Tuesday, September 8, 2015

To Absent Friends - Judy Carne

Judy Carne

Few television shows in my lifetime took the country by storm as quickly and as totally as did "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In" in 1967.  If you were around then, you will remember that one of the breakout stars of the ensemble comedy troop was the pretty British actress Judy Carne, much better know as the "Sock-It-To-Me" girl, who would regularly get doused with buckets of water whenever she uttered that catch phrase.

Judy Carne died yesterday of pneumonia at the age of 76.  She left the cast of Laugh-In after only two seasons, and her life was not all that great after that.  She fought a long battle with drug addiction.  IMDB lists only 36 acting credits for her, the last coming in 1993 in a movie called "What About Me" where she played a "woman of the streets".  Before "Laugh-In" came along, she starred in a short-lived TV series called "Love on a Rooftop" and had a brief, tempestuous marriage to Burt Reynolds, well before he hit the big time.  

She will always be remembered by those of a certain age as the perky, pretty sock-it-to-me girl on one of television's great shows of the 1960's.  I hope that that was worth something to her in her life.

RIP Judy Carne.

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