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.
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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