Kathryn Hays

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Kathryn Hays
BornKay Piper
(1933-07-26) July 26, 1933 (ageĀ 79)
Princeton, Illinois
Years active1962-present
Spouse(s)Glenn Ford (1966-1969)
Wolf Lieshke (1984-1986)
 
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Kathryn Hays
BornKay Piper
(1933-07-26) July 26, 1933 (ageĀ 79)
Princeton, Illinois
Years active1962-present
Spouse(s)Glenn Ford (1966-1969)
Wolf Lieshke (1984-1986)

Kathryn Hays (born July 26, 1933) is an American actress. She was born in Princeton, Illinois and grew up in Joliet, Illinois.

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 is 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 bit parts in many sitcoms and drama series throughout the 1960s and into the 1970s. 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.

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.

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.

Family

Hays has had three marriages, most notably to actor Glenn Ford, to whom she was married from 1966 to 1969. She currently resides in 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 and her granddaughter, Kathryn Wells, has modeled in national campaigns for such companies as Ames, LLBean, and Abercrombie Kids.

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