Amanda Davies and Erika Slezak | Source: Getty Images
Amanda Davies and Erika Slezak | Source: Getty Images

'One Life to Live' Star Erika Slezak's Daughter Amanda Davies Dies 'Very Suddenly' at 42

Taitirwa Sehliselwe Murape
Apr 24, 2024
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The daughter of famous actors Erika Slezak and Brian Davies died "very suddenly" at 42 years old. Like her parents, Amanda Davies also built a career in the entertainment industry.

Amanda Davies and Erika Slezak at the 22nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in New York City on May 19, 1995 | Source: Getty Images

Amanda Davies and Erika Slezak at the 22nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in New York City on May 19, 1995 | Source: Getty Images

Amanda Davies lived a short life. Before her death, she worked as an actress and even portrayed the younger version of Victoria "Viki" Lord, Erika's character from the famous sitcom, "One Life to Live." Her appearances on the show that first aired in 1968 took place in 2003 during the scenes that would show flashbacks.

Brian Davies, Erika Slezak and Amanda Davies at a "One Life to Live" 40th anniversary celebration for Erika Slezak in 2011. | Source: Getty Images

Brian Davies, Erika Slezak and Amanda Davies at a "One Life to Live" 40th anniversary celebration for Erika Slezak in 2011. | Source: Getty Images

was confirmed in a statement made by her mother's representative. A message on her mother's fan website , "It is with great sadness that I share the news of the passing of Erika's daughter [...] who died very suddenly. The family is heartbroken and would appreciate privacy at this time."

Brian Davies, Erika Slezak, Michael Davies and Amanda Davies at the premiere of "Flubber" in New York City on November 16, 1997 | Source: Getty Images

Brian Davies, Erika Slezak, Michael Davies and Amanda Davies at the premiere of "Flubber" in New York City on November 16, 1997 | Source: Getty Images

In addition to her five-time Emmy Award-winning mom and stage star father, Amanda is also survived by her older brother, Michael Davies. The brother and sister, who come from a , were born in October and January, respectively.

Amanda, Brian and Michael Davies with Erika Slezak at the 19th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in New York City on June 23, 1992 | Source: Getty Images

Amanda, Brian and Michael Davies with Erika Slezak at the 19th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in New York City on June 23, 1992 | Source: Getty Images

Although Amanda forged a career in show business, acting had been something Erika didn't necessarily want either of her kids to embark on. When they were children, the doting mother previously , "Although Brian and I love what we do, and I don't doubt that the children will think about acting careers at some point, I'd rather they chose something other than acting."

Brian Davies and Erika Slezak at the Roundabout Theatre Company's Annual Spring Gala in New York City on April 30, 2001 | Source: Getty Images

Brian Davies and Erika Slezak at the Roundabout Theatre Company's Annual Spring Gala in New York City on April 30, 2001 | Source: Getty Images

Erika, who once starred alongside late actor , explained that how the industry works is based mainly on luck. She said that whether or not one obtains a role is primarily out of one's control. Naturally, when raising her kids, Erika and Brian ensured that Amanda and Michael remained away from the business.

They did so to try and give their children a normal childhood they could enjoy. However, there were times when Erika said Michael and Amanda would come by and visit her at the studio.

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