Melody Thomas Scott smiles broadly at the camera while wearing a yellow top.

Dress by Alexander McQueen. Short necklace and rings by Missoma. Long necklace by Miranda Frye. Earrings by Simon G.

Photography by Andrew Eccles | Styled by Christina Pacelli

Exclusive interview with Melody Thomas Scott, who plays Nikki Newman, the legendary character on The Young and the Restless.

By Malcolm Venable

It wouldn't be an exaggeration to call Melody Thomas Scott a living legend. After all, she's been playing Nikki Newman for 40 years on The Young and the Restless, a history borne out on the walls of her set dressing room, where framed covers from Soap Opera Digest and TV Guide are arranged in precise rows.

Each teases a different but decidedly juicy storyline ("Nikki Fights Back!" "Nikki Wakes Up ... to a Wedding!" read two), accompanied by photos of Scott staring out in various states of fierceness, feminine vulnerability, distress, or just-snagged-a-man delight.

While Scott found fame playing Nikki, she was a successful actress prior to embracing the role of the beautiful girl from the wrong side of the tracks. At the age of 8, she appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's 1964 masterpiece Marnie, and she went on to work with the likes of Clint Eastwood, John Wayne, and Kirk Douglas before signing on to Y&R when she was 22 years old.

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