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Mischa Barton

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Born in London and raised in New York. From humble beginnings in New York Theater in 1994 where she trained with such esteemed director/writers as James Lapine ("Twelve Dreams" at Lincoln Center with Donna Murphy), Tony Kushner ("Slavs!" at New York Theater Workshop with Marisa Tomei), and Naomi Wallace ("One Flea Spare" at the Public Theatre with Dianne Wiest), she went on to work side by side with modern-day screen icons including Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant on Notting Hill, Bruce Willis and Toni Collette on The Sixth Sense and Sam Rockwell in her Sundance critically-lauded feature film debut Lawn Dogs produced by Duncan Kenworthy in 1998.Yet, despite this early success in theater and film, what really catapulted Mischa to the next level and made her a household name is her small screen performance as the irrepressible and irresistible "Marisa" on the popular Fox television show, The O.C. (2003 to 2007). The show fast became a global cult phenomenon and has earned many awards including a Television Critics Association Award nomination for "Outstanding New Program of the Year".Established as one of the most sought after young actresses of her generation Mischa was named "It Girl" by Entertainment Weekly, she was also Hollywood Life's "Breakthrough Actress of the Year", she won several American Teen Choice Awards for the show, and also Cosmopolitan's "Fun Fearless Female Award" for "Knockout Ingenue" and Glamour's "Women of the Year". She has been ranked as one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" for 5 consecutive years. She was awarded the VIPer Award in 2008 for "Style Icon 2007" by Mr. Karl Lagerfeld. In 2008, she played opposite Shirley MacLaine & Christopher Plummer in Sir Richard Attenborough's Closing the Ring, with Hayden Christensen in the Dino De Laurentiis film Virgin Territory, and starred opposite Bruce Willis in Assassination of a High School President for the Yari Production Company. In 2007, she filmed Walled In for the French production company "Canal Plus", and she starred in and produced the film Homecoming.In 2012 Mischa went back to her Theatrical roots and starred in a production of "Steel Magnolias" at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin.Mischa has the following Films slated for release this year, 2013. "Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain" opposite Martin Sheen, "A Resurrection" starring the late Michael Clarke Duncan and Devon Sawa "Apartment 1303 3D" with Rebecca De Mornay, "I Will Follow You Into the Dark" opposite Ryan Eggold and "Beauty and the Least: The Misadventures of Ben Banks".She has just completed "Mining for Ruby" Directed by Zoe Quist, "Beyond Justice" with Danny Trejo and Vinnie Jones and will star opposite Billy Zane in "Elephant's Graveyard" and with Christopher Plummer and Timothy Hutton in "Butterfly Love" 2014.Mischa has also made a major impression in the fashion and beauty world. She has already graced the covers of countless international magazines and has become the face of numerous advertising campaigns.She has developed her own Brand, her successful Handbag line having launched in 2008, together with Accessories, Clothing and Beauty products and her Flagship Boutique opened in Fashionable Shoreditch London in 2012.This commercial and theatrical success has given the young woman an opportunity to take an extremely influential role in the global community. She became the spokesperson for "Climate Star", an organization that fights global warming through social and legislative activism. She serves as an "Entertainment Industry Foundation" ambassador teaming up with QVC to spread awareness and raise funds for women's cancer research through the "Fashion Footwear Association" of New York "Shoes on Sale Initiative" and is also involved in the "SAFE" campaign for skin cancer awareness. She is an ambassador for "Save the Children" and the "One Water" campaign which brings water to remote locations in Africa, and is on the board of the "Lupus Research Committee" in Los Angeles.  See full bio on IMDb »

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Mischa Barton -- I Chose Play Over Work and It Cost Me $200k!

Mischa Barton
I Chose Play Over Work And It Cost Me $200k

Mischa Barton's gotta fork over a ton of cash to the screenwriter she left high and dry by blowing off his movie production to go parading all over Europe. In legal docs obtained by TMZ ... a… READ MORE >

Mischa Barton -- Arrivederci to My Bev Hills Villa ... Again

Mischa Barton
Arrivederci to My Bev Hills Villa ... AGAIN

The only thing Mischa Barton wants more than the "Dancing with the Stars" trophy is for someone to finally buy the Tuscan-style villa she's been trying to dump for 6 years. The new… READ MORE >

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Mischa Barton -- Volkswagen Gunning For Its Car Back

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Volkswagen Gunning For Its Car Back

Mischa Barton is back in the doghouse with another car company -- this time Volkswagen's making her a target. VW filed a case against the actress claiming she leased one of the company's whips and… READ MORE >

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Mischa Barton -- Repo Man Coming For Her Audi Q3

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Repo Man Coming For Her Audi Q3

Mischa Barton better put her brand new Audi Q3 in high gear if she doesn't want the repo man to take it back ... because she hasn't paid a dime on her lease in 4 months. Mischa signed the car… READ MORE >

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Mischa Barton -- My Mother's a Financial Vampire ... She's Sucking Me Dry

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My Mother's a Financial Vampire ... She's Sucking Me Dry

Mischa Barton's mother/manager pocketed a chunk of her daughter's salary from a movie -- and even kicked Mischa out of her own Beverly Hills mansion ... according to a new lawsuit. Mischa filed… READ MORE >

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Mischa Barton -- Movie Set Used for Real Life Criminal Getaway

Mischa Barton
Movie Set Used For Real Life Criminal Getaway

What's more surprising -- the fact Mischa Barton is filming a new movie ... or the fact someone was busted on the set of that movie while trying to escape from cops?Production sources… READ MORE >

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Mischa Barton -- Screw Your Movie ... I'm Partying My Ass Off!

Mischa Barton
Screw Your Movie I'm Partying My Ass Off!

Mischa Barton is one step away from being featured on a milk carton ... which makes it especially stunning she blew off a movie role because she thought it would be more fun to party in… READ MORE >

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'The O.C.' Star Mischa Barton -- Facing Foreclosure in the 90210

Mischa Barton
Facing Threat of Foreclosure in the 90210

"The O.C." star Mischa Barton could lose her massive Beverly Hills mansion in foreclosure ... if she doesn't cough up $100K in back mortgage payments QUICK.Barton just got slapped with a… READ MORE >

- 858 days ago
Mischa Barton Hosts Event ... BY HERSELF -- Casino Entourage: Thin to Win

Mischa Barton
Thin to Win With Casino Entourage

Mischa Barton bucked the trend -- her entourage caused zero problems in an Atlantic City nightclub ... because TMZ has learned she rolled completely solo to host the event.Barton was the… READ MORE >

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Mischa Barton -- Cops Rush to L.A. Home Over Screaming Woman

Mischa Barton
Cops Rush to L.A. Home Over Screaming Woman

Mischa Barton came face-to-face with several police officers on Thursday ... when a fleet of squad cars rushed to her L.A. home in response to a report of a screaming woman on the actress'… READ MORE >

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