We have read about the issues that a number of celebrities encounter. Some of these issues are major, some minor, while others end in unfortunate tragedy. There are stories, however, of celebrities who may have reached the depths of despair but picked themselves up eventually, emerging as victors in the end. One such person is the lovely Drew Barrymore.
Drew Barrymore was born on February 22, 1975, to actor John Drew Barrymore and Ildiko Jaid Mako, in Culver City, California. Acting is in her blood; her great-grandparents and grandparents are actors, and she had great-grand- and grand- aunts and uncles who were also into acting or worked in the film industry.
Her pedigree and her talent unsurprisingly shot her to fame, and she is best remembered for her role as Gertie in E.T. the Extra Terrestrial. The success she enjoyed so early in life, however, came at a price; as a little girl, she was already a regular at Studio 54. She was smoking at age 9, started drinking alcohol at age 11, smoked marijuana at 12, and snorted cocaine at 13. She was 13 when she first went into rehab.
She wrote about all those experiences in an autobiography in 1990, entitled Little Girl Lost. A year after the book came out, she was clean, and has been clean ever since.
Her wild past may have spelled a doomed future at that time, but Drew Barrymore has risen beyond that and serves as proof that intervention, when done at the right time and with the right attitude, can turn anyone’s life around.