Inside Studio 54: Captivating Moments from an Iconic Era

April 13, 2024

Rod Stewart and Steve Rubell hold court just off the dance floor

A glimpse behind the curtain of history can tell us so much about the stars and celebrities that we think we know so much about. Seeing photos of the events as they unfolded, colorized just for you, shows just how decadent the most famous club in the world really was.

Studio 54 was the one club where the famous and the infamous mixed with reckless abandon, with lines of would-be dancers begging to be let inside. What happened behind the walls of this storied New York City club? How late did the parties go, and exactly what did stars like Mick Jagger, Jamie Lee Curtis, and a very young Drew Barrymore get up to at these all-night ragers?

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Studio 54 was known for being a haven for people living outside the norm. It didn't matter how someone identified, as long as they were cool they would be welcomed at the Studio. Of course, the outside world didn't understand that mindset at the time.

Rod Stewart made countless sojourns to the club where he partied until dawn. Many members of the rock press were critical of his time at this experiemental club, but he didn't care. For Stewart, he was just living life and having the kind of fun that he felt that he was supposed to be having - he didn't care about what anyone thought.

Brooke Shields and Debbie Harry play dress up

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Brooke Shields is an anomaly in the world of Studio 54. She was a teenager when the club was at its height. She dressed up and went into this very grownup world while she should have been hanging out with people her own age.

Shields says that she was able to go to the club and still be home in time to study and get a good night's sleep. Her self-control must be off the charts. While speaking with the Guardian she explained that even though she's led a crazy life, show business helped her keep her world in line:

If not for the entertainment industry, I would have been a train wreck. The movie business kept me afloat and sane.