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Linda Fetters becoming the Cat Dancer

Undergoing makeup application

Linda Fetters, Cat Dancer 2

Linda Fetters-Howard's make-up test for Star Trek V.

Cat Dancer

...as the "Cat Dancer"

Linda Fetters (also known as Linda Fetters-Howard) (born 18 May 1941; age 83) is a former Hollywood stuntwoman who appeared as the three-breasted feline dancer on Nimbus III in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. She performed stunts together with William Shatner whom she attacked and who threw her into a water tank and was coordinated by stunt coordinator Glenn R. Wilder.

Fetters-Howard was born in Memphis, Tennessee and was married to actor Ken Howard, who was previously married to Star Trek: The Original Series guest star Louise Sorel, from 1992 until his death in 2016. A member of the SAMP (Stuntwomen's Association of Motion Pictures), she worked as president for the organization between 1994 and 1996 and is an honorary member today. [1] Fetters-Howard is also a contributing member to "Women in Film" and is supporting animal rights organizations together with her husband.

Prior to her work on Star Trek V, she worked as stuntwoman on films such as Not For Publication (1984), The Dirt Bike Kid (1985), Paramedics (1988, with Christopher McDonald, Ray Walston, and Sally Kellerman), Spellbinder (1988, with stunts by Doug and Eliza Coleman and Melodee M. Spevack), L.A. Bounty (1989, with stunts by Robert Bralver, Bob Minor, and Branscombe Richmond), and the thriller Freeway Maniac (1989, with Gary Wayton).

Further stunt performances include After Midnight (1989, along with Sandy Berumen-Justus, Simone Boisseree, Paula Moody, Pat Romano, and Patricia Tallman), Another 48 Hrs. (1989, stunt coordinated by Allan Graf), Men at Work (1990), the horror comedy Mom (1991), The Rocketeer (1991), Alligator II: The Mutation (1991, with Richard Lynch and Brock Peters and stunts by Gene LeBell, Dennis Madalone, B.J. Davis, and Chris Doyle), The Nutt House (1992), the drama Boiling Point (1993), Batman Forever (1995), Money Train (1995), The Relic (1997, with stunts by Jophery C. Brown and Denney Pierce), the comedy Gone Fishin' (1997), Hush (1998, with Maria Kelly), and the television drama A Vow to Cherish (1999).

Beside doubling for actresses such as Delta Burke, Jessica Lange, Barbara Eden, Rebecca De Mornay, Audrey Landers, Shirley Knight, Stella Stevens, and Piper Laurie, Fetters-Howard also performed stunts in television series such as Crime Story (1986, with Bill Smitrovich, Billy Campbell, and Danny Goldring), Rescue 911, The Flash, Quantum Leap (starring Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell), Sledge Hammer, Family Matters, General Hospital, The Young and the Restless, and Twin Peaks (1991, with Mädchen Amick, Richard Beymer, Ray Wise, and Wendy Robie).

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