Tuesday, 8 September 2015

RIP Judy Carne

The Northampton born actress who hit it big Stateside in the 60s, Judy Carne has passed away aged 76

Following roles in Danger ManThe Rag Trade and the film A Pair of Briefs, the elfin like Carne moved to America and achieved fame as the 'Sock It To Me' girl alongside Goldie Hawn on the hit '60s comedy show Rowan and Martin's Laugh In where she was doused with water every time she said 'sock it to me'. She also starred alongside James Coburn in The Americanisation of Emily, and had guest roles in The Man From UNCLE, Ironside, and Alias Smith and Jones. She starred in the sitcom Love on a Rooftop, and in Love; American Style as well as starring on Broadway in The Boyfriend. 

She wed Burt Reynolds in 1963 and had a tumultuous relationship with the Hollywood star for the two years they were married, with Carne claiming the marriage hit the rocks because he had become abusive towards her. She married again in 1970 to Robert Bergmann but the marriage lasted just six months.

Describing herself as a "60s flowerchild who has refused to grow up" Carne had a string of affairs with high profile men such as Vidal Sassoon, Anthony Newley, Warren Beatty, Steve McQueen and Stirling Moss and became a heroin addict.

Following three drug busts in the late 70s, she moved back to England and her hometown of Northampton in the 1980s. She picked up some work, notably alongside Alfred Marks and David Jason in Marks' comedy radio show, Marks In His Diary and wrote a tell-all autobiography entitled Laughing On The Outside, Crying On The Inside, but she lived a semi-retired quiet life with her two dogs in the village of Pitsford until her death on the 3rd of this month.


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