Victoria/Niki/Jean Lord Banks (as played by Erika Slezak on One Life To Live)
Useful information about Victoria/Niki/Jean Lord Banks
* Resides at Llanfair on 1177 Regency Drive.
* Loves her children and extended family dearly.
* Was molested by her father.
* Has Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID).
* Was raped by Mitch Laurence.
* Suffered a stroke.
* While suffering from DID, she burnt down part of Llanfair and held Dorian Lord prisoner.
* Discovered Todd Manning was her brother.
* Built a newspaper empire.
* Battled breast cancer and underwent a heart transplant using her husband Ben Davidson's heart.
* Found out in 2006 that Jessica had DID.
Who's played Victoria/Niki/Jean Lord Banks over the years?
Erika Slezak (1971 - Present)
Judith Barcroft (1986 - temporary replacement)
Christine Jones (1981 - temporary replacement)
Joanne Dorian (1971)
Gillian Spencer (1968 - 1971)
Current and Past Occupation
Current: Publisher/Owner of The Banner
Past: Dean of Llanview University
Past: Board member at Llanview Hospital
Past: Mayor of Llanview
Taking up residence in Llanview in 1968, Victoria Davidson was sexually abused as a child, Viki developed Dissociative Identity Disorder (D.I.D) and created many identities who would later wreak havoc on her life for years to come.
After the death of her first husband, Joe Reilly, Viki went on to marry Clint Buchanan who also adopted her children. While the two still have an emotional connection to this day, it wasn't easy for Clint to endure Viki's alter egos. Suffering from D.I.D, Viki took Clint on the roller coaster ride of his life for years!
During their first marriage, Viki's wild, free-spirited alter ego Niki emerged to set off and live it up! However, knowing Clint would never allow it, Niki pretended to be Viki and convinced Clint that she (Viki) wanted a divorce! Soon after, Clint found out that Viki had been ill again and came up with a plan to make her come back to him. He took Viki's sister Tina, who had a thing for Clint, to a lodge and arranged for 'Niki' to show up. When Niki entered the room and saw Clint and Tina about to have sex, it was enough to lure Viki out again!
Although Viki and Clint remarried, they ended up divorced once again after she fell in love with Sloan Carpenter. Their love affair was short lived after Sloan died of cancer leaving Viki emotionally devastated.
Over the years, Viki's rival with enemy Dorian Lord took her on many twists and turns, both physically and emotionally! While under the control of her alter Jean Randall, Viki trapped Dorian in the basement at Llanfair and held her hostage for months! Although she had believed that Dorian had murdered her father, Viki later found out that for years she had buried her father's dirty sins, using many different personalities to help her cope, and realized that she was the one who killed him! Viki immediately went through therapy and successfully got her life back!
Years later, Viki found out that Todd Manning was her brother and continues to be an influential part in his life to this day. Viki's next biggest love would come at a time when she felt at a 'Crossroads' in her life. Finding herself stranded on a dark road, Viki entered the Crossroads Bar and met bartender Ben Davidson who nicknamed her Blondie. Eventually, the two fell madly in love and lived the most romantic, magical love story of a lifetime!
With the support of Ben, Viki found out she had another daughter, Natalie, the twin of Jessica who had been stolen at birth! It took Viki months to gain Natalie's trust and make her feel a part of the family, but in the end Viki's love for her family prevailed. Although Ben's secret past and Viki's dysfunctional family secrets and diagnosis of breast cancer at times threatened their great love, it would be an ambush caused by a crazed woman that would take Ben from Viki and put him in a coma for years.
Just when things were looking up, Viki found out that she was suffering from heart disease and needed a transplant. After finding out that Ben's heart was a perfect match, Viki was faced with her family's pleas to accept that Ben was gone and take the gift of his heart and live on through him. With the grace of God, and the healing strength of Ben's love, Viki's heart transplant was a success.
Her new heart would prove to hold strong in 2006 when Viki would find that her daughter Jessica also suffered from D.I.D as a direct result of Viki's own illness. While under the control of her 'alter' Niki Smith, Viki frequently took Jessica to a bar, as a child, where she had fallen into the dirty hands of a child molester. Through Jessica's integration and forgiveness, Viki was able to forgive herself.
Finding herself at another crossroads, Viki was feeling her life slipping by and eagerly sought a new path and adventure to take on her own. Viki took off and found comfort in a little diner in Paris, Texas, where she worked as waitress with Gigi, Moe and Noelle. She met Charlie Banks and later found out he was Jared's father.
Charlie moved to Llanview and over time the two married. He stood by Viki's side through her troubles with Jessica, as Viki did for him after Jared's death. They experienced issues caused by Dorian Lord, who Charlie worked for.
It wasn't until Echo returned to Llanview when things really went downhill for Viki and Charlie. Echo went along with Clint to make Charlie believe that he was Rex's father. This brought Charlie closer to Echo, much to Viki's dislike. Even after it was revealed that Clint rigged the test and was Rex's real father, Charlie continued to stay close to Echo and wasn't there for Viki, who was dealing with Tess' return, due to the other paternity switch Clint had ordered.
After Viki walked in on Charlie and Echo in bed, she threw him out and asked for a divorce. Though she was trying to keep it together in order to gain temporary custody of Ryder while Jessica was Tess, Viki lost control and let Niki Smith out. Niki's reign didn't last long... Jean came out as well and tried to rectify Niki's actions, but in the end Viki was able to regain control.
The epitome of class, Victoria Lord Davidson Banks is one of the strongest foundations upon which Llanview is built who is always there with her love and support during her family's most traumatic times of need!
Charlie Banks (married August 4, 2009 - present)
Ben Davidson (2000 - 2004 - widowed)
Sloan Carpenter (1994)
Joe Riley (1974)
Steve Burke (1972)
Joe Riley (1969)
Flings and Relationships
Victor Lord (father - deceased)
Eugenia Randolph (mother - deceased)
Tony Lord (half-brother)
Tina Clayton Lord (half-sister)
Todd Manning (half-brother)
Meredith Lord (half-sister - deceased)
Brian Kendall (half-nephew - deceased)
C.J. Roberts (half-nephew)
Sarah Roberts (half-niece)
Starr Manning (half-niece)
Jack Manning (half-nephew)
Thomas John McBain (half-nephew)
Daniel Wolek (half-nephew)
Powell Lord Sr. (uncle - deceased)
Gwendolyn Lord (aunt - deceased)
Dorothy Randolph (aunt - deceased)
Powell Lord II (cousin - deceased)
Richard Abbott (cousin)
Powell Lord III (first cousin)
Megan Gordon (daughter with Roger - 1963- 1992 - deceased)
Kevin Buchanan Sr. (son with Joe, adopted by Clint)
Joseph Francis Riley Buchanan (son with Joe - adopted by Clint)
Jessica Buchanan (daughter with Mitch- adopted by Clint)
Natalie Buchanan (daughter with Clint)
Demerest Buchanan (grandson - deceased)
Kevin Riley Buchanan Jr. (grandson - deceased)
Megan Victoria Buchanan (granddaughter - deceased)
Brennan Buchanan (granddaughter)
Zane Buchanan (great-grandson)