Celebrities Had Way More Fun Than We Thought At Studio 54!
If you were a celebrity looking for fun back in the late 1970s, when the nightclub scene was happenin’ and disco dancing was all the rage, you’d have to stop off in New York City and visit an iconic spot: Studio 54. The club was located on 54th Street in New York City and hosted numerous celebrities ready for fun during the short few years that the hotspot was open. Here are just a few of the celebs who stopped by Studio 54.
Michael Jackson: The King of Pop himself was seen at Studio 54 back before his Thriller album days. It wouldn’t have been surprising to see him practicing some of his trademark moves that went along with his dance-friendly songs. He was spotted with other music legends like Steven Tyler, who is still lead singer of the band Aerosmith while the two chatted with Studio 54 owner Steve Rubell.
Mick Jagger: Of course the legendary Jagger of the Rolling Stones had to stop by Studio 54 while in New York City. He had fun with his then-wife, Bianca Jagger, along with other musical greats of the day. He probably hit the dance floor to party along with other guests.
Keith Richards: Decades later, he is still going strong as singer and guitarist for a band that is as iconic as Studio 54: The Rolling Stones. He hung out with fellow legends like Chuck Berry, one of the forefathers of rock ‘n roll. They probably shared musical inspiration while relaxing and having a great time.
Arnold Schwarzenegger: In the era of Studio 54, the bodybuilder and Mr. Universe who would go on to become the governor of California and star of a slew of movies stopped by Studio 54 for some dance floor workouts. The Austrian-born actor might have been heard saying “I’ll be back” or one of his other infamous acting lines at the NYC club.
Elton John: He fit in perfectly at the club with fellow singers and celebrities who enjoyed showing off their own unique styles of clothing and other attire. John was seen many times at Studio 54.
Andy Warhol: His name is synonymous with all things art and creativity. At Studio 54, the person widely credited as the creator of pop art probably got some new creative inspiration while partying with models and fans.
Lucy Arnaz: If her name doesn’t ring a bell, surely those of her famous parents, Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball will. It’s no surprise that the younger Arnaz became a successful singer, actress and dancer, given the upbringing she had with her famous show biz parents.
Cher: Another singer that loved to get down at the Big Apple’s big club was Cher. She hung out with other movers and shakers, including Studio 54 owner Steve Rubell and David Geffen, famed music producer and co-founder of Geffen Records and Asylum Records.
Gene Simmons: It was easy to spot the Kiss singer Simmons when he showed up to Studio 54 decked out in his clothes, makeup and hairstyle he wore during the iconic band’s high-energy performances. He had some zany times with singers like Cher and other celebs inside a club that was made for fun.
David Bowie: The British singer and legend was spotted at Studio 54 while hanging out with other singer like Debbie Harry, whose group Blondie was popular during the era.
Liza Minelli: Yet another singer who frequently showed up at Studio 54 was Minelli, the daughter of Judy Garland. She chatted it up and laughed with fellow celebrities like the fashion designer Halston and Steve Rubell, owner of Studio 54. Clearly Rubell enjoyed spending time mingling with his celeb guests.
Brooke Shields: The supermodel and actress probably ran into her other celeb good friends like Michael Jackson at Studio 54. Another celeb she saw at the club? Calvin Klein. No surprise, given Shields’ starring role in the now-iconic TV commercial for Klein’s jeans that were so popular at the time. Models and designers were frequently spotted at Studio 54.
Mariel Hemingway: The actress and descendant of Ernest Hemingway was seen with Brooke Shields at Studio 54 when both were young. The club at times hosted Oscar parties, and the guest lineup at those must have been a who’s who of Hollywood royalty.
Gilda Radner: Before Jimmy Fallon and the various other recent Saturday Night Life stars, the late-night show had its original cast that included laugh makers like Gilda Radner. The hilarious lady was spotted with other comedians like Dan Akroyd at Studio 54.
Margaret Trudeau: Not only was she married to the Canadian prime minister, but her son, Justin Trudeau, is the current prime minister of the country. Even political dignitaries such as Margaret Trudeau, famous for being an actress and author, liked to let their hair down and relax at Studio 54. Trudeau was seen talking and laughing with celebs like Andy Warhol at the club.
Grace Jones: If her name sounds familiar, it’s not just because she was multitalented and frequently seen back in the day during her ventures into modeling and acting – and even being a James Bond girl. One thing that made her stand out among the Studio 54 crowd was her eccentric appearance in clothing and makeup.
Diane von Furstenberg: Her name has appeared on many a clothing item as designer. But at Studio 54, Diane was able to wear her beautiful clothing while living it up with a range of other designers as well as musicians, models and anyone else looking to have a good time.
Rudolph Nureyev: Surely the ballet dancer felt perfectly at home in a hopping dance club known as Studio 54. Like many other guests who felt free to express themselves through their choice in clothing and hairstyles, Nureyev wore super-tight pants that looked similar to something he’d wear on stage.
Truman Capote: Adding to the mix of types of celebrities frequently seen at Studio 54 were authors like Truman Capote who wrote Breakfast at Tiffany’s. He felt at home while hanging out in the club with other creatives like actor Yull Brynner.