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 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 Charlies
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 Spielbergs
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 Drews 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.
Drews 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.