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Erika Slezak Shares a Special Holiday Message With Fans

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As 2021 drew to a close, ONE LIFE TO LIVE star Erika Slezak (Viki) shared a lovely holiday letter to her fans on her official website. “This has been a year for the books, my friends,” she wrote, “and I most sincerely hope that all of you are well and healthy, and have survived this monstrous year.”

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The veteran actress started by offering an update on her husband, Brian Davies, and their kids, Michael and Amanda. “I thank God that my family and I are completely vaccinated and boostered and healthy,” Slezak said. “Unfortunately, though, Brian had a bad fall a few weeks ago and had to have emergency surgery on his back. He is now finally in a wonderful rehabilitation hospital and is working hard to regain the strength in his legs. I come to see him every day, and Michael and Amanda alternate days to visit.”

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Slezak co-starred with fellow soap stars Lyndsy Fonseca (ex-Colleen, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) and Chandler Massey (ex-Will, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) in Next Stop, Christmas.Robert Clark/Crown Media

The OLTL fan fave also reminded fans of Next Stop, Christmas, the holiday movie that she filmed earlier this year and which premiered in November on the Hallmark Channel. “It was great fun and was shot fairly close to where we live, so I could come home every day,” Slezak recalled. “The people on the movie were all so wonderful, and my trailer was called Rudolph. All the trailers were named after reindeer, but unfortunately, mine didn’t have a red nose on the front.

“The only hard part of the movie was that it was shot in August when it was 95 degrees outside,” she revealed, “and we all had to pretend that it was December, so we were wrapped up in coats and boots and gloves and really, really hot!”

Slezak also shared a photograph of a letter she signed back in October 1971 authorizing Walter Miller, Jr. to start an official fan club in her name. “As difficult as this year has been,” she confided, “the bright spot for the fan club is that we celebrated the golden anniversary this last October. It’s completely amazing that [Walter] and I have known each other for 50 years!

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Slezak, seen here with Anthony Ponzini (Vince), joined the cast of OLTL in 1971.ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images

“I don’t know how that is possible since I’m only 39 years old,” she joked. “Of all the things we have to be thankful for, I include my many, many years of friendship with Walter, and the fan club that he created. And even though OLTL has ended, the club is still going, thanks to the wonderful folks who run it and take care of it.

“I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and happy holiday season, and I thank all of you for sticking with me all these years,” Slezak concluded. “Sending you hugs and best wishes for a happy new year and healthy 2022.”

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