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[Mischa Barton][Mischa Barton]

Mischa Barton

Marissa Cooper

At the age of 18, Mischa Barton has developed an extensive filmography and theatrical resume that has made her one of the most sought-after young actresses of her generation.

Although her most recent film credit is the thriller "Octane," her feature film debut occurred in 1998 with the critically lauded Sundance Film Festival favorite "Lawn Dogs" opposite Sam Rockwell. Barton's hailed performance was followed by "Pups," a modern-day version of "Bonnie & Clyde" for filmmaker Ash ("Bang"). She has since racked up key roles in the 1999 blockbusters "The Sixth Sense" with Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment, and "Notting Hill" with Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant.

Barton's additional feature credits include "Lost and Delirious" and "Julie Johnson," both of which premiered at Sundance, "Skipped Parts," "Tart," and "Paranoid."

Barton began her promising career in New York theater at age 9 with a lead role in Tony Kushner's "Slavs!" She soon segued into the lead role of "Emma Hatrick" in James Lapine's "Twelve Dreams" at the renowned Lincoln Center. Among her varied stage credits are "Where the Truth Lies" and "One Flea Spare," both of which took place at the New York Shakespeare Festival.

No stranger to television, Barton had a recurring role for three seasons on the daytime drama "All My Children." She also portrayed the title role of "Frankie" alongside Joan Plowright in the recent Showtime feature "Frankie and Hazel" for producer Barbra Streisand's Barwood Films. Barton filmed the Disney telefilm "Ring of Endless Light" on location in Australia and immediately segued into an eight-episode arc on ABC's "Once and Again."

A long-time Manhattan resident, Barton enjoys family life with her parents and two sisters.

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