Drew Barrymore is currently expecting her second child, but the actress isn’t one to let a little thing like impending labor slow her down. Barrymore has been writing for Brides Magazine as their resident beauty columnist, and the trailer for the upcoming horror film Animal, which she produced, was just released. She also attended CinemaCon in Las Vegas last week to promote the romantic comedy Blended, yet another collaboration with Adam Sandler. As the world—or the crazed Hollywood baby-watch scene—prepares for Barrymore’s second baby with her husband Will Kopelman, we thought we’d commemorate the moment by looking back at baby Drew. Fresh off her iconic role in E.T., she was seven years old, utterly adorable, and quickly becoming a child acting legend when she was featured in our August 1982. —Adrian Rapazzini
First Impressions: Drew Barrymore
In 10 days that shook the cinema world, Steven Spielberg’s E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial has earned 35 million dollars—the biggest movie about a little monster ever made. Drew Barrymore plays the winsome waif who gets E.T. up in drag for a quiet afternoon at home. She must have been a beautiful baby because at the age of 11 months, she beat out 90 other babies for the Gainsmeal Puppy Chow ads. No layabout, at age two and a half she played Cindy Williams’ baby in the made-for-TV movie, Suddenly Love, and at age four, she could be seen in Ken Russell’s Altered States, where she played baby to William Hurt and Blair Brown’s dad and mom. Drew is third generation Hollywood, her grandparents are John Barrymore and Dolores Costello.
THIS ARTICLE INTIALLY APPEARED IN THE AUGUST 1982 ISSUE OF INTERVIEW.
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