Melissa Hayden was nominated twice for an Emmy Award and won for her role in Guiding Light. In addition, she has won both the Soap Opera Digest Award and Young Artist Award. Melissa has been a series regular on: Almost Grown, TV 101, and Kids for Kids. She guest starred on Hunter, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and Love American Style. Melissa appeared in the Movies of the Week: Silence of the Heart, Not My Kid, and Tattletales. She was in John Huston's Annie, Herb Ross' Pennies From Heaven, and on the cutting room floor of David Seltzer's Punchline.
Daytime credits include contract roles on General Hospital and Guiding Light, which she did for 6 years. She has been a voice over artist, a dancer, a teacher to special education students ages 2-20 years, an on set coach, a mentor and a long time student of Milton Katselas. She now teaches the Young People's Acting Class at the Beverly Hills Playhouse.