Drew Barrymore is known to many as the modern day Shirley Temple.
She began her memorable acting career in the Steven Spielberg
thriller, E. T. as Gertie, an adorable 6-year old. Born
into a family dripping with stardom, Barrymore was the daughter
of a famous Shakespearean performing father and an aspiring actress
mother. Just around the corner would be alcohol and drug addiction.
Brought up by her mother, Barrymore got to experience a grown-up's
life at a very young age. Clubs, parties and drugs were all part
of the exposure for Young Barrymore. She had her first drink of
alcohol at just nine years-old, smoked her first joint at 10 and
fell in love with cocaine at age 12. By 13, she considered herself
Ditching school with friends to smoke pot and drink beer was
her pastime of choice. She loved the way alcohol would help take
away her pain and depression, but hated the way it made her "sicker
than a dog" in the morning. When she first tried cocaine,
she felt like screaming, "Eureka from the mountain tops!"
She had found her thing. Cocaine was quick and gave her endless
confidence. But she found out too late that it also made her "crazy".
Even though her life was
plagued by depression and thoughts of suicide,
Barrymore still continued to work, filming movies like, Far From
Home amidst a short stint in rehab. She did return to rehab after
filming, where she dealt with things like her relationship with
her estranged father and her clueless mother, as well as dealing
with stardom at a young age.
When she attempted suicide by cutting her wrists at age 14, she
later admitted that she was trying to get attention from her mom.
ASAP Family Clinic, the rehab facility where she had all her treatment,
set tight boundaries with Barrymore, scheduling her for two sessions
of group therapy a day as well as giving her school lessons. Even
though she was able to keep up her school in rehab, Barrymore
never finished high school.
Drew Barrymore on Beach
Fighting To Get Up
To continue to rollercoaster lifestyle, Barrymore felt that her
mother was a primary reason she was falling back into her addictions.
And by age 15, she had gone to court to be emancipated from Jaid
Barrymore. It was then, that Drew Barrymore began to make her
With the paramount success of her autobiography, "Little
Girl Lost", Barrymore began her slow, but empowering climb
out of the black hole of addiction. With the worst behind her,
she began to take acting roles that would soon become her genre
of choice: RomComs, or Romantic Comedies.
In 1996 starring in Everyone Says I Love You, followed
by The Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates, Barrymore
had found her niche.
Now, married, Barrymore says that she will be truthful to her
children about how she lived her life. She will explain how she
lacked guidance and has vowed to give her children a completely