SHIN­ING STAR

DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer, Ken Cor­day, gets rec­og­nized on the Hol­ly­wood Walk Of Fame

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to hear him tell it, Ken Cor­day would have been ab­so­lutely fine with just writ­ing the mu­sic for DAYS OF OUR LIVES, the soap opera cre­ated by his par­ents, tele­vi­sion pi­o­neers Ted and Betty Cor­day. But he re­calls that his per­spec­tive changed after Betty asked him to come to the set for a sum­mer to “an­swer fan mail, get cof­fee for the pro­duc­ers, watch dress re­hearsals and just see what it was about.” As the show’s cur­rent ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer was hon­ored with a star on the his­toric Hol­ly­wood Walk Of Fame last month, even he couldn’t be­lieve what a turn his life had taken in the 37 years since. “As the Cham­ber Of Com­merce pres­i­dent [Leron Gubler, who host- ed the day] noted,” Cor­day laughed, “I guess I’m the long­est-run­ning pro­ducer in tele­vi­sion in Hol­ly­wood. The sim­ple rea­son for that suc­cess is be­cause I never fired my­self!” With friends, fam­ily, net­work ex­ecs and DAYS cast mem­bers look­ing on, Cor­day was lauded for his many achieve­ments in tele­vi­sion, mu­sic com­po­si­tion, phi­lan­thropy and more. How­ever, he cred­ited them all — and es­pe­cially his par­ents — for in­spir­ing him to take risks and fol­low his dreams. “I am the for­tu­nate son,” he con­cluded. “It is only be­cause of the peo­ple that I’m able to sur­round my­self with that I’m able to stand here today.”

“Soap op­eras, be­sides sex and suf­fer­ing, are about fam­ily,” of­fered Cor­day, who counts long­time cast mem­bers Dei­dre Hall (Mar­lena) and Kris­tian Al­fonso (Hope) among his.

“My wife [Sherry] and I were here as they poured the star,” re­vealed Cor­day, with his mis­sus and son Teddy. “It was an in­ter­est­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.”

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