This is why Drew Barrymore wants her corpse to be stolen when she dies

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Drew Barrymore (Photo: Getty Images/Gallo Images)
Drew Barrymore (Photo: Getty Images/Gallo Images)

She’s always loved a good time – even though she’s worked hard to shed her image as a wild child, Drew Barrymore isn’t above having a party.

In fact, if the Hollywood actress had things her way friends would dug up her corpse for one last bender. “Just prop the old bag up, let’s have a few last rounds,” she says.

The actress recently made the revelation while discussing her late grandfather, John Barrymore. John, also an actor, died in 1942 and for years there was talk he’d had one last party after his passing.

According to the rumour mill, his body was stolen from the morgue by his friends and fellow actors, WC Fields, Errol Flynn and Sadakichi Hartmann, who propped John up against a poker table for one last party.

Speaking on popular YouTube series Hot Ones, Drew confirmed the tale was indeed true. “I hope my friends do the same for me,” she told host Sean Evans.

“That’s the kind of spirit I can get behind. I think death comes with so much morose sadness, and I understand that, but if everyone can be really happy and celebratory and have a party, that would be my preference.”

The actress isn’t sure if her grandfather’s story inspired the 80s classic Weekend at Bernie’s, but the story did spawn a few Hollywood interpretations.

“One such interpretation is found in a Blake Edwards film called S.O.B,” she says. Drew, who made her acting debut when she was 7 in E.T: The Extra-terrestrial, is now getting ready to take on the world of talk shows.

The 45-year-old is set to host The Drew Barrymore Show, which premieres later this month. “We’re going to spend an hour every day celebrating life,” she says.

Check out Drew interviewing her adorable younger self on a promo for the new show.


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