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

Julie is the mother of the late Marissa Cooper, and her youngest daughter Kaitlin Cooper however she is also the mother of a kid that she had with Ryan's biological father, whose name is unknown.

Story of the Character[]

Life before Season 1[]

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

Season 1 : Julie's beginnings[]

In season one, 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 : The marriage, then divorce with Caleb and the subsequent death of the latter[]

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 []

Julie tries far to blame Ryan Atwood for the shooting in which Marissa had played his brother, Trey. Her plan fails and still turns away from Marissa. Despite the news of the second marriage with Jimmy Cooper, who she is in love with again, this reconnects her and Marissa. Julie does not know, however, that Jimmy actually wants to get his hands on the legacy of Caleb Nichol to pay a debt. When she discovers that Caleb has gone bankrupt, Jimmy escapes from Newport to escape the loan sharks that brutally beat him. Julie is once again alone and uncertain of her future. Julie sends her daughter to her best friend, Summers, and goes to live in a grimy trailer on the outskirts of Newport Beach. She meets Charlotte Morgan while organizing a charity event for the wealthy residents of Newport. She learns that Charolette is a scammer when she finds fake credit cards and ID’s in her purse. Charolette convinces Julie to keep up with the scam, where the women would pocket the money donated and split it 50/50, as she is broke. Charlotte would have fled by taking the blame and Julie could have restarted her life in luxury. Julie realizes that she and Kirsten have a very strong bond to their friendship and decides to cancel everything last minute. At first Kirsten is upset but then recognizes that Julie is her only real friend and decided to go into business with Julie starting a new dating agency - The Newmatch. Meanwhile Julie’s youngest daughter Kaitlin is back from boarding school and wants to stay with her and Marissa. However, after the incident involving one of Marissa’s friends Johnny Harper, Kaitlin decides to return to boarding school but before leaving tells Julie she felt abandoned by her and their relationship is strained. Julie starts dating the charming surgeon Neil Roberts, the father of Summer. Neil eventually asks Julie to marry and settle down with him. Julie decides to move in with Neil. Also to keep an eye on Marissa and her relationship with Kevin Volchok, a dangerous boy from Newport Union. Julie goes to Volchok's apartment and tells him that Marissa is only with him because her life isn't on track right now and she is going to realize that she has been making bad decisions. At first Marissa blames her for being a bad mother but then she realizes that Julie is right. When Marissa, on her graduation day, died a more understanding woman, she accepts her daughter's decision. On the day of departure Julie explains to Marissa that if she made mistakes she did them for her and that she just wanted to give her a better life than hers. The girl moved says (for the first time in the whole series) to love her and to be proud of being his daughter for the courage that Julie shows in every situation. Finally, the young woman recommends to her sister Kaitlin, who has now settled in Newport, to take care of her mother. Relationships have definitely strengthened but fate wants Marissa to die that same night, in an accident caused by Volchok on purpose.

Season 4[]

After the death of her daughter Marissa, Julie wants to find the man who killed her. She thus takes on a private investigator and provides the information received from the man to Ryan. The information leads Ryan and Seth to chase Volchok to Mexico. Sandy and Kirsten decide to chase their son. Sandy is angry with Julie for sending Ryan and Seth on a "homicidal mission" and banishes her from the Cohen Thanksgiving dinner. Once Volchok is arrested, Julie comes to Cohen's home, apologizing to Sandy, who decides to let her in. Before dinner, Julie and Ryan decide to go to the pool house to talk about Marissa and to remember her.

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. By the end of the series, however, she decides to remain single in order to be able to get away on her own for once in her life. So Julie decides not to marry Bullit, or even to accept Frank's marriage proposal. However the three, manage to maintain a friendly relationship. She then starts college and gets an undergraduate degree.

Memorable Quotes[]

See Memorable Quotes by Julie Cooper



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