Melody Thomas Scott, known for her role as,

Nikki Newman on “The Young and the Restless” since 1979, discusses her challenging past in her 2020 autobiography, “Always Young and Restless: My Life On and Off America’s #1 Daytime Drama.” Born in Los Angeles in 1956, Scott started acting in 1964 and appeared in films like “Marnie” and shows like “The Waltons.”

Despite her professional success, she endured a troubled childhood marked by abuse and neglect, including sexual abuse by her grandmother. Scott found solace in acting, using it as an escape from her dire home conditions.

Now married with three adopted daughters, she uses her story to raise awareness about abuse. Her memoir, written after decades in the industry, explores the impact of trauma and her journey toward forgiveness.