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Judy Carne Dead: ‘Laugh-In’ Star Dies At 76 After Pneumonia Battle

Tue, September 8, 2015 7:37am EDT by Add first Comment
Judy Carne Dead

British actress Judy Carne has passed away at the age of 76 after battling severe pneumonia and spending several days in the hospital. So sad.

Judy Carne, an actress who gained major stardom for her role on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, sadly died on Sept. 3. Her friend confirmed the news on Sept. 7, and revealed the cause of death was likely pneumonia. She was 76 years old.

The actress’ friend, Jon Barrett, said Judy was in the hospital with pneumonia for many days before her death, but the official death certificate has not been made available just yet.

After making guest appearances on many television shows beginning in 1961, Judy got her real breakout role on Laugh-In, which she starred on from 1968-1970, and continued to make guest appearances on for one season after that. She is best known for ending her routine with the phrase, “Sock it to me!”

Although she was married to Burt Reynolds from 1963-1965 and Robert Bergmann from 1970-1971, Judy never had any children. Sadly, her acting career was halted due to the aftermath of her failed marriages, which resulted in a scary drug addiction. Judy chronicled these troubles in her autobiography Landing on The Outside, Crying On The Inside: The Bittersweet Saga Of The Sock-It-To-Me Girl, which was published in 1985. She also admitted to being bisexual, something she also discussed at length in the book.

After her career plummeted, the actress was rarely heard from, save for times when she was in trouble with the law for drug use. Then, she was involved in a near-fatal car accident in 1978, during which her ex-husband, Robert, was driving. Luckily, she made it out alive, albeit with a broken neck. But even with the release of her autobiography, Judy still never returned to have a successful acting career.

Our thoughts are with Judy’s family and loved ones during this difficult time.

— Alyssa Norwin