Monday, September 07, 2015

Obituary: Judy Carne

Judy Carne, 76, who had a measure of fame when she starred on the 1960s program Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, has died.

Carne was actor Burt Reynolds' first wife. They were married from 1963-1965. For many years she battled drug addiction and financial problems. Reynolds remained close to her during her struggles.

She was also on a sitcom titled Love On a Rooftop, a show that was well-regarded but only lasted a single season, 1966-1967. Her co-star in that show was somebody who equally had struggles, Pete Duel, who killed himself in 1971.

Here is an episode of the show:

She died last Thursday:

Pitsford resident Jo Woolard, a friend of Carne, told the Northants Herald and Post: "She was such a lovely lady and it was really nice having a celebrity in the village.

"It is very sad that she has died and I know many people in the village will feel the same.

"She always kept herself to herself whilst living here, but we often saw her walking her two dogs. In fact, that's how I first met her. She had lost one of her dogs and I found it. The postman said it belonged to Joyce, and then we met."

"Joyce" was Carne's real first name.

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