Scott, Melody Thomas 1956–

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Scott, Melody Thomas 1956–

(Melody Thomas)


Original name, Melody Ann Thomas; born April 18, 1956, in Los Angeles, CA; married Michael Altman, January, 1979 (divorced, July, 1979); married Edward Scott (a producer and director), October 12, 1985; children: Alexandra, Jennifer, Elizabeth Frances Marie. Education: Attended University of Southern California.

Addresses: Office—c/o The Young and the Restless, CBS Television City, 7800 Beverly Blvd., Suite 3305, Los Angeles, CA 90036. Agent—Alan Ellsweig, Metropolitan Talent Agency, 4500 Wilshire Blvd., 2nd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90010.

Career: Actress. Meglin Kiddies (touring group), member of company and performer in shows for United Service Organizations. Appeared in numerous commercials, including ones for Kellogg's Rice Krispies breakfast cereal, c. 1961, Inner Science, 2002, Scott tissues, Plochman's mustard, Crest toothpaste, and Clo-rox bleach. Save the Earth Foundation, national spokesperson. Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center, Jamestown, NY, founding member of board of directors; Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, founding member and spokesperson for TV Cares, 1994–, national spokesperson for a public awareness campaign related to interstitial cystitis.

Awards, Honors: Soap Opera Digest Award nominations, outstanding lead daytime actress, 1991, hottest female star, 1994, outstanding lead actress, 1995, 2005, favorite actress, 2000, Daytime Emmy Award nomination, outstanding lead actress in a drama series, 1999, Soap Opera Digest Award, outstanding lead actress, 2001, and Daytime Emmy Award nomination, special fan award for America's favorite couple (with Eric Braeden), 2002, all for The Young and the Restless.


Film Appearances:

Jill Renzie the Moviestar, Freezerburn, Brookturn Co./MUSK Entertainment/Cosmic Audience, 2005.

Film Appearances as Melody Thomas:

(Uncredited) Young Marnie, Marnie, 1964.

Abigail, The Beguiled, Universal, 1971.

Ann Mary Deacon, Dirty Harry, Warner Bros., 1971.

Laurie, Posse, Gramercy, 1975.

Girl on streetcar, The Shootist, 1976.

Suzie Pullbrook and cyclist, The Car (also known as Djavulsbilen), Universal, 1977.

LaRue, The Fury, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1978.

Laura Dickinson, Piranha, New World, 1978.

Rape victim, Studs Lonigan, 1978.

Television Appearances; Series:

Nikki Reed Foster Bancroft DiSalvo Newman Abbott Newman, The Young and the Restless (also known as Y&R), CBS, 1979–.

Host, The Image Workshop, Lifetime, 1991.

Television Appearances; Movies:

(As Melody Thomas) Laura Fleming, Secrets, 1977.

(As Thomas) Laurie Lee, The Scarlett O'Hara War (also known as Moviola: The Scarlett O'Hara War), 1980.

Linda Flemming, The Paradise Virus, PAX, 2003.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Herself, The $10,000 Pyramid, 1987.

Herself, "Death in the Daytime," Diagnosis: Murder, CBS, 1995.

Herself, "The Heather Biblow Story," The Nanny, CBS, 1997.

Herself, "Inner Tube," The King of Queens, CBS, 2001.

Entertainment Tonight, syndicated, 2005.

Guest panelist for To Tell the Truth, multiple appearances; also frequent guest on other game shows, including Body Language, Celebrity Jeopardy, Family Feud, Hollywood Squares, Password, and Wheel of Fortune.

Television Appearances as Melody Thomas; Episodic:

Wagon Train, 1964.

Verna Mae Rittenhouse, My Three Sons, 1964.

The Tammy Grimes Show, 1965.

Leslie Richards, "Goodbye to Yesterday: Part 1," Ironside, 1969.

Darlene Jarvis, "The Seashore," The Waltons, CBS, 1977.

Darlene Jarvis, "The Go-Getter," The Waltons, CBS, 1977.

Betsy, "The Sandcastle Murders," Charlie's Angels, 1978.

Fish, multiple episodes, 1978.

Hostess, "My Son, the Prom Queen," Eight Is Enough, 1978.

Stayin' Alive, multiple appearances, 1978.

Billy, 1978.

Sherry, "Lions, Tigers, Monkeys, and Dogs: Part 1," The Rockford Files, 1979.

Herself, Match Game 73, 1982.

Mandy Vinning, "Sleeping Dogs," Hotel, 1985.

Television Appearances; Specials:

50 Years of Soaps: An All-Star Celebration, CBS, 1994.

CBS Soap Break, CBS, 1996.

Fall in Love with a Stranger, PAX, 1999.

Interviewee, Ray Combs: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 1997.

CBS: 50 Years from Television City, CBS, 2002.

Interviewee, Intimate Portrait: Melody Thomas Scott, Lifetime, 2002.

Mississippi Rising (benefit concert), 2005.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

The 16th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, NBC, 1989.

Soap Opera Awards, NBC, 1990.

Presenter, Soap Opera Digest Awards, NBC, 1992.

Presenter, The Ninth Annual Soap Opera Awards, NBC, 1993.

Host, The 23rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, CBS, 1996.

Presenter, Soap Opera Update Awards, Lifetime, 1997.

Presenter, The 26th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, CBS, 1999.

Presenter, The 27th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, ABC, 2000.

Stage Appearances:

The Vagina Monologues, Los Angeles, 2001.

Appeared as Melissa Gardner, Love Letters, Los Angeles; also appeared in Los Angeles production of Talking With



Parade, February 24, 2002, p 16.

Soap City, February 27, 2004.

Soap Opera Weekly, March 25, 2003; September 2, 2003.

TV Guide, August 25, 2001, p. 61; March 26, 2004; June 20, 2004, p. 57; October 17, 2004, p. 53; November 2, 2004.

Woman's Day, May 4, 2004, pp. 29-32.


Melody Thomas Scott Official Site,, December 14, 2005.


Intimate Portrait: Melody Thomas Scott (television special), Lifetime, 2002.

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