Judy Carne: Actress (1939 - 2015)
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Judy Carne

Judy Carne

Judy Carne
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Intro Actress
A.K.A. Joyce Botterill
Was Comedian Actor
From United Kingdom
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio Humor
Gender female
Birth 27 April 1939, Northampton
Death 3 September 2015, Northampton (aged 76 years)
Star sign Taurus
Spouse: Burt Reynolds
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Joyce Audrey Botterill (April 27, 1939 – September 3, 2015), known professionally as Judy Carne, was an English actress best remembered for the phrase "Sock it to me!" on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In.


Carne was born in Northampton, England, the daughter of a couple were greengrocers in Kingsthorpe. She made her first British television appearances on the series Danger Man (1961) and episodes of The Rag Trade (also 1961), a BBC sitcom. She moved to the US not long afterwards.

Her first regular role was in the CBS-TV sitcom Fair Exchange (1963), in which she played an English teenager who goes to the U.S. to live with an American family whose daughter (played by Lynn Loring) has gone to live in England. That was followed by The Baileys of Balboa (1964), also CBS and then she co-starred with Pete Duel in Love on a Rooftop on ABC (1966). She made appearances in the TV show The Man from U.N.C.L.E..

She had a small part in the ninth episode of the TV series Gidget (1965), guest-starred as Floy in second season episode 3, "Then Came The Mighty Hunter" of 12 O'Clock High (1965), and appeared in an episode of I Dream of Jeannie (1966). She appeared in the Bonanza episode "A Question of Strength" (1963) as Sister Mary Kathleen, two episodes of The Big Valley (1967), guest-starred in episode 11 of the first season of Alias Smith and Jones (1971) and the TV adaptation of QB VII (1974). Her film roles included A Pair of Briefs (1962), The Americanization of Emily (1964), the wife of Tom Bell in All the Right Noises (1971), and Rachel Amodeo's street movie What About Me (1993), opposite Richard Hell and Johnny Thunders.

On Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1968–1970) Carne gained stardom. Her most popular routine ended with her saying "Sock it to me!", at which point she was doused with water or assaulted in some other way. Carne was on the series for the first two seasons (1968–69), but made occasional appearances during the 1969-70 season. At the time she left, Carne complained the show had become "a big, bloody bore".

Carne starred in a revival of the musical The Boy Friend which opened on Broadway on April 14, 1970 and ran for 111 performances.

Personal life

Carne was married to actor Burt Reynolds from 1963 to 1965 and to producer Robert Bergmann from 1970 to 1971. Both marriages were childless and ended in divorce. In 1978, after being found not guilty of possessing heroin, she was involved in a car accident along with her second husband; she recovered from a broken neck. Her drug problem continued and she was later arrested again for heroin possession.

Her autobiography, Laughing on the Outside, Crying on the Inside: The Bittersweet Saga of the Sock-It-To-Me Girl (1985), chronicled her difficulties with drugs, her failed marriage to Reynolds, and her bisexuality.

Judy Carne moved back to Northamptonshire, England, in the 1980s, living quietly in the village of Pitsford.

She died from pneumonia on 3 September 2015 at a hospital in Northampton.


  • A Pair of Briefs (1962)
  • The Americanization of Emily (1964)
  • All the Right Noises (1971)
  • What About Me (1993)

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