Full Name: Melinda Patrice Clarke
Hometown: Dana Point, California
Born: April 24, 1969
We’ve watched our OC box set so many times it’s almost like she never left the screen. Saucy redhead Melinda Clarke (aka Julie Cooper Nichol, Orange County’s gold-digging mom to Mischa Barton’s ill-fated Marissa Cooper) has made a career playing equally saucy roles. Soap fans will most likely recognize her as “Faith Taylor” from Days of Our Lives (which also starred her dad, John Clarke) and CSI junkies will know her as “Lady Heather” a recurring dominatrix character on the series. She’s also had recurring roles on The Vampire Diaries and Xena: Warrior Princess and has guest starred on Chuck, Seinfeld, and Entourage.
Her big screen credits include Return of the Living Dead III and Spawn. Clarke can also proudly boast to not one, but two action figures made in her honor, one for her role as Jessica Priest in Spawn, and her second was for her role as the Amazon Velasca from the television cult classic Xena.