Kathryn Hays

Biography: Kathryn Hays is best known for her work as an actress on television -- ironically, her most notable credits in that medium reside in two vastly different genres and professional engagements: as a longtime member of the cast of the daytime drama As The World Turns, portraying Kim Sullivan Hughes for more than 30 years; and for her performance in a single 1968 episode of the science fiction series Star Trek, entitled "The Empath." Hays was born in Princeton, IL, and raised in Joliet. She did theatrical work from the outset of her career, but from the early '60s also distinguished herself on television -- starting with a 1962 episode of the police drama Naked City up through a regular role on The Guiding Light, and on to her multi-decade work on As the World Turns. The Star Trek episode "The Empath" cast Hays in a mute role as "Gem," an alien who is trapped beneath the surface of a dying planet with the captain (William Shatner), first officer (Leonard Nimoy), and senior medicalKathryn Hays is best known for her work as an actress on television -- ironically, her most notable credits in that medium reside in two vastly different genres and professional engagements: as a longtime member of the cast of the daytime drama As The World Turns, portraying Kim Sullivan Hughes for more than 30 years; and for her performance in a single 1968 episode of the science fiction series Star Trek, entitled "The Empath." Hays was born in Princeton, IL, and raised in Joliet. She did theatrical work from the outset of her career, but from the early '60s also distinguished herself on television -- starting with a 1962 episode of the police drama Naked City up through a regular role on The Guiding Light, and on to her multi-decade work on As the World Turns. The Star Trek episode "The Empath" cast Hays in a mute role as "Gem," an alien who is trapped beneath the surface of a dying planet with the captain (William Shatner), first officer (Leonard Nimoy), and senior medical officer (DeForest Kelley) of the starship Enterprise. Her wonderfully expressive features (especially her eyes) and her portrayal -- which was almost balletic at times -- allowed Hays to totally dominate the screen and the episode without uttering a word of dialogue; many fans of the series regard her work as the finest guest-starring portrayal in the entire run of the show, and she helped to turn "The Empath" into the best single episode of the series' third season. Around this same time, Hays also starred in one theatrical film, Ralph Nelson's music-and-war drama Counterpoint (1967), playing opposite Charlton Heston. During this period, from 1966 through 1969, she was also married to Glenn Ford, who was then part of the shrinking ranks of genuine big-screen legends in the movie business. As a New York-based actress, Hays' career has mostly been centered on the small screen, as well as the stage. She is virtually an acting institution among daytime drama aficionados, and her work on As the World Turns hasn't stopped her from doing occasional guest-star turns in such New York-filmed dramas as Law & Order and Law & Order: SVU in more recent years. Expand

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Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd As The World Turns: Season 55 Apr 2, 2010 Kim Sullivan Hughes tbd
tbd As The World Turns: Season 54 Apr 2, 2009 Kim Sullivan Hughes tbd
tbd As The World Turns: Season 53 Apr 2, 2008 Kim Sullivan Hughes tbd
tbd As The World Turns: Season 52 Apr 2, 2007 Kim Sullivan Hughes tbd
tbd As The World Turns: Season 51 Apr 3, 2006 Kim Sullivan Hughes (1972-1975; 1976-) tbd
tbd As The World Turns: Season 50 Apr 4, 2005 Kim Sullivan Hughes tbd
tbd Guiding Light: Season 53 Jun 30, 2004 Leslie Jackson (1971) tbd
tbd As The World Turns: Season 49 Apr 2, 2004 Kim Sullivan Hughes (1972-1975; 1976-) tbd
tbd As The World Turns: Season 48 Apr 2, 2003 Kim Sullivan Hughes tbd
tbd Law & Order: Season 10 Sep 22, 1999 Gloria Blumberg 9.4
tbd Guiding Light: Season 46 Jun 30, 1997 Leslie Jackson (1971) tbd
tbd Star Trek: Season 3 Sep 20, 1968 Gem 7.2
tbd The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: Season 3 Oct 5, 1964 Joyce tbd
tbd Bonanza: Season 6 Sep 20, 1964 Prudence Jessup tbd
tbd The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: Season 2 Sep 27, 1963 Cecilia tbd
tbd Route 66: Season 3 Sep 21, 1962 Judith Kane tbd