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16 moments from Drew Barrymore's life that everyone can learn from

Sarah grew up in Monterey, CA and now lives in Los Angeles. When she's not writing, you can find her enjoying a good book, fine wine, sunflowers and long walks on the beach.

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Drew through the years

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Drew through the years

Through a turbulent childhood, a rough adolescence, failed relationships, career hiccups and other personal and professional issues, Drew Barrymore has demonstrated her ability to rebound after tough times and better herself by triumphing through tribulations.
 
Perhaps the most impressive part of Barrymore's knack for making lemons into lemonade is that she always does it with a smile on her face. She just seems to have been born with an innate energy, as if she knows that the universe will always find a way to make things right.

Here are 13 moments from Barrymore's life that most people can relate to and learn from, on one level or another.

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Landing the role of Gertie in 'E.T.'

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Landing the role of Gertie in 'E.T.'

Barrymore's first major role was in the legendary Spielberg film, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, when she was just 7 years old. While nabbing a part in a major motion picture and becoming a child star is a dream for a lot of people, the fame and pressure the film brought sent Barrymore on a downward spiral of addiction and other issues kids shouldn't have to deal with. Lesson learned: The thing you think your dreams are made of is not always what's best for your life.

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Her first stint in rehab

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Her first stint in rehab

Barrymore hit the party scene hard and began experimenting with drugs before she was 10 years old, which landed her in rehab at the age of 14. No one is invincible and above needing help from addiction.

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Second rehab stint

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Second rehab stint

Not long after her first stay in rehab, Barrymore ended up going back after a suicide attempt. After she emerged from the facility, she lived for a time with singer, David Crosby, who said that "she needed to be around some people who were committed to sobriety," according to People magazine. This shows us that surrounding yourself with the right people can be the key to success.

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Being blacklisted in Hollywood

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Being blacklisted in Hollywood

"I walked into [an] audition and the casting director just sat there laughing," Barrymore said in 1992, according to Hello magazine. "He said, 'I can't believe you have the balls to walk into this audition, Little Miss Drug Addict. Right, like we're going to give you this job.' I was blacklisted, big time," she added. If she had listened to that casting director and stuck her tail between her legs, we wouldn't know Barrymore as the amazing actress/director/producer that she is now. Don't ever let someone else tell you what you are, or aren't, capable of.

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Her first marriage

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Her first marriage

At 19, Barrymore married 31-year-old bar-owner, Jeremy Thomas, after dating him for six weeks and the wedding was presided over by someone they found on a 24-hour wedding hotline, according to People. Barrymore filed for divorce less than two months later. The lesson here is pretty cut and dry: Don't marry someone you don't know!

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Posing for 'Playboy'

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Posing for 'Playboy'

While she was still a teenager, Barrymore bared it all for Playboy magazine. The spread garnered a strong reaction from Barrymore's godfather and former boss, Steven Spielberg, who sent the actress a quilt with a note that said, "Cover yourself up." Feel free to be proud of your body and do what you want with it, but be prepared to deal with the consequences when people close to you have an opinion.

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Formation of Flower Films

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Formation of Flower Films

In 1995, Barrymore and her business partner, Nancy Juvonen, created their production company, Flower Films, and Barrymore's acting career took off like wildfire, proving that creating opportunity and success for yourself is always possible.

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Divorce from Tom Green

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Divorce from Tom Green

Barrymore's marriage to Green was undoubtedly filled with laughter, but Green says the former couple no longer communicates — and that's OK.

"She's doing great though, she's obviously moved on and has a nice family so probably it would be a little odd if we did," Green said in early 2016, according to the Daily Mail.

In all honesty, sometimes leaving an ex behind is the right thing to do, and it seems like there's no ill-will between the two because of it.

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Her relationship with Fabrizio Moretti

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Her relationship with Fabrizio Moretti

Barrymore was with the Strokes drummer for five years and she credited the success in the relationship to their decision to keep a low profile. "We don't walk down the red carpet and we don't sell our love," Barrymore told People when the couple was still dating. "That takes a lot of the pressure off of us because we don't care what people think." Barrymore and Moretti's romance can be a lesson to all of us non-famous people, as well: Keeping your relationship off of social media and away from public scrutiny is usually best for everyone.

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Reconciling with her estranged father

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Reconciling with her estranged father

In 2004, Barrymore reignited her relationship with her father in the last stage of his life, despite him not being there for her as a child. "I don't want to be crippled by things that happened in the past," she told People. Barrymore got the closure she needed to move on and be productive in her own life, something that's healthy for everyone.

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Her role as the face of CoverGirl cosmetics

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Her role as the face of CoverGirl cosmetics

Barrymore became an easy, breezy, beautiful CoverGirl in 2007 and the company said she "emulates the iconic image of CoverGirl with her fresh, natural beauty and energetic, yet authentic spirit," according to the Washington Post. Be true to who you are, because people and success gravitate towards authenticity.

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Her small role in 'He's Just Not That Into You'

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Her small role in 'He's Just Not That Into You'

Despite being one of the biggest stars in the film's ensemble cast and being offered a bigger role, Barrymore says she chose a smaller part because it was perfect for her at the time. "I identified with that character," she said of playing Mary. "There were so many other great roles and there are so many awesome actors, I just wanted to step back and get into my character. I wanted to make her the one who is disenfranchised by technology. It was a perfect fit for me." Like Barrymore, the only one who knows what's right for you is you and you always have to do what's in your own best interest.

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Her divorce from Will Kopelman

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Her divorce from Will Kopelman

Despite officially filing for divorce from Will Kopelman — a man she was married to for about four years — in July 2016, the two decided they should still set a great example for their kids

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Her life as a single mom

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Her life as a single mom

Divorce? What Divorce?

In the wake of her split from Kopelman, Barrymore hasn't been wallowing. Nope, she's been spotted out and about in Vegas, on adventurous hiking trips, and even sipping a tall can of Coors OG at the Pasadena flea market. You go, girl.

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Co-parenting like a boss

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Co-parenting like a boss

Months after their separation, Barrymore and Kopelman not only continued to keep things civil, but are even friends.

She and her kids cheered Kopelman on as he ran the New York City Marathon in November, and she says they are planning to all take a fun trip together over the holidays. 

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