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OLTL Icon Erika Slezak Gets Birthday Surprise Via Linda Dano, Bob Woods, and More!

Photo Credit: Sue Coflin/Max Photos

Photo Credit: Sue Coflin/Max Photos

On Friday, One Life to Live’s six-time Daytime Emmy-winning star, Erika Slezak (Viki) celebrated her 70th birthday, and she had quite the surprise awaiting her on this special day!

If you follow former Another Word and OLTL star (Yes! She was on AMC and GH, too), Linda Dano on Twitter, you saw that the ever-creative Dano was documenting the day’s adventure …. on her way to meet Erika and surprise her for her birthday!

Dano, along with whomever was filming these video gems, captured the moments when Erika was greeted first by Linda, then by Anna Holbrook (Ex-AW, OLTL), Loyita Chapel (Ex-OLTL), and then Loyita’s husband, the one and only Bob Woods (Ex-Bo, OLTL)!

Erika’s reactions are priceless and sweet, and we have to thank Linda for sharing this with One Life and soap fans around the twitterverse.

Watch the videos after the jump of Linda, Bob, and more greeting Erika on her birthday.  Then send your bday well-wishes to Erika in the comment section below.

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Peace & Blessings
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Peace & Blessings

Happy Birthday great lady!

Bruce
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Bruce

Happy birthday Erika!! I miss you and Viki so much.

Gloria
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Gloria

Happy Birthday to Erika! So good to see her and all her cronies looking well. I miss the OLTL family! God Bless to all.

Amanda
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Amanda

Love it! Everyone looks beautiful and happy. Robert S. Woods looks so good with a beard! Thanks for posting. I miss my 2nd family very much. When I can’t see them every day, it’s just really nice to know they are chugging along and to see their lovely faces now and again.

Lisa
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Lisa

Happy Birthday Erika !
So good to see you again.
And some of your former costars as well – you are so missed on screen. <3

Jay Keaveny
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Jay Keaveny

What a cool thing to do! One of the many, many reasons why OLTL and its cast were so special!

Ric
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Ric

Happy Birthday! U are so missed on our screens!

Janice
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Janice

Oh how I missed these people and my beloved #oltl

patti
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patti

wishing a happy belated birthday to an icon of an actress erika… you look amazing as well as everyone else that celebrated with you. missing you all!!!!!

Linda
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Linda

Happy Birthday Erika! I loved you on OLTL and hope you are doing well.

louisa
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louisa

I’m crying!! Love these people! They all look very happy. Me: I’m missing One Life to Live everyday.

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

Me too Louisa.

Jo Medsker
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Jo Medsker

Same here. I just found this gem. I often think of my old friends from OLTL. Shame shame ABC.

jlh
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jlh

It’s great starting off the day seeing an old friend. 🙂 Happy Birthday, Erika!

Sheila Blanchard
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Sheila Blanchard

Happy Birthday! Looks like a fun day for you!! I enjoyed it – thank you & happy day!

Doxielover
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Doxielover

Oh my goodness… The best cast ever, the greatest actress ever. Miss the show. Happy Birthday beautiful Erika.

Sheila
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Sheila

Happy Birthday Erika (Vicki)! Miss getting to see you and all the OLTL cast 5 days a week! So good to see you are well and happy!

jeremy
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jeremy

Happy Birthday! 😉

Catherine Climpson
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Catherine Climpson

Happy, Happy Birthday Erika!!!!! 🙂 I love and I miss you and OLTL soooooooo much!!! I hope that you have a fabulous day!!! 🙂

Take good care,

Love,

Catherine Climpson

Liz
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Liz

Happy birthday, dear Erika! Just like Snoop Dog, I love you, Miss Viki!

Roberta G
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Roberta G

Happy Birthday Erica ! And hello everybody ! I miss you guys !

Pamela
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Pamela

So glad to see u ! In her best billy crystal voice—u look marvelous!

David Raymond Haight
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David Raymond Haight

Happy 21st bday Erika!!!!!

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

What a wonderful treat to see everyone looking so well. Very happy birthday Erika!!!!!!!! I miss you and everyone else from our beloved One Life to Live everyday.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

H A P P Y B I R T H D A Y, ERIKA SLEZAK!!!!!!!!!! YOU ARE SUCH AN A+ CLASS ACT!!!!!!!!!! HAVE AN AWESOME BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!

Candy
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Candy

Happy Birthday Erika you are so missed!!

meg
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meg

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ,ERIKA ,

Anthony
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Anthony

Happy Birthday Erika I miss you and one life to live family enjoy your birthday

Anthony
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Anthony

Happy birthday

Penny
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Penny

Happy Birthday, Erika! Miss you very much!

BrenKay
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BrenKay

Happy Birthday Erika! You look beautiful as always! It was great seeing everyone, thanks for sharing Linda Dano! I miss One Life To Live so much, it was my daily treat and I loved it!

Charlotte Robnett
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Charlotte Robnett

Happy birthday to you and looking at everyone from OLTL is certainly a treat. Thank you Linda Dani for sharing this with us.

blake
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blake

That is so cool, if I was there with those OLTL and AW stars I would have died! So cool seeing them all get together, that is really great!

Anna Holbrook! She was amazing as Sharlene on AW, her and John were perfect as the hippie types from the 60’s all grown up. She was so talented that I’m surprised another soap didn’t grab her, but I think she did a lot of prime time shows.

Linda
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Linda

Happy B’day Erika! Loved you in everything you’ve been in & of course OLTL. Sure wish we could get you on #GH as Monica or Tracy’s college roommate. Best wishes

mark
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mark

Love Erika and Linda!!!

Steve
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Steve

Erika of course I’m going to wish you a VERY HAPPY BDAY FROM A FAN WITH THANKS AND LOVE FOR DECADES OF GREAT DAYTIME.

k/kay
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k/kay

Lovely lady miss her on the soaps but their is not one that is airing today that I would want her in terrible writers !

fginaspy
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fginaspy

Happy Birthday to you dear Erika Slesak….

mike
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mike

Please Frank give her a great reccuring role on GH.

Fran
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Fran

Happy Birthday , miss u on TV wish we could see u on the TV again .

Lin
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Lin

Happy Birthday, Erika. Wishing every happiness and good health. Would you consider a guest appearance for a few weeks (or forever) on GH? What about nighttime? Anyway, i hope life is wonderful for you. I miss seeing you.

Muchele K
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Muchele K

Happy birthday Erika. Miss seeing you every day♡

E
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E

Happy Birthday Erika! You are the greatest actress to ever grace daytime television.

SamSoap
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SamSoap

Happy Birthday, to the lovely and talented Erika Slesac!!

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Happy Birthday to Erika Slezak who made Vicki (and all her other personas) come to life for so many years. You provided endless hours of escapism…Vicki was heart and home in the show and on the screen. Bob Woods? You are the essence of likeability and charm. If you still have the desire to work in daytime, hope you both wind up someday soon in Port Charles. 🙂

Rodd
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Rodd

Happy Birthday to one very classy lady surrounded by a bunch of classy friends. Love to them all.

Karen
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Karen

Thank you all who posted Erikas birthday celebration. She’s a beautiful woman. Happy birthday Erika

GemmaG
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GemmaG

Hope she had a wonderful birthday! After watching OLTL for over 30 yrs, it was like she was a 2nd mom, except with GOOD advice (except when she was Niki… or Tommy…)!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Happy Birthday, Erika–miss all those actors and their characters so very much!

Kat Hilderbrand
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Kat Hilderbrand

Happy Birthday, Erika! I miss this bunch so much, but I am watching old OLTL episodes and loving that! Have a great year!

Jonathan
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Jonathan

I still remember the first scene I saw of Viki- it was 1971 during the Steve Burke/Marcy Wade arc- Erica Slezak was 26 years old!

KLB_MCI
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KLB_MCI

Happy belated to Ms. Slezak! It looks like an awesome time, and Ms. Dano appears to be a very cool friend! Best wishes for many more celebrations!

Jo Medsker
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Jo Medsker

What a treat. It is 12/29/16. I just googled Ericka’s name. I often think of her and wishing she is having a wonderful life. But deep down I want her back on one of the remaining soaps. I adore her so. It is wonderful to see Bob and his wife and Linda Dano too. My favorite soap was OLTL. I still have not forgiven ABC for the AMC/OLTL cancellation. Linda thanks for doing this for us fans out here.

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