Yes, it is St. Patrick’s Day throughout the land, but in the soap world, there was, and is, an even bigger celebration going on. One Life to Live’s six-time Daytime Emmy winner, Erika Slezak (Viki) celebrated today her 40th anniversary milestone with the east coast sudser.
Think about it. What would One Life be without Viki and Erika’s brilliant performances over the last four decades? Erika, who embodies such grace and class, and is one hell of a phenomenal performer has brought us to tears time and time again, as we have gone through Viki’s joys and sorrows.
So the cast and crew in Llanview this afternoon brought Erika to a secret gathering! She thought they were having a St. Patrick’s Day luncheon on set… needless to say she was completely surprised. Later, a highlight reel and video tribute featuring some of her OLTL cast members including Castle’s Nathan Fillion (Ex-Joey) and the series creator, Agnes Nixon was shown to all in attendance.
According to Soap Opera Digest. Slezak was said to be overwhelmed with emotion at the party, saying, “I’ve been here for 40 years because I love it. I’m so grateful for the job and to you, my family. It’s been just magical.”
View our photo gallery from the celebration below. There are eleven shots, so for the last one, make sure to hit the NEXT GROUP icon next to the + symbol or just simply wait for the slideshow to play through. Then, check out the emotional video clip of the moment Erika joined her surprise celebration!
One Life will continue Erika’s celebration with a special episode devoted to Viki next month! So we ask, what is your favorite Erika Slezak performance over the last 40 years? There are so many it’s hard to choose, right? But, let us know.
Photo credits: Courtesy/ABC