Born in London and raised in New York, Barton shot to fame in The O.C., but started from humble beginnings in New York's theater world, 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 with modern-day screen icons, including Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant in Notting Hill, Bruce Willis and Toni Collette in The Sixth Sense, and Sam Rockwell in Sundance's critically lauded feature film debut Lawn Dogs.
Established as one of the most sought-after young actresses of her generation, Barton was named Entertainment Weekly's It Girl, Hollywood Life's Breakthrough Actress of the Year, and was awarded multiple Teen Choice Awards for her work on The O.C. She also won Cosmopolitan's Fun Fearless Female Award for Knockout Ingenue and Glamour's Women of the Year Award. Barton has been ranked, for the last three years, as one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People.
On the big screen, Barton recently appeared opposite Shirley Maclaine and Christopher Plummer in Sir Richard Attenborough's Closing the Ring, and with Hayden Christiansen in the Dino De Laurentis film Virgin Territory. Barton has also filmed Assassination of a High School President and the historical drama Bhopal: A Prayer For Rain, with Martin Sheen and Kal Penn.
Even at such an early age, Barton 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.
Barton is currently the spokesperson for Climate Star, an organization that fights Global Warming through social and legislative activism. She also 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. She has also become an ambassador for Save the Children.
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Mischa Barton Facts
|Birth Name||Mischa Anne Barton|
|Birthday||January 24, 1986 (31)|
|Birthplace||London, England, United Kingdom|
|Height||5' 8" (1m73) How tall is Mischa Barton compared to you?|
|Beauty and the Least|
|Mining For Ruby|
|American Beach House|
|The Sixth Sense|
|Closing the Ring|
|The O.C.: The Complete Series|