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SNL had to apologize to Claudine Longet?

What did they say?

1975: Season 1, Episode 18 of Saturday Night Live featured a Weekend Update segment about "The Claudine Longet Invitational Ski Championship." It parodied the shooting incident, showing skiers making runs down the slopes until they are "accidentally" shot by Claudine Longet, resulting in abrupt wipeouts.[15] Longet's attorneys wrote a cease-and-desist letter to Lorne Michaels and an apology was given in the next week's show.

by Anonymousreply 3908/30/2016

My vague memory of this is that the apology was clearly sarcastic.

by Anonymousreply 108/29/2016

Claudine Longet should apologize to us.

by Anonymousreply 208/29/2016

She was quite beautiful I thought. Her voice was soft and charming too. Because she was French, it didn't seem like an affectation as much as it could have.

by Anonymousreply 308/29/2016

French bitch couldn't take a fucking joke.

by Anonymousreply 408/29/2016

She married her attorney from the Spider Sabich case, so I imagine she did all right.

by Anonymousreply 508/29/2016

Oh, I thought this was a WHET thread.

by Anonymousreply 608/29/2016

That made me laugh so hard back then. Nobody had ever done anything as mean and hilarious on US tv before. I couldn't believe it.

by Anonymousreply 708/29/2016

That skit was right up there with the guy who fucked his luxury car in the driveway.

by Anonymousreply 808/29/2016

A few years later SNL had a skit called "Celebrity Crackup" that was a sort of roundtable discussion featuring various disgraced celebs. Gilda played Claudine as super-stupid and obsessed with Petey, the dog from The Little Rascals, but the funniest part to me was that when she was introduced, the chyron simply read [bold]CLAUDINE LONGET: FRENCH.[/bold]

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by Anonymousreply 908/29/2016

I love how a Caludine Longet tread got 8 responses and 70 views in thirty minutes.

DL is alivE!!!!!!

by Anonymousreply 1008/29/2016

AnnE in The Claudine Longet story could work.

by Anonymousreply 1108/29/2016

Did she sing that wosh wosh song or whatever it was the wife sang on Mad Men?

by Anonymousreply 1208/29/2016

The three celebrity impressions that I can do best are Paul Lynde, Louis Armstrong and Claudine Longet.

by Anonymousreply 1308/29/2016

So Continental and sophisticated!

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by Anonymousreply 1408/29/2016

The many moods of Claudine

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by Anonymousreply 1508/29/2016

I was so jealous she was married to Andy Williams my fantasy 60s father.

by Anonymousreply 1608/29/2016

I'm depressed I'm old enough to remember this.

by Anonymousreply 1708/29/2016

Sorry, R16, but Andy is no longer with us.

The signature of R15's post nails it. No matter what Claudine sang it always sounded the same. Which is what makes her singing so easy to imitate. Well, mock...

by Anonymousreply 1808/29/2016

Andy was a right-wing nut.

He was also the singing voice of Lauren Bacall in "To Have and Have Not".

by Anonymousreply 1908/29/2016

Bonus: stories on Anita Bryant and Jackson Browne!

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by Anonymousreply 2008/29/2016

The skit was brilliantly funny. I remember it. It was about skiers who kept getting shot by Claudine Longet during their runs.

by Anonymousreply 2108/29/2016

r9 watching this now. Tony Orlando (B. Murray), Robert Blake (J. Belushi) and Richard Pryor (G. Morris) are in it too.

by Anonymousreply 2208/29/2016

r22 link?

by Anonymousreply 2308/29/2016

"He was also the singing voice of Lauren Bacall in "To Have and Have Not". "

I don't know why people say this. I've watched the movie many times, it is clearly Lauren Bacall singing. They hired Andy Williams to do it but Howard Hawks preferred Lauren's own voice.

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by Anonymousreply 2408/29/2016

I remember watching this skit on SNL and being hysterical with laughter.

by Anonymousreply 2508/29/2016

Now THIS is murder!

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by Anonymousreply 2608/29/2016

r14 Joni Mitchell should have given her an extremely vicious slap.

by Anonymousreply 2708/30/2016

I think I first saw that skit as a child in the 80s--maybe when MTV was showing original cast SNL episodes? I had no idea who Longet was and had no context for the skit, but I still thought it was hilarious.

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by Anonymousreply 2908/30/2016

[quote]Uh-oh! It looks to me like he's been accidentally shot by Claudine Longet!

It's on Hulu if you subscribe: Saturday Night Live Season 1, Episode 18 S1E18 Raquel Welch/Phoebe Snow, John Sebastian

It's 19:47 in, right after Phoebe Snow sings.

by Anonymousreply 3008/30/2016

The entire episode is behind YouTube's handy, thrifty pay wall.

I also remember the bit, it was indeed a scream (literally!)

by Anonymousreply 3108/30/2016

I think she should have been gassed and shoved into an oven. Just sayin'

by Anonymousreply 3208/30/2016

Omg I remember that skit! It was so funny!

by Anonymousreply 3308/30/2016

Poor Spider. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

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by Anonymousreply 3408/30/2016

r23 It's after Eddie Money's performance, "Weekend Update", and "Bad One Man Theater" Robert Blake's remark on how Claudine Longet handled her argument with Spider resonates, in hindsight.

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by Anonymousreply 3508/30/2016

OP, not certain if your question has been adequately responded to. I don't think there really was a cease and desist letter. The skit was so hilarious and so popular, they just made up the cease and desist as a way of continuing it to the next episode. I think Longet and her attorney who she would eventually marry were trying to keep as low a profile as they could.

Btw, didn't ex-husband Andy Williams pay for most of her legal bills?

by Anonymousreply 3608/30/2016

Yeah, I remember my mom always talking about how Andy stood by her side during the whole thing. This was during the late 70s. My mom was mesmerized by this story and that Andy helped her out.

by Anonymousreply 3708/30/2016

R37, my mother too. For some reason Andy Williams & Claudine were BIG in our house. They might still be....maybe I'll drop Claudine's name this Christmas.

by Anonymousreply 3808/30/2016

I really only know her from 'The Party.' I was never quite sure if that was a slight speech impediment or just a French accent.

by Anonymousreply 3908/30/2016
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