King and Barrymore – Let me light that for you!
This picture is an old glimpse at a peculiar duo. The man with the cigarette is Stephen King, the famous horror writer and film director. The young lady lighting his cigarette is none other than actress Drew Barrymore.
The scene took place back in 1984 at the premiere of the film Firestarter, slightly redundant as the picture has a lit match in it. The movie itself was based on the Stephen King novel of the same name and Barrymore acted as the star of it at only nine years old. The film followed a young girl named Charlene McGee as she slowly developed pyro kinesis. (The ability to start/control fire utilizing only the mind) King’s books quite famously had a surplus of children with supernatural abilities.
He was from Maine and wanted to grow up to be a writer his whole childhood. After several failed attempts at getting published, he slipped into depression until his wife began submitting more of his stories behind his back. Eventually, his horror stories were published and are now regarded as some of the finest in horror literature.
Barrymore was an actress even at a young age. She gained reputable fame from her role in E.T. and used that as the basis for her career. Because of the rapid rise to stardom, Barrymore’s childhood was troubled, with her drinking at the age of eleven and doing drugs not long after.
Luckily, though, she cleaned up her act and returned to the movie business. Since then, she has starred in several successful films, such as Charlie’s Angels and 50 First Dates. Hollywood has again accepted her as a fine actress in the present.
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Andrew Nicholas is a passionate reader and writer on the subjects of history and mankind. He is a published author, critic, and poet who grew up in the friendly scenery of rural Ohio. He is a graduate of Wright State University and a regular student of historical curiosities.