It Wasn’t Me, It Was My Split Personality: 10 Memorable Soap Opera DID Storylines
No. 1: Victoria Lord/Niki Smith/Tori/Jean/Tommy, One Life to Live
There isn't enough HTML code to properly sum up Victoria Lord's (Gillian Spencer, Erika Slezak) battles with DID, as they spanned the soap opera One Life to Live's entire run (1968-2012). As it was originally conceived, reserved, WASPy Viki split into bar-hopping Niki Smith as a result of all the pressures placed on her by her tyrannical father, publishing tycoon Victor Lord.
It was later revealed that Viki's split personalities were the result of something much more sinister — the girlhood sexual abuse Viki suffered at the hands of the Lord partriarch! For decades, Viki struggled to keep Niki and her other various alters (Jean, Tori, Tommy) at bay. For some reason (namely Sweeps periods and Daytime Emmy reels), she never quite managed to stay integrated though. We wouldn't have had it any other way!
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