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)
Colin, Jill, Lily, and Cane enter the Ashby house. Esther throws her arms around a grouchy Jill. Cane thanks her for babysitting. Awkwardness ensues when she asks about Devon, Hilary, and Neil. Esther shows Cane and Lily the cards the kids made for them. Esther goes for drinks. Lily says Cane explained the plane crash to the kids really well, now they need to figure out how to tell them Daddy won't be living there anymore. Jill and Colin defend Cane, who apologizes again. She wants him to leave. "You broke up this family when you broke our trust." Cane slams out. Colin follows. Jill asks if Lily learned nothing at all from last night. Jill gets rid of Esther, and then argues with Lily about turning her back on Cane. Jill feels they survived because of love, which can overcome an adversity. Lily says, "Try telling that to my father." Jill presses Lily not to give up on Cane, who wanted to shield her from pain. Jill reminds Lily that Cane is human and made a mistake. Lily tells Jill she'll go tell the children Cane will be home to tuck them in.
At the park, Esther cries about the ceremony for Delia with Jill. When Esther brings up Pinkerton the pony, Jill hollers that it's been under the ground for a year and breaks down. "I miss her so much!" They sob together. They talk about Chloe. Jill is sorry she wouldn't let Esther come to her in California.