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. Longet's attorneys wrote a cease-and-desist letter to Lorne Michaels and an apology was given in the next week's show.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||08/30/2016|
My vague memory of this is that the apology was clearly sarcastic.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||08/29/2016|
Claudine Longet should apologize to us.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||08/29/2016|
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 Anonymous||reply 3||08/29/2016|
French bitch couldn't take a fucking joke.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||08/29/2016|
She married her attorney from the Spider Sabich case, so I imagine she did all right.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||08/29/2016|
Oh, I thought this was a WHET thread.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||08/29/2016|
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 Anonymous||reply 7||08/29/2016|
That skit was right up there with the guy who fucked his luxury car in the driveway.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||08/29/2016|
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]
|by Anonymous||reply 9||08/29/2016|
I love how a Caludine Longet tread got 8 responses and 70 views in thirty minutes.
DL is alivE!!!!!!
|by Anonymous||reply 10||08/29/2016|
AnnE in The Claudine Longet story could work.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||08/29/2016|
Did she sing that wosh wosh song or whatever it was the wife sang on Mad Men?
|by Anonymous||reply 12||08/29/2016|
The three celebrity impressions that I can do best are Paul Lynde, Louis Armstrong and Claudine Longet.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||08/29/2016|
So Continental and sophisticated!
|by Anonymous||reply 14||08/29/2016|
The many moods of Claudine
|by Anonymous||reply 15||08/29/2016|
I was so jealous she was married to Andy Williams my fantasy 60s father.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||08/29/2016|
I'm depressed I'm old enough to remember this.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||08/29/2016|
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 Anonymous||reply 18||08/29/2016|
Andy was a right-wing nut.
He was also the singing voice of Lauren Bacall in "To Have and Have Not".
|by Anonymous||reply 19||08/29/2016|
Bonus: stories on Anita Bryant and Jackson Browne!
|by Anonymous||reply 20||08/29/2016|
The skit was brilliantly funny. I remember it. It was about skiers who kept getting shot by Claudine Longet during their runs.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||08/29/2016|
r9 watching this now. Tony Orlando (B. Murray), Robert Blake (J. Belushi) and Richard Pryor (G. Morris) are in it too.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||08/29/2016|
"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.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||08/29/2016|
I remember watching this skit on SNL and being hysterical with laughter.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||08/29/2016|
r14 Joni Mitchell should have given her an extremely vicious slap.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||08/30/2016|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||08/30/2016|
[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 Anonymous||reply 30||08/30/2016|
The entire episode is behind YouTube's handy, thrifty pay wall.
I also remember the bit, it was indeed a scream (literally!)
|by Anonymous||reply 31||08/30/2016|
I think she should have been gassed and shoved into an oven. Just sayin'
|by Anonymous||reply 32||08/30/2016|
Omg I remember that skit! It was so funny!
|by Anonymous||reply 33||08/30/2016|
Poor Spider. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
|by Anonymous||reply 34||08/30/2016|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||08/30/2016|
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 Anonymous||reply 36||08/30/2016|
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 Anonymous||reply 37||08/30/2016|
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 Anonymous||reply 38||08/30/2016|
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.
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