Full detailed profile on Esther Valentine Played by Kate Linder on The Young and the Restless Daytime Soap Opera.
Kate Linder (CBS)
Actor: Kate Linder
Who played Esther Valentine over the years
Kate Linder (Nov. 1985 - present)
Useful information on Esther Valentine
Current: Katherine Chancellor's maid
Past: Alcohol abuse counsellor
Since 1985, Esther Valentine has been more than just a maid to Katherine Chancellor. Although infuriating to Katherine at times, Esther's friendship and companionship has always meant the most. Esther is best known for her airy humor and nosiness with each new guest that arrives at the Chancellor Estate, forcing Katherine to remind Esther to excuse herself and go fetch the tea!
Of the last twenty-some years, Esther has only strayed from Katherine once after widow Nina Webster Chancellor had decided to leave the mansion with her baby Phillip. Since Esther had taken care of him since birth, she only felt it was right to leave with Nina to continue to care for the boy she had grown to love. At first, Nina befriended Esther and even took her out with the intensions of finding Esther a man of her own! For the first time in her life, Esther had a one-night stand with a plumber named Tiny, but never saw him again. Missing Katherine and realizing that Nina had used her, Esther returned to the mansion to find that Katherine had replaced her with a strange couple named Robert and Shirley.
Suspicious of Kay's new employees, Esther found herself, along with Mrs. C., being held hostage by the couple and woman who was posing as Katherine! Luckily, Katherine's son Brock returned home and rescued Esther and his mother in the knick of time, sending the imposture and her accomplices to prison!
Esther soon found out that her one-night stand had resulted in a pregnancy and later gave birth to baby Kate. Katherine and her husband Rex were happy to have Esther back, along with a new baby to spoil, until one fateful mistake would leave Esther reeling with guilt forever.
Still on the hunt for Mr. Right, Esther answered a personal ad and invited con artist Norman Peterman into the Chancellor home. Although Norman easily gained Esther's trust, Katherine and Rex weren't as easily convinced. After he proposed, Katherine set out to protect Esther by arranging a fake wedding. Thinking he was alone to steal the Chancellor fortune, Norman broke into Kay's safe and was caught in the act by Rex! Unfortunately, Norman shot and killed Rex in the process and was later sent to prison for murder. Although devastated, Katherine forgave Esther and has held a watchful eye over her where men are concerned ever since!
With her daughter having been in boarding school for years, Esther has remained loyal to Katherine during many dramas in her life: finding out that her long lost daughter was her archenemy Jill, dealing with the past, and Esther even became a certified alcohol counselor to help Katherine regain her life after falling off the wagon from the immediate new stress in her life.
Esther encouraged Kay to seek the help of world-renowned psychic Silvia Browne to help uncover the meaning of her reoccurring, disturbing nightmares.
Esther is now a grandmother! Her daughter, Kate, aka, Chloe, who had been away at boarding school for years, turned up in Genoa City and gave birth to Cordelia, a child with Jill's son, Billy Abbott. Esther inherited half the house when Katherine was presumed dead, but is back to being the maid now that Katherine has returned. She continues to spar with Jill regularly, dotes on Delia, and is now dealing with Kay's presumed daughter Jo-Jo!
Norman Peterson (not legal)
Tiny (father of her daughter Kate/Chloe)
Kate Tina Valentine, aka Chloe Mitchell (daughter with Tiny)
At the Chancellor estate, Esther stumbles upon Jill and Colin making out on the sofa and screams. Jill chases her out, and then tells Colin she'll give Esther a raise - she just saved her from making a huge mistake. Colin is appalled - they had something beautiful going. Jill says the only thing she wants to do with him is solve the mystery. Colin apologizes. He didn't realize he'd hurt her so deeply. Jill threatens to show him deep and painful with her stiletto. Colin intends to prove that Katherine's secret doesn't mean as much to him as she does. Jill finally believes him. She admits she loves him. They kiss and go upstairs. Later, Jill wants to keep going with the search. Esther coughs before entering the parlor. Colin exits. Jill tells Esther she was wrong about Colin. In the hallway, Colin tells someone on the phone that he'll get the money. He looks at a Bonaventure business card.
At the Club, Michael toasts to family as Chelsea arrives with Connor. Chloe thinks she came for her, but Chelsea says she's there for a business meeting and asks what's going on. Lauren says Chloe and Kevin got married. Chelsea says it's a way to scam the system. Chloe approaches Connor. Chelsea says she's not allowed to see him or be around him. Chloe wants her to ask the judge to lift the restraining order. Chelsea says she can't - she's the one who asked for it. Chloe thought she'd forgiven her. She wonders if it's Victor's doing. Chelsea says she did it herself - to protect her son from Chloe. Kevin takes Connor so they can hash it out. Chloe is appalled that Chelsea still thinks she could be a threat. Chelsea is appalled that her friend and business partner would abduct her child. They tear up over how things went so wrong. Later, Kevin wants to take Chloe home and hold her in bed. She's not ready for that. He says they'll take it one day at a time.
At the Chancellor estate, Jill is on the phone seeking information about Rachel Berenson. Colin arrives. They debate about the 'treasure hunt'. Jill expects it will prove to be a diversion, nothing more. They race to Jill's computer when an email comes in. It confirms Rachel was a translator during the war. Colin wants to talk about how romantic it all must have been. As he moves in close, Esther arrives with Michael and Lauren. Jill gets up to speed. Esther says she has high hopes for Chloe's marriage...unlike some. She goes upstairs and Lauren and Jill talk alone. Lauren asks for the real reason she married Colin. Jill says it was blackmail. They discuss it. Jill says she's choosing to stay married to him because she needs him to unravel the mystery, but won't share her inheritance. She whispers about how she'll double-cross him. Lauren accuses her of having deeper feelings than she'll admit. Jill protests. She says in the right light he can be very attractive, but he's her temporary husband. In the hall, Colin and Michael share cognac. Michael questions if he plans to double-cross Jill. Colin insists he'd never swindle Jill. Michael chuckles and issues a warning as a brother-in-law and a former District Attorney with friends. Colin says he's looking forward to a lifetime of wedded bliss. They clink glasses and drink. As they leave, Michael laughs with Lauren about being the only happily married couple there. Colin complains to Jill that his ears were burning. Jill says Lauren's worried they care for each other on some sick level. He moves in close again as Esther appears complaining about an ingrown toenail.