Before she was a soap opera star on The Young and the Restless, Melody Thomas Scott was a pint-sized movie star. While other girls are in kindergarten, wee Melody was working for international sensation Alfred Hitchcock in the feature film, Marnie.
Before They Were Soap Stars: Melody Thomas Scott
Blink and you might miss her, but if you watch closely, you’ll catch a glimpse of Thomas Scott in the movie’s pivotal flashback, where she plays the title character as a young – and murderous – moppet. Watch the entire thing, here.
The future Nikki Newman also got a great deal of practice dealing with tough guys of few words like Victor Newman (Eric Braeden) when she co-starred with Clint Eastwood in The Beguiled, as a student at a cloistered girls’ school…which goes literally crazy at the presence of a man. See the trailer here.
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But if you’re interested in her as a just pre-Nikki Reed, then your best bet is the 1978 horror classic, Piranha, directed by Joe Dante before he went on to helm Gremlins and The Twilight Zone Movie.
How to describe the plot of Piranha? Remember the 1975 mega-hit, Jaws? The teens going swimming at night in the first scene with the boy falling asleep and the girl getting eaten? The businessman who doesn’t want to close the beach due to financial reasons? The kid in danger who also happens to be the child of the person investigating the murderous water creature?
Well, make that two teens eaten in the first scene, switch out beach town for summer camp, and make Roy Schieder’s son a daughter.
Little Suzie is afraid to go in the water because she fears what’s lurking underneath the placid surface. But here comes counselor Laura to reassure the girl that it’s perfectly safe, jump on in, honey! Don’t believe us? Just watch for yourself here.
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