Created by Josh Schwartz, FOX's The O.C. premiered on Aug. 5, 2003 and ran for four seasons until Feb. 22, 2007. Starring Mischa Barton, Benjamin McKenzie, Adam Brody and Rachel Bilson as four teens living in the affluent community of Newport Beach, California, the primetime teen soap was broadcast in more than 50 countries and won 12 Teen Choice Awards.
Melinda Clarke: Then
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 (Mischa Barton), 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.