Drew Barrymore Movies: From Child Star to Award Winning Producer

Sunday, September 18 by Dan MacIntosh

Drew Barrymore movies are especially intriguing because the woman has grown up right before our eyes. Sure, she had to deal with many of the familiar child star issues. Yet, she came through okay. It probably didn't hurt that she came from a famous Hollywood family. She's the granddaughter of John Barrymore. She wasn't even a year old when she first appeared in a commercial. She's now a movie star, as well as a producer and director.

"E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" This Drew Barrymore movie is about an alien that finds a sometimes uncomfortable home in a suburban California house. It's a learning experience for both the humans and the alien. Playing main character Elliot's mischievous five-year-old little sister, Gertie, this was a Drew Barrymore movie where she was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Newcomer. Her character goes from being afraid of E.T. to eventually loving the little alien.

"Irreconcilable Differences" In this Drew Barrymore movie, the actress plays Casey Brodsky. In it, she decides to divorce her parents. Her parents, Albert and Lucy Brodsky, are foced to testify about their lives in court. Their lives are displayed in cinematic flashbacks. Her role was nominatedfor a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress.

"Scream" In the movie "Scream," Drew Barrymore is grown up somewhat, as she plays the high school student Casey Becker. This time, she received a Saturn Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. The story begins with Barrymore's character receiving a phone call asking, "What's your favorite scary movie?" The movie then gets much scarier after that. It's a slasher movie that was inspired by "Halloween."

"The Wedding Singer" Drew Barrymore plays Julia Sullivan in "The Wedding Singer," which went on to win her a MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss. In the film, her waitress character falls in love with Adam Sandler, the wedding singer. The movie follows the trials and tribulations of a wedding singer. It also looks in on Sandler's wedding singer character's topsy-turvy love life.

"Ever After " In this Drew Barrymore movie, she plays the tomboy Danielle de Barbarac in a retelling of the Cinderella story. She won the Blimp Award for Favorite Movie Actress in the film. The story begins with The Grim Brothers, the writers of Cinderella, who are summoned by the elderly Grande Dame of France, who has some pressing issues with one of their stories about a cinder girl — you know, Cinderella.

- Dan MacIntosh

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