Drew Barrymore: The Biography

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The six-year-old Drew Barrymore was already an old pro by the time Spielberg handpicked her to star in E.T., having made her screen debut in a dogfood ad at the age of 11 months. But the heir to the Barrymore acting dynasty had also inherited her family's tragic legacy of substance abuse. She took her first drink at nine, progressed to marijuana 18 months later and began using cocaine at 13. By 1988, Drew was in rehab; she finally got clean a year later. In danger of winding up another washed-up child star, Drew instead reinvented herself as the sex-symbol star of Poison Ivy. The mid-1990s saw another image transformation, from slut to sweetheart, as Drew appeared in a string of hit films including Ever After and The Wedding Singer. More recently she has added another string to her bow as producer of the hugely successful Charlie's Angels films. Drew's personal life has also been eventful, with multiple fiances and two short-lived marriages; she is currently linked with Fabrizio Moretti, drummer with the Strokes. This highly readable biography tells the whole story.

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Lucy Ellis & Bryony Sutherland are the authors of Uma Thurman: The Biography and Nicole Kidman: The Biography (both published by Aurum Press), as well as biographies of Julie Walters, Kylie Minogue, Annie Lennox and Tom Jones.

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At the tender age of 7, starring in Steven Spielberg’s landmark film E.T.—The Extra–Terrestrial, Drew Barrymore won our hearts in a way that no other child had since Shirley Temple. Before the age of 12, she was a movie star, an international icon, and, sadly, the heir to her legendary family’s legacy of substance abuse. Her burgeoning career was soon eclipsed by her off–screen antics. At the age of 12, she was addicted to cocaine. In 1988, she entered rehab, got clean a year later, but not before a relapse and a suicide attempt. Drew Barrymore might have lived out her years as a washed–up child star, but after a two–year absence, she returned in the pivotal Poison Ivy. From the mid–90s, she appeared in a string of hit films, including Scream, The Wedding Singer, Woody Allen’s Everyone Says I Love You, and Charlie’s Angels. More recently, she’s formed her own production company, which will soon produce Charlie’s Angels II.

Lucy Ellis and Bryony Sutherland are the authors, most recently, of Nicole Kidman: The Biography.

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