|Kate Linder as Esther Valentine|
|The Young and the Restless|
|Portrayed by||Kate Linder|
|Current status||Present, Contract|
|First appearance||April 8, 1982|
|Introduced by||William J. Bell|
|Namesake(s)||Cordelia Katherine Valentine Abbott|
|Occupation||Housekeeper at Chancellor Estate |
|Residence||Chancellor Estate |
12 Foothill Road
Genoa City, Wisconsin
Esther was indirectly responsible for the death of Katherine's husband, Rex Sterling when she answered a personal ad and met Norman Peterson, a con man. In an effort to impress Norman, she posed as the lady of the manor. Rex and Katherine went along with it and disguised themselves as her servants. Norman coerced Esther into convincing Katherine to include her in her will and marry him. A suspicious Katherine and Rex arranged a fake wedding. Then, not content to wait for Katherine to die to inherit her riches, Rex caught Norman breaking into the estate safe. Rex was shot and killed in the altercation, leaving Katherine devastated. Norman was then arrested for murder and Esther has since been forgiven and named in Katherine's will.
It was later revealed that Chloe is her daughter. Esther then started attempting a normal relationship with her, but Chloe/Kate is frequently embarrassed by her mother's status as a maid and her lack of bashfulness regarding the chosen career. At Cane's yearning, they began getting somewhat close again.
In November 2008, at the reading of a presumed-dead Katherine's will, Esther inherited 1/10 of 1 percent of Katherine's 1 billion dollar estate (1 million dollars) as well as Katherine's half-ownership of the Chancellor Estate. Esther is now financially secure for life and can enjoy the life of luxury living in her newly owned mansion. At the same time, Esther went out on a date with Roger Wilkes, with whom she became engaged after only a few dates. Esther seems completely unaware of the fact that Roger is scamming her. Esther and Roger eventually married, but he marriage was declared invalid after it became clear that Roger was in fact a bigamist. He held her and Katherine hostage and tried to blow them up, but Amber Moore saved them.
Esther worked for Katherine up until Katherine's death in 2013. Katherine left Esther a monthly salary of $20,000 per month for as a long as she remained on staff at the Chancellor Estate. Esther also supported Chloe's marriage to Kevin Fisher, and encouraged them to reconcile after they divorced. A month after she learned of Katherine's death, her granddaughter Delia was killed by Adam Newman in a hit and run accident.
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