COUPLE: Clint Buchanan & Victoria Lord Riley
SHOW: ONE LIFE TO LIVE
Clint: Clint Ritchie, Jerry verDorn
Viki: Erika Slezak
Upon learning he was dying, Viki's husband, Joe Riley, hired Clint to become editor of their newspaper, The Banner. Viki and Clint clashed following Joe's death but as time went on the two began to warm up to each other. Eventually they fell in love and were finally married in 1982. They would divorce and re-marry again in the '80s as a string of complications continued to cause conflict as they faced interference from people like Mitch Laurence (as well as Viki's other personalities), not to mention Viki going to heaven, time traveling, the Old West and so much more. By the end of the series on ABC in 2012, verDorn was playing Clint, who proposed to Viki on the final episode.
Clint was the first Buchanan to join ONE LIFE TO LIVE and that family as well as the one he built with Viki would impact storylines for the rest of the show's run. Their relationship shifted in tone many times over the years but no matter how much conflict they faced (or how "out there" some of the stories may have been) they always entertained.
Clint and Viki were nominated as Favorite Super Couple: Daytime at the 1989 Soap Opera Digest Awards. Erika Slezak was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award nine times in ONE LIFE's final three decades winning six trophies (the most of any actress in daytime history).
Ritchie passed away in 2009 at age 70.
From Patrick Erwin (A THOUSAND OTHER WORLDS): Both characters have had more lives to live, on their own and with other spouses, than most soap couples. But Viki and Clint were always home base for each other. Clint supported Viki through all of the horrifying revelations about her alters; Viki believed in the good in Clint even when he himself thought it was gone for good.
- Clint met Viki on ONE LIFE TO LIVE when he brought her drunk husband, Joe, home in 1979
- Clint & Viki's second wedding
- Clint and Viki reunite in the Old West
- Clint proposes to Viki in ONE LIFE TO LIVE's final episode
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