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Judy Carne

( b. Apr 27, 1939 Northampton, ENGLAND - d. Sep 03, 2015 Northampton, ENGLAND ) Female
Also known as: Joyce Botterill [Birthname]
Relations: Wife of Burt Reynolds (1963 - 1965) divorced

Judy Carne was a sprightly British actress and comedian who rocketed to pop culture fame as the "sock it to me" girl on "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In," a landmark of television zaniness, before her career was derailed by drug arrests and a near-fatal automobile accident.

After starting her career in England and building a résumé of appearances onstage, on television and in movies, Ms. Carne moved to the United States, where her first television role was as an exchange student in the sitcom "Fair Exchange." She also became the first wife of a later-to-be movie star, Burt Reynolds.

She made guest appearances on westerns including "Bonanza" and "Gunsmoke," dramas like "12 O'Clock High" and comedies including "Gidget" and "The Patty Duke Show" before landing a starring role in a "Love on a Rooftop," a romantic comedy set in San Francisco about a young woman from a wealthy family who has disappointed her father by marrying a struggling young architect played by Peter Deuel (later known as Pete Duel).

Ms. Carne became widely known on "Laugh-In," an ensemble comedy show composed of brief bits of slapstick antics and verbal nonsense tumbling over one another in furious succession. It ran on NBC from 1968 to 1973.

Ms. Carne was trained in dance and theater and reportedly took the name Judy at the suggestion of a teacher. The name Carne came from a character in a play by the English playwright Charlotte Hastings.

Ms. Carne left "Laugh-In" in 1970. The sock-it-to-me label had become trying to live with, she said; people would douse her with water on the street. That year she starred in a Broadway revival of the musical The Boy Friend, but her life began spiraling out of control as a drug habit grew worse. She was arrested several times, and as a result she wasn't being cast as readily as she had been, and her nightclub bookings dried up.

She and Mr. Reynolds divorced in 1965, and in her 1985 autobiography, "Laughing on the Outside, Crying on the Inside," written with Bob Merrill, she wrote that Mr. Reynolds was abusive. In the memoir she confessed to myriad love affairs with name brand actors and others, and she acknowledged her drug abuse, including an addiction to heroin. A second marriage, to Robert Bergmann (sometimes spelled Bergman) in 1970, lasted less than a year.

Source: The New York Times obituary

ProductionsDate of Productions
The Boy Friend
[Musical, Comedy, Revival]
  • Performer: Judy Carne [Polly]
Apr 14, 1970 - Jul 18, 1970
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