Jaid Barrymore
Birth Date:
May 8, 1946
Birth Place:
Brannenburg, West Germany
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Drew's Mom


Actress Jaid Barrymore is most famous as the mother of award winning actress Drew Barrymore, although they have had an on and off again relationship for a number of years. Drew ran away from home at an early age and was emancipated in California at age 16. The two did not speak for many years. They have since reconciled. Jaid was married to Drew's father, actor John Drew Barrymore, from 1971 to 1984. Jaid wrote a book titled “Secrets of World-Class Lovers” (1995), which she dedicated to her daughter.

Jaid has appeared in Drew's films “Irreconcilable Differences” (1984), “Guncrazy” (1992) and “Doppelganger” (1993) and acted in other films like “Night Shift” (1982), “Me, Myself, and I” (1992), “Enchanted” (1998), “He Outta Be Committed” (2000), “Everything's Jake” (2000), “The Wedding” (2001), “The Lucky Ones” (2003) and “Redirecting Eddie” (2008). She has also performed off-Broadway.

Ildiko Jaid Mako

Childhood and Family:

Jaid Barrymore was born Ildiko Jaid Mako on May 8, 1946, in a camp for displaced persons in Brannenburg, West Germany. Her parents were World War II refugees of Hungarian origin. Her mother was a concert pianist and her father was an artist. Jaid later grew up in Pennsylvania.

In 1971, Jaid married actor John Drew Barrymore (June 4, 1932 - November 29, 2004). Their marriage, however, was turbulent and she left him before the birth of their daughter, actress Drew Barrymore (born February 22, 1975). The couple eventually divorced in 1984.



As Ildiko Jaid, Jaid Barrymore made her film debut in “Night Shift” (1982), where she played the small role of Joyce. A comedy directed by Ron Howard that starred Henry Winkler, Michael Keaton and Shelley Long, the film grossed $23.6 million in the United States and received generally favorable reviews from critics. She resurfaced two years later in the Charles Shyer directed comedy “Irreconcilable Differences,” which starred Ryan O'Neal, Shelley Long and a young Drew Barrymore. Although it was only a minor success at the box office, the film brought her daughter Drew a Golden Globe nomination in the category of Best Supporting Actress.

Jaid did not appear in another film until 1992's “Me, Myself, and I,” a comedy starring JoBeth Williams, George Segal and Don Calfa that was directed by Pablo Ferro. She was also reunited with her daughter in “Guncrazy” (1992), which starred Drew as Anita Minteer. A loose remake of the 1950 film of the same name, “Guncrazy” was directed by Tamra Davis and written by Matthew Bright.

From 1992 to 1993, Jaid contributed voices to “Eek! the Cat” and again worked with her daughter in the Avi Nesher film “Doppelganger” (1993), in which she played the role of Mrs. Gooding. The senior Barrymore went on to team up with Maxwell Caulfield, Stephanie Knights, Jennifer Nicholson, Tippi Hedren and Samantha Eggar in the thriller “Inevitable Grace,” by director/writer Alex Monty Canawati. She then appeared in the September 1995 issue of “Playboy,” eight months after her daughter was featured in the magazine.

In 1997, Jaid portrayed Joan in the comedy “Silent Predator,” which was written and directed by Tom Avitabile and starred Carol Shaya, Frank Pellegrino and Neal Jones. It was followed by roles in “Enchanted” (1998), a film starring John Ward, Sydney Penny and David Kaufman, and Whit Stillman's “The Last Days of Disco” (1998), starring Kate Beckinsale, Chris Eigeman, Mackenzie Astin, Tara Subkoff, Robert Sean Leonard, Matt Keeslar and Jennifer Beals. Ms. Barrymore closed out the decade appearing in the award winning drama “The Stand-In” (1999), which was directed by Roberto Monticello and written by Robbie Bryan.

Entering the new millennium, Jaid was cast as Mrs. Parks in “He Outta Be Committed” (2000), made a cameo appearance in Gregory Scarnici's “Glam-Trash” (2000), which won the Festival Award for Best Diverse Filmmaker at the 2000 Brooklyn Film Festival, and appeared as a hooker in “Everything's Jake” (2000), the feature directing and writing debut of Matthew Miele. The latter film, starring Ernie Hudson, won Grand Prize - Full Feature at the 2000 Atlantic City Film Festival, a Burning Vision Award - Special Mention at the 2000 Santa Barbara International Film Festival and the Festival Prize - Best Feature at the 2006 Big Apple Film Festival.

In 2001, Jaid starred in the film “The Wedding,” which was directed and written by Laurent Gorse. It won a Festival Diploma for Best Short Film at the 2001 Molodist International Film Festival. The same year, she portrayed Carla in the short comedy “Directing Eddie,” by Laurence N. Kaldor. Jaid then appeared as a nurse in the Danny Lerner directed comedy “Big Apple” (2002), which won an Audience Award for Best Feature Film at the 2002 New York International Independent Film & Video Festival, and played the role of Adele in the comedy “The Lucky Ones” (2003), for director/writer Loren-Paul Caplin.

Jaid was next featured as a female therapist in “Funny Valentine” (2005), a romantic comedy written and directed by Jeff Oppenheim that starred Anthony Michael Hall, Marlo Marron and Ivan Martin. She then appeared in Paul Borghese's “Searching for Bobby D” (2005), which starred William DeMeo, Robert Daleo and Les Gardonyi. The same year, she also served as co-executive producer of “This Revolution,” a film by Stephen Marshall.

In 2008, Jaid played the role of Carla Bass in the film “Redirecting Eddie,” directed by Laurence N. Kaldor and starring Nathaniel Eaton, Jonathan Moore and Fred Berman. On stage, she has acted in the off-Broadway productions “Grandma Silvia's Funeral” (played Natalie Chasen), “Dressing Room” (portrayed Jewell) and “Playing For Time.”


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