Melody Thomas Scott

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Melody Thomas Scott
Melody Thomas Scott - Monte-Carlo Television Festival.jpg
Born Melody Ann Thomas
(1956-04-18) April 18, 1956 (age 58)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1959-present
Spouse(s) Lindy Davis (1979)
Bob Shields (1980)
Edward J. Scott (1985–present)

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, California. 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,[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]

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, Alexandra Danielle Yeaggy (father is the late Carlos Yeaggy, a makeup man Melody met on the set of Y&R.[2] 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.[3]

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


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)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Y&R's Melody Thomas Scott May Not Have a Storyline, But She Has a Lot to Say". Soap Opera Weekly. 2007-02-13. pp. 10–11. 
  2. ^,,20088894,00.html
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