On this day, February 22, 1975, American actress, screenwriter, film director, producer, model and author Drew Blyth Barrymore was born A descendant of the Barrymore family of well-known American stage and cinema actors, Barrymore is the granddaughter of film legend John Barrymore.
Following a turbulent childhood which was marked by recurring drug and alcohol abuse and two stints in rehab, Barrymore wrote the 1990 autobiography, Little Girl Lost.
In 1997, she and her business partner Nancy Juvonen formed the production company Flower Films. With its first production the 1999 Barrymore film Never Been Kissed., Flower Films has gone on to produce the Barrymore films Charlie's Angels, 50 First Dates, and Music and Lyrics, as well as the cult film Donnie Darko. More recently Barrymore's projects include He's Just Not That Into You, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Everybody's Fine and Going the Distance.
A recipient of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Barrymore appeared on the cover of the 2007 People magazine's 100 Most Beautiful issue.
Barrymore was named an Ambassador Against Hunger for the UN World Food Programme (WFP).
In 2010, she was awarded the Screen Actors Guild Award and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film for her portrayal of Little Edie in Grey Gardens.
1907 - Sheldon Leonard (Bershad) (actor: It’s a Wonderful Life, Guys and Dolls; Emmy Award-winning Director: The Danny Thomas Show [1957, 1961], and Executive Producer: My World and Welcome to It ; died Jan 10, 1997)
1908 - Sir John Mills (actor: Frankenstein, A Tale of Two Cities, Around the World in 80 Days, Gandhi, Oklahoma Crude, Ryan’s Daughter, King Rat, The Swiss Family Robinson, War and Peace, Great Expectations, Goodbye Mr. Chips, The Ghost Camera; father of actresses Juliet and Hayley Mills; died April 23, 2005)
1928 - Paul Dooley (actor: The Underneath, Flashback, Last Rites, Sixteen Candles, Endangered Species, Paternity, Slap Shot, Breaking Away, The Player)
1944 - Jonathan Demme (Academy Award-winning director: Silence of the Lambs; Philadelphia, Married to the Mob, Swimming to Cambodia, Swing Shift, Melvin and Howard, Last Embrace, Caged Heat; playwright: Fighting Mad, Caged Heat, Hot Box, Angels Hard as They Come)
1950 - Miou-Miou (Sylvette Héry) (actress: Little Indian Big City, Going Places, Entre Nous, La Lectrice)
1950 - Julie Walters (actress: Just like a Woman, The Summer House, Mack the Knife, Pick Up Your Ears, Educating Rita)
1959 - Kyle MacLachlan (actor: Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet, The Flintstones, Dune, In Justice)