Laurel Goodwin, who began her career as a child model, made her film debut in Elvis' seventh film, Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962), arguably the first-of-the-worst of the king's cinematic offerings. Goodwin plays Laurel Dodge, a young woman who conceals her wealth in an attempt to be judged for her true self alone. Laurel is one of two women whom Elvis' character is torn between, the other played by the afore mentioned Stella Stevens.
between 1962 and 1969, Goodwin appeared in three more nominal films and as a guest actor on several television series. she is perhaps best known (by a particular fanbase) for her role as Yeoman J. M. Colt on The Cage (1966) - the original pilot episode of Star Trek.
in 1971, Laurel and business executive Walter Wood were married. the couple now live in Palm Springs, California, where Goodwin has a career in home nursing.