Kate Linder has portrayed Esther Valentine on CBS’ The Young and the Restless for 37 years, it’s been the #1 rated soap opera every week for 30 years. In 2008, Linder received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Linder has a busy feature film career as well, she was in the recent feature films Hysteria, Erased, Miss Meadows, Garry Marshall’s Mother’s Day, Voice from the Stone and The Charnel House. Linder also co-stars in Charlie Matthau’s upcoming feature, Book of Leah and she just wrapped Echo Boomers.
Linder has been the celebrity spokesperson for The ALS Association for over a decade since her late brother-in-law’s initial diagnosis. She has lobbied Congress on their behalf and won several of their volunteer awards for her efforts. Linder was a longtime board member for SAG-AFTRA and a former two-time Governor of the Television Academy. She is active with countless charities that benefit research and support for health-related and LGBT causes. Linder also hosts three annual charity teas in Canada that benefit the March of Dimes Canada’s Conductive Education program, for which she also serves as celebrity spokesperson, and Canucks for Kids. Linder also works with the Los Angeles Mission, has been the Grand Marshal of the Walk to End Lupus Now Los Angeles for the past two years and has made several trips visiting troops with the USO.