Kate Linder

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Kate Linder
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Linder at a fashion show in January 2008
Born (1947-11-02) November 2, 1947 (age 66)
Pasadena, California, USA
Occupation Actress
Years active 1973–present

Kate Linder (born November 2, 1947) is an American actress, best known for her role as Esther Valentine on The Young and the Restless, which she has played since 1982.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Linder was born in Pasadena, California, and graduated with a BA in theatre arts from San Francisco State University. During that time, she also began working as a flight attendant for Transamerica Airlines.[1] After graduation, Linder found work on television, including roles on Archie Bunker's Place and Bay City Blues.

In 1982 she was cast as Esther Valentine on CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless. In addition to her work on television, Linder serves as a flight attendant for United Airlines. Linder has been starring on The Young and the Restless for 30 years and she's also one of two Daytime Governors at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, who present the Emmys. Linder is also the national spokesperson for The ALS Association and is active with TV Cares, ATAS's AIDS fundraising and awareness organization, and the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

Linder in 2010

For her contributions in television, Linder earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.[2] She is the fourth actor to earn a star on the Walk of Fame solely on the merits of acting on a soap opera, after Macdonald Carey, Jeanne Cooper and 2005 honoree Susan Lucci. In 2000's, after 30 years in soap, Linder made her film debut. She starred in number of independent productions, like Hysteria and Erased.


Year Title Role Notes
1982–present The Young and the Restless Esther Valentine Recurring: 1982 to November 1985, Contract: November 1985 to Present
2005 Cotillion '65 Miss Tiffany Short film
2006 The Divorce Ceremony Dr. Valentine
2007 A Couple of White Chicks at the Hairdresser Katie Bender
2009 The Gold & the Beautiful Gloria Howard
2010 Lights Out Jerika Lane
2011 Hysteria Lady Cherwell
2012 Sebastian Celia Grant
2012 Erased Principal Gibbons
2014 Miss Meadows Trudy Navis


  1. ^ a b "Kate Linder Bio". Soap Opera Digest. Retrieved 2013-10-01. 
  2. ^ John (2007-07-31). "Exclusive Interview: Kate Linder, from 'The Young and the Restless'". buddytv.com. Retrieved 2008-01-09. 

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