Julie is a secondary character, who became main in the Season 2, of the television series "The O.C.". She is portrayed by Melinda Clarke.

Julie is the ex-wife/ex-fianceé of Jimmy Cooper and the widow of Caleb Nichol, as well as the mother of the late Marissa Cooper, Kaitlin Cooper and it is also the mother of little boy, whose name is unknown. After having had many stories with various men, she decided, after the death of his eldest daughter : Marissa, and for the sake of his two youngest children Kaitlin and his son, to grown them, without the help of a man (remaining, however, close friends with Frank Atwood, for the sake of their child), and also maintaining a close friendship with Gordon Bullit, for Kaitlin (that sees in Gordon, the paternal figure that she never had).

Life before Season 1 Edit

Originally born in Riverside, she left her former boyfriend Lance Baldwin for Jimmy Cooper, and started a new life in Newport Beach. When she remains pregnant with Jimmy at the age of eighteen, Julie marries him, only for money of course.

Season 1 Edit

Julie, is presented to us, as the classic woman, who would do anything for money. After meeting Jimmy Cooper, a rich family man, Julie falls in love with him and at eighteen years old, becomes pregnant, shortly after, the two get married and Julie gives birth to their first daughter : Marissa Cooper. After living for many years in poverty and have arrived in high society all in a sudden, it changed Julie, infact, she not longer the Riverside girl who was before, now has become a classy woman, wicked, manipulative and calculating, which has remained with Jimmy, only for his money, spending and spreads as her wishes, for her own and his daughters. But, when Jimmy stole money from his clients' trust funds, Julie soon divorced from him, claiming she deserved better. She soon had a passionate love affair with her daughter's ex-boyfriend, Luke Ward. She also begins to date Kirsten's father, Caleb Nichol.

Season 2 Edit

Once she married Caleb Nichol, she became one of the most powerful women in Newport. Her husband made her CEO of his company, the Newport Group, and in order to give it a new look, Julie decided to launch a magazine, Newport Living.

Her fame would soon come back to haunt her, however, when her ex-lover Lance came back into her life. He threatened to release a copy of an adult video she had participated in years earlier, if she did not give him $500,000. When her husband Caleb dismissed her concerns and didn't pay him, Lance released the tape at a party originally intended for the magazine launch.

Outraged and embarrassed, Caleb filed for divorce. According to the marriage agreement, Julie was entitled to a sum of 3 million dollars if and only if she had been married for a period of one year. When Caleb tried to file for the divorce the two had only been married for a period of 11 months and 27 days. In addition to the divorce, Caleb fired Julie as CEO of his company. This was done shortly after he received pictures of Julie kissing Lance at his motel room. The timing of Caleb's attacks would essentially leave her with nothing from the marriage.

Left with the possibility of being poor once again, Julie began to devise plans to regain the life she once had. Lance had offered to kill Caleb, but Julie refused the offer. When Caleb pushed her too far by filing for divorce only days before their one-year anniversary, Julie decided to finish the job herself and attempted to give him an overdose of sleeping pills in his drink. Caleb realized and craftily played at her conscience until she found herself unable to deliver his death blow. Minutes later, he died anyway because of a heart attack.

Season 3 Edit

She seemed to be returning to a relationship with her ex-husband Jimmy. The reunion would prove ill-fated, as Jimmy's financial woes separated the two once again, effectively leaving Julie a widow.

Julie then lived outside of Newport in a low-income neighborhood. She then formed the new business venture New Match with friend (and one-time stepdaughter) Kirsten Cohen. Her relationship with Neil Roberts started as a romantic affair and that subsequently, it will end in an official engagement, which will not however be successful.

Season 4 Edit

After the death of her daughter Marissa, Julie wants to find the man who killed her. She hires a private investigator and gives the information to Ryan. The information leads Ryan and Seth chasing Volchok in Mexico, and Sandy and Kirsten soon follow. Sandy is enraged Julie would send Ryan and Seth on a "murder mission" and bans her from the Cohens' Thanksgiving dinner. Once Volchok is taken into custody, Julie shows up at the Cohen house and apologizes to Sandy, who lets her in. Julie and Ryan then retire to the pool house to reminisce about Marissa.

After Volchok is in jail, Julie finally is able to start over. She breaks up with Neil and manages to stay in his house, living with Kaitlin, Taylor and eventually Summer, while he moves to Seattle. Soon thereafter, she begins have one night stands with younger men, for example with her German personal trainer or Kaitlin's tennis instructor Spencer Bullit, with whom she starts to transform New Match into an whorehouse, but also with his father Gordon Bullit from Texas.

When Frank Atwood returned to Newport to see his son, she welcomes him with an open heart and falls in love with him. She hides their relationship for a long time, but then they start to date officially. Kaitlin doesn't really like having Frank as a stepdad and tries to convince her mother to marry Bullit, but in the end she decides to continue dating Frank.

During the earthquake she is locked with her daughter in an ice cream parlour, but she's not harmed. In the last episode of the series, Julie is pregnant with Frank's child, a boy who will be named Cooper. She stays single and marries neither Gordon nor Frank, but she and Kaitlin remain close to both. She then starts college and gets an undergraduate degree.

Memorable QuotesEdit

See Memorable Quotes by Julie Cooper



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