Mischa Barton was born in Hammersmith, London, England, to a
Manchester-born English father and an Irish mother, but moved to
New York City when she was five years old. Mischa has two
sisters, Hania and Zoe. Barton graduated from the Professional
Children's School in Manhattan in 2004, and attended a summer
school in Shakespearean acting at RADA in 2006.
As a child, Mischa Barton was a child fashion model. She was signed with Ford Models. Mischa began her acting career at the age of nine in New York Theatre with a lead role in Slavs!, written by Tony Kushner. Mischa Barton took part in many plays, taking a lead role in James Lapine's Twelve Dreams. Barton made her film debut in Lawn Dogs, which won awards at film festivals around the world. Since then she has appeared in several films, including The Sixth Sense, Notting Hill, and Lost and Delirious, in which she starred.
Barton first appeared on television in 1996, as a younger
Lily Montgomery in All My Children. Two years later Mischa
starred in the film Pups with Cameron Van Hoy. She also had a
one-time appearance in the Fox show Fastlane, and appeared in
the video for "Goodbye My Lover" by James Blunt. Mischa
Bartonhas also appeared in Enrique Iglesias's video, Addicted.
She played in eight episodes on the television show Once and
Again as Katie Singer, Jessie Sammler's (Evan Rachel Wood)'s
Mischa is best known for her role as Marissa Cooper in the TV series The O.C.. That role ended in a fatal car "accident" during the third season's finale, which aired on May 18, 2006. Though rumors had been swirling for weeks about the show's much hyped season finale death, Barton and NBC entertainment news program Access Hollywood infuriated fans of the show in revealing the character's death before the finale even aired.
In August 2006, news emerged that she may replace Teresa Palmer as Millie in Doug Liman's upcoming sci-fi thriller Jumper.
Mischa Barton has modeled for Calvin Klein and FHM. She has appeared in advertisements for Aéropostale, bebe, Accessorize, Dooney and Bourke, JC (Jeans and Clothes), Neutrogena, Jaspal and Keds. The executives at Neutrogena decided to make her the cover girl for their new worldwide ad campaign; in this regard Barton followed in the footsteps of fellow teen stars Jennifer Love Hewitt, Mandy Moore, and Kristin Kreuk.
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