Who is Melinda Clarke?

Born on 24 April 1969, in Dana Point, California, under the sign of Taurus, Melinda “Mindy” Patrice Clark is a 50-year-old American actress and former model, whoe rose to fame by assuming a relatively small role in the legendary daytime soap opera “Days of Our Lives”. Her other significant roles have been in “Xena: Warrior Princess”, “CSI”, “The Vampire Diaries” and “Entourage”. Even though she hasn’t land any prominent roles in Hollywood movies, Melinda stood out as one of the most talented TV actresses of her generation. Because of her ability to correctly portray the evolution of her characters, she is adored by fans and colleagues alike.

Posted by Melinda Clarke on Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Early Life and Education: Growing Up in California

Melinda was born into an American family in the picturesque city of Dana Point. From an early age, she displayed an infatuation with the arts, unsurprisingly, as her parents were a strong influence due to their vocations. Patricia Lewis, her mother, was a renowned ballet dancer and proud of the fact that young Mindy decided to pick up dancing. However, John Clarke, her father influenced her even more, as he was a member of the original cast of “Days of Our Lives”, one of the most successful series in US TV history. He spent 39 years as Mickey Horton, an integral character, before ultimately retiring in 2004, mostly due to health concerns. A year later, he received the Daytime Emmys Lifetime Achievement Award for his role as Horton. Melinda wanted to follow her parents’ footsteps, so she planned to build a career in show business. In 1987, she matriculated from Dana Hills High School, where even as a student, she was working hard on her craft, as she was a part of the Drama Club and appeared in various plays.

Career Beginnings: Moving to Los Angeles and Making an Impression

Immediately upon graduation, Melinda had no doubt in her mind about her future. She moved to Los Angeles, California in September of 1987, with modeling aspirations. Due to her attractive looks and uncanny charm, Melinda quickly caught the attention of fashion brands and talent agencies, and hit the ground running, with several national campaigns. Despite being devoted to modeling, she couldn’t help but think about fulfilling her dreams of becoming an actress. With her dad’s help, she managed to land an audition for a part in “Days of Our Lives”, and after reading just a few lines, she impressed the directors enough to land the role of Faith Taylor. From the age of 20, she appeared in 34 episodes, garnering rave reviews for her versatility, and so wanting to expand her horizons and move onto something different than a soap opera.

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1990s: Out for Blood, Return of the Living Dead 3, Soldier of Fortune and More

After her first acting credit, Melinda went on a rampage. After appearing in “Jake and the Fatman” in 1991, she followed it up with “Hot Under the Collar”. Neither of these roles were as successful as her first one, so she took a risk by appearing in the hit 1992 action movie “Out for Blood” – the plot revolves around a lawyer who loses his memory after being in a coma as a result of a beating by evil men who took his family away. Even though the movie wasn’t particularly successful, fans loved her portrayal of Laura. She managed to attract even more fans due to her memorable role in the horror film “Return of the Living Dead 3”, then after a series of support roles, she took on the part of Jessica Priest in “Spawn”, which some critics cited as her best performance. “Xena: The Warrior Princess” and “Soldier of Fortune, Inc.” were two of her most underrated roles; despite neither show being particularly successful, they became cult classics in their respective genres.

2000s: Star Trek: Enterprise, The District, Orange County and More

Sci-fi fans were in for a treat when they saw Melinda in the role of Sarin in the “Broken Bow” double episode in “Star Trek Enterprise”, following-up this success with “Charmed”, “First Monday” and “Everwood”. These were all single-episode guest appearances, but “The District” featured her in five episodes, and her most successful role of the decade was as Julie Cooper in “Orange County”. The show revolves around a group of confused young people who socialize with the rich and powerful in the affluent city of Newport Beach, California. Her role of Julie was particularly difficult to take on, especially because she had to be a disruptive and manipulative influence to create a myriad of different plotlines over the course of 90 episodes. Melinda in particular impressed both viewers and critics, resulting in a number of other big roles in TV shows. The most impressive of these was, of course, as the controversial dominatrix Lady Heather in “CSI”. Her recurring part astounded everyone, mostly because it was different from all her previous roles. Around this time, she appeared as herself in six episodes of the hit show “Entourage”.

Recent Works: Vegas, Nikita, Dallas and The Vampire Diaries

Compared to the 1990s and the 2000s, the present decade saw Melinda taking it easy, and picking only roles that differed from her past acting experiences. Such had the key role of Amanda in the popular TV series “Nikita”; “Vegas” featured her as Lena Cavallo, a character essential to a plotline at the end of Season One, then after “Dallas”, she made an appearance in “Gotham” as Grace Van Dahl. However, none of these roles were even remotely as successful as her portrayal of Kelly Donovan in the hit fantasy drama “The Vampire Diaries”. Female fans in particular took a liking to her vampiric skills, even though she wasn’t a main character.

Since 2017, Melinda hasn’t been active. With her body of work spanning almost four decades continuously, Melinda definitely deserves the chance to take a break from acting, and reflect on her success.

Personal Life: Is Melinda Clarke Married? Does She Have Children?

Melinda married for the first time on 28 June 1997, when she entered holy matrimony with Ernie Mirich, her colleague from “Soldier of Fortune, Inc.”, who also played an unnamed lawyer in “Bel Air”.  – one of the bridesmaids was actress Charlotte Ross. On 4 January 2000, they welcomed their daughter, Catherine Grace Mirich, into the world. However, the couple entered a turbulent phase of their marriage due to Melinda’s hectic work schedule, and in 2005, feeling that they weren’t heading in the same direction anymore, they filed for divorce.

It took Melinda ten years before she decided to step in front of the altar again. This time, it was with Adam Farmer, in late 2015. Since 2009, Melinda has lived in Los Angeles with her daughter. As for her siblings, she has a brother named Joshua. In 1994, her sister Heidi died due to an aggressive heart tumor.

Fun Trivia About Melinda Clarke

  • Unbeknownst to most, Melinda is a trained soprano. Even today, she remembers to practice her singing from time to time.
  • She loves cuban cigars and has to restrain herself from spending too much money on this hobby.
  • Interestingly, she was considered for the role of Jinx, in the hit James Bond movie “Die Another Day”, but Halle Berry was ultimately chosen for the part.
  • Unlike most actresses, she had two massively popular action figures made of her. These were Jessica Priest from “Spawn” and Velasca from “Xena: The Warrior Princess”.

Net Worth: How Rich is Melinda Clarke?

According to several credible sources, Melinda Clarke has a net worth of approximately $3 million, as of mid-2019, accumulated by landing one successful role after another for almost 30 years. Her debut in “Days of Our Lives” propelled her to stardom and taught her the importance of always working hard to find a part that fitted her. If she continues to make excellent choices when it comes to films, we might see her net worth rise significantly in the future.

Body Measurements: How Tall is Melinda Clarke?

Melinda Clarke is 5ft 7in (170cm) tall, weighs around 132lbs (59kgs), and her vital statistics are 34-25-34. She has red hair and brown eyes, and as of July 2019, she has no tattoos or other body modifications.

Online Presence

Thanks to the ever expanding grasp that social media has on worldwide audiences, it is in the best interests of most celebrities to keep their fans informed about their activities and thus maintain and potentially increase their ratings and profit. However, it doesn’t appear as though Melinda is at all preoccupied with maintaining an involvement in this trend, seeing as her presence on social networks is all but ubiquitous at the moment. She only has a Twitter account, which is followed by 70,000 fans.

Author

Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected]

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