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As the World Turns’ Beloved Kathryn Hays Passes Away at 87

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Heartbreaking news to report this Friday. Kathryn Hays, a mainstay of As the World Turns in the role of Kim Hughes has died.  The actress passed away on Monday March 25th at the age of 87 in Fairfield, Connecticut.

Hayes had played the role of Kim for 38 years on the CBS daytime drama series.  Throughout her enduring career, one of Kathryn’s other most notable roles was that of “Gem” in the original Star Trek.  She also appeared in many series and productions o the stage, screen, and TV.

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In a statement, Hays’ longtime ATWT screen-partner Don Hastings (Bob Hughes) expressed: “Our relationship as Bob & Kim, was as close as Kathryn & my relationship except we were not married. We were more like brothers and sisters and we were great friends. Our biggest squabble was that she always wanted to rehearse and I wanted to take a nap. This is a huge loss to all who knew her.”

Kathryn is survived by daughter Sherri, son-in-law Bob, grandchildren Kate, Cameron and Garrett, and great-grandson Jack.

Share your remembrances and condolences for Kathryn Hays via the comment section below.

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Douglas Futch
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Douglas Futch

She was one of the most underrated actresses of her day. The quiet strength she gave to Kim was extremely difficult to portray. What a monumental talent. She will be missed.

dkl
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dkl

So sorry to hear this. RIP!! Loved Kim and Bob. Kathryn Hays was so wonderful as Kim.

Kenneth
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Kenneth

She was a class act! I still remember many of her great moments, but my favorite was the time when the current town outcast Molly was having the world crash around her and bumped into Kim and tripped and fell. Kim turned around, said nothing, helped her pick up her stuff and looked at Molly in the eye and just gently touched her chin. Not many words at all just a look describing how Kim was telling Molly it will be okay! Powerful character portrayed by a powerful actress! RIP.

Angela V Goodall
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Angela V Goodall

My name is Angela. I would like to give my condolences to the family of Miss Kathryn Hays. She is one of my favorite characters from As the world turns. She gave very compelling performances as Kim especially while Bob was getting close to another woman.She was very elegant and classy. I also had the pleasure of seeing her in a Bonanza episode. I watched as the world turns in the mid 80 to early 90 and on my phone about three months some of those same episodes that I watched years ago. I am saddened by her passing. She… Read more »

Mark Y
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Mark Y

She was regal as Kim

Bruce
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Bruce

Gone, but not forgotten! One of my favorite characters on ATWT. I am so sad… You gave me many years of happiness on ATWT. RIP.

mike
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mike

The perfect daytime leading lady. Loved it when she went all “kid-o” on somebody who needed to be straightened out.

richard w griffin
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richard w griffin

Kathryn Hays was my all-time favorite daytime actress. I watched her as Kim for 30 of her 38 years on the show. Kim was my fantasy second mother (although I had a great adoptive mother in real life). She always made me so happy in all of her appearances on the show, and seeing her on so many television shows from the 1960’s too (“The Empath” episode from Star Trek being the most famous of them). Alan Locher had her and Don Hastings as guests on his youtube channel – so glad we got to see her again on his… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

A sad day indeed. An iconic actress, true soap royalty. I regret that ATWT is no longer on the air (for many reasons), but the possibility of a well-deserved tribute episode is thus moot.

Lew S.
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Lew S.

A very classy lady. Lost another great one from golden days of soaps.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

While life and death are arcs along the circle of life, and often played out in soap operas, I am still saddened by this news. I loved As the World Turns. It was the best daytime drama, and Miss Hays was among the greats who made it so. Oh, I think how she as Kim encouraged Bob (and all of us) to look forward in that final scene of the last episode. The world still turned but it was not the same. Years of strong stories and characters that were like family to viewers. Thank you, Miss Hays, for your… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Great Lady and actress. Never a mean or spiteful word to anyone but she could hold her own when she had to with the likes of Susan or Lisa always trying to take Bob away from her. I loved how sweet she was with Nancy and always stood by Barbara after she lost her mother. I would say Kim had it all, could never find a bad word to say about her.

Michaela
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Michaela

Sad news. Great actress.

clb
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clb

Ms. Hays and Mr. Hastings will always be one of daytime’s most enduring couples. Miss ATWT as my grandmother was your biggest fan. She rarely missed an episode! Heaven has received a jewel and we are blessed from watching her performances thru an incredible 38 years. I know that Fairfield CT and her family will miss her but so will her soap fans.

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

Oh my goodness. I know that all of the actors and actresses I loved are going to be leaving us, but I’m still stunned when I see the news. Kathryn Hays, I just adored as Kim for years and years. NOBODY could give another character what-for and set them straight the way Kim could, and I would be right there rooting her on (and wishing I had it in me to do what she did)! And even after the show began tanking and the writing through the years was anywhere from indifferent to horrific (and even character-destroying), Ms. Hays could… Read more »

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

P.S. That top photo with this article, when she must have been in her 70s–Wow, is all I can say. Utterly gorgeous. Just stunning.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

How I remember Kathryn Hays’ entrance to ATWT. She wasn’t the “nice” Kim we loved later on. She was a conniver out to steal her sister’s man! But she was so good, my mother and grandmother insisted I call them into the living room whenever Kim came onscreen. I loved her tempestuous relationship with John Dixon and her exasperation when trying to save niece Barbara from being her own worst enemy. So many great memories from a true lady and artist.

Moto62
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Moto62

As a child I watched As The World Turns with my Mother. Kim and Bob were so important to the show.
I’m saddened to hear of her passing.

Fran B
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Fran B

So sorry to learn of her passing…….she was a great actress and graced my TV for 38 years on As the World Turns…..As she aged, she never lost her beauty…..RIP

Fran
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Fran

So sorry to learn of Katherine Hays passing……she was a great actress and graced my TV for 38 years on As the World Turns…..as she aged she never lost her beauty……sympathy to her family and friends…RIP

Don
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Don

Kathryn will be missed…a warm, wonderful person who delighted the audience each weekday afternoon. My sincerest condolences. I recall many years ago now, Kathryn visited Roanoke, VA and was a guest on the local CBS affiliate’s talk show “Panorama”. Afterwards,she was invited to guest-host the program for a week. The show’s regular hostesss was given a “walk-in role” on ATWT (as a nurse with a few lines)–all arranged by Kathryn! Kathryn was so impressed being a talk-show hostess for that one week, she returned to NY and asked the ATWT producers and writers to create a talk show for Kim… Read more »

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

OMG, I had no idea that that was how the “Patterns” storyline came about! How wonderful!

Don
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Don

So glad I could share the story! I worked at the Roanoke, VA NBC affiliate and had a casual working rapport with the CBS affiliate which Kathryn visited and “guest-hosted”. Kathryn’s Roanoke visit was well publicized back in the day. Every viewer of “Panorama” was enamored having an ATWT star in town! It made BIG news in this small rural community in SW VA. At the time?….none of us even imagined Kathryn was being inspired to create “Patterns” on ATWT !

Carol
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Carol

Great lady and actress.I can remember watching her just about every day.May you rest in peace.

RICKIE BOGUILLE
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RICKIE BOGUILLE

So distraught here. She was not only a class act, but a fantastic actress! I remember being captivated by her performances during the Kim-Dan-Susan-John story in the ’70s (John Reilly, Marie Masters, Larry Bryggman and Ms Hays were ALL top-notch). She, Jacquie Courtney, Jeanne Cooper, Maeve McGuire, Nancy Pinkerton, and Ellen Holly remain my favorite daytime leading ladies to this day. Thanks, Kathryn Hays. You will be remembered fondly.

Rodd
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Rodd

What a wonderful soul. I really enjoyed her on ATWT. She showed such class and style. A true icon of the daytime community.

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As the World Turns Alum Marnie Schulenburg Passes Away at 37

Heartbreaking news to report.  As the World Turns alum, Marnie Schulenburg, has died at the young age of 37-years-old.

Schulenburg had been battling stage 4 metastatic breast cancer since 2020.

Soap fans remember her portrayals as Alison Stewart on As the World Turns from 2007-2010 and  as Jo Sullivan on Prospect Park’s reboot of One Life to Live in 2013.

According to Soap Opera Digest, Marnie passed away a few days shy of her 38th birthday.

The Flux Theatre Ensemble, in which Marnie participated and performed in shared their sorrow on Facebook noting: “We’re mourning the loss of Marnie Schulenburg, a beloved member of Flux’s family and an extraordinary actor who performed in and helped develop so many Flux shows, including MARIAN, HEARTS LIKE FISTS, PRETTY THEFT, and ANGEL EATERS. We love you so much, and we will miss you always.”

Marnie is survived by husband Zack Robidas and daughter, Coda, who is just two-years-old.

We will continue to update this story as remembrances are posted in Marnie’s honor.

Share you condolences to Marnie’s family and your thoughts in the comment section below.

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ATWT Alum Alexandra Chando Cast in NBC Pilot Based on Dutch Show ‘Adam & Eva’

In casting news, Alexandra Chando (Ex-Maddie, As the World Turns) had been tapped to play one of the leading roles in the upcoming untiled NBC pilot based on the Dutch series, Adam & Eva.

Chando will be joined by Younger star, Ben Rappaport as the epicenter of the proposed series.

The log lines share that the project is both funny and heartfelt and will chronicle the epic love and lives of two complete strangers, Adam (Rappaport) and Eva (Chando), whose multiple run-ins begin to defy coincidence, leading both to believe in fate.

According to Deadline, Alexandra’s role of Eva is said to be an aspiring artist and force of nature whose relationship and views on fate are put to the test when she meets Adam.

Alexandra commented on social media:Immensely excited and grateful to be apart of this incredible show.”

As the World Turns fans will remember Chando received a Daytime Emmy nomination for her performances back in 2007 and she was previously seen in The Lying Game and Sneaky Pete.

So, intrigued on the proposed series featuring Chando? Comment below.

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Julianne Moore Pays Tribute to ATWT’s Kathryn Hays: “I Am in Indebted to Her and So Saddened by Her Loss”

The soap world has been in mourning since last Friday with the news of the passing of As the World Turns icon, Kathryn Hays (Kim Hughes).  The beloved actress passed away a few weeks ago at the age of 87.

Now, Hays former on-screen stepdaughter and niece, Oscar winner, Julianne Moore (Ex-Frannie/Sabrina Hughes) took to Instagram over the weekend to share her heartfelt remembrance and grief of working with Hays early in her acting career on ATWT.

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Moore shared: “The beautiful and gracious Kathryn Hays has passed away. I worked with Kathryn on As the World Turns at the beginning of my career and she treated me with such kindness and generosity, and demonstrated in her every action how to be professional on a set. I am indebted to her and so saddened by her loss. My thoughts are with her family – she spoke to me so often of her daughter. I hope they know what a profound influence Kathryn had on me, and so many others. RIP Kathryn ❤️❤️❤️ ”

Julianne had played twins Frannie and Sabrina from 1985-1988 and then returned to the CBS soap opera one final time in 2010 before ATWT made its final farewell.

What do you think of the kind words Moore shared on her thoughts on the passing of Kathryn Hays? Do you remember Julianne in scenes with Kathryn on ATWT, if so, what were some of your favorites? Comment below.

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