Julie Cooper headed to Vampire Diaries

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90604A1_CLARKE_M_BGR_05melindaclarkethevampirediariesfixedThe O.C.'s Julie Cooper (Melinda Clarke) is coming to The Vampire Diaries!

Clarke played Marissa Cooper's (Mischa Barton) mom on The OC.

Sources tell Entertainment Weekly that Clarke will be playing Kelly Donovan on The Vampire Diaries, “Matt’s (Zach Roerig) irresponsible, hard-drinking absentee mother.”

In fact this woman is so horrible, she didn’t even show up for her daughter Vicki (Kayla Ewell) funeral.

Clarke, who also guest starred on CSI, will arrive in Mystic Falls in March and will be in at least three episodes. I watch The Vampire Diaries, so I'm looking forward to The OC connection.

I'm wondering if she will be a “cougar” on the show, going after one of the vampires Damon (Ian Somerhalder) or Stefan (Paul Wesley, who also guest starred on The OC in season one, by the way). I could see her character and Damon hooking up because he plays the “bad boy.”

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