A dramatic leap

Drew turned in cutesy for crazy-fabulous in HBO's "Grey Gardens" -- a role even the actress admitted required some convincing to win. At her first meeting with the director and producers, Barrymore said, "‘Look I’m going to call out the elephant in the room,’” Barrymore said. “‘I’ve never done a part like this. I sound like a girl from the San Fernando Valley. I have nothing in my arsenal to prove to you I’m capable of doing this.’”
Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times
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