Looking at Drew Barrymore today, it's hard to believe just how far she has come. She's transitioned from child-star to full-blown Hollywood star but this transformation hasn't been without its fair share of controversy.
Drew was born into the famous Barrymore acting family in 1975 and made her first on-screen appearance in a commercial when she was just 11 months old. She made her film debut in the 1980 sci-fi horror flick Altered States before landing the role that would propel her into the spotlight: Gertie in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
Things got tricky for Drew following the success of E.T and the actress found herself struggling with addiction at a very young age.
But by the time she was 20, Drew was back on track and making movies again - and she's been unstoppable ever since. But let's not forget all the drama that made Drew the person she is today...
20 She Once Dated Corey Feldman
When Drew dated Corey Feldman he was at the height of his Hollywood fame - well known for his roles in 80's films like Gremlins, The Goonies, and Stand by Me. By that time Drew was also extremely in-demand for film roles. However, they only dated for a brief time before calling it quits.
19 Barrymore Was Offered The Lead Role In Scream
According to Vulture.com Drew was initially attached to play the lead role of Sidney Prescott in Scream, with Alicia Silverstone (who was also a huge name at that time) in the opening scene. But Drew told the filmmakers that she really only wanted to do the opening scene and so the lead went to Neve Campbell instead.
18 That Time She Posed In The Buff
Desperate to make a break from her child star image, Drew Barrymore was photographed in the buff for a naughty magazine back in 1995. At the age of 19, it seems Drew wanted to prove to the world that she was all grown up. She was pretty wild back in the day!
17 She Appeared In Her First Commercial When She 11 Months Old
Drew comes from an acting family going back generations so it seemed only natural that she would follow in their footsteps. According to biography.com, she was just 11 months old when she landed her first professional gig - appearing alongside a cute puppy in a dog food commercial. Now that's adorable!
16 She Was (And Still Is) The Youngest SNL Host Ever
Drew was just seven years old when she was the Guest Host on a 1975 episode of Saturday Night Live. It was during this episode, according to her profile on imdb.com, that viewers voted for Andy Kaufman to be banned from the show. She was and still is, the youngest person to ever be an SNL host.
15 Drew Was Clubbing By The Age Of 10
Drew Barrymore was just 7 when she skyrocketed to fame thanks to her role as Gertie in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. But the film was a hard act to follow and the young actress suffered for it, falling into a party lifestyle that included substance abuse at the tender age of 10.
14 She Entered Rehab For The First Time At 13
By the time Drew was 13 years old, she was in desperate need of help to overcome her addiction issues. She was admitted to a mental health facility where she stayed for 18 months before being released. Sadly she suffered a flip soon after and had to be hospitalized again.
13 She Emancipated Herself At 15
Due to her strained relationship with her mother Drew emancipated herself at the age of 15 and legally became an adult. But according to an interview with theguardian.com, her problems didn't end there. By that time Drew was considered a Hollywood has-been and ended up working in restaurants to make a living.
12 That Time She Flashed David Letterman
By the time Drew was 19, she had begun to reinvent herself and she was a pretty wild young woman. So wild in fact, that she even stood up and flashed David Letterman during his show in 1995, something she laughs about now according to people.com. "It doesn’t feel like me, but I’m still into it. You only have one life!” Drew said.
11 Her House Caught Fire While She Was Inside
While Drew was married to comedian Tom Green, the pair narrowly escaped disaster when they awoke to find Drew's 3,500-square-foot Beverly Hills home on fire. The fire blazed through both stories of the home and caused about $700,000 in damage according to an article in latimes.com. Thankfully no-one was hurt.
10 Frances Bean Cobain Is Her Goddaughter
Back in the day Drew was close friends with Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain. They were such close friends that Courtney chose Drew to be the godmother of her daughter Frances Bean. Drew and Frances have remained in contact throughout the years, although they did drift apart for a while in the mid-2000s.
9 She's Been Married 3 Times
Drew was 19 when she married for the first time. She wed a Los Angeles bar owner named Jeremy Thomas in March 1994 and filed for divorce 8 weeks later. In 2001 she married comedian Tom Green but their union only lasted a year. She then married Will Kopelman in 2012 and the couple had two daughters but in 2016 Drew once again filed for divorce.
8 She's Had Her Share Of Box-Office Flops
Throughout her career Drew Barrymore has appeared in close to 60 movies, ranging from dramas and romantic comedies to thrillers and horror flicks. And during that time she's certainly had her share of box office flops. Remember films like Freddy Got Fingered and Titan A.E.? Not exactly her finest moments.
7 Drew Has Some Pretty Weird Allergies
Many celebs struggle with allergies just like the rest of us. But Drew's list of allergies is a little on the weird side. According to ranker.com Drew is allergic to garlic, perfume, bee stings, and coffee. Garlic we could still live without but how does she manage to survive without coffee?
6 The Strained Relationship With Her Parents
Drew's parents are Jaid and John Barrymore. John hailed from the famous Barrymore acting family but by the time he met Jaid he was already struggling with addiction problems. Despite being estranged from her father for many years Drew still cared for him and made sure that he was looked after during his final years.
5 She Voiced A Character In Family Guy
Drew has provided voices for characters in movies such as Curious George and Beverly Hills Chihuahua. She's also the voice of Jillian Russell in the hit animated show Family Guy. She first appeared in the"Whistle While Your Wife Works" episode as Brian's not-so-bright girlfriend. Great to know she loves the show as much as we do!
4 She Owns A Production Company
In 1995 Drew Barrymore founded her own production company along with her business partner Nancy Juvonen. The company, Flower Films, has produced films such as Never Been Kissed, Charlie's Angels, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, 50 First Dates, Happy Camp, and Whip It! (which Drew also directed) and TV series like Santa Clarita Diet.
3 Sophia Loren Is Her Godmother
Drew was born into the famous Barrymore acting clan and so it seems appropriate that her godparents are acting royalty too. One of her godmothers is Italian actress Sophia Loren who today, at the age of 85, is considered one of the last remaining stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood.
2 Steven Spielberg Was A Father Figure To Drew
According to imdb.com Drew impressed Steven Spielberg with a tall tale about being a rockstar, which led him to cast her as Gertie in his 1982 film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Spielberg has continued to act as a father figure for Drew throughout the years - he even sent her a quilt after she posed for racy pictures, telling her to cover up!
1 She Wrote A Tell-All Book
Drew has actually written two tell-all books about her Hollywood life. The first was Little Girl Lost in 1990 which she co-wrote with Told Gold. This book chronicled her troubled early years. Her second book Wildflower, a collection of autobiographical essays, was published in 2015. Actress, director, mom, author - how does she do it all?