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Mischa Barton BiographyAn actress with talent and poise beyond her 21 years, born in London and raised in New York, Mischa Barton has the kind of career most actors can only dream about. 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 Marissa Tomei), and Naomi Wallace ("One Flea Spare" at the Public Theatre with Dianne Weist)., she went on to work side by side with modern day screen icons including Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant, "Notting Hill"., Bruce Willis and Toni Collette "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 2006. The show fast become 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" in 2003 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" from 2003 to 2007. She was awarded the VIPer Award in 2008 for "Style Icon 2007" by Mr Karl Lagerfeld.
Most recently in 2007, she played opposite Shirley McClaine & Christopher Plummer in Sir Richard Attenborough's "Closing the Ring"., with Hayden Christiansen 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 has starred in and produced the film "Homecoming" 2008.
Even at such an early age, 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.
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.
TriviaOlder sister of Hania Barton & younger sister of Zoe Barton. Is half English and half Irish Attends The Professional Children's School in Manhattan, New York. Finishing up her senior year via correspondence. Is reportedly a straight-A student. Favorite book: A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole Favorite movies: Say Anything... (1989), Almost Famous (2000), The Godfather (1972) and The Graduate (1967). Older sister, Zoe Barton, is a barrister in London. As a child, she was a model with Ford Modeling agency with Lindsay Lohan. Younger sister is an aspiring singer. Ranked as #52 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" special supplement. (2005) Has a dog that she calls Ziggy. Named #32 in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006" supplement. (2006). Her favorite town is Paris. Ranked #49 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2007 list. Sentenced on April 10, 2008 to three years of unsupervised probation stemming from her DUI arrest on December, 2007. Hospitalized for psychiatric observation in California [July, 2009]. Good friend of Nicole Richie. Is best friend of Rachel Bilson.
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