Born: 24 April 1969
Birthplace: Dana Point, California
Best known as: Julie Cooper-Nichol on TV's The O.C.
Melinda Clarke is known mostly for her work in television, from guest shots on Xena: Warrior Princess
and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
to her current role as conniving Julie Cooper-Nichol on The O.C.
. Clarke started acting right out of high school, landing a role in 1989 on the daytime drama Days of Our Lives
(her father, John Clarke, was a regular cast member). During the '90s she made dozens of television appearances and a few films (she was Jessica Priest in 1997's Spawn
), usually playing villainous vixens, such as Velasca in Xena
(opposite Lucy Lawless
) and dominatrix Lady Heather in CSI
(starring William Petersen
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