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By: Rebecca Williams

In: Stardom and Celebrity: A Reader

Chapter 10: From beyond Control to in Control: Investigating Drew Barrymore's Feminist Agency/Authorship

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From beyond Control to in Control: Investigating Drew Barrymore's Feminist Agency/Authorship
From beyond control to in control: Investigating Drew Barrymore's feminist agency/authorship
RebeccaWilliams

In this essay, I shall consider the actress Drew Barrymore, one of Hollywood's most successful female stars, able to command $15million dollars per appearance (Kurtzberg, 2004) and responsible for producing numerous box office hits. Approaching this from a broadly feminist perspective, I will first offer a brief overview of previous theories of stardom, feminism and agency. In this discussion I will move on to outline the arguments made by Melissa Pearl Friedling (2000) who suggested that throughout the early to mid-1990s, secondary materials surrounding Drew Barrymore emphasized her status as a former drug and alcohol addict to present a limited, often contradictory feminist reading ...

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