Hailing from a family of famous performers, young Drew Barrymore was adorable in Steven Spielberg’s 1982 film, E.T. The film was a box office smash and the highest grossing film of its decade. Barrymore became an instant child star won several awards. Barrymore was then cast to start in Firestarter, an adaptation of a Stephen King novel, followed by the role of a little girl divorcing her parents in Irreconcilable Differences. Being a child star in Hollywood took a toll on Barrymore.
She developed drinking and drug problems at a very early age, but was able to get clean and focus her energies on her acting career. As a young adult, she appeared in Ever After, 50 First Dates, Charlie’s Angels, and The Wedding Singer. Barrymore is an example of the pitfalls of being a child actor in Hollywood, but an inspiration that she has overcome her challenges and continues with her prolific acting career.