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April 14 in Twilight Zone History: Remembering actress Arlene Martel on the anniversary of her birth

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Apr 14, 2018

Today, April 14th, This Day in Twilight Zone History and The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia remember actress Arlene Martel, who was born on this day in 1936.

Working under her birth name Arline Sax, Martel portrayed the creepy morgue nurse in "Twenty-Two." She's the one who utters the unforgettable line to hospital patient Liz Powell (Barbara Nichols) in her recurring nightmare: "There's room for one more, honey."

Martel (1936-2014) also appears as a "Girl in Bar" in the first season episode "What You Need."

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Hospital patient Liz Powell's (Barbara Nichols, right) recurring nightmare always ends with the morgue nurse's (Arlene Martel, left) creepy line "There's room for one more, honey."

A Bronx native, Martel is best known as T'Pring, the Vulcan bride to Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) in the "Amok Time" episode of the original Star Trek series. She also played Consuelos Biros opposite Robert Culp's character Trent in the "Demon with a Glass Hand" episode of The Outer Limits, written by Harlan Ellison.

This date has another significance in Twilight Zone history. It was on April 14, 1865 that John Wilkes Booth shot Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theater in Washington D.C. – the setting for "Back There," in which time traveler Pete Corrigan (Russell Johnson) travels back in time 96 years and tries to save the President. Playing at Ford's that night was Our American Cousin, "Tom Taylor's celebrated eccentric comedy," according to the handbill.

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In "Back There," time traveler Pete Corrigan (Russell Johnson, left) encounters John Wilkes Booth (John Lasell) on the night that Abraham Lincoln is assassinated (April 14, 1865).

So on this historic day, let's celebrate a fine actress in a pivotal role and a time-traveling hero trying to change history on a show where nothing is certain except recurring nightmares and continual chaos: The Twilight Zone.