Carol Wayne, the full-figured, squeaky-voiced blonde who was the Matinee Lady on the "Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" for many years, was reported dead today in the Mexican resort of Manzanillo.
Her ex-husband, Barry Feinstein, said from New York that an autopsy disclosed that she had drowned. She was 42. Her body was found Sunday.
Miss Wayne, a former ice show performer, was the outwardly dumb, constantly amazed foil for Carson when he performed as Art Fern, the lecherous host of the "Tea Time Movie."
In a year-old interview in Playboy, Miss Wayne, thrice married and divorced and the mother of a teen-age boy, said she was "discovered" at a Hollywood party and auditioned for the Tonight show after appearances as a Las Vegas chorine.