How Did Carol Wayne Die? Cause Of Death Revealed

Who Was Carol Wayne?

Carol Marie Wayne was a famous actress who hailed from America. She was a regular on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson where she played the role of The Matinee Lady in Art Fern’s Tea Time Movie sketches. Her role was loved by all and she had a huge fan base.

carol wayne cause of death

Carol Wayne was born in Chicago. She wanted to join the show business right from the time she was a kid. She began her career in the ‘Ice Capades’ where she played the role of a teenage figure ice skater. Her younger sister Nina was also a part of this show. because of their spectacular performances, the sisters were called as showgirls of the Folies Bergère at the Tropicana Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The sisters started appearing on television after they went to Hollywood in the 1960s.


According to Wayne, she was “discovered” as a chorus line dancer in Las Vegas. She then auditioned for The Tonight Show and secured the role.

It was on the Tonight Show that Wayne experienced greatest fame. She was appreciated for her role 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. She had more than 100+ appearances on the show.

carol wayne cause of death

The Tonight Show has to keep Carol’s character off screen because of the latter’s untimely death. But because of the demands of the show, he hired Danuta Wesley as the new Matinee Lady. There was another change as he had to hire Teresa Ganzel as well for the role later.

Personal Life

Wayne had three marriages. On May 1st, 1965, she got married to Loreto “Larry” Cera, who would become her first husband. In June 1967, they got divorced. She had a son, Alex Feinstein, with her second husband, rock photographer Barry Feinstein, whom Wayne married in 1969. In 1974, the couple got a divorce. She wed Burt Sugarman, a producer of television and motion pictures, who worked on Celebrity Sweepstakes, a year later. In 1980, they got divorced.

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The Cause Of Her Death

It is said that Carol went on a vacation with her boyfriend, Edward Durston on January 10, 1985. Edward was a car salesman. The couple was vacationing in Santiago Bay, Mexico.

carol wayne cause of death

If rumors are to be held true, it is believed that the couple had an argument when they were on a beach. Durston left her behind for the airport and Carol went for a walk on the beach. It was at this time when she was last spotted alive. After three days, her body was found floating in the waters by a local fisherman. The mexican police was called and after interrogation, the police wondered how could Carol drown in merely 4 feet water.

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There were no scars, cuts or wounds found on Carl’s body in the postmortum report, which clearly indicated that her death was not due to falling from nearby rocks accidentally. The coroner stated that death occurred 3 – 4 days earlier – meaning she died while on her “walk alone.”

Carol’s body also tested negative for drugs and alcohol, suggesting she didn’t drunkenly pass out in the water.

Ultimately, her death was ruled “Accidental Drowning” and the case was closed.