It was a whirlwind affair that developed into something much deeper, and the couple have been married and divorced more times than Larry King. Nikki has run the gamut in her life, from devoted mother to high-powered business big cheese to kidnap victim to other woman to recovering alcoholic. Of course, Nikki would be nothing at all without actress Melody Thomas Scott, who took over the role from Erica Hope in and never looked back. From there, Thomas appeared in episodes of several westerns and other TV shows through the s and s, and she also had parts in a handful of movies during that span. And no other actress could ever do the role justice, not for the millions billions? Skip to content Search for:.
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Created and introduced by William J. Bell in , the role was originally portrayed by Erica Hope, before Melody Thomas Scott took over in Initially introduced as a stripper , the character became well known for her relationship with businessman Victor Newman Eric Braeden , a union that developed into a supercouple pairing that has spanned over three decades. In , she reveals that she had previously given up a child for adoption, who is later discovered to be Dylan McAvoy Steve Burton. Scott is considered an icon in the soap opera genre. In May , Scott and the show's producers entered contract negotiations following rumors that she was unhappy because of Nikki's lack of airtime.
How Well Do You Know Y&R's Nikki Newman?
Diehard fans of The Young and The Restless will remember that Nikki Newman has been a fixture on the award-winning daytime drama almost four decades since In that time, she has only been plays by three actors, Erika Hope who filled the role for a year until the character was recast with Melody Thomas Scott taking over in I find it more interesting to play. For that role she got the honor of being that last actress to ever exchange lines with John Wayne. In at 23 years of age, Scott took on the role of the poor girl from the wrong side of the tracks portraying Nikki Reed on The Young and The Restless and, from there, the rest is, shall we say, history.
Melody Thomas Scott, who stars as Nikki Newman on The Young and the Restless , celebrates 40 years in the role, having joined the cast in February Scott's character has matured from the girl from the wrong side of the tracks to the serial's luminous and resourceful leading lady. Scott began her career at age three 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 as she started booking national commercials and guest spots on such series as Wagon Train , My Three Sons , Ironside , and a recurring role on The Waltons.