“One Life to Live” Actress and Daughter of Soap Opera Legend Dies “Very Suddenly” at 42

by J Pelkey
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Amanda Davies, a familiar face on ABC’s beloved soap opera “One Life to Live,” has passed away “very suddenly” at only 42 years old.

Hailing from a soap opera family, the young actress portrayed the teenage version of the show’s matriarch, Victoria “Viki” Lord, played by Erika Slezak, who was Davies’ real-life mother.

No cause of death has been given.

Slezak, 77, confirmed her daughter’s passing on Monday, via her personal website, sharing that Davies died “very suddenly”:

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It is with great sadness that I share the news of the passing of Erika’s daughter Amanda Elizabeth Davies who died very suddenly. The family is heartbroken and would appreciate privacy at this time.

Daily Mail provided details about the family:

Davies is survived by her mother, actor father Brian Davies, 85, and brother Michael, 43. 

Slezak welcomed Amanda with Brian in 1981. He is known for roles in American Gigolo, Convoy, and The Age of Innocence.

Slezak played Viki on One Life To Live from 1971 until the television finale in 2012.

She won six Daytime Emmy Awards during her time on the show – the most of any daytime drama actress.

Later on her daughter Amanda played the character in a number of flashbacks in 2002 and in 2013, when the show was revived as a web series.

Slezak is the daughter of Walter Slezak, who is a Tony-winning actor, famous for starring in Alfred Hitchcock’s Lifeboat. 

This is the second death to affect the One Life To Live cast in less than two months.

Actor Kamar de los Reyes, who played cop Antonio Vega, died on Christmas Eve at the age of 56, following a battle with cancer.

“This just broke my heart. My thoughts are with dear Erika at this time. I know how much she loved her children,” TV journalist Michael Fairman posted on X:

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