Melody Thomas Scott
Birth Date:
April 18, 1956
Birth Place:
Los Angeles, California, USA
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The Young and the Restless


Emmy Award-nominated actress Melody Thomas Scott is widely recognized while starring as Nicole 'Nikki' Reed Newman (1978-Present), stripper and prostitute turned the city's most prominent socialite, on the CBS highest-rated daytime drama "The Young and the Restless," which won her a Soap Opera Digest Award and earned her two Daytime Emmy Award nominations.

Beginning performing at age 3, Melody made her film debut as the younger version of the title role in the Alfred Hitchcock psychological thriller film based on Winston Graham 's 1961 English novel, “Marnie” (1964; with Sean Connery and Tippi Hedren). She has since appeared in the films "The Beguiled" (1971), "Posse" (1975), "The Shootist" (1976), "The Car" (1977), "The Fury" (1978), "Piranha" (1978), and "Freezerburn" (2005).

She also acted in several TV movies and guest-starred in such TV shows as "Ironside," "The Waltons," "Charlie's Angels," "Makin' It," "The Rockford Files," "Hotel," and "My Name Is Earl."

More personally, this 5' 6" blonde with blue eyes has been married to Edward J. Scott, the supervising producer of her show “The Young and the Restless,” since 1985. They have three daughters together.

Melody Ann

Childhood and Family:

On April 18, 1956, Melody Ann Thomas was born in Los Angeles, California, where she studied music at the University of Southern California.

From January 1979 to July 1979, Melody was married to Michael Altman. Her present husband is the supervising producer of her show “The Young and the Restless” (aka. “Y&R”), Edward J. Scott, whom she married on October 12, 1985. They have three three daughters, Alexandra, Jennifer, and Elizabeth Frances Marie Scott (born on December 4, 1988). The couple renewed their vows in an elaborate ceremony that doubled as their 20th wedding anniversary in June 2005.

“People always used to say, 'Oh, my God, how can you stand to work with your husband? How can you be with him 24 hours a day?' It would drive most people crazy. But we loved that. We thrived on that. We're sickeningly happy being together. We constantly love it.” Melody Thomas Scott (on working with her husband on “The Young and the Restless”).

Melody is friend of singer and actress Catherine Hickland and has said that her closest friend on the set is Sharon Case. She was one of the original board members of the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center in Jamestown, New York. She resigned in protest of the Center's behavior under its Executive Director Ric Wyman, on July 17, 2008.



At the tender age of three, Melody Thomas Scott began her show business career under the supervision of renowned coach Ethel Meglin, who helped launch the career of Shirley Temple. She studied singing, tap dancing, ballet and jazz and became one of the Meglin Kiddies, with whom she performed at U.S.O. shows in Southern California.

At age 8, Melody made her motion picture debut in the Alfred Hitchcock psychological thriller film based on Winston Graham 's 1961 English novel, “Marnie” (1964; with Sean Connery), portraying the younger version of the title role (the older version was played by Tippi Hedren). Five years later, she was spotted as a guest in a September 1969 episode of NBC drama series starring Raymond Burr, "Ironside."

In the 1970s, Melody was cast in the films "The Beguiled" (1971; starring Clint Eastwood), a Don Siegel drama film based on the 1966 Southern Gothic novel written by Thomas Cullinan originally titled "A Painted Devil," "Posse" (1975), a Western film produced by, directed by and starring Kirk Douglas, and "The Shootist" (1976), Don Siegel's film adaptation of Glendon Swarthout's 1975 novel which is noted as being the final film role of actor John Wayne.

She also appeared in Elliot Silverstein's thriller/horror film "The Car" (1977; starring James Brolin, Kathleen Lloyd, John Marley, and Ronny Cox), Brian de Palma's sci-fi/horror/thriller film based on John Farris' novel, "The Fury" (1978; starring Kirk Douglas, John Cassavetes, Carrie Snodgress, Amy Irving, Charles Durning, and Andrew Stevens), and Joe Dante's parody movie "Piranha" (1978; starring Bradford Dillman, Heather Menzies, Kevin McCarthy, Keenan Wynn, and Dick Miller).

On the small screen, Melody acted in the romantic drama/thriller TV movie "Secrets" (1977) and guest-starred on CBS family drama "The Waltons," ABC action/adventure series "Charlie's Angels," ABC short-lived sitcom starring David Naughton, "Makin' It," and NBC detective (private investigator) drama "The Rockford Files."

She also began playing her most popular role to date, as Nicole 'Nikki' Reed Newman, who has gone from stripper and prostitute to Genoa City's most prominent socialite, on the CBS highest-rated daytime drama "The Young and the Restless." Her character was introduced in 1978 and she would stay in the show until now (2008).

“It's so hard. There have been so many. I still love the alcoholism storyline. I'm always waiting for that to come back. Damn it! I want Nikki to take another drink!” Melody Thomas Scott (on her favorite "The Young and the Restless" storyline).

Melody's performance in the soap won her a Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in 2001. She also received Daytime Emmy Award nominations twice, in 1999 for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series and in 2002 for Special Fan Award -- America's Favorite Couple (shared with Eric Braeden). Additionally, she was nominated Soap Opera Digest Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress: Daytime (1991; 1995; 2005), Favorite Actress (2000), and Hottest Female Star (1994).

"It's a miracle for an actor to have a job last 28 years." Melody Thomas Scott.

During her lengthy "The Young and the Restless" tenure, Melody acted in the made-for-television movies "The Scarlett O'Hara War" (1980) and "The Paradise Virus" (2003; starred opposite Lorenzo Lamas), as well as guest-starred in an episode of ABC drama based on the book by Arthur Hailey, "Hotel," and NBC sitcom starring Jason Lee, "My Name Is Earl."

She also appeared in a comedic movie directed by Melissa Balin, "Freezerburn" (2005). Additionally, she starred in a TV commercial for Inner Science (Canada) in 2002.


  • Soap Opera Digest: Outstanding Lead Actress, "The Young and the Restless," 2001

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