Drew Barrymore is an American actress, producer, and director who first grabbed moviegoers’ attention in E.T. in 1982. She has since starred in numerous popular movies such as Charlie’s Angels, 50 First Dates, and Scream. With a career spanning four decades, Barrymore has over 75 acting credits to her name.
However, it’s not just her work on the big and small screen that has contributed to her success. Drew Barrymore’s net worth has also been impacted by her work as a producer, sales from her clothing line, and multiple real estate investments. Read on to learn about Barrymore’s most successful undertakings and follow her career from the start until today.
Drew Barrymore was born in Culver City, California, on February 22, 1975. Her father is actor John Drew Barrymore, and her mother is actress Ildikó Jaid Makó, also known as Jaid Barrymore. She was born into a long line of actors, from her parents, uncles, and aunts all the way to her great-grandparents. Her godparents are Sophia Loren and Stephen Spielberg.
Barrymore spent her early childhood in Poinsettia Place in West Hollywood, eventually moving to Sherman Oaks when she was seven. By the time she was 13, she had been to rehab for drugs and alcohol. And by the time she was 14, she became emancipated and moved into her own apartment by 15.
In 1991, Barrymore wrote a biography called Little Girl Lost, where she talks about her father, who left when she was just a baby. She also wrote a memoir in 2015 entitled Wildflower, where she recounts her troubled childhood and teenage years.
Most fans know that Barrymore’s first major role was in E.T., but not many know that her first acting gig was when she was less than a year old. At 11 months, Barrymore was cast for a dog food commercial when she laughed instead of cried after being nipped by a dog.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
The first film that Barrymore was cast in was the 1980 sci-fi/horror film Altered States. But it was her second role that led her to become the most popular child actor in the 1980s. She played Gertie in E.T., which earned a whopping $792.9 million at the worldwide box office on a budget of only $10.5 million.
As of 2022, E.T. is still Barrymore’s highest-grossing film to date.
Two years later, she starred in Firestarter. Unfortunately, it didn’t do well commercially, earning only $17 million with a budget of approximately $15 million. However, her next film, Irreconcilable Differences, did much better, making over $12.4 million with a budget of $6 million.
For the next decade or so, Barrymore struggled with personal issues and a challenging childhood. Despite this, she still appeared in an average of more than one movie a year, although most of them did not do very well commercially or with film critics.
In 1995, Barrymore starred as Sugar in Batman Forever, the second-highest-grossing film of her career. The Joel Schumacher-directed movie, which also starred Val Kilmer, Jim Carrey, and Nicole Kidman, was not well received by fans or critics. However, the film did perform well at the box office, earning $336.5 million worldwide on its $100 million budget.
Barrymore’s next box office blockbuster came in 1996 when she played Casey Becker in the iconic horror film Scream. She got a salary of $1.5 million which was huge considering that her character only appeared in the first 12 minutes of the film. The movie earned over $173 million on a budget of only $15 million.
By this time, Barrymore had just founded her own production company and it was a turning point in her career. Her roles would shift from the horror and crime thriller genre to romantic comedies, which she would eventually become known for. Her salaries would also improve greatly and Drew Barrymore’s net worth was about to see a rapid rise.
The Wedding Singer
In 1998, Barrymore co-starred with Adam Sandler in The Wedding Singer. It was a huge hit, making over $123 million on a budget of $18 million. Barrymore would later reunite with Sandler in two more romantic comedies – 50 First Dates in 2004 and Blended in 2014. Both were commercial blockbusters, earning $198.5 million and $128 million respectively.
Ever After: A Cinderella Story
Ever After, a reimagining of the classic tale of Cinderella premiered in 1998. Barrymore starred alongside Anjelica Huston in the hit film, which grossed $98 million worldwide on its $26 million budget.
Never Been Kissed
In 2000, Barrymore joined Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu in the latest version of the action comedy Charlie’s Angels. Despite the mixed reviews, the film earned $264.1 million, making it Barrymore’s third-highest-grossing film. It’s reported that Barry received $9 million for the film.
Barrymore is also known to occasionally take on small roles for artistic gratification. Such is the case when she took a $500,000 paycheck for Donnie Darko in 2001. The psychological thriller, which Barrymore also produced, made a modest $7 million on a $4.5 million budget.
Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle
The 2003 sequel, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, made almost the same amount at $259.2 million. The movie’s original budget was $120 million.
As of 2022, the film sits in the fourth spot of Barrymore’s highest-grossing of her career.
50 First Dates
Barrymore’s fifth-highest-grossing film is 2004’s 50 First Dates. She starred alongside Adam Sandler in the rom-com flick, which grossed $198 million on its budget of $75 million.
Music and Lyrics
In 2007, Barrymore received her first $15 million paycheck for her role in the romantic-comedy Music and Lyrics. She co-starred with Hugh Grant in the movie, which made $145 million on its $40 million budget. The film follows the story of a washed-up singer who is in a bit of a time crunch to write a hit song for an aspiring teen star.
He’s Just Not That Into You
In 2009, Barrymore starred as Mary in He’s Just Not That Into You. Appearing alongside Jennifer Aniston and Ginnifer Goodwin in the flick, the film was a hit for Barrymore. It earned over $178 million at the box office on its $40 million budget.
The same year, Barrymore also made her big screen directorial debut with Whip It. The movie, which starred Elliot Page and Kristen Wiig, was set in Texas. The story follows an indie-rock-loving misfit who is struggling with life in a small town, that is, until she discovers a roller derby league in a nearby town.
The movie barely broke even, grossing only $16 million worldwide on its $15 million budget.
Santa Clarita Diet (2017 – 2019)
In 2017, Drew Barrymore was cast in the Netflix series Santa Clarita Diet. She played the character of Sheila Hammond for 30 episodes until the show ended in 2019.
For the second and third seasons of the series, it’s reported that Barrymore made $350,000 per episode.
In September 2020, she started her own talk show called The Drew Barrymore Show and followed this up with the launch of Drew Magazine in 2021.
She also started a podcast series titled Drew’s News. Barrymore announced the news in September 2022 that she would be spinning out the Drew’s News segment from her syndicated series into an auto series. Starting September 16th, 2022, and every Friday following, Barrymore will break down the latest stories of the week.
Also impacting Drew Barrymore’s net worth is her production company, which she co-founded in 1995 with producer Nancy Juvonen. Through the company Flower Films, Barrymore has produced over 24 shows, many of which she also stars in.
Barrymore also has her own clothing line called Dear Drew. Under her Flower banner, she also ventured into cosmetics, fragrances, and eyewear.
Over the years, Barrymore has been a model and brand ambassador for several global brands, including Gucci and Crocs. Since 2007, she has been a CoverGirl spokeswoman.
Another major contributor to Drew Barrymore’s net worth is her real estate portfolio. In 2019, she purchased a beach house in the Hamptons, where she now lives with her daughters. She shelled out $5.5 million for the property, which has six bedrooms and six bathrooms. Barrymore also owns a beachside bungalow in Hawaii.
In 2002, Barrymore purchased a Hollywood Hills mansion for $4.35 million. It has 18 rooms, a swimming pool, and spacious grounds. She made a sizable profit after selling it for $16.5 million in 2018.
She also had a Montecito mansion that she purchased for $5.7 million in 2010. Three years later, she sold the 6600-square-foot home for $6.35 million.
Barrymore has had a number of ups and downs in her romantic life over the years, including a couple of canceled engagements and marriages that ended in divorce. She got engaged for a few months to Leland Hayward III in 1991. The following year, she was engaged to actor Jamie Walters.
She married bar owner Jeremy Thomas in 1994 and filed for divorce after two months. In 1999, she started dating MTV host Tom Green. They got married in 2001. However, Green filed for divorce before the year ended.
In 2012, Barrymore married Will Kopelman, whom she had started dating a year prior. The couple has two daughters, Olive and Frankie. Two years after the youngest was born, Barrymore filed for divorce.
Barrymore has also dated included Hole guitarist Eric Erlandson, The Strokes drummer Fabrizio Moretti, and actor Justin Long, whom she still speaks fondly of.
Drew Barrymore Net Worth 2022
As of 2022, Drew Barrymore’s net worth is estimated at $125 million. And while a large percentage of Barrymore’s net worth comes from her work as an actress, it is also impacted by her work as a director and producer as well. Not to mention her books, clothing line, and talk show, which also contribute to her financial success.
Fans of Barrymore can look forward to seeing her next project, the drama Surrender Dorothy. She’ll produce and direct the film for Warner Brothers. Additionally, Barrymore is also in pre-production on Princess Power, which is a TV series set to premiere in 2023. The show will tell the story of four princesses from major fruit kingdoms: Kira Kiwi, Beatrice Blueberry, Rita Raspberry, and Penelope Pineapple. They embrace their differences to help their fellow “fruitizens” to make their world a better place.
Barrymore will also produce the adventure rom-com The Au Pairs for Alloy Entertainment and Warner Brothers. The film tells the story of three teenage girls who have an adventurous summer in the Hamptons, where they have journeyed to become au pairs to wealthy families.