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"I never regret anything. Because every little detail of your life is what made you into who you are in the end."

Drew Blyth Barrymore (born February 22, 1975 in Culver City, California) is an American actor, film producer and film director.

Coming from a famous acting family — nay, from acting royalty, as the granddaughter of John Barrymore and grand-niece of Ethel Barrymore and Lionel Barrymore — she started her career as a child actor, with her first major role coming in the film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. She is Saturday Night Live's youngest-ever female celebrity host (Barrymore hosted when she was seven years old in 1982, half the age of the show's previous youngest female host, Jodie Foster, who was fourteen when she hosted in 1976), and for a time was the only female member of SNL's "Five Timers Club" (which consists of guest celebrities and musicians who have hosted or performed on the show more than five times) along with Foster and Candice Bergen. They have since been joined by Tina Fey, Scarlett Johansson, and Melissa McCarthy.

After a turbulent preteen and teenage life filled with drug abuse, alcoholism, and worries that Drew may be succumbing to the same problems her actor ancestors had (the "Barrymore curse"), she matured into a fine actress, making mostly cleverly written Romantic Comedies.

In 1995 she formed a production company called Flower Films which produced movies as a vehicle for the actress, such as Never Been Kissed and Charlie's Angels (2000), although her company has also made productions in which she does not appear, like the films Animal (2014) and How To Be Single (2016), and Charlie's Angels (2011) (the TV series revival).

Barrymore is the subject of (and appears in) the 2004 documentary My Date with Drew. From 2012-14 she co-hosted Turner Classic Movies' The Essentials with Robert Osborne. She then starred as Californian realtor turned Zombie Sheila Hammond in the 2017-19 Netflix series Santa Clarita Diet along with Timothy Olyphant. In 2020, she went into the First-Run Syndication Talk Show field with The Drew Barrymore Show.

Partial filmography:

    As an actor 

    As a producer 

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