PERFORMING ARTS

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

Diversion. Aug. 2020. 288p. ISBN 9781635766943. $26.99. TV
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Scott is best known as one of the longtime stars of the daytime soap The Young and the Restless, but her career in Hollywood started when she was a young child. Cowritten by actress and novelist Davis (The Voice in My Head), this no-holds-barred memoir gives insight into not only Scott’s early days as a child actress but also the cruelties she experienced at the hands of adults who were meant to support and protect her, including multiple sexual assaults. She discusses this tumultuous time, exploring her early work with big name stars and directors (she appeared in Alfred Hitchcock’s Marnie as well as on the series Charlie’s Angels, The Rockford Files, and The Waltons). Scott also digs into her work on The Young and the Restless: how she landed the role of Nikki Newman, a role she’s played since 1979; her least and most favorite story lines; and how she found love twice on set. She also relays anecdotes about her children, pets, and illnesses. Fans of the soap will enjoy learning about costars over the years and behind-the-scenes antics, though the jump between topics and chapters can sometimes feel abrupt, with an overuse of exclamation points.
VERDICT For those interested in show business memoirs, both Young and the Restless fans and those unfamiliar with the series.

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