It’s December, so it means it’s time for ONE LIFE TO LIVE star Erika Slezak’s (Viki) annual holiday letter to fans that she shares via her official website. And this year, she focused on the strike, her new dog, and of course, her loyal supporters!
“Dear friends,” she began. “I hope that all of you are well and have had a good year. Life has been very strange for me and for so many of my friends this past year, as there has been no work, due to the SAG-AFTRA strike, and I find myself keeping busy at home, which I actually have never had the chance before, to do things without a deadline. There are so many things that I want to do, and then there are so many things that haven’t been done. But I guess that’s the story of everyone’s life.”
Slezak joined the cast of OLTL in 1971 to take over the role of Victoria Lord, which she then played straight through until the soap’s final episode in 2012, even returning for the short-lived online revival in 2013. During her lengthy run, the gifted actress racked up nine Daytime Emmy Nominations and took home the gold six times.
“God has been very good to us, and for that, I am so grateful,” she expressed. “We are all well, thank goodness, and hopefully we will be able to take a warm vacation sometime in the next few months.
“My little dog, Davy, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel that I got in the fall of 2022, is an absolute joy,” Slezak said, “although he has little interest in eating… so if anyone has any suggestions, I would greatly appreciate them. I have tried every kind of food including the ‘human grade’ food, but he doesn’t really care. It is very strange to have a dog that doesn’t want to eat.”
Since the end of OLTL, fans have followed Slezak around the dial to see her in episodes of THE RESIDENT and BLUE BLOODS as well as in the movies Guest Artist and Next Stop, Christmas. She closed out her letter by thanking those loyal fans as well as her fan club president Walter Miller, who has been keeping things running for over 50 years.
“And I’m particularly grateful to all of you who have stuck by us and continue to be a huge support of the club,” Slezak concluded. “Hopefully the New Year will bring work and some fun things for all of us to watch. Love and gratitude to you all.”