Melinda Culea is an American film and television actress, former model, author and artist.
Culea was born in a suburb of Chicago. At the age of 20, she moved to New York to join a prestigious modeling agency; her first marriage broke up in the process. After four years in New York, she moved to California to break into the TV industry.
Culea is best known for playing Amy Amanda Allen in the 1980s hit TV series The A-Team. Her role was as a newspaper reporter who joined the team for the first season and half of the second season.
Shortly after leaving The A-Team, Culea gained a leading role as Terry Randolph in the short-lived series Glitter. Another substantial role was playing the recurring character Paula Vertosick on Knots Landing for two seasons from 1988 to 1990. She also co-starred as Joey Lawrence’s step-mother for two seasons on Brotherly Love from 1995 to 1997 on NBC and the WB.
She also made appearances on many other notable television series including Fantasy Island, Family Ties, St. Elsewhere, The X-Files, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Brotherly Love, Beverly Hills, 90210, and Murder, She Wrote.
Since 1995, she has been married to television and film director Peter Markle.