It Wasn’t Me, It Was My Split Personality: 10 Memorable Soap Opera DID Storylines
No. 9: Jessica Buchanan/Tess/Bess/Wes, One Life to Live
Some girls get their eyes from their mothers; others their witty personalities, or curvy bottoms. What Jessica Buchanan (Bree Williamson) inherited from her mama, however, isn’t anything to write a hip-hop song about! When Niki Smith, the rowdy alter of distinguished publishing queen Victoria Lord (Erika Slezak) took Viki’s young daughter to a bar—inadvertently allowing the child to be molested—Jessie’s alternate personality Tess took over to help Jessica endure the tragedy.
When Tess re-emerged many years later, she wasn’t nearly as concerned with keeping Jess safe, as she was behaving like a wannabe Paris Hilton, complete with the bed-hopping and the social diseases. Much like her mother Viki split into both the outrageous Niki and sensible, gatekeeper Jean personas, Jess not only had Tess, but know-it-all Bess lurking beneath her alabaster skin. If that wasn’t kooky enough, at one point our troubled heroine also morphed into a horny, hetero dude named Wes! It's a wonder the Lord-Buchanans didn't set up a Friends and Family discount plan at St. Ann’s psychiatric hospital.