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Drew Barrymore's Transformation as a Hollywood Star: 40 Years Ago to Now

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By Jennifer Vaughn

Let's face it, Drew Barrymore is a Hollywood Icon. She has been acting in movies since she was four, yes you read that right, four-years-old. Her first role was in Ken Russell's 'Altered States.'

Even before that, Drew acted in a dog food commercial at the age of 1.

When she was 7, she captured the hearts of everyone with her role in 'E.T.: The Extraterrestrial.'

After her role in 'E.T,' Drew found herself in the spotlight with an appearance on 'The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson.' She was even the youngest person to ever host Saturday Night Live, also at 7-years-old.

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So, by 7 Drew was more accomplished than most? This question gets a resounding yes.

Finding fame was not without its difficult times. At 13, Drew began to experience hardship. Her mother, Ildiko Jaid, began taking her to night clubs at a very young age. She became violent towards her mother, and as a result, she was put into a rehabilitation center. Little Girl Lost, and autobiography by Drew details the ordeal.

This gave Drew a bad reputation as a wild child in Hollywood and made it more difficult for her to find work.

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Still, in the 90s, Drew used her reputation to find work in films that would utilize her wild nature to their benefit. She had roles in 'Poison Ivy,' 'Guncrazy,' and 'The Amy Fisher Story.'

Also, in 1995, Drew started her own production company, and she named it Flower Films. The company has produced very well known movies including '50 First Dates,' and 'He's Just Not That Into You.'

So, Drew is even more than a successful actress. She is also a producer.

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Drew was just 20 years old when she began the production company. Through the rest of the 1990s, Drew continued acting, the biggest blockbuster of the time being Charlie's Angels which was released in 2000.

In the early 2000s, Drew continued acting in movies including 'Music and Lyrics' and 'Beverly Hills Chihuahua.' She even directed a music video and was a CoverGirl.

So, while Drew may be known by the masses for her roles in tons of films, there is so much more to her career.

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In focusing on the most recent years, from 2017 to 2019, Drew starred in 'Santa Clarita Diet,' a Netflix Original Series. There are three seasons of the show that display Drew's ability to portray a zombie mom that lives and functions in suburbia.

Drew also launched a fashion line in 2017 called 'Dear Drew.' This line is sold exclusively on Amazon.

Drew Barrymore has had times of struggle that she has overcome, and she is now one of Hollywood's most well-known actresses.

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