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Here's How Steven Spielberg Reacted When Drew Barrymore Posed for Playboy in 1995

Olowokandi Fiyin
Feb 23, 2021
07:20 P.M.

Steven Spielberg recently recounted his reaction when Drew Barrymore posed nude for Playboy in 1995 as a teenager. The child star sent the renowned director a heartwarming gift to apologize.

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As Drew Barrymore's 46th birthday was celebrated on Monday's episode of her show, "The Drew Barrymore Show," the actress received a special surprise visit from renowned director Steven Spielberg.

Spielberg was responsible for putting Barrymore on the map after her stellar performance in the 1982 movie, "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial," when she was just 6. Ever since, the duo has shared a tight father-daughter-like bond.

Drew Barrymore at Netflix's "Santa Clarita Diet" Season 3 Premiere at Hollywood Post 43 on March 28, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images

Drew Barrymore at Netflix's "Santa Clarita Diet" Season 3 Premiere at Hollywood Post 43 on March 28, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images

Their close relationship was on display in the recent episode when the topic of Barrymore's controversial cover for Playboy in 1995 came up. It was revealed that after the photo, Spielberg sent Barrymore a quilt with the words, "cover up."

The award-winning director followed up the quilt with the Playboy layout, with parts where Barrymore's body was exposed, covered with paper doll cutout clothes, alongside a note that read, "now she's dressed."

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Steven Spielberg at the premiere of "Ready Player One" at Dolby Theatre on March 26, 2018 | Photo: Getty Images

Steven Spielberg at the premiere of "Ready Player One" at Dolby Theatre on March 26, 2018 | Photo: Getty Images

The 74-year-old recalled that Barrymore returned the favor with a touching apology gift a week after his gesture. The "Blended" star sent photos of herself dressed as a nun. A touched Spielberg still had the gift and unveiled it.

Barrymore dished on the career-changing advice Spielberg gave her when she was only 7.

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It consisted of three photos of Barrymore as a nun. In the first frame, she was seen standing in front of a church. The next showed her standing in a lit pathway while the final saw the actress by the road. Spielberg explained the images, saying:

"What she said on the picture was, she said the first one was "I'm sorry," the second one was, "I've seen the light," and the last frame is, "I'm on my way."

The nurturing relationship between the duo was evident throughout Spielberg's segment of the show. The award-winning actress confessed that the director was the first person she knew who cared for her.

The "Charlie's Angels" alum also spoke about how Spielberg held her daughters, Olive and Frankie, when they were born and appreciated him and his longtime wife Kate Capshaw for being family to her.

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This isn't the first time the tight bond between the director and actress has been on display. In a 2019 interview, Barrymore dished on Spielberg's career-changing advice when she was only 7.

She revealed that after the success of "E.T" brought about several endorsements, Spielberg advised her not to go for it but instead think of the long game and have a broad vision. He also urged her not to sell out.

Spielberg’s advice has since paid off as Barrymore is a successful mother-of-two, a seasoned actor with numerous awards to her name, and an entrepreneur with several chains of business.

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