Trek Untold

Hosted ByMatt Kaplowitz

"Trek Untold" is the Star Trek podcast that goes beyond the stars! This show features guests including character actors, stunt performers, directors, writers, VFX artists, and the behind-the-scenes people who make the Star Trek universe boldly go where no sci-fi franchise has gone before.

Trek Untold-Episode 96: April Tatro is the Cat’s Meow

For years, there was an unsolved mystery in the Star Trek universe. In the second season of the Star Trek TOS, in an episode titled  “Assignment: Earth,” one of the performers went uncredited for decades – the human form of Isis the Cat. Many years later, former guest of this show and Star Trek expert Larry Nemecek uncovered the truth, and this week we speak with that enigmatic actress, April Tatro.

Before landing the gig, April was a well-known dancer and one of America's best contortionists. She tells us her life's story, including how she became an acrobatic dancer and the ways she trained her unbelievable flexibility at a young age, opening nightly for Milton Berle and The Rat Pack, her appearance on Johnny Carson, her time on “Wonder Woman” with Linda Carter, and how she got so flexible in the first place and the ways she maintains that elasticity today!

From there, it's onto Star Trek, and how she got the role, memories of working with William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Teri Garr, and Robert Lansing, why she was uncredited originally, and how she was eventually discovered to be a part of that episode, and how much she loves Star Trek and its fans today! Plus, April spills the tea on her date with William Shatner! Get ready to go head over heels (maybe literally if you are flexible enough) with this week's guest!

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