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Originally posted 10/16/2013 08:00AM
Ten years ago, the hit TV series The O.C. made 17-year-old Mischa Barton an instant "it" girl. Within a few years, however, she was the talk of Hollywood for a different reason as her partying grew out of control.
"We thought, 'Work hard, play hard,' " she says of those years. In 2007, she was arrested for DUI. Then in 2009, shortly after her parents attempted an intervention, she blacked out under the influence of a sedative and landed in the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center psychiatric ward under an involuntary 5150 hold after she threatened to kill herself.
"It was a full-on breakdown," she tells PEOPLE, speaking about the events in detail for the first time in this week's cover story. "I was under enormous pressure."
Originally posted 09/24/2013 05:45PM
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Originally posted 06/02/2012 10:30AM
A beaming Queen Elizabeth kicked off her Diamond Jubilee celebrations Saturday when she was accompanied to the Epsom Derby by her granddaughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.
The princesses were part of a large royal party, which also included their dad Prince Andrew, as the family began the weekend of fun to mark 60 years on the throne for the Queen. Their mother, Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, even Tweeted: "So proud of my of my beautiful daughters and how special to be at the Epsom Derby supporting their Granny what an amazing Grandmother the Queen is."
Originally posted 10/20/2009 08:45AM
Her show The Beautiful Life was cancelled almost before it began, but that didn't stop Mischa Barton from resuming her own beautiful life on Monday night at a party in New York City.
Demonstrating that she'd regained her model figure with a Versace gown at the Whitney Museum Gala, Barton, 23, said she doesn't mind not working for the small screen anymore.
"I think I need to back away from the whole TV approach," she said. "That whole world of network television, probably isn't, for me, a good idea now. I need to start reading for more serious roles."
Originally posted 09/14/2009 10:00AM
Many celebrities rely on bodyguards and a coterie of assistances to keep them in touch with reality, but Mischa Barton's entourage comes on twice as many legs.
"All kinds of things keep me grounded. My dogs and having to wake up and walk them every morning and having to walk them before bed at night," the actress, 23, says. "The routine of everything I do – going to work every day here and working on a television series and how much work that is."
Barton is in New York to film her new CW series The Beautiful Life, though, lately, her own life's been far from pretty. Barton says her close friends in the city have been her safety net, and that, eventually, the media madness will subside.
Originally posted 09/11/2009 11:00AM
She has described her recent troubles and being placed on psychiatric hold as "a perfect storm," and now Mischa Barton is offering further details of her July hospitalization to the women of ABC's The View. In an appearance due to air Friday, she blames the problem on pain associated with wisdom-tooth surgery.
Calling her hospitalization "silly," despite being "completely overwhelmed" by her situation, the former O.C. actress, 23, trying to deflect attention away from the subject, says on the program, "I mean, really, it was blown out of proportion, so it's kind of silly now to be talking about it because I'm so fine now, but it was really just a bad time for me," ABC News reports.
Repeating the meteorological analogy, she says, "It was sort of one of those things that was like a perfect storm. Everything happened at once."
Originally posted 09/10/2009 05:40PM
It seems that Mischa Barton's move from Los Angeles to New York City, where she's filming her new CW series, is doing the troubled actress some good.
"I've been fully immersed in production on my upcoming show The Beautiful Life and I've been loving every minute of it," she blogs on her Web site. "I have my dogs Charlie and Ziggy with me here so I've been hanging with them in my downtime, as well as hitting the gym as often as I can."
Next up for Barton: She's set to attend the series premiere party for The Beautiful Life, which begins Sept. 16, followed by co-hosting an event with Versace next month.
Originally posted 08/27/2009 02:25PM
A month after being placed under psychiatric hold, Mischa Barton is speaking out for the first time about her hospitalization.
"I went through a tough spot where everything compounded on me, and it was like a perfect storm, like everything was happening to me at once," the actress, 23, tells Time Out New York.
The former O.C. star says before she was scheduled to start filming the CW show The Beautiful Life, she had been traveling abroad "for contract stuff" and then had a "terrible" wisdom tooth surgery – a procedure she says went wrong and is "still just healing."
Originally posted 08/13/2009 07:10PM
Back to work after dealing with "personal issues," Mischa Barton strips down for cast photo for her upcoming drama The Beautiful Life.
In the show, which premieres on the CW on Sept. 16, Barton (center) plays a model back in New York after a stint abroad. Her friend, a young model played by Sarah Paxton (second from the right), is helping out a handsome – but still wet behind the ears – male model played by Benjamin Hollingsworth (second from left).
Living at a models' residence are High School Musical's Corbin Bleu (right), and a top male model played by Nico Tortorella (left). – Aaron Parsley
Originally posted 08/12/2009 01:55PM
When it comes to shaping up Mischa Barton is nothing but serious. Currently in New York City to shoot the TV show A Beautiful Life, the actress has been hitting the downtown Equinox gym and even hiring a trainer.
"Mischa is really focused on getting into shape,” says a source with knowledge of the situation. Last month, the actress, 23, suffered a breakdown and spent several days in a psychiatric ward after police were called to her home in Los Angeles.
The focus on fitness might be just what Barton needed. "She has big self-esteem issues," a source close to her told PEOPLE last month. "She hates her legs. She isn't comfortable with her body. It's been a big source of stress and self-hate."
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