Melinda Clarke

Welcome to Mystic Falls, Melinda Clarke.

The actress will step into the role of Kelly Donovan, Matt's absentee, alcoholic mother on Vampire Diaries, TVGuide.com has confirmed.

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Clarke -- best known as Julie Cooper on The O.C. -- will appear in at least three episodes starting in March, as first reported by Entertainment Weekly.

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