Carol Marie Wayne (September 6, 1942 – January 13, 1985) was an American television and film actress. She made numerous appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson as the Matinee Lady in the Art Fern’s Tea Time Movie sketches.
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Carol Marie 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.
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, and appeared in many sketches on The Red Skelton Show.
Wayne said she was «discovered» at a Hollywood party and auditioned for The Tonight Show after appearances as a Las Vegas chorine.
She gained her greatest fame for appearances (1967–1984) on The Tonight Show including 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.
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.
In January 1984, Wayne appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson exactly one year prior to her death. In February 1984, Wayne appeared nude in a pictorial for Playboy magazine that same year she filed for bankruptcy.
Wayne was married three times, she married her first husband Loreto “Larry” Cera on May 1, 1965; they divorced in June 1967. In 1969, Wayne married her second husband, rock-music photographer Barry Feinstein, with whom she had a son, Alex Feinstein (b. 1970). The couple divorced in 1974. A year later, in 1975, she married her third and final husband, television and film producer Burt Sugarman, who served as producer on Celebrity Sweepstakes, they divorced in 1980.
Wayne told Johnny Carson in an April 30, 1974, interview that she enjoyed gardening and growing bonsai trees.
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». Edward Durston had also been present during the death of Diane Linkletter in 1969.