Clarke played manipulative mother of two Julie Cooper. After divorcing her husband Jimmy (Tate Donovan), she married a much wealthier -- and much older! -- man. After the deaths of her second husband Caleb Nichol (Alan Dale) and her daughter Marissa (MischaBarton), Julie got addicted to pain killers. She later got involved in a love triangle with Gordon Built, an investor in her dating service, and Frank Atwood, Ryan's father. By series' end, Julie went back to college and finished her degree.