Joyce Audrey Botterill (27 April 1939 – 3 September 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 as Heather Finch in Fair Exchange, 1962
|Born||Joyce Audrey Botterill
27 April 1939
|Died||3 September 2015
|Cause of death||Pneumonia|
Carne was born in Northampton, England. Her parents, Harold and Kathy, 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 USA not long afterwards. Her first regular role was in the sitcom Fair Exchange (1963) as an English teenager who goes to the US 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). She later co-starred with Pete Duel in Love on a Rooftop (1966). She made several appearances on the adventure series 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 a regular in the first two seasons (1968–69); then, having decided the show had become "a big, bloody bore", made occasional guest appearances in the remaining 1969–70 seasons.
Carne was married to actor Burt Reynolds from 1963 to 1965 and to producer Robert Bergmann from 1970 to 1971. Both marriages were brief, 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 dies: Northampton's 'Sock it to me' girl dies aged 76. Northants Herald & Post, 7 September 2015.
- Judy Carne on IMDb
- Lisanti, Tom; Paul, Louis (2002). Film Fatales: Women In Espionage Films and Television, 1962–1973. McFarland. pp. 89–90. ISBN 0-7864-1194-5. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
- "Judy Carne: Actress celebrated as the 'Sock it to me' girl on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In whose career was derailed by drug use", The Independent, 10 September 2015. Retrieved 14 September 2065.
- Lisanti, Paul. p. 91
- "Judy Carne, star of Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, dies aged 76", BBC News, 8 September 2015.
- Alex Stedman. "Judy Carne Dead: Laugh-In's "Sock it to Me" Girl Was 76". Variety. Retrieved 9 September 2015.
- "Judy Carne obituary". The Daily Telegraph. 7 September 2015. Retrieved 7 September 2015.