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Hollywood splash in the Birdcage

HOLLYWOOD stars Mischa Barton and Rose Byrne were among the VIPs who made a bigger splash on Melbourne Cup day than the rain.

Barton was the “headline” act among the Hollywood identities who shimmied in the Birdcage area on Tuesday, while Byrne was the biggest home-grown star on the scene.

The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills cast member Taylor Armstrong and sassy Revenge siren Ashley Madekwe also partied with local celebrities in the VIP compound at Flemington.

Barton was the first to make her mark by arriving early, catching photographers off-guard and wowing the guests in the Emirates marquee.

She took time to walk through the marquee, stopping to have chats with several Seven Network hosts, including gushing entertainment reporter James Tobin.

The star of The OC was taken with the laid-back nature of the event, which she said was in stark contrast to her visits to the races in England.

“It’s more laid back than I thought it would be and it’s easier here,” Barton told reporters.

“England is quite a big production and I really like it here … it’s nice.

“This experience has been generally pretty laid back … everyone wants to have fun and have a nice day.”

Barton was a guest of the Victoria Racing Club and its major sponsor Emirates.

Source: The Australian

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