Kathryn Hays

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Kathryn Hays
Robert Vaughn Kathryn Hays Man From UNCLE.JPG
Kay Piper

(1933-07-26) July 26, 1933 (age 86)
Years active1962–present
  • Wolfgang G Lieschke
    (m. 1984; annulled 1985)
  • Glenn Ford
    (m. 1966; div. 1969)
  • Unknown
    (m. 19??; div)

Kathryn Hays (born Kay Piper, July 26, 1933) is an American actress, best known for her role as Kim Hughes on the CBS soap opera, As the World Turns from 1972 to 2010.

Life and career[edit]

Hays was born in Princeton, Illinois, and grew up in Joliet.[1]

Hays was married three times. Her first marriage was to Wolfgang G Lieschke in 1954. The marriage lasted a year before being annulled in 1955. In 1966, Hays married actor Glenn Ford; they divorced in 1969.[2] Wells was also at one point married to and subsequently divorced from an unknown man, with whom she had one daughter, Sherri Hays Wells.

In the 1966–67 television season, Hays appeared as Elizabeth Reynolds Pride in the NBC western series The Road West, with co-stars Barry Sullivan, Andrew Prine, Kelly Corcoran and Glenn Corbett. She played Sullivan's wife and Prine's stepmother (though she was only three years his senior). Corbett appeared as her brother, Chance Reynolds. 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.

Hays played guest-starring parts in many sitcoms and drama series throughout the 1960s and into the 1970s, as well as appearing in films such as Ride Beyond Vengeance (1966) and Counterpoint (1968). In 1972, she was cast as Kim Sullivan Hughes on CBS's As the World Turns. She remained with As the World Turns until its final episode on September 17, 2010.[3] The character of Kim was 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. Prior to her role on As the World Turns, Hays played the role of Leslie Bauer on Guiding Light.[4] Hays is also respected for her work on the stage, having appeared on Broadway several times, including Dames at Sea with Bernadette Peters.

Hays' other appearances include guest roles in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order, Marcus Welby, M.D, Bonanza, and Branded. Ms. Hays also guest-starred with Clint Walker in the 1971 TV film Yuma. She played the part of hotel owner Julie Williams.



Year Title Role Notes
1963 Ladybug Ladybug Betty Forbes
1966 Ride Beyond Vengeance Jessie Larkin Trapp
1968 Counterpoint Annabelle Rice
1971 Yuma


Year Title Role Notes
1962 Hawaiian Eye Jean Morgan "Total Eclipse"
1962 Surfside 6 Joy Allen "Many a Slip"
1962 Naked City Beth Rydecker "The Rydecker Case"
1963 The United States Steel Hour Rachel Trafford "Moment of Rage"
1963 Wide Country Lila Never "The Girl from Nob Hill"
1963 Dr. Kildare Gina Beemis "An Island Like a Peacock"
1963 Route 66 Judith Kane "Shadows of an Afternoon"
1963 The Lieutenant Carol Wayden "Cool of the Evening"
1963 The Eleventh Hour Hallie Lambert "What Did She Mean by Good Luck?"
1964 The Nurses Sheila Warren "Climb a Broken Ladder"
1964 Mr. Novak Jenny Peterson "One Way to Say Goodbye"
1964 Arrest and Trial Joanne Collins "He Ran for His Life"
1964 Bonanza Prudence Jessup "The Wild One"
1964 The Defenders Katy Vronis "King of the Hill"
1965 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Joyce Dailey "One of the Family"
1965 The Virginian Charity "A Slight Case of Charity"
1965 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Mary Pilgrim "The See-Paris-and-Die Affair"
1965 Branded Christina Adams "Very Few Heroes"
1965 Kraft Suspense Theatre Terry Camion "Kill Me on July 20th"
1966 Run for Your Life Belle Frazer "The Cruel Fountain"
1966–67 The Road West Elizabeth Reynolds Main role
1967 Vacation Playhouse Betsy Fleming "You're Only Young Twice"
1968 The High Chaparral Frances O'Toole "Tornado Frances"
1968 Mannix Betsy Charnik "The End of the Rainbow"
1968 Star Trek: The Original Series Gem "The Empath"
1969 Here Come the Brides Dena "A Kiss Just for So"
1969 This Savage Land Elizabeth Reynolds TV film
1970 Breakout Ann Baker TV film
1971 The Bold Ones: The New Doctors Marcy "An Absence of Loneliness"
1971 Yuma Julie Williams TV film
1971 Marcus Welby, M.D. Ellen "In My Father's House"
1971 Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law Lori Phillips "Nothing Personal"
1971 Bearcats! Milly Todd "The Return of Estaban"
1971 Guiding Light Leslie Jackson Bauer Norris Bauer TV series
1972 Cade's Country Helen Derman "Ragged Edge"
1972 Night Gallery June "She'll Be Company for You"
1972–2010 As the World Turns Kim Sullivan Hughes Regular role
1973 Ghost Story Janet "Legion of Demons"
1989 American Playhouse Harriet Rodker "Ask Me Again"
1999 Law & Order Gloria Blumberg "Sundown"
2007 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Jane Willet "Florida"
2010 One Life to Live Kim Hughes "Shiver Deep, Mountain High"


  1. ^ "Kathryn Hays". Metacritic. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
  2. ^ Sheri Stritof. "The Marriages and Wives of Glenn Ford". About.com Dating & Relationships. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
  3. ^ Li, Shirley (2010-08-31). "'As the World Turns': Kathryn Hays, a.k.a. Kim Hughes, reflects on final day of taping | Inside TV | EW.com". Insidetv.ew.com. Retrieved 2013-10-01.
  4. ^ "Kathryn Hays - Biography - MSN Movies". Movies.msn.com. 1933-07-26. Retrieved 2013-10-01.

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