LAST LICKS: They play enemies on One Life To Livebut in real life, Erika Slezak (Left) and Robin Strasser (Dorian)get along famously. "I've been here many years, and actorslike Robin are few and far between," says Slezak. For her part, Strasser adores the Viki/Dorian rivalry. "Their relationship isn't just plot driven," she explains. "Its character driven." Would she like to share more screen time with Slezak? "I've already asked for it!" Strasser says.
'em up at Manhattan's Harley Davidson
Cafe during a reception honoring
the shows former casting
director, Sonia Nikore, winner of the Artios
Best Casting, Daytime Drama."
Erika with Kim Zimmer formerly Echo DeSavoy
currently Reva Shayne (GL)
Erika with OLTL Director, Bruce
Lee Patterson and Erika with their Fan Club
Ilene Pachman and Walter Miller.
Fan Club Luncheon from the 70s
Outside the show's Upper West Side studio, ONE LIFE TO
Timothy Gibbs (Kevin), Erika Slezak (Viki), and Mark Derwin
made the most of a sunny Manhattan afternoon.
Robin Strasser and Erika sign copies of Gary Warners
30th Anniversary OLTL Book at Borders in Manhattan
March 1, 1994 Soap Opera Digest
Some of Erika's castmates were asked to describe her in three words.
Bob Woods - Classy, Talented, Homebody
Roy Thinnes - Sensitive, Munificent,
Robin Strasser - Wonderful, Intelligent, No-Nonsense
Pat Elliott - Fearlessly Concentrated, Incredibly Talented, Great Giggler
Hilary B. Smith - Classy, Funny, Intelligent
what she would do if she couldn't act, Erika replied:
"I once thought
if I couldn't be an actor, I'd be a private secretary,
because I'm very
organized. I told my husband that and he said,
"You'd be a horrible
private secretary! You can't type and you don't
do anything anybody
tells you to do.' I realized he's right, so I don't
know what I would
ONE LIFE FITS
OLTL's Erika Slezak is all smiles during her
annual fan club
luncheon at New York's
Marriott Marquis Hotel. Here, she
the official OLTL jacket, a fan favorite.
One Life To
Live stars Erika Slezak and Jacquie Courtney
pitched in at the One To
One Telethon. Fan clubbers voted
Erika Best Soap
Erika Slezak's (VIKI) brown-eyed
and curly-haired best
Q: What is the
most important lesson you've
taught your children?
value of truth and not to get yourself into
something you cannot get
yourself out of."
Q: Describe your perfect Saturday
A: "An evening with my husband, a fire in the
a glass of red wine and a good movie on
Q: What do you do to
A: "First I sit down."
would people be surprised to know about you?
A: "First thing in
the morning I put my coat on -- over my robe --
and go outside to walk
Q: What three words would your kids use
to describe you?
A: "Organized, overly responsible and mommy."
"Erika is the complete professional in this
She is great fun, a good friend and a solid
Erika and Michael Storm appeared on this
the Parent Helpline Project in New York.
(On Left) Erika with David Pressman
(On Right) Erika and Erin Torpey at the
1999 One Life to
Live Christmas Party
Erika with Thom Christopher at
the opening of his
Erika appears on Rosie O'Donnell's show to
her current breast cancer storyline in 2001.
Erika, Linda Dano, David Canary, and many other soap
actors and actresses
were on hand for the Grand Opening of ABC's Soap
Opera Bistro in 2001.
Erika and Linda Dano hold court in Llanview
Club at the Soap Opera Bistro.
30th Anniversary: Erika on "Live with Regis and
Looking back over her 30 Years as "Viki" on OLTL in March,
On getting older: "When I turned 40 we were in the
and Michael was at the end of the aisle, looking for cereal or
and he saw '40' written on the cereal box. And he said, 'Mom,
it's your birthday, it's your age...40' He yelled it as loud as
What are you going to say? You can't be angry with them. I
a problem with turning 40 or anything else, because you are
what you are,
and you feel how you feel and there's not a lot you can
do to change it.
You can just live as well as you can."
Erika participates in the star recording for the victims of 911.
Erika and Mark (Ben) on the set