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Old 09-06-2015, 11:04 PM   #1
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Northampton comedy actress and 'sock it to me' girl Judy Carne has died aged 76.

The Laugh-In star, born Joyce Audrey Botterill in 1939, died on Thursday, September 3, at Northampton General Hospital after a battle with pneumonia.

Tributes have been pouring in for the actress - who had been living in the village of Pitsford, near Northampton - with friends describing her as a 'lovely lady'.

Carne's niece, Marnie Butcher, said she has been left feeling 'very sad' by her auntie's passing, and said in a Facebook post: "RIP Judy Carne, you're not suffering anymore."

Pitsford resident Jo Woolard, a friend of Carne, told the Northants Herald and Post: "She was such a lovely lady and it was really nice having a celebrity in the village.

"It is very sad that she has died and I know many people in the village will feel the same.

"She always kept herself to herself whilst living here, but we often saw her walking her two dogs. In fact, that's how I first met her. She had lost one of her dogs and I found it. The postman said it belonged to Joyce, and then we met."

A Facebook page called 'Northampton old faces' has also seen tributes flooding in, with Caroline Farrell posting: "Very sad news. Lovely lady, met her a few times at dog training classes many years ago. Thoughts are with her family and friends."

Marie Hanlon wrote: "RIP thoughts and prayers are with her family xx". Phil Thompson said: "Sock it to 'em Judy. God bless you."

Carne, who is best remembered for the phrase 'Sock it to me' on the 1960s comedy show Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, grew up in Kingsthorpe. Northampton.

Her parents Harold and Kathy owned a fruit and veg shop in the area, while Carne - as a child - began to develop a talent for acting.

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.

An instructor at the school began calling her 'Judy', telling her that Joyce was not a good professional name. The second part of Judy's stage name was taken from a character named Sarat Carn in the play Bonaventure by English playwright Charlotte Hastings.

In 1956, Judy Carne made her first television performance in a British program titled The First Day of Spring.

And after building a respectable career on British TV, she was ready to seek fame and fortune in America.

Judy came to the United States in 1962, just ahead of The Beatles and the 'British Invasion'.

Soon, she 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.

Judy went on to married Reynolds on June 28, 1963. Their marriage, however, wasn't meant to be and they divorced two years later in 1965.

Looking back at her short-lived union with Reynolds, Judy said at one time: "Actors and actresses shouldn't be together. Each is so involved in himself that there isn't room at the dinner table for the two of them."

Despite their failed marriage and bitter divorce, Burt was there for Judy in later years to help her overcome financial woes and drug abuse. When he guest-hosted The Tonight Show, he invited Judy to appear with him.

By 1966, Judy had a leading role on an American television show, appearing in the romantic comedy Love on a Rooftop opposite the late Pete Duel. But it was in the next show which would see Judy rocket to fame.

In 1968 came along Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, which saw Judy become an instant celebrity on one of the hottest shows on television.

The fast-paced 60s show made a household name of Judy, and it would see Judy often find herself 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, Judy decided not to renew her Laugh-In contract as she feared being typecast and wanted to showcase her singing and dancing talents.

Judy 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 wasn't to be built upon.

In May 1970, Judy married for a second time, this time to television producer Robert Bergmann. But Judy's marriage to Bergmann was also short-lived, and they divorced in 1971.

During the 1970s, Judy's 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 Northampton with her parents who had come to visit her.

In 1985, Judy published her autobiography called 'Laughing on the Outside, Crying on the Inside: The Bittersweet Saga of the Sock-It-To-Me Girl'. It was a book which revealed her descent into a life of drug addiction and debauchery .

In 1993, Judy attended the 25th anniversary of Laugh-In and appeared on a televised Laugh-In Christmas show.

Since then, she had resided at her home with her two dogs in the village of Pitsford, where she enjoyed a quiet life after a journey which saw her become one of the biggest household names in the UK and USA.

In a tribute on Facebook page Northampton old faces, Patricia Keay said: "She was loved on both sides of the pond. I was living in US at the heigh of her stardom. No doubt she will be missed by many friends there too."
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RIP Judy!!! I remember her! She was so cute with her little pixie hair cut!!! Only 76, that is too young!


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Judy Carne, who has died aged 76, was a bouncy, auburn-haired British actress who won overnight fame in the 1960s as the Sock It To Me girl on the hit television show Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In; she returned, albeit briefly, to the limelight in 1985 when she published an autobiography in which she told of her volatile relationship with her first husband Burt Reynolds, confessed to a string of affairs with members of both sexes and chronicled battles with drug addiction.


A fairly successful television actress when she joined the cast of Laugh-in in 1968, as the Sock It To Me girl Judy Carne became the most popular person on the show for her zany, daffy, mini-skirted comic persona, continually getting doused with a bucket of water, or subjected to some other humiliation, every time she uttered the words “Sock it to me!”


Judy Carne remained with the show for two years but left in the middle of the third series complaining that it had become “ a big, bloody bore”, though it was noted that her disenchantment coincided with the emergence of Goldie Hawn as the show’s female star.


After she left Laugh-In Judy Carne became a heroin addict and her career went into a tailspin. Her problems worsened to the extent that when she published her autobiography Laughing on the Outside, Crying on the Inside (written with the help of a former companion, Bob Merrill), one reviewer remarked that “for a person with evidently no sense of judgment about people and… no sense of internal perspective, it is noteworthy enough that [she] lived long enough to tell such a tale, much less publish it.”

Judy Carne herself once observed: “I’m a 1960s flowerchild who has refused to grow up. Mature and responsible are words I don’t understand.”

She was born Joyce Audrey Botterill on April 27 1939 and brought up at Kingsthorpe, near Northampton, where her parents ran a greengrocer’s shop. As a child she showed a talent for acting and dancing and went on to train at the Bush Davies Theatrical School for Girls at East Grinstead. She made her West End debut in 1956 in the revue For Amusement Only and her television debut the same year in The First Day of Spring.

She went on to build a solid career on British television, including appearing as a panellist on Juke Box Jury and in the sit-com The Rag Trade. In 1961 she appeared in the film comedy A Pair of Briefs. Her conquests at this time, she claimed, included Vidal Sassoon, Stirling Moss and the actor Anthony Newley. “How lucky to be 18 years old and go with Vidal Sassoon. And to be with Stirling Moss at 19. What a privilege,” she recalled.

Moving to the United States in the early 1960s, she was first introduced to American audiences as Heather Finch, a British exchange student, in the television comedy series Fair Exchange (1962). She went on to play the daughter of a tycoon who falls in love with a poor boy in The Baileys of Balboa (1964-5) and had a small part as a “nameless broad” found in bed with James Coburn in the film The Americanisation of Emily (1964). She also appeared in The Man from U.N.C.L.E and in the ABC sitcom Love on a Rooftop (1966-67).

After leaving Laugh-in, Judy Carne starred as Polly in The Boyfriend on Broadway and appeared on talk and game shows. Yet by the mid-1970s she was making headlines for all the wrong reasons.

In 1963 she had married Burt Reynolds, recalling that when they first met “we were immediately in love, so we immediately made love. I was engulfed by him, my small body lost in his large frame.” After their marriage, he became abusive, she alleged. They divorced in 1966.

There followed one-night stands with Steve McQueen and Warren Beatty, and what she described as “a meaningful relationship with a woman for a year and a half”, before 1970 when she married Robert Bergmann, a unemployed man she described as “very bright – he’s been an assistant producer, done modelling and handled stocks”. The marriage lasted for six months, but Bergmann came back into her life in the late 1970s. “We helped each other,” she told an interviewer. “We went to a dance class, and to a group therapy class where you shout your angers.”


By this time, an experimental use of drugs had developed into full-blown addiction. Her life hit rock bottom in 1977 and 1978 when, in the space of four months, she was busted three times – on charges ranging from drug possession to car theft. At the end of March 1978 she was rushed to hospital after collapsing with “vertigo and nausea”, owing to a possible drug overdose. In June that year, while celebrating her acquittal on charges of heroin possession, she and Bergmann (who was driving) were involved in a near-fatal car accident which left her with a broken neck.

The following year she was charged with heroin possession and prescription forgery. She was acquitted of the heroin charge. When the jury couldn’t reach a verdict over the forgery, a new trial was set but Judy Carne failed to show up for it, so she was charged with contempt of court and a warrant was issued for her arrest.

It was around this time that she moved back to Northampton, where she began work on her book. She claimed that the process of writing had helped her to put her life back together again, but it would be some time before her troubles were properly resolved.

In later life, however, Judy Carne did find an element of peace in the village of Pitsford, Northamptonshire, where she lived a quiet life with two dogs and was much liked by her neighbours.

Judy Carne, born April 27 1939, died September 3 2015
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R.I.P. Judy Carne. I've been watching the Laugh In shows on the DVD's from Time Life, these are a lot of fun to watch, it's a wonderful trip back in time. A few episodes into the 2nd season is when the show really began to hit it's stride. Too bad Judy didn't stay on with the show, she's cute and adorable, but I think during the 3rd season she was getting tired of the whole thing. By the end of season 3, Judy was gone, Goldie Hawn and Jo Ann Worley would leave too. Cast changes took place, and from season 4 onward the show had a different look.
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