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Overview (3)

Born in Paris, France
Birth NameClaudine Georgette Longet
Height 5' 5½" (1.66 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Claudine Georgette Longet was born in Paris, France on January 29, 1942. Although known as an actress and singer, her career still is overshadowed by being known as a former wife of Andy Williams as well as shooting boyfriend, ski legend Spider Sabich in 1976. After a number of roles in episodes of high profile TV programs such as Combat! (1962), Hogan's Heroes (1965), Dr. Kildare (1961), Mr. Novak (1963), and 12 O'Clock High (1964), Claudine landed the role of Michele Monet in the Blake Edwards film The Party (1968). As a recording artist, Claudine was signed by Herb Alpert's A&M Records. She released a string of albums in the late 60s ("Claudine", "The Look of Love", "Love is Blue", "Colours", and "Run Wild, Run Free") covering songs from the Bee Gees and Donovan among others. She had four hits reach the US top 100 singles chart including "Love is Blue" and "Hello Hello". After switching to the Barnaby label, she released another two albums, "We've Only Just Begun" and "Let's Spend the Night Together". A third album, "Sugar Me", recorded in 1974, had to wait almost 20 years before it was finally released. Standout songs included the title track, a cover of the Lynsey de Paul hit, as well as "Guess Who I Saw in Paris" by Buffy Sainte-Marie.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: L. Haun

Spouse (2)

Ronald Duane Austin (1 June 1985 - present)
Andy Williams (15 December 1961 - 7 February 1975) ( divorced) ( 3 children)

Trivia (7)

Three children by singer Andy Williams: daughter Noelle Williams, sons Christian Williams and Bobby Williams, who was named for Robert F. Kennedy, a good friend of the Williamses.
Fatally shot her boyfriend, Olympic skier Spider Sabich, on March 21, 1976 at his Aspen, CO, home after he had reportedly told her to move out because she and her three children were "cramping" his lifestyle. At the sensational trial that followed, Longet claimed the gun had discharged accidentally as Sabich was showing her how it worked. However, ballistics showed that the gun's trigger had been pulled more than once. She was convicted of criminal negligence and sentenced to 30 days in jail, which she served following a vacation with her defense attorney, Ron Austin, whom she later married. In 1978, she signed a confidentiality agreement with Sabich's parents after they agreed to drop a $1.3-million civil suit against her. Longet still lives in Aspen.
The Rolling Stones wrote and recorded a song, "Claudine", about her murder trial and acquittal. The widely bootlegged song remains unreleased due to fears of possible litigation.
Appeared on "People Weekly" magazine's first crime cover (24 January 1977).
In 1960, she was the lead dancer of the Folies Bergere revue at the Tropicana Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
Sister of Danielle Longet.
Former sister-in-law of Bob Williams, Dick Williams, and Don Williams.

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