Erika Slezak Biography, Age, Family, Husband, Net Worth, Interview

Erika Slezak Biography

Erika Slezak born on Erika Alma Hermina Slezak is an American actress, best known for her appearance on the American daytime soap opera One Life to Live from 1971 to 2012 and again in the online revival in 2013.

Erika Slezak Age

Slezak was born on 5 August 1946 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States. She is 72 years old as of 2018

Erika Slezak Family

She is the daughter of Tony award-winning Austrian actor Walter Slezak and Johanna “Kaasi” Van Rijn. She is the granddaughter of opera tenor Leo Slezak. Her grandfather died two months before she was born.  She had a godmother Alma Mahler who was a composer, author, editor and socialite

Erika Slezak Husband

Slezak is married to Brian Davies. The couple married in 1978 and has two children, Michael born in 1980 and Amanda born in 1981.

Erika Slezak Education

She studied at the Convent of the Sacred Heart, Eden Hall in Torresdale, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She became one of the youngest individuals ever accepted into London’s prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where she graduated in 1966.

Erika Slezak Net Worth

She has made a good fortune through acting. She has an estimated net worth of around $8 million

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Erika Slezak Interview

Erika Slezak Interview: ‘One Life to Live’ Star Speaks Out on Prospect Park and Series Finale

Emmy-winning actor Erika Slezak is best known for her 40-year role as Victoria Lord on the ABC daytime drama One Life to Live. Slezak has taken home six (1984, 1986, 1992, 1995, 1996, and 2005) Outstanding Lead Actress Daytime Emmy Awards for her performance (tying Justin Deas and Anthony Geary for most wins).

The 65-year-old Hollywood, California native is the daughter of Tony award-winning Austrian actor Walter Slezak and Johanna “Kaasi” Van Rijn, and the granddaughter of opera tenor Leo Slezak. She is married to Brian Davies and the mother of two children, Michael (born 1980) and Amanda (born 1981).

“I’m not too pleased with ABC. ABC has let so many people down by canceling these two shows. It’s all about money.”

On April 14, 2011, ABC announced that it had canceled One Life to Live, and on July 7, 2011, production company Prospect Park announced that it would continue the show as a web series after its run on ABC, but suspended the project in late November due to numerous complications.

One Life to Live is scheduled to air its final episode on January 13, 2012.

Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): Erika, I’m one of those fans that just hated to hear the news that All My Children and One Life to Live had been canceled.

Erika Slezak: Yeah, join the crowd.

Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): What is your opinion about how Prospect Park has handled things so far?

Erika Slezak: I think they had all good intentions. I think they really wanted this to work. But, and how do I phrase this, they’re Hollywood people. In Hollywood, things are done quite differently. You get your actors, your script, director and producer together, and then you get the money. In the daytime, you have to have all the money up front (laughs). I think that was their difficulty.

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They really did not have any idea of the scope of the work that is required to put a daytime show on. But, I think that their intentions were wonderful, and I was so excited when they said they wanted to do this because I thought, “This would be wonderful to open up a whole new medium for original programming.” It has worked for so many people and has been entertainment for so many people.

When I started on One Life to Live, we had four channels – ABC, NBC, CBS, and Channel 13, and then FOX came along. All of a sudden, cable came along, and now the choices are so enormous that to add the Internet to that makes it even better. So, I think their intentions were really good, and I’m very sorry it didn’t work because the loss of jobs is just horrendous.

I’m not too pleased with ABC. ABC has let so many people down by canceling these two shows. It’s all about money. I understand that. But, how much money are they going to make with The Chew and The Revolution? I don’t know if anybody is watching The Chew. The problem is they’re all trying to be television personalities.

They scream and laugh and they talk over each other, and it makes it impossible to watch. I’ve said this to one of their producers. I asked, “Can’t they just speak one at a time?” He said, “No, no, no, they can’t do that. They have to show enthusiasm.” But, you can’t understand them and you can’t hear them.

The reason that ABC … when I spoke to Brian Frons, he said, “People don’t want entertainment anymore. They want information.” I disagree with that. I think there’s plenty of information out there to be gotten.

If you want it, you can find it anywhere, but entertainment is something different, and there are people who have spent their lives sitting down for an hour in the middle of the afternoon when the babies were little or when they’ve just had lunch, and they’ve watched entertainment. They don’t want to watch a cooking show.

Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): People also feel like these characters are a part of their family.

Erika Slezak: Well, that’s true.

Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): Is Prospect Park trying to find financing overseas?

Erika Slezak: I don’t know. We were sort of kept in the dark about everything. They were all enthusiastic in the beginning and they made deals with many actors … very generous deals, I must say. We thought, “Wow, that’s great!” I mean, they obviously had money if they were going ahead and making deals. But, they did all that before they contacted the unions before they were actually legally ready to go ahead.

Some of the actors did not want to make deals until there was a deal with the unions. It was like they left that to the end, and then it didn’t happen. I guess they lost their financing. I don’t know.

Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): Did they approach all of the actors in the beginning?

Erika Slezak: They did it in groups. There were like four or five of us in the very beginning and then the next group and the next group and the next group because they had one person doing all the negotiating. She couldn’t handle 35 people, so they were doing it in groups and pretty much getting to everybody within a few weeks.

I’m hoping they will continue to try. That’s what I’ve heard. That’s what the rumor is. But, we’re the actors. They don’t tell us anything (laughs). Frank Valentini who was our producer and was going to continue with us, has now been asked to go to General Hospital and of course, he’s going to go because that’s a great job. So, we’ve lost him and without him, it would be very hard to put this show together. Very hard.

Melissa Parker (Smashing Interviews Magazine): And, unfortunately, General Hospital will probably end next year.

Erika Slezak: I know. Next year, unless Frank can work his magic and save them a ton of money. He’s brilliant and a wonderful producer because he’s a businessman and an artist. It’s hard to get that combination.