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She and her father never had anything resembling a significant relationship and seldom spoke to each other.
Barrymore grew up on Poinsettia Place in West Hollywood until the age of 7, when she moved to Sherman Oaks.
Barrymore's first name, Drew, was the maiden name of her paternal great-grandmother Georgie Drew, and her middle name, Blythe, was the surname of the family first used by her great-grandfather Maurice Barrymore.
In her 1991 autobiography Little Girl Lost, Barrymore recounted early memories of her abusive father, who left the family when Barrymore was 6-months-old.
In the wake of her sudden stardom, Barrymore endured a notoriously troubled childhood.
She was a regular at the racy Studio 54 as a young girl, and her nightlife and constant partying became a popular subject with the media.
The same year, she played a young girl divorcing her famous parents in Irreconcilable Differences, for which she was nominated for her first Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Barrymore endured a troubled youth and continued to act intermittently during the decade.
She is a member of the Barrymore family of actors, and the granddaughter of John Barrymore. She is the recipient of numerous accolades, including a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a BAFTA nomination.
She starred in the 1985 anthology horror film Cat's Eye, also written by Stephen King.
The film received positive reviews and Barrymore was nominated for a Young Artist Award for Best Leading Young Actress.
She starred alongside Jeff Bridges and Alice Krige in the 1989 romantic comedy See You in the Morning.
Vincent Canby of The New York Times criticized the "fashionable phoniness" of the film, but positively singled out Barrymore for her performance.