Kathryn Hays is an American actress best known for her role as Kim Hughes on the television soap opera As the World Turns, from 1972-2010.
Hays played the role of Kim Hughes on As the World Turns for 38 years. The often-married Kim settled down years ago with Dr. Bob Hughes, played by Don Hastings, and both continued to confront the trials and tribulations of their blended family.
In 1998 Kathryn and Don received the Editor's Award from Soap Opera Digest.
Most recently, Kathryn has appeared on Law & Order. Among her other television credits are guest-starring roles in more than 50 series including High Chapparal and Star Trek, for which she received Emmy award-nominations.
In 1977, she also starred in the daytime musical special After Hours: Getting to Know You on CBS.
Hays' many feature film credits include starring roles in Counterpoint with Charlton Heston and Maximilian Schell; The Savage Land with George C. Scott; Yuma with Clint Walker, Ride Beyond Vengeance and Lady Bug, Lady Bug.
On Broadway, she had featured roles in Mary, Mary with Barbara Bel Geddes and Barry Nelson, and The Irregular Verb to Love with Claudette Colbert and Cyril Ritchard.
Kathryn Hays and Don Hastings have toured in a number of productions including Hastings and Hays on Love, and were both cast members of an off-Broadway production of Algonquin Sampler.
Additional theatre credits include the Susan Schulman production of A Little Night Music in New York; appearances with the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera and a starring role in the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera production of the Stephen Sondheim musical Follies, which was also directed by Susan Schulman.
A Little Night Music and Follies were videotaped as a permanent part of the Lincoln Center Library of the Performing Arts collection of American Musicals.
Regionally, Hays created the lead role in Mercy Killing at the Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City.
Hays was born in Princeton, Illinois.