Monday, January 3, 2011

DREW BARRYMORE tops list of Hollywood's overpaid

 Actress Drew Barrymore was named by Forbes Magazine as Hollywood's least cost-effective entertainer, with actors Eddie Murphy and Denzel Washington also on the latest annual list.

Rom-com queen or box office flop?
It looks like producers aren't getting bang for their buck when it comes to Drew Barrymore, who was named Hollywood's most overpaid actor by Forbes Magazine.
The actress, who has starred in one movie miss after another, brings in only $0.40 for every dollar she gets paid, the magazine calculated.
Chalk that "win" up to a string of film disasters, including 2010's "Going the Distance," which only raked in $42 million world wide, and the 2007 box office failure, "Lucky You," which brought in $8 million.

Barrymore returns only 40 cents for every dollar the studios spend on her, as her films over the last five years have flopped at the box office, the magazine reported. Her 2009 film "Everybody's Fine," a 21 million U.S. dollar comedy-drama, earned only 16 million dollars in box office receipts. Her 2007 drama "Lucky You," which was made at a cost of 55 million dollars, only earned eight million dollars.

Murphy, whose recent films have returned an average 2.70 dollars for every dollar he got paid in salary, was ranked second place. Two of the former "Saturday Night Live" comedian's most recent films, "Imagine That" and "Meet Dave" have both failed to make ends meet, taking in 22 million and 50 million dollars respectively.

Murphy's latest film "Tower Heist," a crime comedy that debuts Friday, has earned decent reviews from critics and moviegoers. Exhibitor Relations expects the film will top the box office this weekend with 26 million dollars in sales, according to Forbes.

Rounding out the top five most overpaid entertainers are: Will Ferrell, who topped the list of overpaid celebrities for the past two years, returning 3.5 dollars for every dollar he was paid; actress Reese Witherspoon, returning just 3.55 dollars; and Washington, returning 4.25 dollars.

Date of Birth

22 February 1975, Culver City, California, USA

Birth Name
Drew Blyth Barrymore


5' 4" (1.63 m)

Since early 2009, Drew Barrymore has appeared in print and television advertisements for Cover Girl cosmetics products. A survey from a Los Angeles marketing research firm of celebrity spokespeople had Drew ranked 3rd on their "most wanted" list of female celebrity endorsers (trailing only Cindy Crawford and Halle Berry, and placing ahead of the likes of Catherine Zeta-Jones, Denise Richards, Katie Holmes .

Tom Green (7 July 2001 - 15 October 2002) (divorced)
Jeremy Thomas (20 March 1994 - 18 February 1995) (divorced)

She was, at seven years old, the youngest person ever to host. She was the Guest Host for "Saturday Night Live" (1975) when viewers voted that Andy Kaufman would never be allowed to return to the show.
Never finished high school.
Originally offered the lead role in Scream (1996/I) but chose to play Casey Becker because she thought it would be more fun.
Was engaged to Jamie Walters for a brief period of time.
Chosen by "People" magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World. [1997]
Daughter of John Drew Barrymore and Jaid Barrymore. Half-sister of Jessica, Blythe Dolores and John Blyth Barrymore. Niece of actress Diana Barrymore. Granddaughter of actor John Barrymore and Dolores Costello, on her father's side. Great-granddaughter of silent film actor Maurice Costello and Mae Costello. Great-niece of famed actors, Ethel Barrymore and Lionel Barrymore.
She is half Hungarian from her mother's side.
Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1984" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 36. [1984]

Steven Spielberg gave her a quilt for her birthday with a note "Cover yourself up". Enclosed was a copy of the January 1995 issue of Playboy Magazine for which she posed nude, with the pictures altered by Spielberg's art department so that she appeared fully clothed.
Her favorite poet is e.e. cummings.
Her godmothers are Sophia Loren and Anna Strasberg.
As a child, she auditioned for the role of Carol Ann in Poltergeist (1982).
She was formerly a vegan: "I don't eat a ton of meat, and I don't wear a ton of leather, but I just don't put strict limitations on myself anymore".
Was offered the leading part of Nomi Malone in Showgirls (1995), but turned it down because she felt uncomfortable with the explicit nudity displayed in the script.
Her $3-million Beverly Hills mansion caught fire while she and fiance Tom Green were inside sleeping. The couple made it safely out, but the house was ruined. [February 2001]
Born at 11:51 AM.
During an appearance on "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" (1996), she said that she never watches any of the movies she stars in.
1990 at the time completing her autobiographic book titled "Little Girl Lost" she was 14.
Began a relationship with Tom Green in February 2000, before getting engaged to him in July 2000. They married on 7 July 2001, but separated in December 2001 after just five months of marriage. Their divorce was finalized in October 2002.
Married Tom Green twice: first eloping to the South Pacific in March 2001, then on July 7, 2001 before family and friends in a ceremony in Malibu, California. She and Tom Green then honeymooned in Ireland.
Ranked #61 in Premiere's 2002 annual Power 100 List.
Measurements: 34C-24-34. (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine).
In honour of Bill Clinton turning 50, John Kennedy Jr. had Drew pose as Marilyn Monroe on the cover of his magazine, "George", with the heading, "Happy Birthday, Mr. President", which Marilyn Monroe sang to his father at the now-infamous 19 May 1962 Birthday Salute to President John F. Kennedy. (September 1996).
3 February 2004: Got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, joining her famous relatives Ethel Barrymore, John Barrymore and Lionel Barrymore as recipients of that honour.
Was in a long-term relationship with The Strokes drummer, Fabrizio Moretti (June 2002-December 2006).
Godmother of the late Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love's daughter, Frances Bean.
Referenced by name in the Invertigo song "Typical".
One of her hobbies is photography.
She is allergic to garlic, bee stings, perfume and coffee.
Lived with David Crosby and his wife for over a year.
Became a Boston Red Sox fan during the filming of the movie Fever Pitch (2005).
Her first of two impulsive marriages was to Welsh-born Jeremy Thomas, who was a Los Angeles barkeep. They had known each other only six weeks before they married, which was decided within hours one night. The impromptu setting was at Thomas' bar, "The Room," on Cahuenga Boulevard, shortly after 5:00 a.m, on March 20, 1994. Supposedly both were sober. The minister was a clairvoyant from a psychic hot line who arrived within a half an hour after being paged.
She was delivered by Dr. Paul Fleiss, father of Heidi Fleiss.
Best friends with Cameron Diaz since Charlie's Angels (2000). Both Cameron and Drew are huge fans of the rock group Ratt.
Drives a Porsche Carrera.
Currently (2005) lives part time in Hollywood Hills, and part time in Mahattan, New York.
When she found out that a 23-year-old girl wanted to be on MTV's "I Want a Famous Face" (2004) and have cosmetic surgery to look like her, she contacted the girl and successfully convinced her to not have the surgery.
Ranked #5 in VH1's list of the "100 Greatest Kid Stars".
Personal assistant is Kelly Kall.
Was ranked #3 in E's 50 cutest child stars all grown-up. (2005).
Her godfather Steven Spielberg is also the godfather of Gwyneth Paltrow.
Is a huge fan of The Beach Boys and appeared in their music video, "Rock and Roll To The Rescue" as well as singing "Wouldn't It Be Nice" in the film 50 First Dates (2004). Other favorite musicians include The Beatles, Daft Punk, Lauryn Hill, Coldplay Ratt and Beck.
Was named as an Ambassador Against Hunger for the United Nations World Food Program. [2007]
On October 10, 2009, she became the most frequent reoccurring female host of "Saturday Night Live" (1975), to date, hosting for her 6th time.
Great-granddaughter of Maurice Barrymore and Georgiana Barrymore. Great-great granddaughter of Louisa Drew. Great-grand-niece of Sidney Drew. Grand-niece of S. Rankin Drew, Ethel Colt, John Drew Colt, and Samuel Colt.
Close friend of Nancy Juvonen. She and Nancy have a production company together called Flower Films.
Ranked #40 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2008 list.
Referenced by name in the movie Monkeyshine (2008).
EdenPark, a punk band from York, Pennsylvania, recorded a song called "Barry Loves Drew Barrymore" on their limited edition, 2002 vinyl release, "Journey To The Center Of Skull Mountain.".
Has been in a relationship with Justin Long twice. Their first relationship lasted from August 2007 until July 2008, and then in June 2009 they reconciled following a trip to Disneyland. They began living together in August 2009 but later resumed living separately in November 2009, although they are still in a relationship.
Referenced in the Tim Sandlin book "Jimi Hendrix Turns Eighty" as the future governor of California.
Auditioned for the role of Satine in Moulin Rouge! (2001). However Nicole Kidman, who went on to receive a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her performance, was cast instead.
Was in consideration for the role of Brandon Teena in Boys Don't Cry (1999). However Hilary Swank, who went on to win the Best Actress Oscar for her performance, was cast instead.
Was in consideration for the role of Sandra Dee in Beyond the Sea (2004), but Kate Bosworth was cast instead.
Former sister-in-law of Jaqueline Manes and Rebecca Pogrow.
During a 1995 appearance on "Late Show with David Letterman" (1993), Barrymore shocked the normally unflappable host by climbing onto his desk and flashing him (but with her back to the camera) for his birthday.
Was in consideration for the role of Joyce Lakeland in The Killer Inside Me (2010), but Jessica Alba was cast instead.

Personal Quotes
I know certain actors are totally screwed up on drugs, yet it gets covered up. Why wasn't I excused for 'exhaustion' or 'the flu'?
There's something liberating about not pretending. Dare to embarrass yourself. Risk.
If I ever start talking to you about my 'craft', my 'instrument', you have permission to shoot me.
I believe in fate. I believe that everything happens for a reason, but I think it's important to seek out that reason - that's how you learn.
I believe you can be the person that you dream of being.
[On her favorite movies to make]: I try to make movies that I would want to go see rather than ones I would just want to do as an actor. I want people to have movies full of romance and hope and empowerment, something they can escape into and feel good about. I love happy endings.
[On her morning routine]: Every morning I stay in bed for ten minutes to ponder my place in the universe. Then I wash my face and check my karma.
Life is very interesting. In the end, some of your greatest pains become your greatest strengths.
I love levity. As crazy as I am, I just love to laugh!
I'm getting older so those dark circles are really starting to show. Now, I'm starting to look like Night of the Living Dead.
When I lay my head on the pillow at night, I can say "I was a decent person today". That's when I feel beautiful.
There's nothing like the power of a smile.
[As quoted in Woman's World (5-24-05 issue]: I'd rather be a few pounds heavier and enjoy life than be worried all the time.
I don't want to sit around and hope good things happen. I want to make them happen.
[Quoted in Woman's Day, 11-1-05]: My whole life, I've wanted to feel comfortable in my skin. It's the most liberating thing in the world.
My parents are not bad people. It was just a case of them not wanting a child.
You have to fight unhappiness like a dragon with fire and breathe.
As much light as I have inside me, there's just as much darkness, I'm afraid. There's a polarity, and I still have demons to work out.
"I love women who have fought to the change the world and made a difference. I want to be one of them myself".
I did karaoke once - a Pat Benatar song - and my friends looked at me with disgust. (In Style/Sept/2006)
I just think happiness is what makes you pretty. Period. Happy people are beautiful. They become like a mirror and they reflect that happiness. If somebody walks in the room and they're drop-dead gorgeous and sexy, it's really fun to look at. But if someone is giving of their spirit and they make you laugh and feel good, that's a whole other level of beauty.
[on her attraction to Christian Bale] He's so cute! And I knew him when he was a kid. He was in Empire of the Sun (1987). If he walked into the room now, I would totally clam up. Or I might go overboard and embarrass myself.
On California's Proposition 8 (the ballot banning same-sex marriage): We can't take a step backwards when we've already made so many strides forward. I was raised by gay men and's who I am, you cannot define a family. There are children out there who need these loving homes. These are rights that are fundamental and must be had. And I will fight for however long it takes; I don't want to live in a world where prop 8 exists!
[On gay marriage]: You can't define love and you can't define a family. It comes in so many radical colors. And children need loving homes and people want to adopt who are gay! Why would we ever try to stand in their way? It's unfathomable.
[When asked about gay rights] A lot of the people that I grew up around had a freedom of their sexual orientation and I just think that civil liberties are the key to life, so obviously I'm a huge supporter of that.
[On kissing Ellen Page]: We do that all the time, we're friends. People can take from it what they want. We're just girls being silly and having fun, girls are affectionate with each other. We don't have that hang up of what it's gonna look like or what people are gonna think. I think it's hysterical.
[On her divorce from Tom Green]: Yes, it's true we have decided to part. I love Tom very much. He has always been a great friend, and that won't change.

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