerous accolades, including a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a BAFTA nomination. She is a member of the Barrymore family of actors, and the granddaughter of John Barrymore.
Barrymore achieved fame as a child actress with her role in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982). Following a highly publicized childhood marked by drug and alcohol abuse, she released an autobiography, Little Girl Lost, 1991 at the age of 16. She went on to appear in a string of successful films throughout the decade, including Poison Ivy (1992), Boys on the Side (1995), Mad Love (1995), Batman Forever (1995), Scream (1996), and Ever After (1998). Barrymore collaborated with Adam Sandler on three films, The Wedding Singer (1998), 50 First Dates (2004) and Blended (2014).
Barrymore’s other films include Never Been Kissed (1999), Charlie’s Angels (2000), Donnie Darko (2001), Riding in Cars with Boys (2001), Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002), Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle (2003), Fever Pitch (2005), Music and Lyrics (2007), Going the Distance (2010), Big Miracle (2012) and Miss You Already (2015). Barrymore made her directorial debut film Whip It (2009), in which she also starred. She received a SAG Award and a Golden Globe for her performance in Grey Gardens (2009). She starred in the Netflix series, Santa Clarita Diet. Since September 2020, Barrymore has hosted The Drew Barrymore Show, a syndicated talk show.
In 1995, Barrymore and Nancy Juvonen formed the production company Flower Films. They have produced several projects in which Barrymore has starred. In 2013, Barrymore launched a range of cosmetics under the Flower banner, which has grown to include lines in makeup, perfume and eyewear. Her other business ventures include a range of wines and a clothing line. In 2015, Dutton published a collection of Barrymore’s autobiographical essays in a book titled, Wildflower. Barrymore received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2004.
In 2010, Barrymore starred with Justin Long in Nanette Burstein’s Going the Distance. The film follows a couple dealing the ups and downs of a long-distance relationship, while commuting between New York City and San Francisco. It garnered generally mixed reviews by critics, who summed it as “timelier and a little more honest than most romantic comedies”, and budgeted at US$32 million, the film made US$40 million at the worldwide box office.
On August 2, 2011, Barrymore directed the music video for the song “Our Deal,” for the band Best Coast, which features Chloë Grace Moretz, Miranda Cosgrove, Tyler Posey, Donald Glover, Shailene Woodley and Alia Shawkat. Barrymore starred with John Krasinski in the drama Big Miracle (2012), which covers Operation Breakthrough, the 1988 international effort to rescue gray whales from being trapped in ice near Point Barrow, Alaska. The film saw her play Rachel Krameron, based on Greenpeace activist Cindy Lowry. Despite a positive critical reception, the film flopped at the box office.
In Blended (2014), Barrymore played Lauren Reynolds, a recently divorced woman ending up on a family resort with Jim Friedman (Sandler). Film critic James Berardinelli dismissed the “hit-and-miss humor” of the story and wrote that “as are concerned, the third time is definitely not the charm”, as part of an overall lukewarm critical response. The film, however, ultimately grossed US$128 million worldwide. She and Toni Collette starred in Miss You Already (2015), as two long-time friends whose relationship is put to the test when one starts a family and the other becomes ill. Reviewers embraced the film, while it received a limited theatrical release.
From 2017 to 2019, Barrymore starred in the Netflix television series Santa Clarita Diet, portraying a real estate agent who, after experiencing a physical transformation into a zombie, starts craving human flesh. Along with co-star Timothy Olyphant, Barrymore also served as an executive producer on the single-camera series, which was favorably received upon its premiere; Rolling Stone felt that “much of comes down to the uncrushable Drew Barrymore charm” and furthermore remarked: “The show is a welcome comeback for Barrymore, the eternally beloved grunge-era wild thing—it’s not just her big move into TV, but her first high-profile performance anywhere in years. In a way, it circles back to the roles she was doing in the early, playing deadly vixens in flicks like Guncrazy or Doppelganger”.
Barrymore starred in Jamie Babbit’s film The Stand In. It was set to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2020, but was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On September 14, 2020, Barrymore premiered a syndicated daytime talk show, The Drew Barrymore Show.