Drew Barrymore the Best Romantic Heroine?


Drew Blythe Barrymore, better known as Drew Barrymore in the film industry, is an American actress, director, producer, screenwriter, model, and author. She is the descendant of the famous Barrymore Family. Granddaughter of the legendary John Barrymore, she first was given recognition in 1982 for playing a five year old as Gertie, in E.T: the Extra-Terrestrial, directed by Steven Spielberg. After that, she went on to become Hollywood’s most recognized child actress.

She was born in Culver, California, to Jaid Barrymore and actor John Drew Barrymore, who was at that time was an aspiring actress. Barrymore was brought up in a family of actors known for working in drama and romantic genres. So it would not be wrong to state, that Drew Barrymore is the best romantic heroine, would you not agree?

Barrymore’s career started when she was selected for a dog food commercial, 11 months after her birth. Unfortunately, she was bitten by her dog co-star, but to the amazement of the crew members she laughed it out. She had a small part in the feature film Altered States that was released in 1980. One year later, she starred in Steven Spielberg’s E.T. the Extra Terrestrial, propelling her to child celebrity status.

Owing to her rebellious nature in her teens, she was able to effortlessly portray this attitude on screen. Poison Ivy is a classic example, in which, despite being a box office failure, was popular on cable and video. Nevertheless, the 39-year-old actress is reputed for a totally different genre called romance. Many cine-lovers do consider Drew Barrymore, the queen of romantic movies, and the best romantic heroine.

In 1995, she starred in Mad Love, a teen romantic drama, which garnered praise for her portrayal of a mentally ill teenager. Then came the romantic movie called Never been Kissed in 1999. It was produced by the production company, Flower Films. Although it received mixed reviews from the critics, it was a fan favorite that garnered a 70 percent positive rating.

She also played lead roles in romantic comedies like The Wedding Singer, Wishful Thinking and Home Fries. The 39-year-old actress played a crucial role in Ever After, which was a modern take on the popular fairy tale story of Cinderella. She was highly praised for her performance, and many critics pointed out her positive quality of involving the audience with her characters.

The new decade saw the 39-year-old actress at her best in the romantic genre. Barrymore continued to be highly successful and a box office gem. In 2004, the movie called 50 First Dates was a smash hit at the box office. Barrymore played the role of a girl with short-term memory loss and her performance was highly praised.

Barrymore makes this up with Fever Pitch in 2005, which is also known as The Perfect Catch outside the U.S and Canada. She also played the role of a professionally successful workaholic executive, who falls for a school teacher. Although a difficult verdict, the crown of “best romantic heroine” given to Drew Barrymore can never be termed as inaccurate.

By Sunando Basu

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