Actress Kathryn Hays gets star treatment on Walk of Fame
PRINCETON — Downtown Princeton was like a scene from Hollywood on Wednesday afternoon.
Exuberant fans awaited eagerly outside the Apollo Theater hoping to get a photo and autograph. Some were local, others drove for hours, including one couple who came all the way from St. Louis, Mo., that morning to catch a glimpse of Kathryn Hays.
The theater marquee was lit up and flashing, which reflected the excitement flowing through the air. A red carpet lined the sidewalk, prepared to lead the longtime soap opera actress to her star on Princeton’s Walk of Fame.
When Hays was escorted out of the Prouty Building and down its steps, she was greeted with applause and cheers from her awaiting fans.
Mayor Joel Quiram did the honor of unveiling the star, and the crowd cheered louder as he lifted the black cover from the sidewalk honor.
Hays was accompanied by her daughter, Sherri Mancusi, and granddaughter, Kate Wells, who stood admiring the bronze star displaying Hays’ name. Together, they quietly read Hays’ credits on the plaque below the star.
Hays addressed the crowd as she publicly read her credits while throwing in some humor, which got her fans roaring.
Hays’ television career ran 58 years, from 1952 to 2010. For 38 of those years, she starred on the CBS daytime soap opera, “As the World Turns” where she played Kim Hughes. Hays also appeared in 45 television shows, including “Star Trek.” She played the role of Gem on the episode “The Empath,” which earned her an Emmy nomination.
During a private ceremony Wednesday before the star unveiling, Quiram said Hays was known as “one-take Kathy” because she always knew her lines.
“She’s had a long and distinguished career, and now she has returned home to Princeton and is a full-time resident,” he said.
Hays said this honor “touches me more than I can possibly say.”
“It never occurred to me that I would have this sort of reception in Princeton. ... I’m really proud to be a Princetonite,” she said.
Hays’ star was sponsored by Central Bank, Landmark Realty, Liberty Village, Meadows Home & Gift Shop, MTM Recognition and Princeton Tourism.