Drew Barrymore

Barrymore in 2010, Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com

Birth Name: Drew Blyth Barrymore

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: February 22, 1975

*English, Irish, German (father)
*Hungarian (mother)

Drew Barrymore is an American actress, writer, director, producer, and model. She is known for her roles in the films E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Firestarter, Scream, Boys on the Side, Never Been Kissed, and The Wedding Singer, among many others.

She is the daughter of actor John Drew Barrymore and model and actress Ildikó Jaid Makó, and comes from a long line of actors on her father’s side. The original family name was Blythe, with Barrymore being a stage name of her great-grandfather. Her half-brother is actor John Blyth Barrmore. Her half-aunt was actress Diana Barrymore.

Drew’s father was of English, Irish, and German ancestry. Drew’s mother was born in a displaced persons camp in Brannenburg, West Germany, the daughter of Hungarian parents.

Drew has two children with her former husband, art consultant Will Kopelman.

Drew’s paternal grandfather was John Barrymore, an actor (born John Sidney Blyth, the son of actors Maurice Herbert Barrymore, born Herbert Arthur Chamberlayne Blythe, and Georgiana Drew, born Georgiana Emma Drew). Drew’s grandfather John was born in Pennsylvania. His siblings were actors Lionel Barrymore (born Lionel Herbert Blythe) and Ethel Barrymore (born Ethel Mae Blythe). John had English and Irish ancestry (some of his family were English people who were born and lived in India). Drew’s great-grandfather Maurice was the son of William Edward Blythe, who was born in Calcutta, India, and was a surveyor for the British East India Company; and of Charlotte Matilda Chamberlayne/Chamberlain, who was born in West Bengal, India. Drew’s great-grandmother Georgianna was the daughter of actors John Drew (born Jonathan Henry Drewland, in Dublin, Ireland) and Louisa Lane Drew (born Louisa Lane, in London, England).

Drew’s paternal grandmother was actress Dolores Costello (the daughter of actors Maurice Costello, born Maurice George Costello, and Mae Costello, born Mae Altschuk). Dolores was born in Pennsylvania. Maurice was the son of Irish parents, Thomas Costello and Eleanor “Ellen” Fitzgerald. Mae was the daughter of Lewis/Louis Altschuk/Altschuh, who was German, and of Catherine/Katherine Rose “Katie” Callender, who had Irish and possibly English heritage.

Drew’s maternal grandfather was named Antal/Anthony A. Mako. Drew’s grandfather Antal was a designer who worked with stained glass.

Drew’s maternal grandmother was likely named Valeria.

Sources: Genealogy of Drew Barrymore – https://www.geni.com

Genealogies of Drew Barrymore (focusing on her father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Drew’s father – http://www.findagrave.com

Drew’s paternal grandmother, Dolores Costello, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Drew’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Lewis/Louis Altschuk/Altschuh, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Immigration record of Drew’s mother – https://familysearch.org

Obituary of Drew’s maternal grandfather, Antal/Anthony A. Mako – http://articles.philly.com


Curious about ethnicity

33 Responses

  1. theropod says:

    I love her face. xx

  2. andrew says:

    she’s average and can pass anywhere in Europe. I barely recognized her in this pic, she used to be chubby

  3. WTF says:

    As if Hungarians look different from all the other white people. She could easily pass in any European country.

    • Check7t says:

      She doesn’t look Hungarian and most Hungarians are quite dark looking.

    • Freerk says:

      As in all ethnic groups, there ARE typical Hungarian faces. But she doesn’t have one.

      And blonde Hungarians are quite sure of German(ic) descent. Don’t forget the Visigoths once lived there, Celts, and more recently Germans and Austrians.

      • JRose says:

        Omg smack my head. Germanic decent does NOT equal blonde hair and blue eyes….actually most of the country does not look like that. Now Scandinavia, yes that is more common….but people, please atop mixing the typical Scandinavian look with Germans. Germans are a mixture of ethnicities (especially in the south where it is common to have roman blood and features.) South Germany is literally a short ride from Italy….ya’ll need to do your research.

  4. beyfox says:

    She is cute

  5. DarellDianne says:

    im jealous of her beauty…I love you drew

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