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This August will mark 10 years since the teen drama "The O.C." premiered and catapulted Mischa Barton to fame and tabloid fodder.

In the mid-2000s, Barton dominated the pages of the tabloids alongside Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton, but she has faded out of the spotlight in recent years -- something she's quite happy about. In a rare interview with the Daily Beast, the British-born actress, who doesn't even have a personal publicist anymore, says she's happy to have a more-private life these days.

“Luckily, [I’m not] so much in the spotlight,” Barton told the website. “The craziness of The O.C. has died down and gone away. I’m so relieved it’s not how it was. It’s not the person. It was the time. Everything was an ‘it’ girl this or “it” girl that. It was just over the top.”

Barton made headlines in 2007 after she was arrested on DUI charges (Hilton, »

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