Ponder this: Drew Barrymore is 40

Drew Barrymore's big break came when she screamed in "ET"

Drew Barrymore through the years: in "ET," on "David Letterman," in "Fever Pitch," on "Jimmy Fallon." (Courtesy photos)
Drew Barrymore through the years: in "ET," on "David Letterman," in "Fever Pitch," on "Jimmy Fallon." (Courtesy photos)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Drew Barrymore is 40.

As the Academy Awards consider giving the Best Picture award to “Boyhood” – filmed over 12 years – Drew Barrymore’s life has played out for all of us to see over the past 33 years.

Anyone who has seen “E.T.” certainly remembers her as the little sister who befriends the extraterrestrial and cries all of our tears when he leaves.

Her name may have helped her get some doors open – she is, after all, a fourth-generation actor directly related to John, Ethel and Lionel Barrymore – but her talent has let her be one of the few child stars who managed to avoid the pitfalls and have a lifelong career. It hasn’t always been smooth, but it has been memorable.

She’s been the producer or executive producer for dozens of TV and movie credits, and has appeared in 67 movies. Many of them were forgettable, but most of them were popular.

She was one of Charlie’s Angels, appeared in the George Clooney film “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,” starred opposite Adam Sandler in “50 First Dates,” and played Jimmy Fallon’s love interest in “Fever Pitch”

She survived a troubled childhood, going into rehab at 14, followed by her autobiography, “Little Girl Lost.” She straightened herself out and got her career back on track.

Drew Barrymore made her directorial debut with 2009’s Whip It, but has never shied away from doing TV.

She’s a co-host on TCM with Robert Osborne for “The Essentials,” a weekly look at one of the all-time great Hollywood films.

And she’s been a frequent guest on late night talk shows, perhaps none more memorable than her appearance on “The Late Show with David Letterman” in 1995:

And most recently she made an unannounced appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” during a Lip Sync Battle with Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart:

Collectively, we’ve watched her grow from the 6-year-old who screams at ET to a married mother of two. Chances are we’ll continue to watch her because Drew Barrymore has proven she is welcome in our living rooms.

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