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Laughing on the Outside, Crying on the Inside: The Bittersweet Saga of the Sock-It-To-Me Girl

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  • Judy Carne sticks in our memories as the “Sock it to me!” character on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In (1968-73). When she uttered the magic words, she’d abruptly be doused with water, fall through a trap door or suffer some other inglorious fate.

    Judy Carne Net Worth: Judy Carne was an English actress who had a net worth of $8 million dollars. Judy Carne was born Joyce Botterill in Northampton, Northamptonshire, England, in 1939. She acted in 1961's "Danger Man" series in Britain before moving to the United States. She scored a part on TV series "Fair Exchange" as an English girl who moves to America. Her other credits include appearances in "The Baileys of Balboa", "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.", "Gidget", "Love on a Rooftop", "I Dream of Jeannie", "The Big Valley", "Bonanza", "All the Right Noises", "12 O'Clock High", and "The Americanization of Emily". Her most famous role, however, was on "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" from 1968 until 1973. She became famous for the phrase "Sock it to me!", which always ended with Carne experiencing some sort of calamity whenever she said it. She wrote and published her autobiography, "Laughing on the Outside, Crying on the Inside: The Bittersweet Saga of the Sock-It-To-Me Girl", in 1985. It touched on her marriage, her drug use, and her sexuality. Carne married actor in 1963. They divorced in 1965 and she wed producer Robert Bergmann five years later. That marriage ended one year later. Carne ended her acting career in the early '90s. Unfortunately Judy Carne died on September 3, 2015.

  • 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.

    However, after two seasons, Carne became tired of the gag — people would randomly toss water on her as she walked down the street — and limited her appearances on the show during its third season. She did not appear on the show after the third season. Judy Carne’s personal life was in stark contrast to the laugh-a-minute character she portrayed on Laugh-In. She was briefly married to Burt Reynolds, a marriage which Carne claimed was abusive in her autobiography. She also suffered from heroin addiction, and would be arrested several times on drug charges, making it harder for her to get roles.


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    1Living in her birth town of Northampton, England.
    2Appeared twice on "I Dream of Jeannie", once as a character and later as herself.
    3At the age of six she performed in a local concert and won the encouragement of her parents to continue.
    4Began dancing at her aunt's dancing school then moved to the Pitt-Draffen Academy of Dance.
    5When she was nine she was accepted to the prestigious Bush-Davies Theatrical School for Girls, in East Grinstead, England near London. An instructor there began calling her "Judy" explaining that "Joyce" wasn't a good professional name. At sixteen she took her professional name Judy Carne. Carne comes from a character in the play "Sister Bonaventure.".
    6While on a promotional tour for the TV series Fair Exchange (1962) Judy met Burt Reynolds. After a six-month courtship the two were married on June 28th 1963. The marriage lasted but two years. She never asked for alimony. Reynolds would be there for her in later years when she was dealing with financial woes amid her drug problems.
    7Judy auditioned for and won the lead role of Julie Willis in the sitcom called Love on a Rooftop (1966). She was paired with actor Pete Duel, someone she knew and had met when she did a one-episode stint on the "Gidget" TV series. She later guested on his "Alias Smith and Jones" TV series. Duel later committed suicide.
    8In July of 1969, during her "Laugh-In" heyday, Judy performed "American Moon" on the Ed Sullivan show. Sullivan, known for mispronouncing names, introduced her as "Judy Crane".
    9"Laugh-In" producer George Schlatter initially blamed her for trying to break up the Laugh-In "family" by leaving after only two seasons.
    10She was one of the actresses considered for the lead role of Eglantine Price in Disney's Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971). Her performance of one of the film's songs, "Subsititutiary Locomotion," ended up on a Disneyland LP record containing cover versions of the songs (catalog # STER-1326).
    11Ex-husband Burt Reynolds invited Judy as his guest the first time he guest-hosted The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) in the early 70s. They hadn't spoken in six years.

    Born in Northamptonshire, England, in 1939, Judy Carne studied at the prestigious Bush Davies Theatrical School for Girls. In her early career, she built up a résumé of appearances on stage, movies, and the small screen, usually playing bit parts. After moving to the United States, Carne continued to build up TV and movie credits, appearing on such 1960s staples as Gunsmoke, Gidget, Bonanza, and The Patty Duke Show.

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Actress Judy Carne, best known for her role on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In in the ’60s, died earlier this month at the age of 76. The British comedian as the “sock it to me” girl on the show, according to the New York Times.