DREW BARRYMORE (Rachel Kramer) embodies versatility, having added to her status
as one of the film business' most popular leading ladies by becoming a
successful producer and director.
Since making her film debut at the age of five in 1980, in director Ken
Russell's science-fiction thriller Altered States, the actress has built a
celebrated career as a performer that has branched out into film production as
well as direction.
Born in Culver City, California, into a revered family of actors that includes,
among many others, her grandfather John Barrymore and grand-uncle Lionel
Barrymore, she started performing in commercials before her first birthday. At
age six, she was chosen by director (and godfather) Steven Spielberg to co-star
as Gertie in his (at the time) small-scale feature E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial.
Once the film was released to overall acclaim in 1982, the young actress had
instantly become a movie star.
Much in demand as a child performer, she starred in such well-received films as
Firestarter, Irreconcilable Differences, See You in the Morning and Cat's Eye,
as well as television films such as Babes in Toyland and the television series
2000 Malibu Road.
As she became an adult, she continued her prolific output of work by starring in
the popular motion pictures Poison Ivy, Guncrazy, Wayne's World 2, Bad Girls,
Boys on the Side, Mad Love, Batman Forever, director Woody Allen's Everyone Says
I Love You and the blockbuster Scream (as the franchise's first victim).
In 1995, she set out to become involved in films as a producer, creating Flower
Films with partner Nancy Juvonen. Their first production was the 1999 comedy
Never Been Kissed, followed by the box-office hit Charlie's Angels in 2000.
Firmly established as a production powerhouse, Flower Films subsequently
produced the features 50 First Dates, cult favorite Donnie Darko, Duplex,
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, Music and Lyrics, Fever Pitch and, most
recently, Whip It (which she directed and appeared in), as well as the Ken
Kwapis-directed He's Just Not That Into You (in which she starred along with
Jennifer Aniston and Ben Affleck, among others). The company has also produced
projects for television, including the animated feature Olive, the Other
Reindeer (which was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1999 for Outstanding Animated
Among her many other successes as an actress are leading roles in the films The
Wedding Singer, Ever After, Home Fries, Riding in Cars With Boys, Confessions of
a Dangerous Mind and Lucky You, and she has lent her voice to the animated
features Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Titan A.E. and Curious George.
Most recently, she starred in the films Everybody's Fine and Going the Distance,
and won a 2009 Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award and received
an Emmy Award nomination for her role as fallen heiress Edith Bouvier Beale in
the lauded HBO production of Grey Gardens, opposite Jessica Lange.
She is much in demand on television, having voiced characters on the animated
series Family Guy and The Simpsons and hosted Saturday Night Live. She is also
sought after as a spokesperson for several top fashion retail companies,
including Gucci and Covergirl Cosmetics.
As a longtime animal and human rights activist, she is devoted to such causes as
the United Nations World Food Program (for which she was chosen to serve as an
Ambassador Against Hunger) and the ASPCA, among many others.
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