Kathryn Hays

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name = Kathryn Hays
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birthdate = birth date and age|1933|7|26
location = Princeton, Illinois
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yearsactive = 1962-
spouse = Glenn Ford (1966-1969)
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notable role = Kim Hughes, "As the World Turns"
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Kathryn Hays (born July 26, 1933) is an American actress. She was born in Princeton, Illinois and grew up in Joliet, Illinois.

An actress who played bit parts in many sitcoms and dramas throughout the 1960s and into the 1970s, she is most famous for her role as Kim Sullivan Hughes on "As the World Turns". Hays has been on the soap opera since her debut in 1972.

Long-known for her pixie-length brown hairdo, Hays has, in recent years, stopped coloring it, opting for a natural gray. The character of Kim was has been a pivotal heroine on the show for over thirty years. Hays was prominently featured in the 50th anniversary episode of the show, which aired in April 2006.

In 1968, she appeared on "Star Trek" in the episode "The Empath," portraying "Gem," a mute alien capable of assuming the pain and the injuries of others, and thereby healing them. It was this appearance that inspired creator Gene Roddenberry to write a role for her in all of his projects, in case she wanted to return. (This was not the first time that she worked with Roddenberry. Billed as "and introducing Kathryn Hays", she had a major role in the June 1962 Naked City episode, The Ryedecker Case. The script was written by Gene Roddenberry. Hays had also appeared on the Roddenberry-produced series "The Lieutenant".)

Prior to her role on "As the World Turns", Hays played the role of Leslie Bauer on "Guiding Light". Hays is also respected for her work on the stage, having appeared on Broadway several times, including "Dames at Sea" with Bernadette Peters.

Hays has had three marriages, most notably to actor Glenn Ford, to whom she was married from 1966 to 1969. She currently resides in lower Manhattan and Bridgeport, Connecticut. She is the eldest of three generations of women to work in acting and modeling: her daughter, Sherri Hays Wells, was successful in regional theater, most notably in the title role of the Washington, D.C. production of "To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday". Her granddaughter, Kathryn Wells, has appeared in national campaigns for Ames, L.L.Bean, and Abercrombie Kids, among others.

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* 2008 [http://sciences.aum.edu/~nthomas9/newskathy.pdf Interview] in the Bureau County Journal

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