Judy Carne

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Judy Carne
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Carne as Heather Finch in Fair Exchange, 1962
Born Joyce Audrey Botterill
(1939-04-27)27 April 1939
Northampton, Northamptonshire, England, UK
Died 3 September 2015(2015-09-03) (aged 76)
Northampton, Northamptonshire, England, UK
Occupation Actress
Years active 1961–1993

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 was born in Northampton, England, the daughter of a couple who ran a greengrocer's in Kingsthorpe.[1] 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.[citation needed]

Her first regular role was in the 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) and then she co-starred with Pete Duel in Love on a Rooftop (1966). She made appearances in the TV show The Man from U.N.C.L.E..[2]

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), and the TV adaptation of QB VII (1974). Her movie roles included A Pair of Briefs (1962), The Americanization of Emily (1964), the faithful wife of Tom Bell in All the Right Noises (1971).

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".[1]

Personal life[edit]

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.[3]

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.[4]

Judy Carne moved back to Northamptonshire, England, in the 1980s, living quietly in the village of Pitsford.[5]

She died from pneumonia on 3 September 2015 at a hospital in Northampton.[1][6][7]



  1. ^ a b c Judy Carne dies: Northampton's 'Sock it to me' girl dies aged 76. Northants Herald & Post, 7 September 2015.
  2. ^ Lisanti, Tom; Paul, Louis (2002). Film Fatales: Women In Espionage Films and Television, 1962-1973. McFarland. pp. 89–90. ISBN 0-7864-1194-5. 
  3. ^ "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. Accessed 14 September 2015
  4. ^ Lisanti, Paul. p. 91
  5. ^ "Judy Carne, star of Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, dies aged 76", BBC News, 8 September 2015.
  6. ^ Alex Stedman. "Judy Carne Dead: ‘Laugh-In’s’ ‘Sock it to Me’ Girl Was 76". Variety. Retrieved 9 September 2015. 
  7. ^ "Judy Carne obituary". Daily Telegraph. 7 September 2015. Retrieved 7 September 2015. 

External links[edit]

Judy Carne at the Internet Movie Database