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Laura Wood (18 August 1901 – 9 May 1982; age 80) was the actress who played two prematurely aged characters, the rapidly aged Enterprise crewmember in the Star Trek: The Original Series first season episode "Charlie X", and rapidly aged Elaine Johnson in the second season episode "The Deadly Years". She filmed her scenes for the latter on Thursday 3 August 1967 at Desilu Stage 10.
Besides her Star Trek appearances, her other known television credits include guest appearances in an episode of 77 Sunset Strip, two episodes of The Rebel, and an episode of Highway Patrol. She also appeared in the films Love Goddesses of Blood Island and This Sporting House.
Between 1970 and 1975, Wood was married to director, producer, and actor Harry Kerwin.