- Category : Entertainment-Actor-Actress
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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.
Early life & acting career
Scott was born Melody Ann Thomas in Los Angeles, California. Her first film credit was as a child actress in the 1964 Alfred Hitchcock movie Marnie. After bit parts in movies in the mid-'70s (most notably in John Wayne's final film, The Shootist in 1976), she was offered bit parts on nighttime series such as The Waltons, The Rockford Files, and Charlie's Angels.
In 1979, at the age of 23, she began playing the part of stripper Nikki Reed on the daytime serial The Young and the Restless, choosing the part over a sitcom pilot that in the end was not picked up. She was a replacement for the previous Nikki, who had lasted six months. 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 28 years," although she finds it frustrating to go through periods when she doesn't have a storyline.
Scott was parodied in the satire publication The Onion in 1999, in which a picture was edited to show her holding a Daytime Emmy (that year, Susan Lucci won the Emmy after 19 nominations). The caption read "Awards Given Out Randomly To Skinny Blonde Women". She appeared on various game shows over the years, including Family Feud (with various Young and the Restless co-stars), Pyramid, Body Language, and Match Game.
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, Alexandra Danielle Yeaggy (Father is the late Carlos Yeaggy, a makeup man Melody met on the set of Y&R; Alexandra was adopted by Scott) and Elizabeth. The family resides in Beverly Hills, California. Her oldest daughter, 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.
Scott was one of the original board members of the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center in Jamestown, New York.