Role Esther, Y&R
Show The Young and the Restless
BIRTHDATE: November 2
YEARS ON SHOW: April 1982-present
MARITAL STATUS: Married to Ronald Linder, a health care administrator/addiction specialist since February 14, 1976
Kate Linder first joined Y&R as a nameless day player in 1982. However, she kept getting invited back and the audience soon fell in love with the wacky maid she played, who co-star Jeanne Cooper (Katherine) had named “Esther.”
Linder, a Pasadena, CA native, started dancing when she was 3 1/2. Her interest in acting began in high school, where she participated in several productions, including Three Penny Opera and Jesus Christ Superstar.
She attended San Francisco State University, obtaining a theater arts degree. During that time, she also began working as a flight attendant for Transamerica Airlines.
Linder also worked in the school’s activities office, which is where she met her future husband, Ron, who was then a professor at the university. They wed on Valentine’s Day in 1976.
Soon after, she began landing TV roles, including episodic guest spots on ARCHIE BUNKER’S PLACE and BAY CITY BLUES. But once she joined Y&R in 1982, Linder stuck with the show, and has also continued to work as a flight attendant for United Airlines. In her spare time, Linder works for many charities, including the ALS Association and the USO. Her official Web site is http://www.katelinder.com/.
- Her first line on Y&R was "Dinner is served."
- Esther also happens to be the name of Linder's grandmother, which co-star Cooper didn't know when she named the character.
- In 1991, Linder was held at knifepoint in her own home by a burglar.
- Linder is the celebrity spokesperson for the ALS Association.
- She is 5' 4".