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Drew Barrymore gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Story by: Jack Foley

DREW Barrymore is to be honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, making her the fifth member of her family to receive the accolade.

The 28-year-old actress is considered to be one of the major female figures in Hollywood, having risen above her former wild-child days to become both a competent actress and producer.

While remaining best-known for the Charlie’s Angels franchise, she has also appeared in acclaimed movies such as The Wedding Singer and, most notably, Donnie Darko (which she helped to produce), as well as a fair share of duds, such as Batman Forever, Bad Girls and Never Been Kissed.

She found fame first as a child star, in Steven Spielberg’s ET, before earning a name for herself as a rebel, thanks to a high-profile series of pre-teen drug and alcohol problems, as well as two marriages and divorces.

Her latest project reunites her with Adam Sandler, for the film, 50 First Dates.

Speaking ahead of the ceremony, a ‘nervous’ Drew said she was ‘honoured to be with my family’, who will subsequently join her father, John D, grandfather, John, and his siblings, Lionel and Ethel, on the world-famous Walk.

The Barrymore dynasty dates back to Drew’s grandfather, who was a well-known Hollywood star, after launching his career on the stage and finding fame in the Broadway production of The Fortune Hunter, in 1909.

He went on to become the most acclaimed Hamlet of his era, in 1922, in both London and New York, and appeared in films such as Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Beau Brummel.

Drew’s father, John Drew Barrymore, began his acting career at the age of 17 and enjoyed leading roles in 1950s films such as Thunderbirds, Quebec, and The Big Night, while his sister and brother, Ethel and Lionel, worked mainly on the stage.

All three siblings did, however, appear in one film together, Rasputin and the Empress, which was released in 1932.

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