Laurel Goodwin Wood

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“Laurel will be greatly missed. A good person, and a fine actress. May her memory be a blessing. ”
1 of 4 | Posted by: Sandy Cain - Rego Park, NY

“My heart is broken. I was so happy to reconnect with Laurel seven years ago. She and Walter were very good friends with my father (Peter). It was so...Read More »
2 of 4 | Posted by: Denise Larkin - Larchmont, NY

“I was a fan of Laurel since seeing here in Star Trek and also the Elvis Presley movie Girls, Girls, Girls. She was a fine actress and I had the...Read More »
3 of 4 | Posted by: Anthony King - Canton, MA

“We were so happy to meet and talk with Laurel in Memphis five years ago. After seeing Girls! Girls! Girls! my husband had a huge crush on her. She...Read More »
4 of 4 | Posted by: Cathi Avenell - CANTON, MA


Laurel Goodwin Wood, 1942 - 2022, passed away on February 25. Born August 11, 1942 in Wichita, Kansas, the family moved to San Diego during WW2, and later to San Francisco where Laurel grew up with her older brother, Gary, and younger sister, Maureen. She graduated from Lowell High School, Class of '60 and went on to SF State where she studied drama.

At 19,Laurel signed a contract with Paramount Pictures, and began a career in movies, TV, and live theater. Her first film was "Girl's, Girl's, Girl's" with Elvis Presley, followed by "Papa's Delicate Condition" with Jackie Gleason along with many more. She also had many roles in TV. She was the last surviving member of the original pilot for Star Trek, The Cage, in which she played Yeoman Colt with Jeffery Hunter as Captain Pike.

Laurel and her husband, Walter Wood went on to work behind the scenes for many years. Together they produced "Stroker Ace" with Burt Reynolds and Loni Anderson.

Laurel is survived by her sister, Maureen Scott, of Bellingham, WA and a multitude of friends and relatives around the world. If she knew you, you quickly became family.