The tragic life and mysterious death of Johnny Carson’s sidekick

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Who was Carol Wayne?

The late American actress Carol Marie Wayne was born in Chicago, Illinois, USA, on September 6, 1942, meaning Virgo was her zodiac sign. She appeared in 26 movies and TV series prior to her untimely death in 1985, while she may still best remembered for Playing June Warren in the 1968 comedy film “The Party” written and directed by Blake Edwards, and starring Peter Sellers, Claudine Longet and Natalia Borisova. It follows a clerical error that resulted in a bumbling Indian star being invited to a party in Hollywood rather than being fired – the film was nominated for a 1970 Turkish Film Critics Association Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

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Education and early life

Carol was raised alongside her sister Nina Rae Wayne in Chicago, by their father Edward A. Wayne and mother Eileen ‘Billie’; Nina is a retired actress with seven credits to her name.

Carol was usually in figure skating during her teenage years, and launched her career alongside her sister when they participated in the Ice Capades traveling entertainment show, after Carol graduated from a local high school in 1961.

The two then began working at Tropicana Resort & Casino as the Folies Bergere showgirls, and moved to Los Angeles, California in the mid-1960s to pursue acting.

Roles in TV series

Carol’s role in the TV series was playing Ginger LaVeer in the 1966 episode “The Super-Colossal Affair” of the crime action adventure “The Man from UNCLE”, and she was subsequently cast to appear in an episode of the action-adventure comedy “I Spy”, the comedy “Occasional Wife” and the family fantasy comedy “I Dream of Jeannie”.

In 1969, she played Bunny in the 1969 episode “A Bunny for Tabitha”. popular fantasy comedy for the whole family “Bewitched”, created by Sol Saks, stars Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York and Dick Sargent. It follows a witch who is married to a common man, the series aired from 1964 to 1972 and won 14 of 47 award nominations. Carol would then have appeared in an episode of the comedy “The Red Skelton Hour”, the drama “Sarge” and another drama “The Bold Ones: The Lawyers”.

From 1970 to 1972, she played Rosie in six episodes of the critically acclaimed romantic comedy “Love, American Style”, starring Barbara Minkus and Stuart Margolin; each episode is a comedy film in its own right, the series aired from 1969 to 1974 and won two of the seven awards it was nominated for. In 1972, Carol Bobbi starred in the episode “A Puzzle for One” of the crime action “Mannix”, then was cast to appear in an episode of the fantasy comedy “The Girl with Something Extra”, the drama “Medical Center”. and the action-adventure comedy “Emergency!”

Her only other role in the TV series was playing Rose in two 1981 episodes of the action-adventure comedy “The Fall Guy”, starring Heather Thomas, Lee Majors and Douglas Barr, and created by Glen A. Larson . The series aired from 1981 to 1986, follows the life of a movie stuntman who is also a bounty hunter, and won one of the two awards for which the series was nominated.

Roles in movies

Carol’s debut film role was playing Ernestine in the 1967 mystery “Gunn”, and in 1972 she played Nancy in the romantic comedy “Every Man Needs One”, directed by Jerry Paris, starring Connie Stevens, Ken Berry and Gail Fisher. ; it follows a chauvinistic architect who is forced to hire a feminist as his assistant, having now fallen in love with her.

Some of Carol’s next roles were in the 1979 fantasy comedy “Heaven on Earth”, the 1979 comedy “Scavenger Hunt”, and the 1981 crime mystery “The Big Black Pill”. In 1982, she played Doreen in the family comedy “Savannah Smiles”, directed by Pierre De Moro, starring Mark Miller, Donovan Scott and Bridgette Andersen. The film follows the life of Savannah, the only child of wealthy politician Richard Driscoll, and was nominated for three awards.

Carol’s last three film roles were in the 1983 comedy “Surf II”, and the drama “Heartbreakers” and comedy “E. Nick: A Legend in His Own Mind”, both in 1984.

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Other credits

Carol has appeared on numerous talk shows, including “Whew!”, “The Alan Thicke Show” and “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson”.

Her life was featured in the 2020 documentary short “Raising the Dead: Re-Examining Night of the Living Dead”.

Awards and nominations

Carol was nominated for a 1977 Photoplay Award for Favorite Female Sex Symbol.

Love life and marriages

Carol was married three times. Her first husband was Loreto ‘Larry’ Cera; they married on May 1, 1965, and their divorce was finalized in June 1967.

Carol and her second husband, the late American photographer and filmmaker Barry Feinstein vows exchanged February 17, 1969, and the following year gave birth to their son Alex Feinstein; their divorce was finalized in 1974.

From 1975 to 1980, Carol was married to American producer Burton Roy Sugarman.

She was unattached at the time of her death, having been married three times and having a son with her second husband Barry Feinstein.

Interesting facts and hobbies

Carol posed nude for “Playboy” magazine in February 1984, and filed for bankruptcy the same year.

She was an avid horseman and enjoyed breeding Andalusian horses; Carol was also passionate about growing bonsai trees and gardening.

She was passionate about travel and visited a number of American states, as well as a number of European countries.

Carol loved to dance and took lessons for several years as a teenager.

She was a philanthropist and was involved in a number of charitable organizations.

Death and wealth

Carol died on January 13, 1985; her body was found by a fisherman in the shallow bay in Manzanillo, Colima, Texas at the Las Hadas Resort. Her death was ruled “accidental” and an autopsy found no drugs or alcohol in her body; three days before her death, Carol had a heated argument with companion Edward Durston, an American car salesman.

Carol would have turned 80 today; her ability was estimated at over $2 million at the time of her death.