In 2014, Melody Thomas Scott celebrated 35 years in the role of Nikki Newman, having joined the cast in February, 1979. Scott’s character has matured from the girl from the wrong side of the tracks to the serial’s luminous and resourceful heroine.
After receiving a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for “Outstanding Lead Actress” in 1999, Scott went on to win in the same category for the Digest Award in 2001. Also, she received four Update Awards for “Outstanding Lead Actress” in 1992, 1993, 1995 and 1996 for her portrayal of Nikki Newman.
Recently, Scott celebrated 50 years in show business. She began her career at age 3 under the tutelage of renowned coach Ethel Meglin, who launched the careers of Shirley Temple and Judy Garland. She studied singing, tap dancing, ballet and jazz and became one of the world-famous “Meglin Kiddies,” performing in USO shows. Soon, she started booking national commercials and guest-starring roles on such series as “Wagon Train,” “My Three Sons,” “Ironside,” and a recurring role on “The Waltons.”
Scott’s additional television credits include guest-starring roles in “Charlie’s Angels,” “Hotel” and “The Rockford Files.” Also, she appeared as herself in “The Nanny,” on the Network,“Diagnosis: Murder” and “The King of Queens,” also on the Network. She was the subject of Lifetime Television’s “Intimate Portrait.” Scott starred in “The Paradise Virus” in February, 2003, and the miniseries “Studs Lonigan” and “Moviola: The Scarlett O’Hara War,” and the television movie “Secrets.”
Scott made her motion picture debut at age 8 when she was cast by Alfred Hitchcock as the young Tippi Hedren in the thriller “Marnie.” At age 13, she co-starred with Clint Eastwood and Geraldine Page in “The Beguiled.” While still a teenager, she played ingénue roles opposite John Wayne in “The Shootist,” again with Clint Eastwood in “Dirty Harry,” in “Posse,” opposite Kirk Douglas, who also directed her, and in Brian DePalma’s “The Fury.” Scott’s other feature film appearances include “The Car” and “Piranha.”
On stage, Scott starred in the critically acclaimed Los Angeles productions of “The Vagina Monologues,” Jane Martin’s “Talking With…” and “Love Letters.” A Los Angeles native, she attended the University of Southern California as a piano major.
As a life-long fan of “I Love Lucy,” Scott serves as a founding member of the Board of Directors for the LucilleBall-DesiArnaz Center in Jamestown, N.Y., which is committed to preserving the legacy of the great comedienne. Currently, Scott spearheads a national awareness and informational campaign for Interstitial Cystitis, a bladder inflammation condition which she was afflicted with in 1999 but from which she is pain-free today.
Married since 1985 to Edward Scott, the couple celebrated their 20th Anniversary with an “Entertainment Tonight” “Celebrity Weddings Unveiled” special on the Network, which won its timeslot on its July 7, 2005 airdate. The couple has three daughters, Jennifer, Alexandra and Elizabeth.
Her birthday is April 18. Follow her on Twitter @MelodyThomasSco.