Drew Barrymore’s career as a beloved child actor started when she appeared in 1982’s E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial at the age of seven. From there, she was cast in lead roles in major films, such as Irreconcilable Differences and Firestarter, but behind the scenes she engaged in behavior that belied her innocent public image. She started smoking cigarettes at the age of nine, and by the time she was 13, she was smoking marijuana, drinking alcohol, and using cocaine.
Barrymore entered treatment twice by the time she was 14, and fortunately the second stay was successful. After starring in small films and building up a resume, she appeared in 1995’s Boys On The Side, which revitalized her career. By the late 1990s she had established herself as a leading lady in such romantic comedies as The Wedding Singer and Never Been Kissed, and she moved into action blockbuster territory in the Charlie’s Angels franchise.