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

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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.


Melody Thomas Scott is best known for her Emmy-nominated work in the iconic role of Nikki Reed, 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.


“Melody Thomas Scott’s life story is both engaging and illuminating. My parents and I have been watching Y&R since Melody was playing a teenager! And after reading her life story I can honestly say that the story of the fictional character of Nikki Newman, whom she plays, pales in comparison to the real life story of the actress portraying her.”
―Fran Drescher, Actor, Author, Producer

“Melody Thomas Scott is a force to be reckoned with. In overcoming her difficult childhood; acting alongside some of cinema’s greatest giants; and achieving dynastic status as one-half of daytime’s biggest supercouple . . . From these pages, an icon emerges.”
―Kristin Chenoweth, Tony and Emmy Award-Winning Actress

Always Young and Restless is a page turner. You get to know the woman, Melody Thomas Scott, and everything SHE went through on the road to success―turning tragedy into triumph and giving insight into the ACTOR who grew a character, Nikki Reed, to Nikki Newman . . . and back! Brava!”
―Sheryl Underwood, Host of The Talk

"Melody Thomas Scott’s life has had more twists and turns than Nikki Newman has hairdos―and, man, does this daytime uber-star deliver the goods in her long-awaited memoir! Always Young and Restless is a marvelous valentine to the wild world of soaps, but also a jolting and daring expose of her nightmarish years as a child actress in Hollywood. Parental abandonment, sexual abuse, mental illness―this lady endured it all, yet somehow survived wholly and triumphantly. Experience her story! You will be so damn glad you did.”
―Michael Logan, Veteran TV Guide Journalist

"This book sings with unparalleled heart, personality, and perseverance. Melody’s generosity of detail and vivacious turns of phrase are a true delight. As a huge fan of Melody’s portrayal of the character Nikki―and given my love for The Young and the Restless, and our shared connection with its theme, 'Nadia’s Song'―I found Always Young and Restless a must-read.”
―Nadia Comăneci, Five-Time Olympic Gold Medal Gymnast

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