Drew Barrymore has done her living with a capital Maybe even all caps.Check the life ledger: child abuse, a year in an institution to rehab from alcoholism and drug addiction at the age of 13, attempted suicide, legal emancipation from her parents at 15, marriage, divorce, stardom, career extinction and, finally, stardom again.Today, after almost 11 months of legal wrangling, she is officially divorced from Jeremy Thomas, 32, the Welsh-born bar owner who shared with her six weeks of holy matrimony. At one point she begins a sentence with the words "My ex-husband...." She stops. It is a hollow sound of adolescent embarrassment – perhaps to let you know she's done something naughty – but you both know she has never actually been an adolescent. If that doesn't cover people's most pressing questions for the time being, nothing will. At the age of 20, Drew Barrymore has lived her share of lives.Barrymore raises her bottle, takes a slug and pauses for a moment as if to ponder whether anything has been left out. These are not Shirley Mac Laine-style lives, spread out over centuries and existing in the deep recesses of her own mind but rather the kinds of existences shared by aging country stars who sing about boozing, sparring and small-town jails with the accuracy of seasoned newspaper reporters.For one thing, she is flush with the afterglow of having flashed David Letterman.
Yes, Barrymore has had a remarkably long run in films in which she plays a young woman seeking the right guy.Clean and sober for years, she married art consultant Will Kopelman in June 2012.The couple have a 15-month-old daughter named Olive.This afternoon, as she's walked the streets of New York, lascivious men of all ages have raised their thumbs in appreciation.Couple that with the fact that today is her 10-month anniversary with her boyfriend, Hole guitarist Eric Erlandson, and this would already be a banner day. The true reason to rejoice is that Drew Barrymore has been liberated. Not the worldly, knowing laugh she sometimes expels to let you know she's been around the block a few thousand times but the girlish, almost child – like chortle she uses when trying to elicit a response from your inner baby sitter. "That's the whole point I've been trying to make since I was a child, and I'm still making it." True enough.