Her first film credit was as a child actress in the Alfred Hitchcock movie, Marnie After bit parts in movies in the mid-'70s most notably in John Wayne 's final film, The Shootist , she was offered bit parts on nighttime series, such as The Waltons , The Rockford Files and Charlie's Angels In , at the age of 23, she began playing the part of stripper "Nikki Reed" on the daytime serial, The Young and the Restless , choosing the part over a sitcom pilot that, in the end, was not picked up. She was a replacement for the previous Nikki, who had lasted six months.
Y&R’s Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki) To Appear On HOME & FAMILY
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By Danielle Turchiano. Senior Features Editor, TV. It actually was a year process. So I took several pauses in the writing of it. Did the MeToo movement and the movement to believe survivors help you feel ready? It is certainly good timing [now]. Because there is no reason to make it up.
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Lori Wilson. Wednesday, September 23rd, Mathison agreed with her description referring to his 14 years on All My Children and then introduced a clip of Nikki writing a letter about her life while in prison.
Her first film credit was as a child actress  in the Alfred Hitchcock movie Marnie. After parts in television and movies in the mids most notably in John Wayne 's final film, The Shootist in , in which she becomes the last actress to exchange lines with Wayne , she was offered parts on nighttime series such as, The Rockford Files , Charlie's Angels , and a recurring role on The Waltons. In , at the age of 23, she left The Waltons to take over the role of Nikki Reed, a poor girl from the wrong side of the tracks, on the daytime serial The Young and the Restless , choosing the part over a sitcom pilot that in the end was not picked up. Scott has said, "It's a miracle for an actor to have a job last 35 years.