It is a thing of honor to be part of a show that has lasted over 45 years on television. It is equally as impressive to have been a part of a show for over 40 years. That is the story of the relationship between The Young and the Restless and Melody Thomas Scott. The actress, who began her career in 1963 has been on the show since 1979.
Fans of the show will undoubtedly know her as one of the stars of The Young and the Restless, playing the character – Nikki Newman on the soap opera. For a genre that has no problem switching out actors and actresses at will, it is a remarkable thing for Melody Thomas Scott to have managed to play the role and earn the steady paycheck for 40 years plus.
Here is a quick look through her career and her life as the purveyor of Nikki Newman.
Melody Thomas Scott: Biography & Age
Melody Thomas Scott is a native of Los Angeles who was born on the 18th of April, 1956. She was born to parents whose identities are unknown but was raised by her grandmother who took care of her. Why she was raised by her grandmother is unknown but she clearly did not let the disappointment of not getting raised by her parents stop her in pursuit of excellence and success.
She completed her education attending high school before proceeding to the University of Southern California where she studied music. She also loved acting and it was a love that started when she was a child, earning her first credits in an Alfred Hitchcock film, Marnie.
After starting her life in front of the camera as a child actress, Melody Thomas Scott continued her life as an actress starring in other productions like The Shootist, The Rockford Files, Charlie’s Angels before she ended up in a lifetime role as Nikki Newman in The Young and the Restless.
Before her role in the soap opera came at the age of 23, she appeared in a television show, The Waltons as Darlene Jarvis in a recurring role. When it comes to the career of an actress, sometimes the difference between a successful career and a decent career is often down to the choice of roles.
When Melody Thomas Scott was presented with the role of Nikki Reed (Newman) in The Young and the Restless, she also had a choice of a role in a sitcom pilot. Her decision to go with the role in the soap opera has made her one of the long-serving actresses in the show’s history. The sitcom itself was never picked up for production.
She began to play the role in 1979 and whilst she has remained a part of the show ever since, starring in over 2000 episodes, she has made other appearances in projects like The Crazy Ones, Castle, Freezerburn and a few others. Over the course of her career, she has been nominated for several awards including the Daytime Emmy award and Soap Opera Digest Awards.
Well, it is one thing to have a long career in the Acting industry, it is another thing to have a career with regular guaranteed checks over the course of your long career. Melody Thomas Scott has been able to satisfy both criteria in order to build a net worth of $7 million. Appearances in The Young and the Restless, where she holds over 2000 episode credits, is a big contributor to the significant net worth.
Family – Husband, Children
A long life in the spotlight has seen Melody Thomas Scott give marriage a chance three times. Her first marriage was to the Lindy Davis; sadly, the marriage did not last and it was ended quickly enough for her to get married to Bob Shield in 1980.
With Bob Shield, the marriage ended within five years and she eventually found love in the arms of Edward J. Scott who has it turns out is an executive producer of the show, The Young and the Restless.
The couple got married in 1985 and have been together ever since, proving once again that love is always lurking around. Melody and Edward have had three children – two of whom were children from their previous relationships and one biological child named Elizabeth. The other two children are named Jennifer and Alexandra Danielle Yeaggy.
They have also become grandparents through Jennifer who has given birth to two children, twins – James and Charlotte, who were born in May 2011.