Inside The Life Of Hollywood’s Original Wild Child, Drew Barrymore

If you ask someone younger who they think of first when you say “Hollywood’s wild child” they might jump to Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, and of course, Britney Spears’ infamous 2007 breakdown. But those next-generation party girls have nothing on the original wild child, Drew Barrymore.

It might be hard to believe that the goofy actress in films like 50 First Dates and Charlie’s Angels was addicted to drugs at the young age of nine but it’s true! Read on to learn all about the rise, fall, and career resurrection of Drew Barrymore.

Born Into A Dynasty

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Drew Blyth Barrymore was born on February 22, 1975, to what is best understood to be Hollywood’s royal family. It might be hard to believe nowadays because she’s the only Barrymore in acting, but her family has some serious acting chops that stretch back to the 1800s.

Both her father and mother were in the business, but her extended family is better known. Drew’s great-uncle Lionel Barrymore won the 1931 Best Actor Oscar and is known for playing Mr. Potter in It’s A Wonderful Life.