Kathryn Hays

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Kathryn Hays
Robert Vaughn Kathryn Hays Man From UNCLE.JPG
Hays with Robert Vaughn in The Man From U.N.C.L.E (1965).
Born Kay Piper
(1933-07-26) July 26, 1933 (age 82)
Princeton, Illinois, U.S.
Years active 1962–present
Spouse(s) Wolfgang G Lieschke (1984-1985) (annulled)
Glenn Ford (1966-1969) (divorced)
? (? - ?) (divorced) (1 child)
Children Shari Hays Wells

Kathryn Hays (born 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 Kay Piper in Princeton, Illinois and grew up in Joliet.[1] Hays was married to actor Glenn Ford from 1966 to 1969.[2]

In the 1966–1967 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
1962 Hawaiian Eye Jean Morgan Episode: "Total Eclipse"
1962 Surfside 6 Joy Allen Episode: "Many a Slip"
1962 Naked City Beth Rydecker Episode: "The Rydecker Case"
1963 The United States Steel Hour Rachel Trafford Episode: "Moment of Rage"
1963 Wide Country Lila Never Episode: "The Girl from Nob Hill"
1963 Dr. Kildare Gina Beemis Episode: "An Island Like a Peacock"
1963 Route 66 Judith Kane Episode: "Shadows of an Afternoon"
1963 The Lieutenant Carol Wayden Episode: "Cool of the Evening"
1963 The Eleventh Hour Hallie Lambert Episode: "What Did She Mean by Good Luck?"
1963 Ladybug Ladybug Mrs. Forbes
1964 The Nurses Sheila Warren Episode: "Climb a Broken Ladder"
1964 Mr. Novak Jenny Peterson Episode: "One Way to Say Goodbye"
1964 Arrest and Trial Joanne Collins Episode: "He Ran for His Life"
1964 Bonanza Prudence Jessup Episode: "The Wild One"
1964 The Defenders Katy Vronis Episode: "King of the Hill"
1965 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Joyce Dailey Episode: "One of the Family"
1965 The Virginian Charity Episode: "A Slight Case of Charity"
1965 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Mary Pilgrim Episode: "The See-Paris-And-Die Affair"
1965 Branded Christina Adams Episode: "Very Few Heroes"
1965 Kraft Suspense Theatre Terry Camion Episode: "Kill Me on July 20th"
1966 Ride Beyond Vengeance Jessie Larkin Trapp
1966 Run for Your Life Belle Frazer Episode: "The Cruel Fountain"
1966-1967 The Road West Elizabeth Reynolds Series regular, 29 episodes
1967 Vacation Playhouse Betsy Fleming Episode: "You're Only Young Twice"
1967 Counterpoint Annabelle Rice
1968 The High Chaparral Miss Frances O'Toole Episode: "Tornado Frances"
1968 Mannix Betsy Charnik Episode: "End of the Rainbow"
1968 Star Trek Gem Episode: "The Empath"
1969 Here Come the Brides Dena Episode: "A Kiss Just for So"
1969 This Savage Land Elizabeth Reynolds Television film
1970 Breakout Ann Baker Television film
1971 The Bold Ones: The New Doctors Marcy Episode: "An Absence of Loneliness"
1971 Yuma Julie Williams Television film
1971 Guiding Light Leslie Jackson Bauer Norris Bauer Series regular
1971 Marcus Welby, M.D. Ellen Episode: "In My Father's House"
1971 Bearcats! Milly Todd Episode: "The Return of Estaban"
1972 Cade's County Helen Derman Episode: "Ragged Edge"
1972 Night Gallery June Episode: "She'll Be Company for You"
1972-2010 As the World Turns Kim Sullivan Hughes Series regular
1973 Ghost Story Janet Episode: "Legion of Demons"
1989 American Playhouse Harriet Rodker Episode: "Ask Me Again"
1999 Law & Order Gloria Blumberg Episode: "Sundown"
2007 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Jane Willet Episode: "Florida"
2010 One Life to Live Kim Hughes Episode: "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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