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Esther Valentine
Kate Linder as Esther Valentine
The Young and the Restless
Portrayed by Kate Linder
Current status Present, Contract
Duration 1982—
First appearance April 8, 1982
Introduced by William J. Bell
Family Valentine
Namesake(s) Cordelia Katherine Valentine Abbott
Gender Female
Occupation Housekeeper at Chancellor Estate
Former Barista
Residence Chancellor Estate
12 Foothill Road
Genoa City, Wisconsin
Spouses Norman Peterson (1994)
Roger Wilkes (2009)
Romances Tommy Cassidy
Miguel Rodriguez
Children Chloe Mitchell (Kate Valentine)
Grandchildren Delia Abbott
Bella Mitchell

Esther Valentine (formerly Peterson and Wilkes) is a fictional character on The Young and the Restless, portrayed by Kate Linder.


Esther is the mother of Chloe Mitchell and grandmother to Delia Abbott. Esther worked as Katherine Chancellor's maid.

Esther once had a one night stand with a plumber named Tiny who then disappeared. She had a daughter, Katherine Tina Valentine, who wasn't seen until 2008, when she emerged as Jabot Cosmetics fashionista Chloe Mitchell.

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 are 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. Though Katherine left Esther a huge sum of money, she continued to work as a maid for Jill. 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, Delia was killed by Adam Newman in a hit and run accident.