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.
Dr. Oz: “I’m Very Concerned About the Corona Virus, Here’s Why”
While coronaviruses have been known to medical science since the 1960s, few have been anywhere near as dangerous as this new one from the market in Wuhan China.
A coronavirus is typified by its protective shell which resembles a crown or a halo under a microscope. That is where it gets its name. The average coronavirus does little more than cause the symptoms of the common cold, sniffles, cough, flu-like symptoms and so on. Part of the reason that these viruses are so hard to prevent from causing millions of colds each year is their protective shell. They can remain on a surface for hours, sometimes days, before they begin to lose structural integrity. But few trigger symptoms as severe as this one known as 2019-nCoV.
Dr. Oz had this to say about what has become known as the Wuhan Coronavirus, “It’s alarming, this is the big news today, the Chinese leadership is starting to say ‘this incubation period is a lot longer than we thought.’”
If this report is true, it means that many, many more people may be infected than have been reported- or even anticipated. It means that people could be walking around, infected, and not even know it- not taking precautions and spreading the virus everywhere they go. That means anyone who has recently returned from the area around the Wuhan market, where the outbreak started, could be carrying the disease.
At the time of this writing, the total enumerated infection count is over 1,800. The total deaths are approaching 200. Other researchers are suggesting that this virus has a rapid mutation rate. That is particularly terrifying because it is what made the HIV-AIDS virus so difficult to treat.
At present, the World Health Organization had laid down a series of suggestions to help people avoid infection.
They advise that anyone who may come into contact with the virus should:
- Wash their hands frequently
- Maintain good sanitation on and around all frequently used objects and surfaces
- Avoid centers of mass travel such as airports
- Sneeze and cough into the elbow or a tissue
- Take immunity-boosting supplements like vitamin C
The source of the infection is believed to have come from a specific market in Wuhan, where live animals were kept in stalls for sale and trade. Researchers believe the virus came from either a snake or a bat. The initial cases of illness were reported in December 2019 by employees of the Wuhan market. That market is now shut down for the foreseeable future.
As health officials struggle to understand the virus and contain its progress, other researchers are asking even more startling questions. The shell of this virus is similar to the shell of a virus created in a university research lab in 2015 at the University of North Carolina. What’s more, there is a known military biological weapons lab in Wuhan China.
If these reports are true, it could have serious implications, not only for global health- but for relations between the US and China.
Big Brother Contestants Make How Much on the Show?!?
Big Brother has been a wildly popular, dramatic reality TV game show since 2000. Audiences are captivated by the twists, the turns, the strange alliances, and the betrayals. The show is based on a Dutch program with the same premise which also became wildly popular in Spain and Germany before the reboot came to America.
As the US version grew in popularity, the producers eventually made it possible for fans to watch the contestants on a non-live streaming video feed available 24 hours a day seven days a week. Yes, the contestants on Big Brother are now on display to be viewed by anyone in the world at every waking moment. How they avoid getting caught in their all-togethers or during toilet breaks, we don’t know. Maybe they have certain camera-safe areas to which they can retreat.
Later on, the house the Big Brother contestants live in was stripped of all communication devices- depriving them of contact with the outside world. That is- except for the live feeds the public has unfettered access to. So, if one of them was being held hostage, we suppose they could let us know.
So the question came up of, how much do the contestants really earn? By playing the game they have the chance to make friends, or enemies, become Internet sensations, and to win half a million dollars. But, given everything they have to put up with; being ripped out of their lives, possibly losing jobs, experiencing the anguish of betrayal- all while being on public display- do they get anything else?
According to a report by Reality Blurred, a site that follows the happenings of reality TV stars, programs, and related matters- the contestants “[…] receive $750 per week that they’re in the house.”
Any pay they receive while in the jury house is harder to account for since nothing about it appears on the contract. However, it is believed that contestants receive consolation prizes during their time out of the main house. It also seems reasonable that the consolation prizes received in the jury house should be worth at least $500 since keeping them away from other gainful employment for less than that would be near to slavery. (We’re looking at you, jury duty.)
However, while the big prize on Big Brother is a cool half-million on top of what the contestants earn as their weekly salary, in reality- they have much more to gain in Internet stardom.
Many former Big Brother players have gone on to lucrative careers as influencers on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and other social media sites. While any gains from that are unlikely to be as exhilarating as half a million in fast cash- the best of them certainly earn more than that over the long term.
So, it would appear that our curiosity MacGuffins on Big Brother are at least doing as well as someone earning minimum wage- while essentially fooling around Truman Show style.
Single Mom Irina Shayk, Happy Single
Those in the public spotlight seem to be an open book. Their every move seems to is covered by gossip sites. Their whereabouts are nearly always and it seems as if we are updated on who’s dating who and what luxurious vacation they are on.
That’s why it is surprising that Irina Shayk and Bradley Cooper kept their relationship under wraps for so long, dating all the way back to 2015. The couple was first spotted together after the actor and model were first seen in 2015. Cooper split from Suki Waterhouse and Shayk ended her five-year relationship with soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo.
The couple was first seen together at a Broadway show, then shortly thereafter, the White House Correspondents’ dinner. Things seemed to move quickly from there. Within months the couple moved in together, soon they announced they were expecting.
Work Gets in the Way:
Irina, who has been quiet about her relationship and breakup with Bradley Cooper, recently spoke up about their relationship.
The couple ended their relationship in 2019, on the heels of the release of the stars’ remake of a Star is Born. The on-screen chemistry between Bradley Cooper and his co-star, Stefani Germanotta, better known as Lady Gaga, sent tongues wagging. Rumors were raging that the two co-stars were in a relationship based on their pationate adaption of the film.
Irina set the record straight in some recent interviews about the end of their relationship. According to Shayk, the couple hadn’t been getting along for quite some time. After the baby was born, Shayk was hoping that Cooper would put their family first and slow down his busy working schedule. She was secretly hoping that after A Star is Born was released and the promotional tour was over, he would spend more time at home. That was not the case.
Irina, 33, was ready to settle into family life. This included getting married and more children. But the marriage never happened, and Cooper’s work schedule was as busy as ever.
Irina felt that her expectations weren’t met and she didn’t have the commitment level she wanted from Cooper. Shortly after the Award season in June 2019, the news broke that the couple had split. Irina had taken baby Lea and moved out of the couples Los Angeles home.At first, the separation was thought to be temporary. Both partners have decided that they are better apart than together.
The couple continues to co-parent their daughter, but it seems like the couple are happty being apart. They both seem to be quite content focusing on their child and carreers.
Irina recently said that “life without Cooper” and being a single mom is “new ground.” She also said that just because two people are great on their own, they are not always good together.
Irina is a strong woman, and while she often feels overwhelmed being a single-mom, she’s ready for the challenge. Both parents are dedicated to doing what is best for their child and are curently working on a visitation schedule.