Never cynical and so grateful to be alive, talented actress Drew Blythe Barrymore (1975-) was born on this day in Los Angeles, California.
As the granddaughter of thespian John Barrymore, Drew's first acting assignment was a Gainsburger TV commercial. She was 11 months old. By age 7, the "veteran" actress was adorable Gertie who stole our hearts in Steven Spielberg's E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982).
"When things are perfect, that's when you need to worry most," said the actress with the face of an angel.
In her 1991 autobiography, Little Girl Lost, Barrymore revealed the heart-wrenching tales of her wild childhood: alcohol at 9 and drugs by 10. She credited musician David Crosby for helping her get over drugs. With rehab and hard work, her career flourished.
The irrepressible Barrymore called Marilyn Monroe her idol and once said, "I don't understand why you would be negative in this world or feel like a victim or feel sorry for yourself. It just doesn't accomplish anything."
Without self-pity, she is a big fan of poet e.e. cummings, wears daisies in her hair, proudly sports several tattoos, posed for Playboy, and has even flashed David Letterman (for his birthday, of course) on national television.
With a string of hit movies and her own production company, she continues to delight with her exuberance and spirited determination.
"I pray to be like the ocean, with soft currents, maybe waves at times. More and more, I want the consistency rather than the highs and the lows."
Be grateful to be alive.