Veteran actress Kathryn Hays, who portrayed heroine and matriarch Kim Hughes on AS THE WORLD TURNS for nearly four decades is receiving a star on Princeton’s Walk of Fame outside the Apollo Theater in her home state of Illinois. “They’re very kind to include me,” she told BCR News. “I’m very touched by this.” Her star will be placed next to one belonging to Hollywood star Richard Widmark.
Before joining the cast of ATWT in 1972, Hays made guest appearances in numerous primetime television series in the ’60s including DR. KILDARE, ROUTE 66, BONANZA, and THE MAN FROM UNCLE. However, she may be best remembered for her role as the alien empath Gem in the 1968 episode of STAR TREK titled “The Empath.” Although best known as Kim Hughes, ATWT was not Hays’ first foray into daytime. In 1971, she played Leslie Bauer on GUIDING LIGHT.
After ATWT went off the air in 2010, Hays retired and moved from Connecticut back to her hometown of Princeton, IL, in April of 2019 to be closer to her family. The ceremony to honor Hays’ career and dedicate her star will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 4 outside the Apollo Theater.
Please join us in congratulating Hays on this wonderful achievement and for gracing our television screens with her talent and beauty for so many years. For more on what your favorite ATWT stars are up to now, keep reading the CBS edition of Soaps In Depth magazine.