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Carol Wayne

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Carol Wayne

Date of Birth: 6 September 1942
Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, USA


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 Matinée Lady.

Early life

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 (born September 18, 1943). 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 (1971–1982) as the buxom Matinée Lady on The Tonight Show in Johnny Carson's popular Art Fern's Tea Time Movie sketches. 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.

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), Savannah Smiles and Surf II. Her final onscreen appearance, including a nude scene, came in the 1984 drama Heartbreakers.

In 1984, Wayne appeared in a nude pictorial for Playboy magazine. That same year, she filed for bankruptcy.

Personal life

Wayne was married three times. Her second husband was rock and roll photographer Barry Feinstein (the father of her only son, Alex), and her third husband was television/film producer Burt Sugarman, who served as producer on Celebrity Sweepstakes. Wayne told Johnny Carson in a 1974 interview that she enjoyed gardening and growing bonsai trees.


In January 1985, Wayne and her companion Edward Durston were vacationing at the Las Hadas Resort in Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico. After an argument with Durston, Wayne reportedly left to take a walk on the beach. Wayne's body was found three days later in the shallow bay by a local fisherman.

After the discovery of Wayne's body, authorities discovered Durston had checked out of the resort the day the couple argued, leaving Wayne's luggage at the airport. An autopsy performed in Mexico later revealed no signs of drugs or alcohol in Wayne's body. Her death was eventually ruled as "accidental".


Year Film Role Notes
1967 Gunn Ernestine
1968 The Party June Warren
1979 Scavenger Hunt Nurse
1980 Gypsy Angels Waitress
1982 Savannah Smiles Doreen
1984 Surf II Mrs. O'Finlay Alternative title: Surf II: The End of the Trilogy
E. Nick: A Legend in His Own Mind Regine
Heartbreakers Candy
Year Title Role Notes
1966 The Man from U.N.C.L.E Ginger LaVeer Episode: "The Super-Colossal Affair"
The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. Shelia Episode: "The Faustus Affair"
1967 I Spy Temple Episode: "The Trouble with Temple"
Occasional Wife Miss Orange Grove Episode: "The New Secretary"
I Dream of Jeannie Bootsie Nightingale Episode: "Here Comes Bootsie Nightingale"
1969 Bewitched Bunny Episode: "A Bunny for Tabitha"
1970 The Red Skelton Show NBC Soundstage Tour Guide


Episodes: "The Magic Act"

"The Private Detective"

1970–1972 Love, American Style Various 6 episodes
1971 Sarge Receptionist Episode: "Psst! Wanna Buy a Dirty Picture?"
The Bold Ones: The Lawyers Christie Mullins Episode: "The Letter of the Law"
1971–1982 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Art Fern's Tea-Time Movie Lady Unknown episodes
1972 Mannix Bobbi Episode: "A Puzzle for One"
Every Man Needs One Nancy Television movie
1973 The Girl with Something Extra Mimi Episode: "John & Sally & Fred & Linda"
1974 Medical Center Blanche Episode: "Adults Only"
Emergency! Renee, Miss October Episode: "The Screenwriter"
1979 Heaven on Earth Television movie
1981 The Big Black Pill Allegra Farrenpour Television movie
The Fall Guy Rose Episodes: "The Meek Shall Inherit Rhonda"

"The Japanese Connection"


  • Older sister of actress Nina Wayne. Aunt of Jessica Barrymore.
  • Played opposite Johnny Carson on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (1962) as the Matinee Lady, in "Art Fern's Tea-Time Movies".
  • Was a topless showgirl at Las Vegas' Foiles Bergere.
  • She and her sister skated with Ice Capades as teenagers.
  • Measurements: 39C-24-35 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)
  • Can be seen as an audience member in Monterey Pop outtakes disc. Her husband, at the time, was Barry Feinstein, one of the many Cinematographers of the event.
  • Mother of Alex Feinstein.