Mischa's illness threatens her Beautiful Life

By Tim Surette

Jul 17, 2009

If June was a month of celebrity deaths, July is shaping up to be a month of celebrity illnesses. Earlier this week, actress Maura Tierney discovered a lump in her breast, which has postponed the production of her upcoming NBC show Parenthood. Now, there's word that Mischa Barton has been hospitalized, threatening her participation in another new program.

Barton, who rose to fame as Marissa Cooper in the teen soap The O.C., was allegedly put in an involuntary psychiatric hold -- confinement for anything from inebriation to a mental disorder in which police think the subject is a danger to themselves or others -- on Wednesday, after police were called to her house. Barton's rep has confirmed that she has been hospitalized for a "medical issue."

The former model-turned-actress is set to star as an aging (23-year-ancient) model whose career is on the decline in the CW's upcoming The Beautiful Life (clip below). Filming is set to begin next week in New York City, and it's unclear whether Barton will be a part of it.

Her rep has stated her participation in the show "will ultimately be contingent upon her progress and doctor's orders," according to The Los Angeles Times.

We know Mischa is a love-her-or-hate-her type of celebrity, but let's all hope she gets better.

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  • malawi69 Jul 19, 2009

    don't really care about this show

  • leesha_27 Jul 18, 2009

    I like Mischa, she seems really cool. I hope she gets well soon. :)

  • maseman76 Jul 18, 2009

    I really do hope that she gets well soon. And i am keen to see her new show. Best wishes Mischa :-)

  • txgirl75 Jul 17, 2009

    I hope it's not drug related. Like it's always drug related when it comes to the hollywood people. Her new show looks like it could be good.

  • pgsuperfan Jul 17, 2009

    Hope she will be able to continue soon

  • kdtfiles Jul 17, 2009

    I hope whatever it is it isn't too serious and she is able to make a full recovery. On one hand it would be nice to know what is going on, but on the other I guess the actress should have the right to keep it to herself. But, why does the CW think they need yet ANOTHER "pretty girl/guy" show, they have tooooooooooo many as it is. The network - back in the WB days - use to have shows worth watching, shows with things called Plots, now there are only like 2 shows still on worth watching. Now they are filling the slots with shows about teens/twentys sleeping around, who looks good in what cloths, and prissy cat fights/revenge. 7 shows with the SAME thems :roll:.

  • alyssa01 Jul 17, 2009

    Wow, I wonder what the problem is? I always loved her as Marissa and am really looking forward to this new show. Get better soon Mischa.