Ahh…the incomparable Nikki Reed Newman (Yeah, yeah, I know there are a few other names in there somewhere, but really, are they even important; does anyone really care at this point?) Melody Thomas Scott has seen and done it all as Genoa City’s beleaguered heroine, Nikki Newman. Watching her now, viewers would never guess that Melody took over the role from Erica Hope who’d been there only a year before the role was recast. Melody started on Y&R on February 27th, 1979. Originally from the wrong side of the tracks, she’s battled a father who tried to rape her (he met his demise when she hit him over the head in self-defence; hey, what else was she supposed to do), got duped into joining what she thought was a modelling agency but was in fact a front for prostitution run by Rose Deville (played by the late Darlene Conley). Just when she’d decided to turn her life around and had gone back to school, she was again shoved down by fate when her college English teacher, Mr. Willson, promised to give her a passing grade if she slept with him (she needed to pass his class to graduate). Predictably though, the slime-ball reneged, leaving Nikki heartbroken and, she felt, out of options. That all changed when Nikki met and fell in love with Victor Newman and the rest, as they say is history. To say Bill Bell and Lee Phillip Bell made the right decision when they cast Melody in the role, while true, doesn’t cut it. From battling booze, to battles in and out of the bedroom, ballroom dancing at the Colonnade Room (mostly with Victor ;)), and everything in between; Nikki’s done it all! Well…almost. Wonder if she has any boas left, baby Katherine may want them to play dress up with when she grows up. Thank you Melody.
Mr. Denzel of Daytime, Kristoff St. John, first aired as Neil Winters in 1991 and has been in the role ever since. Kristoff was no stranger to soaps, as Bill Bell hired him fresh off his time on the soap Generations.
Neil is no slouch in business and has the IQ to match. He graduated from Stanford University with an MBA. He’s held high profile positions at all of Genoa Cities top companies; Jabot Cosmetics, Newman Enterprises and Chancellor Industries.
He’s also owned his own business, a jazz club in town, which he later sold.
Always popular with the ladies, Neil’s love life has been…well, complicated, to say the least. He was romantically involved with both Both Barber sisters, Olivia and Drucilla, though he went on to marry Dru and they later had Lily.
Neil has a tumultuous yet loving relationship with his brother Malcolm, though the two rarely see each other.
Neil has been a father to Lily her whole life despite her biological father having turned out to be Malcolm (long story short; Dru took too much cold medicine one night and slept with Malcolm, thinking he was Neil.) and the best father adopted son Devon Hamilton Winters could have asked for. He adopted the young man in 2004/2005. And he’s been fiercely protective of Lily her whole life.
Neil has been unlucky in love; from his first divorce with his first wife Dru to his broken engagement with Victoria Newman and Dru’s death in 2007, which was a monumental blow to him, as many viewers believe she was his soul mate; and his disastrous marriage to Hillary. That’s why viewers hope we’ll see him return to the roles (no pun intended) we love him best in; consummate business man capable of running his own company (or helping his children start their own) and devoted father. And, for the love of soaps; can we please find this man a good woman already?!
Writers, I’m a bit confused or torn, I’m not sure how to describe it and am hoping you can help me, please. Should I establish myself first, or write my piece first? Thank you very much in advance. 🙂 #amwriting
From baked rats in a dungeon to billionaire business mogul, Eric Braeden has played Victor Newman, the man we love, and love to hate since 1980, and is the only actor ever to fill the role. At first glance you’d never guess this strong, self-made billion air was once a scared, lonely little boy who grew up in an orphanage and then on the mean streets of Buffalo. Scraping by just to survive, he fought for everything he had, fought just to survive and vowed that, one day he’d have enough money and power that nobody would ever hurt him again, certainly not the way his mother had when, because she was destitute after his father abandoned them, she left him in that orphanage. And, he certainly succeeded, building one of the world’s largest most successful corporations in the world, Newman Enterprises. But, as much as business is a corner stone of this character, family has always been and still is, his heart and soul; the reason he does what he does (no matter how much we’d like to shake him for it). Thank you, Eric. And we’re glad Victor stumbled into Gina’s and the Colonnade Room. 😉