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 Chancellor Park, Murphy remarks that it's going to be a hell of a day. Jill wants to know about Murphy's instructions from the Great Beyond. His lips are sealed. Nina appears and asks Paul about getting shot. Nina tells Jill and Esther that Chance couldn't make it. Devon arrives with Hilary and Neil. Jill remarks on their quickie wedding. Neil tells Jill that's the pot calling the kettle black. She suggests he remove his sunglasses and look her in the eye. Neil announces that he can't see and gets irritable when everyone pities him. Jill asks Murphy to start. Victor says Nikki's not there. She appears. "Oh yes she is!" Murphy reads a letter from Katherine which asks them all to carry out a ritual inspired by a ceremony she undertook while doing her bucket list with Murphy. Murphy gets choked up. Michael continues reading. Katherine wants them all to write letters to her and then burn them. Paul writes about his marriage to Chris and thanks her for the journey that brought his son to him. Nikki confides in Katherine about her drinking and wishes she was there. Lauren talks about her affair and the new troubles with Michael. Colin knows Katherine's snarling at him for what he's done, but says he's doing it to protect his family - he loves them that much. Esther says things aren't the same without her. Murphy assures her he's living his life to the fullest as she asked and one day they'll dance together again. Nina tells Katherine she's over Paul and her writer's block is gone. Lily wants help for Neil. Cane talks about Devon, and Devon writes about Hilary. Neil writes that he's got his own angel on earth and has Hilary read it out. Devon hears and crumples his up. Kevin writes to Katherine about his imagination taking him to some scary places. Jack trusts Katherine and John are having a grand old time and saying goodbye to Phyllis. Victor knows Katherine wouldn't approve of his latest project but misses her and thinks of her every day. Everyone places their letters in the urn. Murphy notices Jill's is blank. She muses that Katherine had nothing had to say to her about the music box. Neil knocks the urn over. Jack steals Victor's letter but then feels bad and puts it in the urn. Murphy asks Nikki to do the honors. She manages to light a match and the letters burn. Murphy says Katherine thanks them for trusting her. Victor steps away to take a call from the doctor who is ready to start Phyllis' treatment - they'll know quickly if it works. Paul steadies Nikki. Murphy says Katherine wanted a party. He spins tunes and invites Esther to dance. Neil hollers at Devon to dance with Hilary. Victor returns to the party and Paul says Nikki seems shaky. She gets belligerent about them hovering over her and runs into the bushes where Stitch finds her and notes she seems off. Victor appears. Stitch suggests he take Nikki home. She snarks at him. Victor and Nikki leave. Nina reminds Paul that he ended it with her to be with Cricket, so they'd better work out. Kevin tells Lauren and Michael that Katherine would want him to strike out and fulfill his destiny. Cane challenges Colin about the sketchy guy. Jill saves Colin. She crabs about this ridiculous exercise today and her heart breaking. Colin reassures her and Jill finally realizes what the music box means. Neil asks Jack to describe Hilary dancing - she's gazing into Devon's eyes. Jack says she's radiant out there. Everyone is invited to the Chancellor Estate. Jill stays alone to tell Katherine she understands the hunt was the treasure - she and Colin found each other again and she's never been so happy in her life. She leaves the music box playing in the park. Someone takes it.
At the Chancellor Estate, Jill gets teary reading Katherine's letter. Colin comforts her. Jill is glad she now knows the truth that Katherine did leave her what was most valuable to her. Murphy arrives. Jill hugs him and he thanks her and Esther for putting everything together. He congratulates Jill and Colin on their marriage and is happy to hear they're expecting a good crowd today. Esther suggests they head to the park. Murphy tells Jill there's something he needs to do at the party - he got instructions as well.
At Chancellor Park, Lauren and Michael admire Katherine's portrait. Kevin greets Murphy, who talks about hanging out with his buddies at the Lodge. He misses Katherine, but feels gratitude for the time he had with her. Michael and Kevin step aside and bicker briefly about what Kevin will do next. Kevin says it's Katherine's day. Jill and Lauren check in with each other. Lauren confides in her sister about Michael's issue in the romance department. Jill advises her that Katherine would have told her not to make something out of nothing - the magic is still there. Colin joins them and tells Lauren he looks forward to working together. Lauren isn't up for talking business there. Kevin and Esther remember last year. Esther thinks she and Delia are together. Kevin acts bitter about losing Katherine, Delia, and Chloe. Michael looks on, concerned. Jill wonders what Murphy will be doing. He says once everyone arrives, he'll let Katherine tell them herself.