ANDY WILLIAMS and CLAUDINE LONGET Shown together, peering through a holiday wreath Photograph signed: "Andy/Williams", "Claudine Longet". B/w, 8x10. ANDY WILLIAMS (1927-2012),

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Shown together, peering through a holiday wreath
Photograph signed: "Andy/Williams", "Claudine Longet". B/w, 8x10. ANDY WILLIAMS (1927-2012), the holder of 18 gold and three platinum records, was part of radio's Williams Brothers Quartet at age 8, featured with Bing Crosby and others. After the quartet disbanded in 1951, Andy became a regular performer on Steve Allen's Tonight Show. His first Top 10 hit, "Canadian Sunset", was followed by a string of hits including "Butterfly", "Lonely Street" and "The Hawaiian Wedding Song", which bought his first Grammy nomination. Williams continued regular TV appearances, including his own summer replacement show. Beginning in 1962, he began turning out hits for Columbia Records, including "Can't Get Used to Losing You" and "Moon River", the Oscar-winning song from Breakfast at Tiffany's that became his signature song after he performed it at the Academy Awards ceremony. The song was No. 1 for 16 weeks. On September 16, 1963, The Andy Williams Show, which would run until 1972, debuted. The variety show would win three Emmy Awards for Best Musical/Variety (1966, 1967, and 1969) and launch Williams' classic Christmas specials. During this time, Williams also toured, opening Caesar's Palace in 1966. In 1992, he opened the Andy Williams Moon River Theater in Branson, Missouri, becoming the first non-country performer to take up permanent residence there. London-born French singer CLAUDINE LONGET (b. 1942) moved to the U.S. at age 19, becoming lead singer of the Folies Bergere in Las Vegas. There she met singer Andy Williams, to whom she was married for ten years (1961-1971). Her popularity peaked in the late 1960s, when she released four albums with pop hits ("Snow", "Love is Blue"). She guest starred on TV dramas as well as Williams' variety show, and starred in a Peter Sellers film, The Party (1968). Longet's celebrity turned to notoriety in 1976 when she shot and killed Spider Sabich, the skiing star with whom she had been living in the resort community of Aspen, Colorado since 1974. Tried for murder, she was found guilty only of criminal negligence and served 30 days in jail. Afterwards, she married her defense attorney and shunned the limelight. Fine condition.

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