Carol Wayne was an American film actress and television star who made quite a number of appearances as Matinee Lady in the Art Fern’s Tea Movie sketches on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson. The former actress was born on September 6, 1942, but sadly passed away on the 13th of January in 1985. Easy going and full of life, we take a look at one of the most amiable characters whose burgeoning career was cut short in one of the most mysterious tales in Hollywood.
Carol Wayne Bio
Carol Wayne was born in Chicago, Illinois, where she began in the show business as a teenage figure skater alongside her sister, Nina Wayne, in the Ice Capades. The show biz sisters turned out big hits in Las Vegas, Nevada when they became showgirls of the Folies Bergere at the Tropicana Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
Nina was the first of the sisters to move to Hollywood but was soon quickly followed by her elder sister Carol and the pair soon began appearing on TV shows in the mid-1960s. Carol was first discovered at a low key Hollywood party and she auditioned for The Tonight Show after a couple of appearances as a Las Vegas chorine.
After her discovery in the early ’60s, Carol had quite a number of roles to choose from. She had one of her most inspiring performances on one of her well-known shows called I-Spy in 1965.
Although she filed for bankruptcy the same year she posed for the Playboy magazine, Carol Wayne at the time of her death in 1985 had an estimated net worth of around about $2 million which was not bad for a time when actors didn’t get to earn high paychecks like is obtainable presently.
Personal Life – Husband, Son
Carol had various romantic partners but got married on only three occasions. She got married to her first husband, Loreto (Larry) Cera, in 1965, but the couple had an amicable split three years later in 1968. She wasted no time in getting married once more as the following year, just one year after getting divorced, Carol married her second husband in 1969, a rock music photographer named Barry Feinstein.
With Barry Feinstein, Carol Wayne had a son named Alex Feinstein who was born in 1970, however, it did seem that the birth of a son did not help save their shaky marriage and once again, for the second time in Carol’s life, she got a divorce in 1974 from her second husband.
In 1975, Carol Wayne got married the third time to Burt Sugarman who turned out to be her final husband. Burt, who was a television and film producer served as a producer on Celebrity Sweepstakes. The couple had a quite fruitful marriage but things turned sour about five years later and their divorced was finalized shortly after in 1980.
In January 1985, Carol took a little vacation with her then-boyfriend Edward Durston to the Santiago Bay in Mexico on the 10th of January in 1985. The couple was vacationing at the Las Hadas Resort in Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico.
In the police report, it was confirmed that the couple had a really intense argument before Carol took a walk on the beach to clear her head. She was reported missing a couple days later as she never returned from her walk and three days after her disappearance, a local fisherman found her body in the local shallow bay area.
After long days of investigation, it was later discovered by local authorities that Carol checked out of the hotel after their arguments as Durston had reportedly left her luggage at the airport which was the cause of their argument.
After an autopsy was carried out on the body in Mexico, it was revealed that there were no apparent signs of foul play or use of drugs or alcohol. It was later ruled to be an accident after the investigations were concluded. She was aged 42 at the time of her sad death.
Carol Wayne was naturally sculpted for the world of Hollywood. She stood tall among women with a height of 5 feet 9 inches (which is about 175 cm). She was said to weigh about 67 kg (about 148 pounds). Her breast-waist-hips measurements were; 39-26-37 inches (99-66-94 cm), thus she had the hourglass body type. She had blue eyes and blonde hair.