Happy 35th Birthday, Drew Barrymore!

Doesn’t it seem like Drew Barrymore has already lived a dozen lives? She went from beloved child star (remember her playing dress-up with E.T.?), to notoriously troubled tween (she was already in rehab by the time she was 13), then spent her late teens as a Playboy-posing B-movie actress (hellooo, Poison Ivy!), and in her 20's blossomed into a bona fide romantic comedy star.

Today Barrymore turns 35, and we’d like to join her in celebrating her 30s: undoubtedly her best decade yet.

In recent years, Barrymore has emerged as a true Hollywood triple threat: actor, director and producer. While she’s always been a lovable actress, she hasn’t always been a respected one. She finally began earning real cred in Hollywood with the profitable Charlie's Angels movies she coproduced, and this year, she was recognized within the industry when she won both a Golden Globe and SAG Award for her role as "Little" Edie Beale in HBO's Grey Gardens. Her production company, Flower Films, is going strong, most recently with the 2009 films He’s Just Not That Into You and Whip It (Whip It, starring Ellen Page, also marked Barrymore’s directorial debut).

What other happy surprises came Barrymore's way during her 30's? She was #1 on People’s 2007 “50 Most Beautiful People” list and she was named Ambassador Against Hunger for the U.N. World Food Program. Soon, she'll be receiving a 2010 GLAAD Award. And the twice-married actress she seems to have found her match in actor Justin Long.

Barrymore is living proof that a woman’s life often gets richer as she gets older -- and if she’s done this much by 35, we can’t wait to see what she accomplishes by 40!

Happy birthday, Drew!

Plus:
- Read our exclusive interview with Drew Barrymore
- See PHOTOS of more stars who celebrate birthdays this week!

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