Judy Carne (1939-2015)

Monday, September 07, 2015

Judy Carne (1939-2015)


The late Judy Carne, née Joyce Audrey Botterill in Northampton, England, never did much for me when she burst on the scene in the mid '60s on "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" as the comedy sketch show's "Sock it to Me" girl who always wound up drenched by a bucket of water after uttering her weekly tag line.

(Great hilarity ensued in the form of a recorded "laugh track." It's inconceivable that a similar show could appear on television today.)

It wasn't until her appearance on an early '70s edition of some Chuck Barris type of show in which she was one of the three hidden females a male contestant had to select for a date after asking each some questions.

There were two leggy and otherwise eminently forgettable blondes... and Judy Carne; it was no contest.

One of the clean-cut male's answers solicited was some­thing to the effect of "If we were at a party and you want­ed to attract my attention, how would you go about it?"

Each of the L&OEFBs came up with similar insipid girly-girl G-rated replies that suggested that if a gal pal didn't take pity on them and fix them up with a horny kid brother, they were destined for spinsterhood.

Carne got right to it and endeared me to her forever:

"He'd find me sitting in his car when he left the party."

(It must be remembered that this was at a point in history when the greatest advancement in feminism was the burning of a bra.)

Carne with her first husband, Burt Reynolds

After the Rowan and Martin ex­per­i­ence... which she bailed on shortly into the third season... her acting and singing career went into precipitous decline.

She was talented, but not a maker of good decisions, particularly about "H," husbands (Burt Reynolds was her first) and heroin which multiple efforts at detox and recovery did not prove lasting 'til much later in life.

She tells her tale better than any tabloid could in a 1985 autobiography, "Laughing on the Outside, Crying on the Inside: The Bittersweet Saga of the Sock-It-To-Me Girl."

Hers, as are many, is a cautionary tale.


1. Hampton West said...

I saw that show!!!

Always thought she was cute.

She was, she was, she was cute... adorable even. But a sad life.

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