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HISTORIC MOMENT: Erika Slezak Greeted With Bouquet As She Returns To Work At OLTL!

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Photo Credit: MarcAnthony Ouckama

This morning an image is circulating all over social media of One Life to Live legend, Erika Slezak (Viki) returning to work for the first time to One Life to Live’s new studios in Connecticut!

The image was taken outside the fan rally organized this morning by Soap Fans United who greeted Erika with a bouquet of  white and red roses!

Slezak, has joined other cast members today as the show begins production for the first time since it last taped episodes back on November 18th, 2011! 

What do you think of this memorable and touching photo?  Let us know!

 

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Tahine
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Tahine

It’s soooo great to see Erika at work again boy has she and the oltl cast been missed !!!!

susan M.
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susan M.

Definetely!

Jhill
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Jhill

BEAUTIFUL!

Jeannie
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Jeannie

Viki is in the building! All is right with the world again.

B.J.
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B.J.

I so agree, Jeannie! It’s wonderful to see her… and that she has been shown how much her fans appreciate her work.

Mary H
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Mary H

Love it! Can’t wait till we get to watch it again!

Barbara t loves One life to live
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Barbara t loves One life to live

This picture makes me so happy, I can’t wait to see Vicki and the rest of the wonderful characters I have grown to love back in my world again, They have been missed So much I cant find the words to say how I feel about their return.

susan M.
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susan M.

DITTO!!!!!!! I have my labtop ready for viewing OLTL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Barbara t loves One life to live
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Barbara t loves One life to live

Me To, I can’t wait for the big day to see my 2nd family back in my life where they belong.

ray schichtel
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ray schichtel

I was so hoping she and Luke from my GH would have had a run-in at the Hospital or docks or something to ‘nod’ to that ‘What If’ ABC elevator spot they did with those two..

Avidreader72
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Avidreader72

What a great way for Erika to start the day, with a beautiful reminder from fans that she and the show have been missed. Very excited for the show to start airing again.

Mk
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Mk

Iconic!

Cheryl D.
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Cheryl D.

I’m so happy to see this. She will be the main reason I will give this new version of OLTL a chance. I’ll be watching OLTL but I’m going to pass on AMC.

AJ
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AJ

Why wouldn’t you give this ‘version’ a chance? Is the show so diffferent, instead of sitting in front of a TV screen.. you are sitting in front of a monitor, I’m missing the drastic difference? TVs and monitors are being built virtually the same way, as some TVs double as computer monitors now. TVs are becoming more sophisticated than the monitors, as we’ve seen internet-ready TVs or smart TVs. This might come as a shock to many, but in 5 years or less.. internet TV will be the norm.. and then we can all go back to watching OLTL on… Read more »

Cheryl D.
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Cheryl D.

I’m not talking about whether it’s on regular TV or the internet. I watch a couple of web series. We dont know if the show is going to a little different or way different. I’ll give it a try, maybe I’ll like it maybe I won’t. It’s the content, not the venue that I’m cautiously optimistic about.

Nathan Purdee
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Nathan Purdee

I think it is great and no one deserves it more. Erika has always been the beacon of Life and Light for OLTL. Congratulations to all of the returning cast members. I also hope that many of the original crew members can also rejoin the OLTL family.

nPurdee

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Me too. Miss those Gannon brothers! 😉

Wish I could have been present for this touching moment, but I’m there in spirit. Thanks for sharing.

Tammy Kreiss
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Tammy Kreiss

Hi Nathan! We haven’t met, ….yet, but we now know we must try for Hank & RJ since Timothyalready told us he wants in, via Facebook.

Stephen Parker
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Stephen Parker

Timothy is a totally amazing actor and human being! Absolutely would be criminal to leave him out of the Llanview saga!

jim
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jim

Worth repeating: Viki isnt the only one to have died and gone to heavan…us fans have gone there too.

k/kay
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k/kay

That was very nice I hope it works out for them!

Scott Paquin
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Scott Paquin

Welcome back!! She looks beautiful and is a class act. I can’t wait for new episodes of OLTL

Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

Nice and well deserved!

susan M.
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susan M.

Ms. Slezak looks GREAT!!!!!!!! So happy to see her. She looks very happy to be going
back to work! Can’t wait!!!!!!!!!!!!! To hear her first words! Viki & Clint getting married again!

Barbara t loves One life to live
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Barbara t loves One life to live

Yes, We have another month and Llanview will be back, Didn’t our Vicki look good? It will be so nice to see her and her beautiful smiling face again, She is my favorite soap star and she always will be, I have missed her so much, Welcome back Ericka Slezak.

gloria
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gloria

Couldn’t have said it better, Barbara T. This pic brought tears to my eyes. When I think of all the dark days starting when we heard we were losing our show, then the countdown to the end & finally the end & every lousy day without it since . . . Oh, what joy. Miracles CAN happen & dreams CAN come true!

susan M.
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susan M.

Erika Slezak (Viki) is my #1 favorite soap star on OLTL!!!!!! She is and alway’s
will be a beautiful woman! Her hold face shines like glitter when she smiles!!!!!!
We the soap fans did it ! We all got OLTL back! We care a lot about this extra
special soap opera (ONE LIFE TO LIVE)!!!!!!!

Brian Tripp
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Brian Tripp

Love it! Long live OLTL.

susan M.
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susan M.

TRIPLE DITTO!!!!!

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

If I could have been there I would have given her flowers, candy, champagne, gold. She and all of her wonderful cast mates have been missed soooooooooooooooo very much.

Karen
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Karen

How exciting!! So happy for her. Vicky was brought several times on General Hospital. She is a great actress!!

susan M.
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susan M.

When was Vicky brought on GH several times ??????

Joliefan Forever
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Joliefan Forever

I’d like to know that too Susan M LOL

Batmarc6
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Batmarc6

She may have meant “brought UP”, because Erika Slezak has never appeared on any other show besides OLTL.

Judy B
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Judy B

LOVE IT!!! Beyond thrilled that Erika and friends are returning!!! April 29th can not come fast enough for me!!!!

Anthony
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Anthony

Beautiful. There is no finer an actress more deserving of such an expression of fan admiration.

Michael
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Michael

I can’t wait to see this absolute class act back in action!

susan M.
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susan M.

You said it all!!!!! A true class act!!!!!

Lisa J.
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Lisa J.

What a wonderful moment! I’m sure it meant a lot to her to receive those. Where can we get the address to start writing our fan mail? It would be nice to keep our appreciation going. Thanks for sharing the pic Michael!

Batmarc6
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Batmarc6

You can send cards and letters to the cast at:

{Actor’s Name}
One Life to Live
c/o Connecticut Film Center
300 Stillwater Avenue
Stamford, CT 06902

or
{Actor’s Name}
One Life to Live
c/o Connecticut Film Center
76 Progress Drive
Stamford, CT 06902

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

I believe you can write them here: One Life to Live c/o Prospect Park 300 Stillwater Avenue, Prospect Park Studios, Stamford CT 06902.

Lisa J.
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Lisa J.

Thanks very much for the info! Now let’s get those cards and letters going!

Gillian
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Gillian

Erika is such a class act!

susan M.
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susan M.

She sure is!!!!!

lisa
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lisa

So looking forward to the show.

susan M.
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susan M.

Me too!

todd
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todd

I’m so happy for Erika and the rest of the cast…..and for all of us fans. I was hoping that after the OLTL cancellation, Erika would get a film role or tv role that would should show a broader spectrum of the population her immense talents……but I am happy to her back on the show as Viki. I grew up watching OLTL with my sister and always called it “The VIki Show”. I hope PP utilizes her front and center.

Ed
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Ed

There is no finer actress, will be great to have Viki and OLTL back.

susan M.
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susan M.

YEP!!!!!!!!!!1

James McDonald
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James McDonald

I’m wondering how everyone felt about going to Connecticut to film of all places. I guess it didn’t hurt the cast list from growing. I wonder if they will do outside location shoots for All My Children and One Life To Live? All My Children did like shooting in a “park”?

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

Jerry said when they asked him ‘do you know how to get to Stamford?’ he said “I told them I’ve got GPS and Google maps!” Then he laughed.

Rodd
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Rodd

Very lovely of the folks who organized this. So happy someone thought to do this for our beloved cast of actors, especially Ms. Slezak. Hope it was a wonderful day for all! Can’t wait to see the results!

Batmarc6
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Batmarc6

Thanks, Rodd. It was a unique pleasure planning this and a surreal result indeed! We had an AMAZING time!!

James McDonald
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James McDonald

I can’t wait to see how both All My Children and One Life To Live look on Hulu. I hope it is on video and not filmed like prime-time soaps. Although I do realize video is more expensive. Remember when situation comedies use to be shot on video like soap operas? The best comedy tv shows came from being shot on video (All In the Family, Maude, The Jeffersons, Three’s Company, Too Close For Comfort).

susan M.
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susan M.

I am mostly looking forward in seeing OLTL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 20 or more years for OLTL! “CAUSE
WE HAVE ONLY ONE LIFE TO LIVE!”

Patrick
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Patrick

Long live the Queen! She looks great!

Tali
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Tali

How appropriate – love it!

Tammy Kreiss
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Tammy Kreiss

The pic doesn’t even begin to describe how emotional this was. Tina Gray wrote a letter with the first batch that Erica read to the cast, back in 2011. The letter she wrote this time is even more awesome! It was an emotional day for us all…

Fran
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Fran

Glad to see OLTL getting some press in SOD and SID it all about AMC returning and GH the fav’s

Batmarc6
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Batmarc6

Actually: I Facebook-shared the pic, I didn’t Tweet it… it was a VERY hectic moment!!

Batmarc6
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Batmarc6

Thanks for the credit!! I feel like Peter Parker!! 🙂

Tina Gray
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Tina Gray

Twenty-two red roses, twenty-two white roses, surrounding one blue rose. A blue rose signifying the unattainable, the impossible. The red and white roses signifying unity. And there was a letter that went along with the roses!

Batmarc6
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Batmarc6

POST THE LETTER!! IT WAS BEAUTIFUL!!!

Tina Gray
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Tina Gray

Huh? How do you know?? LOL!

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

She is the epitome of class.

Stephen Parker
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Stephen Parker

March 18th was a banner day. Surreal and sublime. Freezing cold but our hearts and souls were warmed, melted, rebirthed by the appreciation, love and sincere kindness shown to us by the cast of ONE LIFE TO LIVE as they fed us and thanked us for our efforts in helping to save their program. In turn, ALL FANS can be proud of what has transpired. You all helped and contributed with your support and unfailing determination to see Llanview and Pine Valley live on!

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News came via his daughter, Amanda Rogers on her Facebook page, relating that Gil passed away on March 2nd.

The actor had played Tad (Michael E. Knight) and Jenny’s (Kim Delaney) father, Ray Gardner on All My Children from 1977-1978 making multiple appearance though 2001, then later as Hawk Shayne on Guiding Light from 1985-1992 making multiple appearance through 2009.

Gil also appeared on Another World, Search for Tomorrow and The Doctors.

In her post, Amanda wrote: “Gil Rogers died this morning. As you all know, my dad was awesome. He was my best friend, confidant, mentor and just an awesome dad. He came to pick me and  Charlotte Whitaker Zdanowski up at clubs at 2AM in our teens to keep us safe, and drank bourbon with me every day since moving out here 2 years ago. He was welcoming and kind, funny and gregarious, a shameless flirt and a fierce protector. He loved his dinners with grandkids and endured animated movies and discussions about pokemon. And I miss him so terribly already. He died in his sleep, without pain or fear. I am so grateful to have had such a great father and to have spent these past 2 years with him every day.”

Check out this vintage scene below from All My Children where Ray played by Rogers blows up the Martin house.

Now share your remembrances of Gil’s performances and along with condolences for his family in the comment section.

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