Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas

Back in the 60s a holiday tradition was the Andy Williams family Christmas show featuring his lovely wife Claudine Longet. They later divorced and she shot and killed her boyfriend, Olympic skier Spider Sabich. So if you can put aside the fact that she's a murderer, enjoy her singing this Christmas classic.

Another way to celebrate Christmas and honor Claudine's message of peace to all mankind (except one) is to vote for your favorite Daffy Definition? Here's where you go.


A. Buck Short said...

So with this holy infant tender and mild thing, are we talking texture or just flavor? In either case, I’m finally beginning to grasp the “host” concept. But let me say, right off the bat, I'd have taken a bullet for Claudine Longet in a minute then, and I believe I still would.

Apparently so would the jury and most of America. They only convicted her of a misdemeanor on the Sabich deal, a fine and 30-days, served on weekends. As I recall, because the gun discharged accidentally as he was showing her how to use it --- from at least six feet away.

To be fair, this was years before Paris Hilton hard time, and the media getting all OJ-Blakey on us. The weird thing is that the last image I have of her and Andy Williams was in the Robert Kennedy funeral car going with the family from St. Patrick's Cathedral to DC.

Heck, I’d go 3-4 bullets for her. But that may be just the eggnog talking. Oh, and to all a g’night.

D. McEwan said...

"How was Claudine's performance?"

"She killed them."

"Not again!!!"

And a merry and a Happy.

A Lawyer said...

Ken - check your factoids. Claudine served 30 days for 'culpable negligent homicide'. NOT murder.

Richard Y said...

I have one of her albums. must be worth a buck or two on ebay???

LouOCNY said...
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LouOCNY said...

Good description of what happened, thanks to the Stones:

happened, thanks to the Stones:

The lyrics:

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The lyrics:

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John said...

Season 1 of Saturday Night Live got some mileage of Claudine's incident with the "Claudine Longet Ski Shooting Tournament". Caused a little bit of a stir back in 1976.

(Also Ms. Longet actually had a little bit of a flair for comedy, working with Tim Conway on a few episodes of "McHale's Navy" back in the early 60s. Don't think she would have been receptive to appearing in the SNL bit, though.)

Cap'n Bob Napier said...

To expand on what John said, for those who didn't see it, SNL showed a series of men skiing down a mountain and falling. Just before they fell a gunshot sounded and an announcer would say something like, "Oh no, Claudine accidentally shot him." I read somewhere that SNL wanted to do it without the commentary, which would have been funnier IMHO, but some exec vetoed that idea.

WV: speng. The sound of a ricochet.

KEN LEVINE said...


She shot him. He's dead. She had a good lawyer but she killed a man. She's not a misdemeanorer.

Cap'n Bob Napier said...

I agree, Ken, but she kind of set the stage for the celebrity killers who would either walk or get a slap on the wrist in later years--and they weren't babes.

WV: mantra. No joke, this is really it.

Dr. Leo Marvin said...


Used colloquially, "murder" isn't nearly as narrow as its legal definition.

Dr. Leo Marvin said...

By the way, in the ecumenical spirit of the season, let me say on behalf of my conservative friends that guns don't kill people. Pissed off celebrities with guns kill people. (Or if you're O.J., with whatever's handy.)

WV: fusimp. What you hollar at the simp who cuts you off on the freeway.

D. McEwan said...

She didn't "Murder" him; she "de-lifed" him.

jbryant said...

When I was a kid, a local department store used to sell clear plastic bags full of 45 rpm records. They were cheap (maybe a buck), but you could only see the top and bottom selections. The rest was pot luck. That's how I became the proud owner of Claudine Longet's "hit," "Hello Hello," about as wimpy a piece of pop as I've ever heard.

VW: ablifyi: medication for bipolar dyslexics.

Ande said...

If the gun didn't do it, the singing sure as hell would. She always did need a good nasal spray.

Egg said...

And, as I understood it, Andy Williams forced an apology out of NBC for The Claudine Longet Invitational sketch (written by Michael O'Donoghue). I can remember hearing Don Pardo read it (I was 12 at the time) but didn't understand a bit of what it was about.

But if she wasn't a misdemeanorer, could she be a felonette?