Sad news. Kathryn Hays has passed away. I was on the phone talking to my mom when I heard her sister all upset. My mom explained that Kathryn had died and that's why my aunt was so upset. I said, sadly, "Who?"
Kim Hughes on AS THE WORLD TURNS. From THE DAILY MAIL:
As the World Turns star Kathryn Hays has died aged 88.
The soap star passed away on 25th March but no cause of death has been revealed.
The actress - who worked on the long- running show for 38 years from 1972 to 2010 - began her career the 60s with roles on shows such as Hawaiian Eye, Dr Kildare, Route 66, Bonanza and The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
She appeared in the Star Trek episode The Empath as Gem.
In 2010, Kathryn spoke about playing the now iconic role of Gem in the show: 'I've often thought that was an interesting role for me to play. I loved playing that. It was technically very interesting,' she said to We Love Soaps.
Adding: 'That show was fascinating to work on from a technical point of view. It was so different from a regular show.'
She went on to appear in shows in the 1960s and early 70's, including Bonanza, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Guiding Light and more.
In 1972, she was cast as Kim Sullivan Hughes on As The World Turns; her final episode as that character on September 17, 2010.
I came in on Kim as a child. She was with Nick and they ot married in Greece -- which was a big deal because they really went on location there as both my grandmother and my aunt told me.
I watched ALL MY CHILDREN as a kid and was into Jenny's storyline -- she'd run off to NYC after Liza did her part to destroy Jenny & Greg. And in NYC, she met her best friend: Jesse. Darnell Williams changed the face of soap operas. There were Black actors and actresses before then but Darnell was a star. And he won not one but two Emmys for playing Jesse. Debbi Morgan would join the cast as Angie and Jesse and Angie were the first Black super couple on daytime soaps.
But over on AS THE WORLD TURNS, they were trying to integrate young characters -- Liza, Greg and Jenny were all in high school together at Pine Valley High. So they had Kim and Nick as a couple and Nick's brother or cousin met up with Kim's step-daughter Betsy.
Who played Betsy?
Meg Ryan. She's do on to do an episode of CHARLES IN CHARGE and some CBS sitcom but then, in the blink of an eye, she'd become a film actress and, shortly after, a movie star.
Lisa - the Erica of AS THE WORLD TURNS (Erica meaning Susan Lucci's Erica Kane) -- bickered with Kim. Eventually, Kim would be replaced more or less by Barbara. Kim remained on the show but Barbara really did fill the role of the woman -- not girl -- who was the focus. Kim was kind of like Nancy by that point -- the matriarch that people spoke to -- as opposed to a character with an active storyline of her own. That's probably not a real challenge in terms of acting but role like that does require a charm on the part of the actor -- an ability to establish a relationship with the viewers. Otherwise, no one cares.
It's to Kathryn Hays' credit that she was able to carry that aspect of her role off for so long, viewers really loved Kim.