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February 23, 2019

Throwback video of 'Y&R' in honor of Melody Thomas Scott's 40-year role proves her ageless beauty

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Legendary actress Melody Thomas Scott proved that age indeed is just a number, as shown in the throwback video of "The Young and the Restless."

The official Instagram page of the hit television soap opera "The Young and the Restless" posted a video recently to honor Scott's character.

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"My agent said, ‘oh, come on…it’s only three years…you’ll have a lot of fun,’ and I listened to her because I trusted her, in spite of the fact that I wanted to do the sitcom.”

The actress has been playing the fierce Nikki Reed Newman for four decades.

"Nobody does it like Nikki Newman! Congratulations to Melody Thomas Scott on her 40th anniversary with The Young and the Restless," the page captioned the clip, which features vintage flashbacks from iconic past episodes of Scott.

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In an interview with PEOPLE, the mother-of-three opened up about her career milestone and the evolution of the character that made her famous. She said:

“I don’t think any actor in this business ever thinks they’ll be playing the same role for 40 years. There are very few people that make it that far, so I feel extremely blessed.”

Her character, Nikki, went from a young stripper to businesswoman to the matriarch of Genoa City. The notable character also found the extraordinary love of her life in Victor Newman, played by Eric Braeden.

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During the interview, Scott recalled how she didn't want to accept the role yet because of a push from her agent she did. 

“I remember my talent test and I remember being very nonchalant about the whole thing because the same week I had gotten a sitcom pilot for NBC, and I’m such a frustrated comedian that I, of course, wanted to do that pilot.

"My agent said, ‘oh, come on…it’s only three years…you’ll have a lot of fun,’ and I listened to her because I trusted her, in spite of the fact that I wanted to do the sitcom.”

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Little did she know, she would one day impact the world forever with the CBS soap opera.

The "Young and the Restless" was first broadcast on March 26, 1973. Since its debut, the serial has won nine Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Drama Series. It is also currently the highest-rated daytime drama on American television.

On February 3, Kristoff St. John, who portrayed the role of Neil Winters, died at his Los Angeles, California, home.

After his demise, Scott released a statement saying his friends, family, and colleagues will "desperately miss [their] dear friend Kristoff."  

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