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DREW BARRYMORE

WHO IS SHE?: The bisexual American actress has grown up in front of the camera, spent her career playing strong-willed women, and has recently spoken out for LGBT rights in Prop 8 protests.
BEST KNOWN FOR HER CHARITY WORK WITH: The United Nations World Food Programme which gets food to victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. The UNWFP named Barrymore an Ambassador Against Hunger in 2007. Since then, she has donated over $1 million to the program.
WHY SHE MATTERS: She’s advocated for passage of a Department of Argiculture bill which would feed millions of school children in the US each year, employing lots of farmers, food manufacturers, and school workers as a result.
QUOTE: “Feeding a child at school is such a simple thing – but it works miracles. I’ve seen it with my own eyes. School feeding not only fills stomachs, but has a proven track record of boosting enrollment, attendance and academic performance. For just pennies a day per child, this program changes lives – and ultimately can impact the futures of poor countries around the world in a profound way.”

Since her breakout role with E.T. – The Extra-Terrestrial, Barrymore has always been a spokesperson for different charities and movements. She infamously attended Studio 54 as a little girl, tried cigarettes, alcohol, and marijuana by age 12, and had a full-blown cocaine addiction at 13. She ended up in rehab and joined up with Nancy Reagan soon afterwards as a child spokesperson for the “Just Say No” anti-drug campaign. Barrymore later formed the successful film production company, Flower Films, which releases romantic comedies (and helped make Jake Gyllenhaal’s career via Donnie Darko). Thus, she’s positioned very well to address younger audiences as she speaks out in favor of young voter registration for Declare Yourself and as an advocate against animal cruelty for Much Love and The Rescue Train. GLAAD will recognize her positive portrayals of lesbian characters and protests against Prop 8 with a Media Award this year.