She has a brother named Josh. She also has a sister, Heidi, who died from a tumor in 1994.
She has been married to Ernest "Ernie" Mirich since 1994 and has one daughter with him named Kathryn Grace.
She is a trained soprano and has a beautiful voice that your
Melinda auditioned for a small Bond Girl role in Die Another Day (2002).
Melinda is a trained Soprano.
Clarke has volunteered as an actress with the Young Storytellers Program.
Her height is 5' 7" (1.70 m).
Melinda's father, John Clarke, is also an actor who appeared on Days of Our Lives for over 3 decades (as Mickey Horton), while her mother, Patricia, is a ballet dancer.
Clarke is a huge fan of The Doors.
Melinda is the only The O.C. cast member to actually hail from California's Orange County.
Melinda provided the voice of Alexa in the segment "Matriculated" featured in the The Animatrix - a series of animated shorts based on the worlds featured in the films for The Matrix.
Melinda won the "Best Actress Award" at the 1996 Stiges Film Festival in Spain for her role in The Killer Tongue.
Originally, her role of Julie Cooper on The O.C. was to be only a short guest starring role. But due to a large fan response to her character, she was offered a contract.
Melinda auditioned for and was offered the role of Maggie in the movie The Hitcher II: I've Been Waiting, but she later decided not to take the part. The role was then given to Kari Wuhrer.
Melinda has had two action figures created in her likeness. One for her role as Jessica Priest in the comic-book movie Spawn and another for her portrayal of Velasca on the television series Xena: Warrior Princess.
Has been named 7th most wicked woman of prime time TV, for her role as Julie Cooper on The O.C..
Melinda's most notable movie roles were in 1993's horror sequel Return of the Living Dead 3 and the 1997 action-fantasy film Spawn.
Her first television role was Faith Taylor in Days of Our Lives (1989-90). Her father John Clarke is an original cast member, playing Mickey Horton from 1965-2004.
In 1993, she starred in horror film Return of the Evil Dead 3. She would later turn down the role of Tatum in Scream because she had no desire to be in horror films again. (The role of Tatum was offered to Rose McGowan)
On what sets Lady Heather apart from her The O.C. persona, Julie Cooper
Melinda: Both are very strong women, But Julie is a bigger challenge. She's a figure that doesn't exist in real life, she's a fictional character. As an actress this is a special situation. Actors love parts like that, I love such parts. You can breathe life into them on your own. However, Lady Heather is real. There are women like her out there, she's a typical representative of her trade.
Melinda: I don't let my daughter watch me kissing other men, especially young men like Chris Carmack.
Melinda: If you ask my daughter what she thinks of her mom on TV, she'll say, "I like her, but she's me-e-e-e-an."
Melinda: Our show [The O.C.] is very tight about plot twists. They send out memos saying we're not allowed to reveal that kind of stuff.
On her role as Julie Cooper Nichol on The O.C.
Melinda: Well, in the beginning I think they were like, "We hate this woman. She's terrible. We can't stand her!" Now I think people tune in because they can't wait to see what she's going to do, and because they feel sorry for her.
About her CSI character, Lady Heather
Melinda: She is one [a dominatrix]. But this is only a facet. In the first place she's a business woman, it's a different kind of business but definitely a ware that is sold. She sells wishes ... needs to her clients who pay for them. Lady Heather discovered a gap in the market, she sells something very exclusive and takes a lot of money for it.
Melinda: I'm getting a lot of roles as women who are very powerful. I think that's a reflection of me as a person.
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