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Carol Wayne

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Occupation  Actress
Role  television actress
Years active  1966–1985
Siblings  Nina Wayne
Relatives  Nina Wayne (sister)
Children  Alex Feinstein
Name  Carol Wayne

Carol Wayne with blonde hair in a scene from I Dream of Jeannie (1965 tv series)

Born  September 6, 1942 (1942-09-06) Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died  January 13, 1985, Manzanillo, Mexico
Spouse  Burt Sugarman (m. 1975–1980), Barry Feinstein (m. 1969–1974)
Movies and TV shows  Love - American Style, Savannah Smiles, Surf II, Joe Dancer: The Big B, Turn‑On
Similar People  Nina Wayne, Teresa Ganzel, Burt Sugarman, Barry Feinstein, Johnny Carson


Carol Wayne (September 6, 1942 – January 13, 1985) was an American television and film actress. She was best known for her many appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson as the Matinee Lady.


Carol Wayne wearing black lingerie and black gloves and, the man beside her is wearing a gray t-shirt

Early life

Carol Wayne smiling while wearing a white dress and necklace

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Wayne began her show business career as a teenage figure skater in the Ice Capades along with her younger sister Nina Wayne. The Wayne Sisters later became showgirls of the Folies Bergère at the Tropicana Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Carol followed Nina to Hollywood in the mid-1960s and the sisters began appearing in TV shows of the era.


While Wayne did television guest shots on I Spy (as the title character in the episode "Trouble With Temple"), Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie (as dim-witted starlet "Bootsie Nightingale"), Love American Style, Emergency! and The Fall Guy, she also appeared in many sketches on The Red Skelton Show. She gained her greatest fame for 100-plus appearances (1971–1984) as the buxom Matinée Lady on The Tonight Show in Johnny Carson's popular Art Fern's Tea Time Movie sketches, which were filled with sexual double entendres. After her death, Carson kept the Art Fern character off the air for most of the next year. He eventually hired Danuta Wesley and later Teresa Ganzel to be his new Matinée Lady.

Carol Wayne raising her hands while wearing a yellow and dark blue long sleeves

Wayne made appearances on several game shows including Mantrap and Hollywood Squares. She was a regular panelist on Celebrity Sweepstakes. She landed roles in several films, including Gunn, The Party (both directed by Blake Edwards), Scavenger Hunt, Savannah Smiles and Surf II. Her final onscreen appearance came in the 1984 drama Heartbreakers.

Carol Wayne smiling with Johnny Carson in The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962 tv series)

In 1984, Wayne appeared in a nude pictorial for Playboy magazine. That same year, she filed for bankruptcy. She appeared on "The Tonight Show" exactly one year to the day prior to her death (1/13/84) and shortly after her "Playboy" pictorial.

Personal life

Wayne was married three times. Her first husband was Loreto (Larry) Cera, her second husband was rock and roll photographer Barry Feinstein, and her third husband was television and film producer Burt Sugarman, who served as producer on Celebrity Sweepstakes. Wayne told Johnny Carson in an April 30, 1974 interview that she enjoyed gardening and growing bonsai trees.


Carol Wayne with short blonde hair and wearing a white top

In January 1985, Wayne and a companion, Edward Durston were vacationing at the Las Hadas Resort in Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico. After they had an argument, Wayne reportedly took a walk on the beach. Three days later a local fisherman found Wayne's body in the shallow bay. An autopsy performed in Mexico revealed no signs of drugs or alcohol in her body. Her death was ruled "accidental".

Carol Wayne smiling while wearing a blue top

Carol Wayne talking with someone over the phone while wearing a white blouse


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