Melody Thomas Scott

Melody Thomas Scott

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Melody Thomas Scott
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Born Melody Ann Thomas
(1956-04-18) April 18, 1956 (age 62)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Residence Beverly Hills, California
Occupation Actress
Years active 1963-present
Spouse(s) Lindy Davis (1979)
Bob Shield (1980)
Edward J. Scott (1985–present)
Children 3

Melody Thomas Scott (born April 18, 1956) is an American actress best known for playing Nikki Newman on the soap opera The Young and the Restless.[1]

Early life & acting career[edit]

Scott was born Melody Ann Thomas in Los Angeles. Her first film credit was as a child actress[1] in the 1964 Alfred Hitchcock movie Marnie. After parts in television and movies in the mid-1970s (most notably in John Wayne‘s final film, The Shootist in 1976), she was offered parts on nighttime series such as, The Rockford Files, Charlie’s Angels, and a recurring role on The Waltons

In 1979, at the age of 23, she [1] left The Waltons to take over the role of Nikki Reed, a poor girl from the wrong side of the tracks, on the daytime serial The Young and the Restless, choosing the part over a sitcom pilot that in the end was not picked up.[1] She was a replacement for the previous Nikki, who had lasted six months.[1] Over time, her character reformed and became an important part of Genoa City society, as she married Victor Newman (Eric Braeden). Scott has said, “It’s a miracle for an actor to have a job last 35 years. I am so blessed.”[1]

She was a celebrity guest on The $25,000 Pyramid for a week in June 1985.

Personal life[edit]

It was on the set of Young and the Restless that she met her third husband, the show’s executive producer Edward J. Scott. They married in 1985 and have three daughters, Jennifer (his daughter from a previous marriage [2]), Alexandra Danielle Yeaggy (father is the late Carlos Yeaggy, a makeup man Melody met on the set of Y&R.[3]) and Elizabeth. The family resides in Beverly Hills, California. Jennifer gave birth to twins on May 25, 2011, a boy named James and a girl named Charlotte. James and Charlotte are Melody and Edward’s first and second grandchild, respectively.[4]

In 2002, Scott was asked to be one of the original board members of the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center in Jamestown, New York.

For nearly 35 years, Scott’s acting mentor on The Young and The Restless was Jeanne Cooper as Katherine Chancellor, from February, 1979 until Cooper’s death on May 8, 2013, of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Being a newcomer to Daytime Television, Cooper took her under her wing and became a surrogate mother to the younger actress, both on- and off- the set, though the two didn’t share the same scene or the same line, and didn’t come to the same set, everyday, but have been friends, ever since. The two (alongside Doug Davidson, who played Paul Williams in the series) have made a guest appearance on: Diagnosis Murder, in 1995 (when another character of Victoria Rowell‘s have won a contest for her own soap opera). When asked what her favorite scene with Cooper, she said; “The sincerity, and all of the rich history that was a part of Nikki and Katherine’s enduring friendship, is something that I know is very important to our audience. That relationship has been deeply significant for Nikki for so many years. I don’t think I could ever pick out just one favorite moment between us, but I’ve truly enjoyed every scene where Katherine supported Nikki through the worst parts of the battle with booze.”[5]

Acting roles[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1964 Marnie Young Marnie Movie (uncredited)
1965 Wagon Train Samantha Episode: “The Katy Piper Story” (as Melody Thomas)
1969 Ironside Leslie Richards Episode: “Goodbye to Yesterday” (as Melody Thomas)
1971 The Beguiled Abigail Movie (as Melody Thomas)
1975 Posse Laurie Movie (as Melody Thomas)
1976 The Shootist Girl on streetcar Movie (as Melody Thomas)
1977 Secrets Laura Fleming TV Movie (as Melody Thomas)
1977 Code R Linda Episode: “The Firebug” (as Melody Thomas)
1977 Fish Joanie Kellen Episode: “The Neighbors” (as Melody Thomas)
1977 The Car Suzie Pullbrook Movie (as Melody Thomas)
1977 The Waltons Darlene Jarvis Episodes: “The Go-Getter” and “The Seashore” (as Melody Thomas)
1978 Charlie’s Angels Betsy Harper Episodes: “The Sandcastle Murders” (as Melody Thomas)
1978 The Fury LaRue Movie (as Melody Thomas)
1978 Piranha Laura Dickinson Movie (as Melody Thomas)
1979 Makin’ It Carol / Paula Episodes: “Stayin’ Alive” and “Tony’s Homecoming” (as Melody Thomas)
1979 Billy Shirley Episode: “Computer Dating” (as Melody Thomas)
1979 The Rockford Files Sherry Episode: “Lions, Tigers, Monkeys and Dogs, Part 1” (as Melody Thomas)
1979–present The Young and the Restless Nikki Newman Series regular
1980 The Scarlett O’Hara War Laurie Lee TV Movie (as Melody Thomas)
1985 Hotel Mandy Vinning Episode: “Sleeping Dogs” (as Melody Thomas)
2001 The King of Queens Nikki Newman Episode: “Inner Tube”
2003 The Paradise Virus Linda Flemming TV movie
2005 Freezerburn Jill Renzie the Moviestar Movie
2007 My Name Is Earl Pill Popping Mom Episode: “The Birthday Party”
2011 Castle Tonya Wellington Episode: “Nikki Heat”
2014 The Crazy Ones Flora Episode: “The Monster”

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
1991 8th Telegatto Awards Best Actress The Young and the Restless Won
1995 11th Soap Opera Digest Awards Outstanding Actress The Young and the Restless Nominated
1999 26th Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress The Young and the Restless Nominated
2001 17th Soap Opera Digest Awards Outstanding Actress The Young and the Restless Won
  • Daytime Emmys Pre-Nomination, Outstanding Lead Actress (2005, 2008)

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