Saturday, February 22, 2020

Vital Viewing (Runs in the Family Edition)


 No, not him.



Not him, either. It's a female I'm looking for!


You don't understand--a living female!


That's more like it! Actress Drew Barrymore was born on this day in 1975. The granddaughter and great-niece of a trio of once-famous thespian siblings (and today more well-known than any of them), Drew first achieved fame when she was only seven years old as one of three children who helped a homeless alien from outer space get back to the mother ship in 1982's E.T. the Extraterrestrial. That sudden debut led to a lot of hard partying (not that there aren't persistent failures who also do that), and a kind of breakdown, which she talks about in the following interview:  



I must admit, I'm usually quite cynical about these Hollywood rehab-with-a-happy-ending stories. There's been so many over the years that I'm beginning to wonder if it's because of some clause in famous people's contracts. I normally would have posted a far different clip in celebration of Drew's birthday, except this is Howard Stern she's telling all this to. Say what you want about the man, but once he decides to keep his considerable snark in check (and sometimes even when he decides not to), he's an excellent interviewer, and certainly not one to be bamboozled by celebrity phoniness. So, Drew, if Howard buys your story, then I buy your story, for whatever the latter transaction is worth (a pack of chewing gum, perhaps?)

Of course, even if she went in rehab a bad girl and came out a good girl doesn't mean she can't still play a bad girl in a movie. Here's Drew in what, after E.T., is probably her most famous film role, the title character of 1992's Poison Ivy:


I was surprised to learn this film tanked at the box office. Everyone I know seems to have seen it or at least heard of it. But what happened is it later became a hit on cable, video, and DVD, and is now regarded as a latter-day noir classic, thanks in large part to Barrymore's performance as a teenage femme fatale.

Barrymore said in the Stern interview that after she got out of rehab, she went to stay with, of all people, David Crosby. But I found out that this was after Crosby's own stint in rehab (as well as jail), and the stay came about because he and his wife were both committed to sobriety. Barrymore also mentioned that she met Neil Young while there. So it's only appropriate that we finish with this ode to the domestic life by Crosby, Young, and two other dudes who may also have also paid a visit from time to time:


Stern forgot to ask Drew about the two cats in the yard.

13 comments:

  1. Frail humans of which there are many.

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    1. Frail, yes, Andrew, but with deep pockets.

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  2. "I spent 13 years living with Michael Jackson
    at Neverland. It changed me."
    - Shady Del Knight

    Hi, Kirk!

    It's hard to imagine little Drew turning age 45. She seemed younger than seven when she played the baby sister in E-T. I agree with you about Howard Stern being an excellent interviewer. I watched that show for years. As I viewed the clip I was cringing all the way, hoping he wouldn't "go there" with Drew. He kept it clean and sincere and I appreciated that. Films about bad girls typically don't interest me and I avoided Poison Ivy upon its release. Maybe I'll give it a shot someday.

    Have a great weekend, good buddy Kirk!

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    1. Shady, since I like some of the music he did, both on his own and with his brothers, I've often thought of doing a Michael Jackson post, but I think it's best I wait a century or so until passions cool. In the meantime I'd like to recommend the 2004 film Finding Neverland. It has nothing to do with Jackson but rather the man who originally came up with the name, Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie, and what inspired the play and book.

      I remember not too long after E.T., Drew hosted Saturday Night Live. She did OK, but I don't think she got all the jokes.

      Shady, weren't you the one who recommended Russ Meyer's Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!? That film seems to have had its share of bad girls.

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    2. "I spent 13 minutes in an adult movie theater
      with Pee-wee Herman. It changed me."
      - Shady Del Knight

      :) It's hard to explain, Kirk. Russ Meyer was a stylish film maker. The bad girl characters in Pussycat and other RM movies are fun, larger than life (and their halters). They get all the good lines, the zingers. They are the heroines of the films. I tend not to like bad girl characters that are depressing and intended to be taken seriously.

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  3. I like some of her films....but Tom Green!!! He didn't really do it for me :-|

    How cool is that, Crosby always came across as a very interesting guy. Certainly had a colourful life and do like a lot of his CSN stuff. Still at it I think?

    Hahaha yes!!! Meow :-D

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    1. Ananka, I forgot all about the Tom Green marriage. Proof that one doesn't have to do booze and drugs if one wants to walk on the wild side.

      Crosby's on Twitter, I just found out.

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  4. Hello Kirk, I don't think that I have seen a move with Drew Barrymore in it, but I have always been a fan of her older relatives. They added so much dash and distinction to the black-and-white age of movies.
    --Jim

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    1. Jim, I did a post way back in 2010 in which all three Barrymore siblings appear, but you have to go down about 16 paragraphs before you come to their names. If you're interested:

      https://wwwshadowofadoubt.blogspot.com/2010/01/romanov-clef.html

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  5. I'm not a big Drew Barrymore fan because I don't find her to be all that good of an actress. But she was magnificent in her greatest role of Little Edie in "Grey Gardens."

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    1. Debra, I was aware of Grey Gardens only as a documentary. Did not know there was also a dramatization. I'll have to seek it out.

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  6. To be honest I can't recall a recent role from her.

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    1. First off, Adam, sorry it took me so long to respond. I'm still trying to get used to comment moderation. According to IMBd, Drew's most recent role was in the TV series The Santa Clarita Diet, which I've never heard of

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