Fans can’t imagine “The Young and the Restless” without soap queen Melody Thomas Scott on their screen. Her role as Nikki Newman has made the audience laugh, cry, and cheer for decades.
While longtime viewers know all there is about Nikki, how well do you know Scott? Get to know her even better by reading these Five Fun Facts.
5. The Early Years
Scott started her acting training at the tender age of three. She learned all about the entertainment world under the watchful eye of Mrs. Meglins as part of the last troop of The Meglin Kiddies.
4. Childhood Idols
Scott’s idols growing up were all women who all shared her April 18th birthday. The list included Hayley Mills, Margaret O’Brien, and America’s sweetheart Shirley Temple.
3. Acting with Eastwood
In her younger years, Scott was hand-picked to star opposite the iconic Clint Eastwood in two films. The first was in 1970 when she was cast as Abigale in “The Beguiled” and again in 1971 when she played a kidnap victim in the box office hit “Dirty Harry.”
2. The Role That Changed Her Life
Portraying the role of Nikki Newman on Y&R hasn’t been without its challenges. Since 1979, Nikki’s been a drunkard, a woman in love, a stripper, a cult follower, and a loving mother. Scene by scene, Scott proves her worth almost daily as the matriarch of the Newman clan.
1. Nominations and Awards
The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) has honored Scott twice with Daytime Emmy nominations.