Kate Linder

Birth Name: Kate Linder
Birth Place: Pasadena, California, USA
Profession: Actor


Born Catherine Helene Wolveck in Pasadena, California, Kate wanted to be an actress for as long as she could remember. She is a self-proclaimed dreamer and a realist. She studied her craft and kept a “day” job flying the friendly skies of Transamerican Airlines. She settled in Los Angeles with the second love of her life, Dr. Ronald Linder.

A ton of stage work kept her busy, but she kept pounding the pavement and auditioning, hoping for that one role that could change the tide. Finally, Linder landed an audition for a day role with one line on the daytime serial, The Young and the Restless.

After uttering the line, “Dinner is served,” Kate received another call back, and another, and another. For 35 years, she has stayed a key character on America’s #1 soap opera and found her second home away from home at the Chancellor Mansion in the fictional town of Genoa City.

Other credits include The Divorce Ceremony, A Couple of White Chicks at the Hairdresser, The Gold & the Beautiful, ACME Saturday Night, Lights Out, Hysteria, Sebastian, Erased, The Tiffany & Erin Show, Miracle at Gate 213, Miss Meadows, Mother’s Day, Better Off Single and The Interview.

In addition to her work on television and film, Kate keeps busy with stage productions, charity and fan appearances. Linder has tirelessly raised money for worthy causes like the ALS Association, a disease with close to her family after a family member was diagnosed, feeding the homeless, Habitat For Humanity, Cancer and much more.

In her “spare” time she has entertained the troops through the USO and became the first daytime actress to compete in the annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Celebrity Race. She didn’t win, but she finished ahead of previous winners and without a single scratch!

Linder’s soul mate, Ron, recently passed away. She resides in Los Angeles, staying business with her second family at Y&R, meeting fans and continuing to help those in need.

Fast Facts

  • November 2, 1947 — Birthdate
  • Was awarded Peace One Earth medallion for years of service to the USO.
  • Best Actress in a comedy, North Hollywood Artistic Director Achievement Awards, for “Sex Is Good For You” at the Secret Rose Theatre.
  • Is the Governor of Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
  • Linder has been the Celebrity Spokesperson for The ALS Association for 9 years, following the diagnosis of her late brother-in-law. She travels to Washington, DC each May with the organization to lobby Congress for their Advocacy Days.
  • Received her Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 10, 2008.


  • Ralph Wolveck — Father
  • Muriel “Molly” Wolveck — Mother
  • Randy Wolveck — Brother
  • Ronald Linder — Spouse (widowed)


Kate Linder was born in Pasadena, California. She moved up north to attend the San Francisco State University, where she received a BA in Theater Arts.

Kate was working as a Flight Attendant when cast in a small role on The Young and the Restless. She married the love of her life, Ron Linder, on Valentine’s Day and when the writers heard that they gave Esther a last name: Valentine.

In 1982, Linder was signed to The Young and the Restless on a recurring status, and made contract in 1985, keeping her Flight Attendant position the entire time.

When she isn’t acting, flying, and making personal appearances, Kate is raising money and awareness for multiple causes such as ALS, Make-A-Wish, the Cancer Society and March of Dimes. Linder only knows one gear and it is full speed ahead! Her birthday is November 2.

Kate Linder Photos

Actor (1 Credit)

Title Role Year

The Young and the Restless (TV Show)

11-03-2017 — 2017
11-02-2017 — 2017
11-01-2017 — 2017

Esther Valentine 2017

Guest (3 Credits)

Title Role Year

Living Live (TV Show)

Living Live — 2007


Soap Talk (TV Show)

Soap Talk — 2006
Soap Talk — 2005

2005 - 2006

Wayne Brady (TV Show)

Wayne Brady — 2003