Birthday: April 27, 1939
Died At Age: 76
Sun Sign: Taurus
Also Known As: Joyce Audrey Botterill
Born in: Northampton
Famous as: Actress
Height: 5'3" (160 cm), 5'3" Females
Spouse/Ex-: Burt Reynolds (m. 1963 – div. 1965), Robert Bergman (m. 1970 – div. 1971)
father: Harold Botterill
mother: Kathy Botterill
Died on: September 3, 2015
place of death: Northampton General Hospital, Northampton
Cause of Death: Pneumonia
Judy Carne was a British actress, known for her roles in ‘Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In’, a comedy show, and ‘All the Right Noises’, a British drama film. Carne was born in Northampton, England. She first received training at the Pitt-Draffen Academy of Dance and later at the Bush-Davis Theatrical School for Girls. She made her debut in the British TV series ‘Danger Man’. She was next seen in the sitcom ‘The Rag Trade’. Later, she moved to US, and began appearing in American series such as ‘Fair Exchange’ and ‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E’. Her first big screen appearance was in the legal comedy film ‘A Pair of Briefs,’ a British production. Her first American film was ‘The Americanization of Emily’. She suffered from a drug problem for years and was even arrested once for heroin possession.
Judy Carne began her career with the TV series ‘Danger Man’, which aired for four seasons between 1960 and 1968. At around the same time, she also appeared in the TV series ‘The Rag Trade’. The sitcom was about a fictional small clothing workshop. It aired from 1961 to 1963. Her first regular role was in the American TV comedy series ‘Fair Exchange’ that aired from 1962 to 1963. The show was about two World War II veterans and old friends who decide to have their teenage daughters live at each other’s households.
Her first appearance on the big screen was in the legal comedy film ‘A Pair of Briefs’ (1962), which was directed by Ralph Thomas. She was next seen in the shows ‘The Baileys of Balboa’ and ‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E.’
Her first appearance on the American big screen was in the black comedy film ‘The Americanization of Emily’ in 1964. In the ensuing years, she appeared in the series ‘Gidget’, ‘12 O’clock High’, ‘The Big Valley’ and ‘Alias Smith and Jones’.
She gained much popularity for her work in the comedy show ‘Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-in’. She appeared regularly in the first two seasons, eventually playing only guest roles later on. She also starred in a revival of a musical named ‘The Boy Friend’ which ran for over a hundred performances.
In 1971, she appeared in the British drama film ‘All the Right Noises’. The film revolved around a married lighting technician with two young children, who starts having an affair with a 15-year-old actress. The same year, she also appeared in the TV film ‘Dead Men Tell No Tales’. In 1974, she was seen in two TV films, namely, ‘QB VII’ and ‘Only with Married Men’.
Her last appearance on the big screen was in the 1993 American drama film ‘What About Me’. It revolved around a woman who had become homeless on the streets of New York City.
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Family & Personal Life
Judy Carne was born on 27 April 1939 in Northampton, Northamptonshire, England, to Harold and Kathy, who were both greengrocers. She received professional training at the Pitt-Draffen Academy of Dance and the prestigious Bush-Davis Theatrical School for Girls.
She was married twice. Her first marriage was with actor Burt Reynolds from 1963 to 1965. She was later married to Robert Bergmann from 1970 to 1971. Both her marriages were short, childless, and ended in divorce.
She struggled with drug abuse throughout her adult life. Her issues with drugs have been chronicled in her autobiography ‘Laughing on the Outside, Crying on the Inside: The Bittersweet Saga of the Sock-It-To-Me-Girl’. In the book, she also talks about her failed marriages and her bisexuality.
She passed away on 3 September 2015 after suffering from pneumonia.