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Drew Barrymore's Journey to Find Herself

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By Jennifer Vaughn

Drew Barrymore's birthday was just a few days ago, on February 22, 2020. She turned 45! How did Drew get to where she is today? Well, she was born into a family of actors. Maybe her acting talent was genetically inherited. This would make perfect sense with her appearance in ET at just 7 YEARS OLD. Yes, that's right. Drew started acting in blockbuster films at the age most of us are in first grade learning how to add and subtract.

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Her role in the film really did start her journey in life.

In spite of her newfound fame at such a young age, Drew struggled with addiction. Her parents got divorced when she was 9, and after that, her mother started taking her to nightclubs. A few years later, at 13, Drew was admitted into a mental institution. When she got out, she 'legally emancipated' herself to get away from her parents.

In spite of this hardship, Drew went on to star in many more films.

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She also launched her own production company, Flower Films, in 1995.

Still, this article is about how Drew found herself. While her career and struggles are part of this, there is more to it.

A few years ago, around the time of her divorce, Drew was a guest speaker at a Pierre Hotel luncheon benefiting the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. This organization is the world's first child protective agency.

In her speech at the luncheon, she talked about understanding women, including herself.

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"If I break down during this story, you will understand that I'll just turn it into laughter, and you men will think we're crazy. We are, but it's that 'crazy' that actually evolves into compassion, and that's what is beautiful about women," she said. "There are gorgeous things about you men too, but I happen to understand women, being one myself, and we wear our hearts on our sleeves. So when we discuss issues of importance, it brings out our emotions."

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Yes! Women have emotions, and we show them. Drew comments on the fact that men don't understand women's emotions and just label it 'crazy.' Preach. Women have inherent compassion.

Drew was not dissing men, as she said in the above quote, 'there are gorgeous things' about men too, but she understands women because she is one herself. This might be her way of saying that she has found herself and is comfortable with herself, emotions and all, even if her emotions make men (or people who don't understand), call her crazy.

Drew is comfortable with herself in this new phase of her life post-divorce. There is a certain confidence that comes with knowing oneself. She's got that too, and that's awesome.

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