July 26, 1933
Princeton, Illinois, U.S.
Life and career
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. 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. 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. 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.
|1963||Ladybug Ladybug||Betty Forbes|
|1966||Ride Beyond Vengeance||Jessie Larkin Trapp|
|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"|
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