NOT SO PRETTY: “She is sick.” That’s what Karey Burke, executive producer of Mischa Barton’s upcoming “The Beautiful Life,” CW series told WWD on the set of a shoot for the paper on Thursday. Barton had been scheduled for a photo shoot and interview, together with co-stars Sara Paxton and Ashley Madekwe, to promote the show. “Mischa wants very much to be a part of the piece and be interviewed later, but she has to get well so that she can be healthy in order to start actual production next week,” Burke said. Production for the show was scheduled to begin next Wednesday, although a CBS spokesperson later e-mailed she does not know when Barton will be in New York.
A rep for Barton had called WWD on Wednesday to say she would not be able to make the trip. Almost immediately thereafter, rumors started swirling on the Internet. Supposedly, on Wednesday Barton placed a call to the Los Angeles Police Department, and was subsequently admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. In “The Beautiful Life,” she is set to play a Kate Moss-esque model who resurfaces after a mysterious absence.
Paxton and Madekwe did arrive as scheduled for the WWD shoot. Though neither had spoken to Barton, at least Paxton was following the rumors. “I read on People.com that she’s under 5150 (involuntary psychiatric hold) à la Britney,” said Paxton. “I don’t know what’s going on. I hope she’s OK.”
The director of Barton’s film said in a statement that those involved with the movie were “saddened” Barton will not be at the event.
“I along with everyone on the ‘Homecoming’ team are saddened to hear that Mischa Barton will not be able to attend the film’s premiere tonight in New York,” director Morgan J. Freeman said in a statement to Access on Thursday. “Her performance in ‘Homecoming’ is fantastic, and she will be missed at our premiere.
“We hope she is OK,” Freeman added, “and that her condition is not serious.”
Sources close to the film told Access Barton was due to fly into New York City on Wednesday evening. She had a photo shoot scheduled and was going to head out to the premiere around 3 PM on Thursday.
Barton is the star of “Homecoming,” playing Shelby, the ex-girlfriend of a football player in a small town, who does whatever it takes to get her beau back. The film co-stars Jessica Stroup of “90210” and Matt Long of ABC’s “The Deep End.”
“She has been dealing with a lot of personal issues,” a pal tells PEOPLE about the actress who has been spotted club hopping in L.A. and London the past few months. “I don’t know if she really ever gave up some of the bad habits that had gotten out of control a couple years back.”
The 23-year-old actress was scheduled to attend the premiere of her movie Homecoming Thursday night in New York City but remained at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles where she was reportedly placed under psychiatric hold.
“I wish her all the best. First and foremost, we want her to get healthy again,” Homecoming producer Austin Stark tells PEOPLE. “It’s obvious we’d like her to support the movie and be here, but we hope she gets better.”
And of shooting Homecoming with Barton in Pittsburgh, Stark says, “When she was on-set, she acted like a professional. I honestly had no complaints. She struck me as a nice young girl, she never said anything mean to anyone, and she wasn’t late on-set or anything like that.”
Actress Mischa Barton, 23, canceled a scheduled appearance at the New York premiere of her new film Homecoming tonight, one day after reportedly calling the Los Angeles Police Department with a health problem.
People magazine reports that police were called to Barton’s home at 3 p.m. Wednesday for a “medical issue.” The star’s rep, Craig Schneider, told People that the LAPD officers were there simply to protect the star:
“Police were involved due to Ms. Barton’s celebrity status, to safely transfer her to medical treatment as per doctor’s orders,” he said, adding that the actress is now “okay and resting.” (Police would not confirm Access Hollywood‘s claim that the actress has been placed under involuntary psychiatric hold at an L.A. hospital.)
According to the CW’s Paul McGuire, Barton’s upcoming drama The Beautiful Life, which begins production July 22 and premieres Sept. 16, will not be affected by the incident.
Mischa Barton has been placed under involuntary psychiatric hold, Access Hollywood reports, citing a source.
According to Access, the 23-year-old actress is at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
On Wednesday, Barton called police at 3 p.m. with a health problem, LAPD Officer April Harding confirmed to PEOPLE. “We assisted her with a medical issue and removed her from her home,” says Harding. She adds that no paramedics were involved and no arrests were made, but confidentiality laws prevent her from revealing details about Barton’s condition.
The star’s rep, Craig Schneider, tells PEOPLE that police were only needed to protect the former O.C. star from the media as she was transported to her doctor.
Additional calls to the police, the hospital and Barton’s rep were not immediately returned.
I spoke with a family representative and confirmed that Mischa Barton was taken to the hospital due to complications from oral surgery.
Contrary to the gossip that has been tweeted by the LA Police and Access Hollywood there was nothing illicit going on as was implied.
The surgery involved deep impacted wisdom teeth that had to be removed from her jaw bones.
Her family is with her and she is being treated with antibiotics.
As a rule of thumb, the younger the age of the person having the wisdom teeth extractions the less potential they will have for experiencing complications. Studies have shown that the number of complications, related to both healing as well as the procedure itself, that occur in association with wisdom tooth extractions increases once a patient has passed into their mid to late 20’s.
The pain associated with a dry socket can be moderate to severe in intensity and often has a throbbing component. The pain can be just localized to the extraction site or it may radiate from the extraction site to the patient’s ear or eye (on the same side of their face).
A dry socket, more formally referred to as alveolar osteitis by dentists, is a fairly common complication associated with tooth extractions. The formation of a dry socket involves a scenario where the blood clot which forms in the tooth socket’s after the extraction isn’t properly retained (either it disintegrates by way of fibrinolysis or becomes dislodged). Since this blood clot is an important factor in protecting the boney socket and initiating the healing process, the healing of the extraction site is interrupted and becomes delayed.
We wish Mischa a speedy recovery!
Mischa Barton Is Helping to Rewrite the Future
Celebrity Actress, Mischa Barton has been a supporter of our Rewrite the Future programs ever since she witnessed our work at our 75th Anniversary celebration. She has since visited some of our education projects in India and South Africa. Mischa also supports the Bulgari partnership to Rewrite the Future.
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Mischa Barton is an British-American film, television, and stage actress, perhaps best known for her role as Marissa Cooper in the American television series The O.C.
AUSTRALIAN design duo Sass & Bide wanted to celebrate 10 years at the top of their nation’s design tree – and so created the Shine Initiative in association with Barnardos. The designers – famous for their great denim and shiny Rats leggings – asked some of their celebrity friends, including Kate Moss, Mischa Barton and Twiggy, to create artworks depicting what “shine” means to them.
Launched at this year’s Australian Fashion Week in April, the works are now online at www.sassandbide.com – where fans can place bids on them before the bidding continues at an event at The Dairy in London on July 23. The proceeds of the auction will be donated to Barnardos UK and Australia to help fund workshops for abused children, hosted by the Sass & Bide designers; Heidi Middleton and Sarah-Jane Clarke.
“We are so excited to be back in London for our Shine project,” the designers told VOGUE.COM. “London is where our label was born so to be back here celebrating 10 years, exhibiting the works of 10 special friends for a cause that is so close to our hearts, it’s a really wonderful feeling. Each child we help will also receive a grant to pursue a dream.”
To view the artworks, or to find out more about the auction, visit www.sassandbide.com.
To celebrate ten years of creating, we invited ten of our favourite souls to interpret what ‘shine’ means to them…Kate Moss, Barry Humphries, Rankin, Daisy Lowe, Sam Taylor-Wood, Emma Hawkins, Darren Middleton, Twiggy, Daimon Downey, Mischa Barton, and Sarah-Jane Clarke & Heidi Middleton have each created artworks which will support ‘The Shine Collective’ project, a sass & bide and Barnardos initiative. The charity collaborative launched in April ’09 at Australian Fashion Week with an exhibition of the artworks. The artworks will be auctioned in London on July 23rd, 2009. The proceeds will fund creative counseling workshops for abused children and will be hosted by Sarah-Jane Clarke (sass) and Heidi Middleton (bide), in Australia and Britain.