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Short Info

Date Of BirthApril 24, 1969
SpouseErnie Mirich
MarkRed Hair
FactShe had no desire to be in horror films after Return of the Living Dead III (1993) in fear of being type cast as a scream queen. She did however audition for a lead in Scream (1996) as it was considered a thriller initially, but was told she was a better fit for the role of "Tatum Riley", the part would eventually go to Rose McGowan and they both worked together when she guest-starred on Charmed (1998).


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.

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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.

Melinda Clarke

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.

General Info

Full NameMelinda Clarke
Date Of BirthApril 24, 1969
Height1.7 m
ProfessionActor
NationalityAmerican

Family

SpouseErnie Mirich
ChildrenCatherine Grace Mirich
ParentsJohn Clarke, Patricia Lewis
SiblingsHeidi Clarke, Joshua Clarke

Accomplishments

MoviesThe Animatrix, Family Under Siege, Spawn, Killer Tongue, Return of the Living Dead 3, Hot Under The Collar, Vegas
TV ShowsThe O.C., Nikita, Days of Our Lives, Soldier of Fortune, Inc., Heaven Help Us, The Clique, The Man

Social profile links

Marks

#Marks / Signs
1Red Hair

Quotes

#Quote
1We had this scene where I'm supposed to be bending over to get something. I thought it was kind of cute.
2Throw in the humor, throw in that personality, try things you wouldn't normally try.
3I was more of a light opera singer, not really much of a lounge singer.
4Usually pilot season is very busy, and there are lots of auditions and lots of near misses and rejections. This year, I had two auditions, landed this role and it felt like being home again.
5I'm manipulating the audience. I'm making sure people sympathize.
6I'm getting a lot of roles as women who are very powerful. I think that's a reflection of me as a person.
7They've turned this character into a human being.

Facts

#Fact
1Gave birth to her 1st child at age 30, a daughter Catherine Grace Mirich on January 4, 2000. Child's father is her ex-husband, Ernie Mirich.
2She is a cigar aficionado.
3Has volunteered as an actress with the Young Storytellers Foundation.
4Resides in Los Angeles, California with her daughter [2009].
5Married Ernie Mirich in Dana Point, California, on June 28, 1997. One of her bridesmaids was Charlotte Ross.
6She graduated from Dana Hills High School in Dana Point, California with the Class of 1987. Was in the Drama Club and took part in school productions.
7Is only 10 years older than former co-star Adam Brody from The O.C. (2003) and is only 9 years older than former co-star Ben McKenzie.
8She's good friends with Hudson Leick. They also worked together on Xena: Warrior Princess: A Necessary Evil (1997).
9Has had two mass-marketed toy action figures made of her. The first was for her role as Jessica Priest in Spawn (1997), and her second was for her role as the Amazon Velasca from the television series Xena: Warrior Princess (1995).
10Appeared with her The O.C. (2003) co-star, Kelly Rowan, in a CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000) Season 2 episode, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Slaves of Las Vegas (2001).
11Was offered the role of Maggie in The Hitcher II: I've Been Waiting (2003) , but decided against taking the part.
12She has a brother named Joshua and a sister named Heidi (who died in 1994 of a malignant heart tumor).
13Daughter of actor John Clarke.
14Was considered for a role in Die Another Day (2002).
15Is a trained soprano.
16She had no desire to be in horror films after Return of the Living Dead III (1993) in fear of being type cast as a scream queen. She did however audition for a lead in Scream (1996) as it was considered a thriller initially, but was told she was a better fit for the role of "Tatum Riley", the part would eventually go to Rose McGowan and they both worked together when she guest-starred on Charmed (1998).

Pictures

Movies

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Gotham2016TV SeriesGrace Van Dahl
CSI: Immortality2015TV MovieLady Heather
Dallas2014TV SeriesTracey McKay
How Divine!2014TV MovieChelsea Kirk
Nikita2010-2013TV SeriesAmanda
Vegas2013TV SeriesLena Cavallo
Nikita: Codebreaker2012Video GameAmanda
Entourage2005-2011TV SeriesMelinda Clarke
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation2001-2011TV SeriesLady Heather Dr. Kessler
The Vampire Diaries2010TV SeriesKelly Donovan
Ghost Whisperer2010TV SeriesDonna
Eli Stone2008-2009TV SeriesDr. Lee
Chuck2008TV SeriesSasha Banacheck
King of the Hill2008TV SeriesCharlene
The Man2007TV MovieBrooke McCluskey
Reaper2007TV SeriesMimi
She Drives Me Crazy2007TV MovieBlithe Meacham
The O.C.2003-2007TV SeriesJulie Cooper Julie Cooper-Nichol
Avatar: The Last Airbender2006TV SeriesMadame Macmu-Ling
Dynamite2004Beta
Mission: Impossible - Operation Surma2003Video GameSofia Ivanescu (voice)
Firefly2003TV SeriesNandi
Matriculated2003ShortAlexa (English version, voice)
The Animatrix2003Alexa (segment "Matriculated") (voice)
The District2002-2003TV SeriesDetective Olivia Cahill
Tremors2003TV SeriesDr. Megan Flint
.com for Murder2002Agent Williams
Everwood2002TV SeriesSally Keyes
Charmed2002TV SeriesThe Siren
First Monday2002TV Series
Cold Sweat2002VideoStarring
Star Trek: Enterprise2001TV SeriesSarin / Suliban Sarin
Nash Bridges1997-2000TV SeriesInsp. Abby Gordon / Karen Decker
The Pretender2000TV SeriesMiss Eve
Soldier of Fortune, Inc.1997-1999TV SeriesMargo Vincent
Critics and Other Freaks1997Mrs. M
Spawn1997Jessica Priest
Sliders1997TV SeriesAlisandra
Seinfeld1997TV SeriesAlex
Xena: Warrior Princess1997TV SeriesVelasca
Soldier of Fortune1997TV MovieMargo Vincent
La lengua asesina1996Candy
Mulholland Falls1996Cigarette Girl
Strange Luck1996TV SeriesLola Vale
Return to Two Moon Junction1995Savannah Delongpre
Heaven Help Us1994TV SeriesLexy Monroe / Lex Monroe
The George Carlin Show1994TV SeriesChristy
Young Goodman Brown1993Faith Brown
Return of the Living Dead III1993Julie Walker (as Mindy Clarke)
Out for Blood1992Laura (as Mindy Clarke)
Hot Under the Collar1992Monica (as Mindy Clarke)
Jake and the Fatman1991TV SeriesAngel Alexander
Days of Our Lives1989-1990TV SeriesFaith Taylor

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
GasHole2010Documentary special thanks

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Living Dead Girl2016Video documentary shortHerself
Hell's Kitchen2009TV SeriesHerself - Restaurant Patron
Secrets of the Hollywood Body2009TV MovieHerself
Backstage: Hollywood Fashion2007TV MovieHerself
Talkshow with Spike Feresten2007TV SeriesHerself
The Tony Danza Show2006TV SeriesHerself - Guest
SoapTalk2003-2006TV SeriesHerself
The View2006TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2005TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2005TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List2005TV SeriesHerself
50 Most Wicked Women of Primetime2004TV Movie documentaryHerself - Co-Host / Julie Cooper - The O.C.
The O.C.: A Day in the Life2004TV Special documentaryHerself / Julie Cooper-Nichol
The O.C.: Obsess Completely2004TV MovieHerself / Julie Cooper-Nichol
The Teen Choice Awards 20042004TV SpecialHerself
On-Air with Ryan Seacrest2004TV SeriesHerself
Iron Chef America: Battle of the Masters2004TV SeriesJudge (Spiny Lobster Battle)
The 30th Annual People's Choice Awards2004TV SpecialHerself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1998TV SeriesHerself - Guest

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Xena: Warrior Princess2000TV SeriesVelasca

Awards

Won Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
1996Best ActressSitges - Catalonian International Film FestivalLa lengua asesina (1996)
1993Chainsaw AwardFangoria Chainsaw AwardsBest ActressReturn of the Living Dead III (1993)

Nominated Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
1990Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Actress in a Daytime DramaDays of Our Lives (1965)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia
Author

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