Magazine article Variety

Female Star of the Year

Magazine article Variety

Female Star of the Year

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Drew Barrymore

Ready to reveal Animal side

The term "America's Sweetheart" can be overused, but it's one that rings true when describing Drew Barrymore.

The Hollywood scion has grown (both in the roles she takes on and in her personal life) from a wild child to a warm, relatable romantic lead.

Frank and honest in interviews about her history, Barrymore is one of the queens of femme-fueled pics - whether it be romantic comedies like the upcoming "Blended" (where she appears with fellow CinemaCon honorée Adam Sandler) or the family film "Big Miracle" in 2012. She also directed 2009's girl-power roller-derby pic "Whip It."

"I definitely never pretend to be perfect and I like movies that make people happy," Barrymore says. "I like things that have warmth and joy and heart to them. …

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