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"The OC": Where Are They Now - Mischa Barton

Mischa Barton (Marissa Cooper)

Mischa Barton was born in foggy London but took "The O.C." by storm, playing troubled California girl Marissa Cooper. Her character was eventually killed off in a car accident.

Despite a real-life DUI arrest in 2007 and a stint at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center psych ward, she kept pushing her career forward.

This year, Barton will star in two horror films, notably "Resurrection," admitting to TWELV magazine, "I literally became obsessed with that genre." Off-screen she sells her upscale handbag line. Does she miss all the press? Not at all: "I'm so relieved it's not how it was. … It was just over the top."

'The O.C.': Where Are They Now?

"The O.C." only lasted four seasons, but the primetime teen soap about privileged families living in the beachfront town of Newport Beach, Calif., launched the careers of many stars and introduced some of the older cast members to a whole new audience. Here's what the actors from "The O.C." are up to now. — Amy and Nancy Harrington, Yahoo! Contributor Network