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Carne as Heather Finch in Fair Exchange, 1962
27 April 1939
Northampton, Northamptonshire, England, UK
|Spouse(s)||Burt Reynolds (m. 1963–65)
Robert Bergman (m. 1970–71)
Born Joyce Audrey Botterill in Northampton, Northamptonshire, England, the daughter of a London fruit merchant, Carne made her first British television appearances on the series Danger Man (1961). She moved to the United States in the early 1960s. Her first regular role was in the sitcom Fair Exchange, 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 had an assisting role to Pete Duel in Love on a Rooftop (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 1965 TV series Gidget, 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. 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 in 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 (1968–1973) 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.
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.