Judy Carne was always in high spirits on the set of Laugh-In.
“One time, she made this huge plate of brownies and brought them in,” co-star Ruth Buzzi recalls to Closer. “What nobody knew was she filled them with marijuana. Thankfully, I found out before I tried one!”
Judy on Laugh-In in 1970. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
It was this unpredictable sense of humor that made the British actress, who reportedly died from pneumonia on Sept. 3 at 76, an instant star when she popularized the phrase “Sock it to me!” on the hit skit-com from 1968 to 1970.
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Yet her long struggle with drugs cut short her career and caused trouble in her marriages to Burt Reynolds (1963–1965) and Robert Bergman (1970–1971).
Judy in 2011. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
“Judy and Burt were too much alike — they both had hot tempers and were used to getting their own ways,” a friend tells Closer. “He said she was a junkie, which, considering her subsequent admission that she had a drug problem, was most likely true.”
She documented her years of substance abuse, which culminated in a heroin addiction and multiple arrests, in a best-selling 1985 autobiography, Laughing on the Outside, Crying on the Inside. She also suffered a broken neck in a 1978 car crash with ex-husband Robert after they had briefly reunited.
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