How did an auburn beach bunny from Dana Point, California, grow up to become the ultimate icon of goth-chick excess? Was Mindy Clarke's transformation from a sweet-faced nymphet with billowy, real-flesh tits into the self-mutilating zombie slut of Return of the Living Dead 3 (1993) the result of rebellion against the cultural aspirations of her soap-actor father and her ballet-dancer mom? Whatever. Why ask how come when you can enjoy the BD/SM overtones of a fitfully clothed zombie broad feverishly piercing her nipples, ears, cheeks, and stomach? Later, she's gagged and suspended in a harness from the ceiling of a cage. Fans of traditional skin sightings may prefer Return to Two Moon Junction (1993), where the two halves of Mindy's moon junction are repeatedly turned to the camera. Sensing it could never be as much fun as the filming of Living Dead 3, Mindy turned down the Rose McGowan part in Scream (1996). Since then, she's become one of TV's premiere bad asses, with guest spots on Xena: Warrior Princess and Charmed and eventually landing in the incandescent role as ultimate rich bitch "Julie Cooper" (the mom of Mischa Barton's character) on the smash Fox soap The O.C.