British actress Judy Carne, who perhaps was best known to American audiences for her role as the “Sock it to me!” girl on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, died on Sept. 3 after a reported battle with pneumonia. She was 76.
After starting her career in England, Carne made her Stateside TV debut on the 1962 CBS sitcom Fair Exchange, playing an exchange student. She went on to guest-star on such series as Bonanza, The Baileys of Balboa, Gidget, Love on a Rooftop and Big Valley. During this time, she also had a two-year marriage to Burt Reynolds.
As part of the Laugh-In ensemble when the sketch/variety series launched in 1968 (front row, second-from-left in photo above), Carne attained popularity via her “Sock it to me!” catch-phrase, after which she would routinely be doused with water or subject to some other comical indignity.
She left Laugh-In after two seasons, going on to appear on Love, American Style, Gunsmoke and a few other series.