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 Judy Carne

Judy Carne

Birth
Northampton, Northampton Borough, Northamptonshire, England
Death 3 Sep 2015 (aged 76)
Northampton, Northampton Borough, Northamptonshire, England
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 151973274 · View Source
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British Actress. Born Joyce Audrey Botterill, she will best be remembered as the original "Sock it to me" girl from the American comedy television show, 'Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In'. She received training at the Pitt-Draffen Academy of Dance, before being accepted into the prestigious Bush-Davis Theatrical School for Girls in East Grinstead near London. In 1956, she made her first television performance in a British program titled 'The First Day of Spring'. After building a respectable career on British TV, she moved to the United States in 1962, and found herself in Hollywood, acting the role of 'Heather Finch' in a new series called 'Fair Exchange'. While on a promotional tour for the show, she met an up-and-coming actor named Burt Reynolds and went on to marry him on June 28, 1963, however, their marriage wasn't meant to be and they divorced two years later. By 1966, she had a leading role on a television show and appeared in the romantic comedy 'Love on a Rooftop', but it was in the next show which would see her rocket to fame. In 1968, 'Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In' saw her become an instant celebrity on one of the hottest shows on television. The fast-paced show would often find her at the receiving end of numerous pranks including being doused with water whenever she mouthed her signature phrase, "Sock it to me!". But after two years on the show, she decided not to renew her contract as she feared being typecast and wanted to showcase her singing and dancing talents. She then went on to play the role Polly in a Broadway revival of 'The Boyfriend', before appearing in a couple of mini-movies, a Las Vegas music act and a television series called 'Poor Judy', but her success on 'Laugh-In' was not to be repeated. In May 1970, she married television producer Robert Bergmann, but their marriage was also short-lived, and they divorced a year later. During the 1970s, her career had declined severely, and her personal life also suffered with heroin addition and a near-fatal car crash with ex-husband Bergmann while they were celebrating Judy's acquittal on charges of heroin possession. After being released from the hospital with a broken neck, she returned to England. In 1985, she published her autobiography 'Laughing on the Outside, Crying on the Inside: The Bittersweet Saga of the Sock-It-To-Me Girl'. In 1993, Judy attended the 25th anniversary of 'Laugh-In' and would make her final film appearance in 'What About Me'. Carne died of natural causes.

Bio by: Louis du Mort


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  • Originally Created by: Louis du Mort
  • Added: 7 Sep 2015
  • Find A Grave Memorial 151973274
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