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)
Jill announces to Esther, Kevin, and Chloe at the Chancellor estate that they are celebrating Thanksgiving - they have a lot to be thankful for. Esther says she sounds like Katherine. Jill wants to make her proud. Chloe assures Kevin that she's okay - it will be good to be with everyone who loved Delia. Jill says she invited Billy, but Chloe knows he's not ready. Chloe recalls announcing she was having a baby girl one Thanksgiving. She knows Katherine is taking good care of Delia. Esther says she's thankful for Chloe, and for the love Katherine left behind. They recall a speech Katherine made in the past. Lauren enters. Jill says she's thankful for so much and embraces Lauren. Jill asks Esther how the turkey's coming. Esther's not making one - Jill said she was handling the details. They bicker. Kevin says there are always some things you can count on. Later, they eat Chinese takeout and open fortune cookies. Esther's says an angel is watching over her. Kevin's refers to big changes, Chloe's says not to underestimate the power of human touch, and Jill's says not to fear the unknown - ask the right question and the answer will be worth knowing. Lauren's says the truth sets one free. Michael appears.
At the Chancellor mansion, Chloe holds Pinkerton Pony and looks at a photo of herself and Delia. Jill appears. Chloe tells Jill she's giving Delia her pony today - she can't sleep without him. They are joined by Esther and Kevin. Michael and Lauren have sent their love.
Outside the funeral home, Reed and Vikki greet Chloe and Kevin. Reed tells Chloe he'll miss Delia and hugs her. Traci and Jack offer supportive words to Chloe. Victor stops Jack. "I'm sorry for your loss." They go in. Cane hugs Chloe and says Lily stayed with their sick twins. Kevin wonders where Billy is. Chloe tells Kevin to go in. Billy appears. Chloe falls into his arms and sobs. They agree they're not ready to say goodbye, but will do it together. They go inside. Adam appears outside, listens, and then leaves. Inside, Chloe reads the poem Delia wrote for Katherine's funeral. One by one, everyone leaves, wiping tears. Victoria and Chloe embrace, and then Billy and Chloe embrace. After, Billy sits with Victoria and they talk about what Reed and Delia would have been doing for Halloween. Vikki says he was a great father - how much air did he sip at pretend tea parties? Billy hopes Delia realized how much he loved her.
At the Chancellor mansion, Chloe is stunned to see everyone from the funeral assembled in the living room - Jill has planned a tea party in Delia's honor. Billy enters, realizes what's happening, and turns away. Traci joins him. He tells her he never realized what she felt when Colleen died. They embrace. Nikki hugs Reed, and Jill recalls what it was like with Chance growing up far away. Ashley and Victor hug. She tells him she's worried about Billy trying to hold everything in. Victor muses that some people have trouble showing emotion. Victor approaches Billy and says he's facing something today that no father should ever have to with great courage. "Your daughter would be proud of you." Billy thanks him. Later, Esther tells Jill she left a cup of tea for Delia. Jill says that's the sweetest thing she's ever seen. They hold hands and say they miss her. Kevin appears looking for Chloe - she's gone.