Drew Barrymore’s best childhood roles on her 41st birthday

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Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore and Robert MacNaughton star in the 1982 film “E.T. the Extra Terrestrial”

This child star is still on the map.

Drew Barrymore began her career at just three years old in the television movie “Suddenly, Love” — but landed her breakout role at age six as Gertie in “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.”

Since her days as young star, she has had her ups and down. But the actress stuck with her talent and has now starred in more than 50 movies, including hits like “The Wedding Singer,” “Never Been Kissed” and “Scream.”

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Actress Drew Barrymore discusses her book “Wildflower” at AOL Studios on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015.

Barrymore would never be the well-known star she is today without her early beginnings.

As she turns 41 on Feb. 22, we remember her early adorable childhood roles:

E.T. (1982)

A pint-sized Barrymore melted hearts in this classic Steven Spielberg sci-fi.

The six-year-old starred alongside fellow child actor Henry Thomas. During the film, the pair embarks on an adventure to return their new alien friend E.T. back to his home planet.

Firestarter (1984 )

Drew Barrymore starred in her first Stephen King film “Firestarter” two years after her big break with “E.T.”

Barrymore played Charlie McGee a pyrokinetic firestarter in an action-packed thriller where the child uses her psychic abilities to control and manipulate fire.

Irreconcilable Differences (1984)

This 1984 dramedy was nominated for two Golden Globes.

The film starred Barrymore as the daughter of two selfish parents who she files for emancipation. Her character, Casey, goes off to live with the maid. The lawsuit soon gets media attention and the family revaluates their relationships together.

Cat’s Eye (1985)

Her second Stephen King adapted film was the 1985 feature “Cat’s Eye,” where she played a young girl named Amanda.

Barrymore’s character needs the stray cat’s protection from a tiny, evil troll who lives in her bedroom.

Babes in Toyland (1986)

Lisa Piper from Cincinnati wakes up in a Wizard of Oz-like place called Toyland during a Christmas Eve blizzard.

The young girl has no time for toys as her life is busy spent taking care of her siblings and cooking up dinner. Lisa tries to stop a doomed marriage in Toyland by enlisting the help of the Toymaster — but first she must believe in toys. Barrymore stars alongside Keanu Reeves in this Christmastime film.

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