Kate Linder — A Biography

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 callback, and another, and another. For 35 years, she has stayed a key character on America’s #1 soap opera, Esther Valentine, 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 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.

Follow her on Instagram @katelinderyr and Twitter @KATELINDER.

The Young and the Restless (YR) airs weekdays on CBS. Check your local listings for airtimes. For more about what’s coming up in Genoa City, check out all the latest that’s been posted on Y&R spoilers.

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 the 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.