Erika Slezak, who was born on August 5, 1946 in Hollywood, California, is an actress of Austrian and Dutch descent. She was born to actor Walter Slezak and is the grand daughter of opera tenor Leo Slezak. When she was only 17 years old, she was admitted to the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. She was one of the youngest students to be accepted to the university, an honor that she holds to this day. She was also educated at the Sacred Heart Schools in Greenwich, Connecticut and Philadelphia.
A noted stage actress, Erika Slezak established herself in theatre by being a member of the Milwaukee Repertory Company for three seasons. While there, she starred in numerous productions, like those by Shakespeare and Noel Coward. Later on, she acted for another season at the Alley Theatre in Houston. In 1971, she was cast as Victoria Lord on One Life to Live, earning fame as her character. Slezak has won six Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 1984, 1986, 1992, 1996, 1996 and 2005.
Other than One Life to Live, Erika Slezak has starred in the TV movie Full Circle. It aired in 1996, with her playing the role of Jean Roberts. She has also appeared in the series Special Unit 2, playing a mother in the episode titled “The Years” in 2001. When asked about deciding on full-time acting, she said, “I can't recall a time when I didn't want to act.” She also draws inspiration and insights from her father, who never stood in the way of her ambitions. “[H]e made sure I had no illusions about the acting profession, explaining that it was going to be harder for me because I had a famous father. I would have to prove myself more than others and, as usual, he was right.”