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Always Young and Restless: My Life On and Off America's #1 Daytime Drama

Always Young and Restless: My Life On and Off America's #1 Daytime Drama


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The renowned actress behind the character Nikki Newman of The Young and the Restless tells all in this scintillating memoir, divulging the insider details of her dramatic life and sixty-year career.

Melody Thomas Scott admits she is nothing like her Young and the Restless role, who has seen it all in her forty-year tenure on America’s highest-rated daytime serial. But the high drama, angst, and catastrophes aren’t confined to her character’s plotlines. In this captivating memoir, Melody reveals behind-the-scenes tales of her own riveting journey to stardom.

As Nikki went from impoverished stripper to resourceful, vivacious heroine—with missteps as gripping as her triumphs—Melody became a household name, enthralling global audiences. Her road to stardom was also her road to personal freedom, marked by an escape fit for cinema. In Always Young and Restless, Melody tells of her troubled, untraditional upbringing for the first time.

Learn how she suffered at home with her grandmother, a compulsive hoarder, whose cruelty as her guardian is shockingly extreme, and endured abuse at the hands of industry men; what it was like to act in feature films with Alfred Hitchcock, John Wayne, and Clint Eastwood; and how she took control of her life and career in a daring getaway move. And of course, Melody divulges juicy on-and-off-set details of what it’s like to be one half of the show’s most successful supercouple, “Niktor.” In witty, warm prose, meet the shining, persevering heart of an American icon—and prepare to be moved by a life story fit for a soap opera star.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635766943
Publisher: Diversion Books
Publication date: 08/18/2020
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 103,743
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Melody Thomas Scott is best known for her Emmy-nominated work in the iconic role of Nikki Reed Newman, a character she’s played for forty years and counting on America’s number one-daytime television drama The Young and the Restless. She’s also appeared in feature films with the likes of Clint Eastwood and John Wayne, and worked with esteemed directors like Alfred Hitchcock and Brian De Palma. Melody is known for her charitable efforts with ATAS TV Cares and Save the Earth Foundation. She lives with her husband, Edward Scott, and beloved rescue Terrier, Reilly, in Beverly Hills, California.

Table of Contents

Foreword Camille Paglia xiii

Part I The Beginning

1 I'm Not Actually Starting at the Beginning 3

2 Chairwoman of the Hoard 7

3 Sadly … Me Too 17

4 And So, My Fellow Americans … 23

5 The Blonde Hair Stayed 25

6 Psycho 29

7 (Oops) I Stabbed Clint Eastwood 41

8 Give My Regards to The Broadway 53

9 Shame on You 61

10 A Star is Reborn 67

11 The Giant Teddy Bear 71

12 Ding Dong 77

13 The Young and the Shirtless 83

14 The Fury 87

Part II Nikki Reed

15 The Young and the Replaced 93

16 The Lone Stripper of Daytime Television 97

17 And the Mother Is … 107

18 Knight in Shining Armor 119

19 We're Making Stories 125

20 Mmmhmm 129

21 Emotional Malware 133

22 It's a Girl? 141

23 Daddy Dearest 145

24 Another Goodbye 149

Part III Nikki Newman

25 A Few of My Favorite Things 155

26 Hair! 169

27 I'll Never Forgive O.J. 173

28 Float Like a Butterfly 177

29 With This Ring I Thee Wed 183

30 Peter Bergman 191

31 The Games People Play 193

32 Kristoff 199

33 Going off on a Tangent 203

34 Prescription for Madness 207

35 Aging Gracefully? 219

36 Becoming Nikki & Enjoying Mel 223

Postscript: A Message from the Word Wrangler 235

Acknowledgments 241

Index 247

About the Author 255

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