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Tom Selleck as Frank Reagan
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Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck), Blue Bloods

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Tom Selleck as Frank Reagan

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“Teenagers consider it their job to torture their parents.”

—Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck), Blue Bloods

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Sheriff Andy Taylor (Andy Griffith), The Andy Griffith Show

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Andy Griffith (as Andy Taylor) and Ron Howard (as Opie Taylor)

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“You’re my son, and I’m proud of you just for that. You do the best you can, and if you do that, that’s all I’ll ever ask of you.”

—Sheriff Andy Taylor (Andy Griffith) to Opie (Ron Howard), The Andy Griffith Show

Akbar Gbajabiamila, The Talk

Akbar Gbajabiamila, host of the CBS daytime series The Talk, Wears a maroon sweater and blue jeans as he smiles.

Akbar Gbajabiamila, host of the CBS daytime series The Talk.

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“I like giving my perspective as a man and as a father, because fathers can get the hammer knocked down on them.”

—Akbar Gbajabiamila, The Talk

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James Corden, The Late Late Show with James Corden

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James Corden of The Late Late Show with James Corden.

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“When people used to show me photos of their kid, I’d be like, ‘Yeah, dude, it’s a kid. I get it. Well done. Loads of people have got them.’ Now, I’m like, ‘Aw.’”

—James Corden, The Late Late Show with James Corden

The Late Late Show With James Corden airs weeknights at 12:37a.m./11:37p.m. central on CBS and Paramount+.

Ward Cleaver (Hugh Beaumont), Leave It to Beaver

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Hugh Beaumont and Barbara Billingsley kiss in a publicity still for the TV show "Leave It To Beaver", in which they play Ward and June Cleaver.

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“Dear, do you think all parents have this much trouble?”

—June Cleaver (Barbara Billingsley), Leave It to Beaver

“No, just parents with children.”

—Ward Cleaver (Hugh Beaumont), Leave It to Beaver

Stephen Colbert, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

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Host Stephen Colbert of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

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“I have a mug that actually verifies that I’m the world’s best dad. That’s a mug. That’s not me talking. You can’t just buy those.”

—Stephen Colbert, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m./10:35 p.m. central on CBS and Paramount+.

Herman Munster (Fred Gwynne), The Munsters

Actor Fred Gwynne in full make up and prosthetics as Herman Munster.

American actor Fred Gwynne (1926-1993) as Herman Munster in the TV comedy series 'The Munsters', circa 1965.

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“The lesson I want you to learn is: It doesn’t matter what you look like. You can be tall or short or fat or thin or ugly or handsome, like your father, or you can be black or yellow or white. It doesn’t matter. But what does matter is the size of your heart and the strength of your character.”

—Herman Munster (Fred Gwynne), The Munsters

Spencer James (Daniel Ezra), All American

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Daniel Ezra as Spencer James

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“Football’s where I feel closest to Dad.”

—Spencer James (Daniel Ezra), All American

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Eileen Davidson and Beth Maitland celebrate four decades of Y&R surrounded by their cast mates

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By Michelle Darrisaw

As much as we enjoy the dramatic storylines unfolding among the Abbotts on The Young and the Restless, it’s been equally rewarding watching the bond develop between the show’s core siblings: Ashley and Traci Abbott.

This year marks the 40th anniversary since Y&R fans were introduced to the pair (played by Eileen Davidson and Beth Maitland). In honor of CBS’s special tribute episode devoted to the Abbott sisters—airing June 17th—Davidson and Maitland reflect on some of their most memorable Y&R moments, their lasting legacy, and the show that changed their lives.

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Beth Maitland

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Beth Maitland in theY&R 40th anniversary special celebrating the Abbott sisters

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“As Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott) so sweetly told me, to achieve 40 years of service in ANY business is a big accomplishment. To do it in entertainment is unheard of, and to do it as a woman, is even more special. I am so honored to have been Traci for every moment of these 40 years.”

Eileen Davidson

Bergman on set wearing a suit and putting his arms around Maitland in a purple jacket and Davidson in a red dress

Maitland and Davidson with Peter Bergman

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“I never would have guessed walking through the doors of the Artists Entrance [at CBS] in 1982 would have such a tremendous effect on my life. I’ve been able to work with such incredible actors. I will always be grateful to the fans for their loyalty and love for The Young and the Restless and the Abbotts!”

Love for Y&R Fans

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Davidson and Maitland with Bergman and Don Diamont

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“Truly, I can’t imagine what my life would look like without being an Abbott,” says Maitland. ”Traci has been through some things. The viewers who have lived those stories with her are part of her successes and DNA. Our fans are what keep our world spinning in its orbit, and I am so grateful to everyone who tunes in.”

Three of Hearts

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Nikki, Victor, and Ashley

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“Classic triangle with Mel [Melody Thomas Scott] and Eric [Braeden]! So fun to be a part of it,” says Davidson. ”Not sure why I look like Sweetums [the Muppet] in this shot, however!”

Life Saver

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Danny Romalotti (Michael Damian) and Traci

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“Danny (Michael Damian) saved Traci in so many ways in the early years of my time at Y&R. He and ‘Cricket’ (Lauralee Bell) literally saved her from suicide and taught her to have self-confidence by letting her sing in those historic rock concerts,” says Maitland. “Michael Damian is one of the funniest, silliest, and most adorable co-stars I could have wished for.”

Family Ties

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Maitland, Bergman, and Davidson

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“People use the word ‘iconic’ to describe the Abbotts. I don’t know about that, but I do know I hit the lottery with these two,” Maitland says. “Eileen is sassy and wickedly funny, obviously gorgeous, and a lovely actress with range. Peter wrangles us all; he’s an actor’s actor. He organizes running lines and group meet-ups and keeps tabs on our lives. He is the most thoughtful and committed friend, and there aren’t words to describe how very blessed I feel to work with these two.”

Table Talk

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Abby Newman (Melissa Ordway) breaks bread with Traci, Jack, and Ashley Abbott

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“The iconic Abbott breakfasts! So much fun, conflict, and FANTASTIC food, too,” according to Davidson.

Maternal Instincts

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Dina and Traci Abbott

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“The shy, insecure, and fragile girl that was young Traci was perhaps created by Dina’s selfish abandonment of her children,” Maitland theorizes. “Years of feeling left behind and unloved were hashed out with the lovely Marla Adams in the role. My nickname for Marla is ‘Mutti’ [German for mother], and we are still close. Dina’s illness and loss have had powerful and long-lasting effects on all the Abbotts, especially with Traci, who is now a matriarchal figure in the family herself.”

Best Frenemies

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Miatland with Tracey Bregman

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“Lauren (Tracey Bregman) was Traci’s archnemesis and best friend. She arrived in Genoa City about six months after Traci came home from boarding school. She was the classic mean girl—sly, beautiful, jealous, talented, plotting—and poor Traci fell for it for years. We laughed together, sang together, and fought over men … literally,” Maitland recalls. “Tracey Bregman is one of my life’s greatest gifts. She is my lifelong friend and partner in crime, so talented and the bravest actress I know. One of the brightest treasures to come out of my time at Y&R.”

Love Triangle

Brian played by Eric Garrison stands between Davidson in a blue shirt and Dina played by Marla Adams in a red suit

Ashley, Brian Matthews (Eric Garrison), and Dina

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“Of course, Ashley fell in love with her mother’s ex lover. LOL! Another fun storyline,” says Davidson.

True Romance

Brad and Traci in wedding clothes

The wedding of Brad Carlton (Don Diamont) and Traci Abbott

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“Brad Carlton (Don Diamont) is the love of Traci’s life,” Maitland says. “He was the one who got away, the one she will always regret losing, and the one she dreams about at night. Don Diamont made that magic with me, and it’s a longtime dream to somehow work with him again … that would be epic!”

Memory Maker

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Jerry Douglas and Davidson

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“Awww! Seeing Jerry [Douglas, who portrayed John Abbott], which turned out to be for the last time, was such an amazing gift,” says Davidson. ”He was so kind and loving when Beth and I first started. I love Jerry!”

Father Figure

Jerry Douglas with an arm around Maitland as both smile at the camera

Jerry Douglas and Maitland

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“Jerry Douglas was the first actor I worked with at Y&R in my screen test and my first scenes on the show 40 years ago,” Maitland recalls. “He was a father, an advisor, and an example for all the Abbott children on and off-screen. He loved to tell stories. He was a strong and beloved father figure as John [Abbott], probably because he was a single dad in his own life and raised two families. He is missed terribly.”

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Pete Holmes on The Late Late Show with James Corden in May 2021

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By Katey Clifford

In the CBS comedy How We Roll, Tom Smallwood has been laid off from his job at the car assembly line. Not sure what to do next, this small-town dad decides to follow his passion and become a professional bowler, with encouragement from his wife.

Actor and comedian Pete Holmes plays the show's likable protagonist—based on the real life Tom Smallwood—but where else have you seen him? Get to know the man behind the character!

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Beantown-Born

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Holmes onstage at Comedy Gives Back during the 2014 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at Brazos Hall in 2014 in Austin, Texas

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While his character hails from Saginaw, Michigan, Holmes is actually from Boston. His comedy career has led him from Beantown to New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

In real life, he says he's a so-so bowler, but he has happy memories of going to birthday parties at bowling alleys as a kid and later hanging with buddies by the lanes. “Bowling is the ultimate excuse to hang out with your friends because most of the time you’re sitting around waiting for your turn,” he told the Daily News.

Jokes For Days

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Holmes on The Late Late Show with James Corden in 2019

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He has made appearances on a number of TV shows, including multiple guest spots on The Late Late Show with James Corden. He also starred in the sitcoms Crashing (2017–2019) and The Pete Holmes Show (2013–2014), which he created.

Comedian's Corner

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Holmes on The Late Late Show with James Corden in 2021

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His brand of comedy is a hearty mix of self-aware humor and musings on spirituality and religion. He has said he wanted to be a comedian ever since he knew the career existed. He also thought about becoming a youth pastor, "which is very similar to a comedian ... They get up in front of groups, they’re entertaining, they’re informative, they sort of make you feel good."

Podcast Prowess

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On The Late Late Show with James Corden in 2017

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Holmes has his own podcast, You Made it Weird with Pete Holmes, in which he often interviews fellow comedians. His guests have included Judd Apatow, Aziz Ansari, John Mulaney, Ben Schwartz, Dana Carvey, and the late Garry Shandling.

Voice Actor

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Holmes attends the premiere of The Secret Life Of Pets 2 in 2019 in Westwood, California.

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Holmes is also a voice actor. If you've seen The Secret Life Of Pets 2, he might sound familiar as the voice of the clumsy, affable character Chuck.

Arguably, his best known vocal work was as the baby in the E*Trade commercials popular about a decade ago. The baby "came out of retirement" earlier this year for a new ad that premiered during Superbowl 56.

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Linder uses a feather duster to brush off her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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By Michelle Darrisaw

When Kate Linder made her debut on The Young and the Restless on April 16, 1982, she was only hired for one day to deliver the now-iconic line: “Dinner is served.” Fortunately, she was asked to come back, and that one day turned into 40 years of Linder portraying the long-running role of Esther Valentine in the popular CBS daytime drama.

While viewers have had four decades to get to know the trusted confidante and beloved housekeeper of Katherine Chancellor (Jeanne Cooper) on-screen, we wanted daytime fans to discover more about the soap star off-screen. To mark Linder’s 40th anniversary on Y&R, here are six things to know about the actress, plus the surprising coincidence behind her character’s name.

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Linder Is Featured on the World’s Most Famous Walkway

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Linder uses a feather duster to brush off her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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“I am so deeply honored,” she says of joining the Hollywood Walk of Fame class in 2008. “Receiving the star has been an experience I will never forget. One night many years ago, my husband Ron and I were leaving the Pantages [Theatre] and looking at all the stars on the sidewalk. I told him I couldn’t imagine what that must be like.

"Then, I remember seeing a tour bus go by and hearing the guide say, ‘Wow, you are in luck today ... Kate Linder is receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.’ It was an out-of-body experience beyond my wildest dreams. That day was completely jam-packed. I was in the studio working that morning, then I left to participate in the ceremony and ran back to do more scenes. That was exactly how it should have been because if not for The Young and the Restless, I would never have been there.”

You Might See Her Flying the Friendly Skies

Linder with arms folded modeling a dark beret and blazer with wings pin as part of a United Airlines flight attendant uniform

Linder flashes a smile and models her flight attendant's uniform in 2012. No, it's not a costume for Y&R!

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“In the beginning, I became a United Airlines flight attendant to have a job that would allow me time off for auditions,” explains Linder.

“It’s been great to continue flying, and I have loved seeing viewers of the show on the flights. Many of them know I fly and are anxious to tell me how much they love the show. Others don’t know and are extremely surprised when they find out that Esther is serving them in the air.”

Or on Stage Singing and Dancing …

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Linder dressed as a maid for a 1991 masquerade ball, where she sang Sondheim's "Everybody Ought to Have a Maid"

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“I began my career performing in plays and have appeared in many musicals,” says Linder.

“To this day, I'm still singing and dancing! One of the most exciting highlights for me was the opportunity to perform [Stephen] Sondheim’s "Everybody Ought to Have a Maid" for a masquerade ball one year. That was so much fun! Thanks to the show, it was yet another dream come true.”

And Maybe Even Behind the Wheel of a Race Car

“Competing in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach was a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” she says of becoming the first-ever daytime actress to compete.

“It was the 20th anniversary of the race. They sent us to race car driving school, where there were past winners and a few of us who had never raced before. My only goal was to live through it, and I was thrilled to finish the race. My car was red and No. 7. It didn’t have one scratch on it, and the most amazing thing was that I didn't come in last!”

She’s a Part of USO History

Linder wears a black suit with white trim and a camouflage army helmet as she stands next to two uniformed Army Aircrew members in a green jeep.

Linder next to a jeep after a send-off press conference for the Operation Starlift tour in 2002. The tour traveled under the banners of USO and Armed Forces Entertainment and served traditional military Thanksgiving dinner to troops in Afghanistan.

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“I had the honor of doing four USO tours with the late and incredible honorary mayor of Hollywood, Johnny Grant,” she recalls. “We would go on Thanksgiving and host meet and greets to support our troops.

"I’ll never forget being in Korea, and a serviceman came up to me and said, ‘I have my wife on the phone; would you mind talking to her? She never misses an episode.’ Seriously, how lucky am I to have had these amazing experiences meeting the country’s biggest heroes?”

She’s Also a Spokesperson for the ALS Association and March of Dimes

Linder arm in arm with her brother in law in front of a fireplace with a carved wooden mantel in an ornate room. Both wear blue T shirts that say Walk to dfeet ALS.

Linder with her brother-in-law

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“I will always be grateful to The Young and the Restless for giving me the platform to give back and help others,” Linder adds. “I have been the celebrity spokesperson for the ALS Association for many years since my brother-in-law’s diagnosis.

"With the generous help of my castmates, we have been able to raise way over $2 million and counting for the March of Dimes Canada’s Conductive Education program (I’m also the ambassador) and for other Canadian charities.”

Bonus Tidbit: What’s in a Name?

Jeanne Cooper stands next to a large floral bouquet with one hand on her hip leaning against a red directors chair. She wears a dark blue satin suit and diamond jewelry.

Jeanne Cooper as Katherine Chancellor

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“Jeanne Cooper started calling me Esther one day,” shares Linder. “Esther was my grandmother’s name, but Jeanne didn’t know, so it was a happy coincidence.

"Fortunately, the writers picked up on it, and the name stuck. Also, my mother watched Y&R from day one! She was so excited I was going to be on the show, filling me in on the storylines. To this day, neither of us ever misses an episode.”

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