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Erika Slezak- Actress Profile and Biography


Erika Slezak- Actress Profile and Biography

Erika Slezak as 'One Life to Live's' Victoria Lord Banks

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Character on 'One Life to Live':

Date of First Appearance on OLTL:


Date of Birth and Location:

August 5, 1946 in Hollywood, California

Full Name:

Erika Alma Hermina Slezak


Walter Slezak and Johanna “Kaasi” Van Rijn


Ingrid (sister) and Leo (brother)

Marital Status:

Married to Brian Davies


Michael (son, born 1980) and Amanda (daughter, born 1981)

Awards and Filmography:

  • Daytime Emmy Awards in 1984, 1986, 1992, 1995, 1996 and 2005 for her outstanding portrayal of Victoria Lord on 'One Life to Live.'
  • Soap Opera Digest Award for Favorite Couple (shared with Mark Derwin)

  • TV/Herself:
  • Family Feud – Herself (3 episodes), 1978, 1984
  • Live with Regis – Herself, 1989
  • Rosie O’Donnell – 1996 – 2002
  • Intimate Portrait – Herself, 2000-2002
  • Full Circle – Jean Roberts, 1996
  • The Years Special Unit 2 – (Nick’s mother), 2001
  • One Life to Live – Victoria Lord Riley, 1971- Present

  • Theatre Roles:
    Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, London:
  • The Rehearsal – Countess
  • The House of Bernarda Alba – Adele
  • No, No Nanette – Sue Smith

  • Milwaukee 1966-1967:
  • Electra in Sophodes – Electra
  • Design for Living – Gilda
  • Merchant of Venice – Nerissa
  • The Sudden and Accidental Death of Horse Johnson – 9 performances
  • Puntila and His Servant – Cook
  • Hedda Gabler – Hedda

  • Ivanhoe Theatre, Chicago, 1967:
  • The Philadelphia Story – Elizabeth Imbrie

  • Milwaukee, 1967-1969:
  • Othello – Desdemona
  • Head of Hair – Wilhelmina
  • Amphitriton – Alcmena
  • Mary Stuart – Queen Elizabeth
  • Oh Pioneers – Juliet
  • The Big Knife – Dixie
  • The Importance of Being Ernest – Cecily
  • The Skin of Our Teeth – Sabrina
  • Dulcy – Dulcy
  • Three Sisters – Marsha
  • Marat/Sade – Charlotte Corday
  • Dangerous Corner – Frieda

  • Houghton Lake, Michigan, 1969:
  • Barefoot In the Park – Connie
  • The Music Man – Marian
  • Mr. Roberts – Lieutenant Ann

  • Alley Theatre, 1969-1970:
  • Tartuffi – Marianne
  • Charley’s Aunt – Kitty
  • Blithe Spirit – Elvira

  • Roundabout Theatre, New York, 1973-1974:
  • The Circle – Elizabeth

  • TV Movie:
  • Full Circle, 1996

  • Extras:
  • Macy’s Mother’s Day Ad, 1993

  • Footage Archive:
  • SOAPnet Reveals ABC Soap Secrets – 2004
  • Biography and Credits:

    Ms. Slezak was born in Hollywood, California and raised in Greenwich, Connecticut. She comes from a successful family of entertainers. Her father, Walter was a Tony award winning actor and her grandfather, Leo was an opera-tenor. Erika graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in 1966 and performed in various stage plays in cities such as Milwaukee, Chicago and Houston. She was a member of the Milwaukee Repertory Company for three seasons and a member of the Alley Theatre in Houston.

    Erika was turned down for the role of Nurse Mary Kennecott on All My Children but was offered the part of Victoria Lord Riley on One Life to Live in 1971. She continues the role of “Viki” who suffered with (DID) Dissociative Identity Disorder, a heart transplant, and cancer over the years and received several awards for her gripping performances.

    Erika has been married to Brian Davies since 1978 and they have two grown children together, Michael and Amanda. Several years ago, Amanda played Viki as a teenager in a flashback scene on One Life to Live.

    Ms. Slezak resides with her husband in their suburban home in New York City.

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