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Drew Barrymore announces that she will be celebrating ET’s 40th anniversary

This summer, fans are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the popular classic ET the Extra-Terrestrial, with star Drew Barrymore planning something special.

The 46-year-old actress was just seven when she played Gertie in what became the highest-grossing film of all time when it opened in 1982.

Barrymore revealed in a new interview with People that she’s planning a special celebration with her daughters, seven-year-old Frankie and nine-year-old Olive, alongside ET director Steven Spielberg.

Special: This summer, fans are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the popular classic ET the Extra-Terrestrial, with star Drew Barrymore planning something special

Drew's daughters: Barrymore revealed in a new interview with People that she's planning a special celebration with her daughters, seven-year-old Frankie and nine-year-old Olive, along with ET director Steven Spielberg

Drew’s daughters: Barrymore revealed in a new interview with People that she’s planning a special celebration with her daughters, seven-year-old Frankie and nine-year-old Olive, along with ET director Steven Spielberg

An instant blockbuster from the start, ET stayed at the box office for its first six weeks and set a record 16 weeks at #1.

It eventually grossed a then-record $359 million in North America and $619 million worldwide, a record that would stand for 11 years until another Steven Spielberg blockbuster dethroned it in Jurassic Park in 1993.

While it’s now unclear if distributor Universal Pictures has any 40th-anniversary plans, Barrymore revealed that she’s been in discussions with Spielberg about plans for a 40th-anniversary celebration.

Blockbuster: An instant blockbuster from the start, ET stayed at the top of the box office for its first six weeks and set a record 16 weeks at #1

Blockbuster: An instant blockbuster from the start, ET stayed at the top of the box office for its first six weeks and set a record 16 weeks at #1

“I actually spoke to Steven Spielberg about it. He names my girls he kept as babies and he’s known them all their lives,” Barrymore began.

“I want to enjoy this moment with them, include them and celebrate with Steven. He’s a big father figure to me,” she added.

She added that Spielberg pointed out that her daughters were about the same age as her when she starred in the film, and she didn’t want them to miss that moment.

Drew and Steven: “I actually spoke to Steven Spielberg about this.  He names my girls he kept as babies and he's known them all their lives,

Drew and Steven: “I actually spoke to Steven Spielberg about this. He names my girls he kept as babies and he’s known them all their lives,” Barrymore began

“So he’s like, ‘We’re not going to miss this moment with your kids.’ I’m like, “Okay. You’re right. We can not. You’re right,” Barrymore added.

She said this celebration was “very emotional and comes full circle,” adding, “My kids are almost my age when ET came out. Actually, Frankie is about that age. She’s 7 turning 8 and Olive is turning 9. She’s turning 10. Here I am and they love Steven.”

Barrymore added that Spielberg treats her daughters with the same protective nature they did when they did ET 40 years ago.

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Kids: “So he’s like, ‘We’re not going to miss this moment with your kids.’ I’m like, ‘Okay. You’re right. We can not. You’re right,” Barrymore added

“He made me wait until I was 10 to get my ears pierced. They are so excited because Olive will soon be 10 years old. So she knows she’s getting her ears pierced,” Barrymore explained.

She added of her daughters: “Love him and they love his films and they love that he is so important to me and was really there to give me energy and protection and opportunity and to care for me the way yours are.” family should do. ‘

“And when that was missing, he really stepped in. Now that I’m a mom and my girls are that age. So it comes full circle and is so meaningful,” she added.

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Excited: “He made me wait until I was 10 to get my ears pierced. They are so excited because Olive will soon be 10 years old. So she knows she’s getting her ears pierced,” Barrymore explained

Daughters: She added of her daughters,

Daughters: She added of her daughters, “love him, and they love his films, and they love that he’s so important to me and was really there to give me energy and protection and opportunities and to care for me in a way that’s like.” it expects your family to ‘

Barrymore said when Spielberg mentioned celebrating ET’s 40th anniversary with her daughters, “I cried my eyes out and it’s such a moment in life and I’m so proud of where we all stand.”

“It just feels like such a blessing that everyone is happy, whole and healthy now. That is so cool. This is life. What? How? ‘ She added.

ET the Extra-Terrestrial, which also starred in the young Henry Thomas, Dee Wallace, Peter Coyote and C. Thomas Howell, was released on June 11, 1982.

Cried: Barrymore said when Spielberg mentioned she was celebrating ET's 40th anniversary with her daughters:

Cried: Barrymore said when Spielberg mentioned she was celebrating ET’s 40th anniversary with her daughters: “I cried my eyes out and it’s such a moment in life and I’m so proud of where we all stand. “

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