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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 39August 30, 2016 8:48 PM

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

by Anonymousreply 1August 30, 2016 3:58 AM

Claudine Longet should apologize to us.

by Anonymousreply 2August 30, 2016 4:00 AM

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 3August 30, 2016 4:01 AM

French bitch couldn't take a fucking joke.

by Anonymousreply 4August 30, 2016 4:01 AM

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

by Anonymousreply 5August 30, 2016 4:06 AM

Oh, I thought this was a WHET thread.

by Anonymousreply 6August 30, 2016 4:07 AM

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 7August 30, 2016 4:08 AM

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

by Anonymousreply 8August 30, 2016 4:09 AM

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 9August 30, 2016 4:25 AM

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

DL is alivE!!!!!!

by Anonymousreply 10August 30, 2016 4:26 AM

AnnE in The Claudine Longet story could work.

by Anonymousreply 11August 30, 2016 4:27 AM

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

by Anonymousreply 12August 30, 2016 4:28 AM

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

by Anonymousreply 13August 30, 2016 4:30 AM

So Continental and sophisticated!

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by Anonymousreply 14August 30, 2016 4:37 AM

The many moods of Claudine

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by Anonymousreply 15August 30, 2016 4:41 AM

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

by Anonymousreply 16August 30, 2016 4:42 AM

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

by Anonymousreply 17August 30, 2016 5:07 AM

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 18August 30, 2016 5:25 AM

Andy was a right-wing nut.

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

by Anonymousreply 19August 30, 2016 5:27 AM

Bonus: stories on Anita Bryant and Jackson Browne!

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by Anonymousreply 20August 30, 2016 5:52 AM

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

by Anonymousreply 21August 30, 2016 6:03 AM

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

by Anonymousreply 22August 30, 2016 6:03 AM

r22 link?

by Anonymousreply 23August 30, 2016 6:10 AM

"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 24August 30, 2016 7:06 AM

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

by Anonymousreply 25August 30, 2016 8:08 AM

Now THIS is murder!

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by Anonymousreply 26August 30, 2016 8:22 AM

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

by Anonymousreply 27August 30, 2016 9:16 AM

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 29August 30, 2016 10:38 AM

[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 30August 30, 2016 2:03 PM

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

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

by Anonymousreply 31August 30, 2016 2:44 PM

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

by Anonymousreply 32August 30, 2016 2:53 PM

Omg I remember that skit! It was so funny!

by Anonymousreply 33August 30, 2016 2:57 PM

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

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by Anonymousreply 34August 30, 2016 2:57 PM

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 35August 30, 2016 4:27 PM

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 36August 30, 2016 4:49 PM

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 37August 30, 2016 7:12 PM

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 38August 30, 2016 8:35 PM

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 39August 30, 2016 8:48 PM
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