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This Is How Celebrities Partied in the 1970s

See Grace Jones, Diane von Furstenberg, and Andy Warhol letting loose famed nightclub Studio 54, which opened 40 years ago this week.
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Getting into Studio 54 in the 1970s was a nearly impossible endeavor. Marc Benecke, a doorman for the disco club, would stand on a stepping stool and select club candidates from the crowd. He compared this process to "mixing a salad." Nevertheless, "54" lured celebrities, socialites, athletes, and artists from around the globe. Andy Warhol once said, "The key of the success of Studio 54 is that it's a dictatorship at the door and a democracy on the dance floor." For the 40th anniversary of the club's opening, we're giving you a peek at the lucky few (celebrities, of course) who actually made it inside.

Liza Minelli


Liza Minnelli rocking a shimmering purple jumper while out on the town.

Andy Warhol


Andy Warhol and his stuffed bear make an appearance at Studio 54. Mr. Warhol was a frequent visitor of the nightclub, as he enjoyed the eclectic atmosphere. "People weren't particularly interested in seeing me," he said, "they were interested in seeing each other. They came to see who came."

Olivia Newton-John


Olivia Newton-John dressed to impress at the "Grease" Premiere Party in 1978.

Cher and Liza Minnelli


Best buds Cher and Liza Minnelli take on the dance floor at Studio 54. Cher still made it out that night, even though earlier that day she choked on a vitamin pill and was dragged to the hospital.

Shirley MacLaine and Bella Abzug


Shirley MacLaine and Bella Abzug pose for a picture at Abzug's 57th birthday party.

Sylvester "Rocky" Stallone


Mr. Stallone and his wife, Sasha, sharing a moment on one of the Studio's couches.

Tina Turner


Tina Turner shares a laugh with famous fashion photographer Francesco Scavullo.

Olivia Newton-John and Allen Carr


Olivia Newton-John dancing with British author, Allen Carr.

Brooke Shields and Calvin Klein

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Here Brooke Shields and Calvin Klein pose for a photo with the club owner, Steve Rubell.

Andy Warhol, Jerry Hall, Debbie Harry, Truman Capote, and Paloma Picasso


The pop artist, model, Blondie lead singer, writer, and fashion designer all bonding at Studio 54.

Joe Namath


The former NFL quarterback enjoyed a drink while at a Studio 54 party.

Grace Jones


Actress and singer Grace Jones comes fully prepared to party in a crazy purple getup.

Lauren Hutton


The model playfully acknowledges the camera during a party in 1981.

Rod Stewart


Rock singer Rod Steward points at Studio 54's owner, Steve Rubell as the two make their way inside.

Ara Gallant and Diane von Furstenberg


Legendary hairstylist Ara Gallant and fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg sit back at a book launch party.

Cher


Cher walking down steps at the "Opium" Perfume Launch Party.

Woody Allen and Michael Jackson


Studio 54's iconic disco scene naturally brought in the likes of Michael Jackson... and Woody Allen?

Patti Smith and Clive Davis


Friends and business partners, singer Patti Smith and record producer Clive Davis share a moment in front of the camera.

Mick Jagger


The rock n' roll superstar having way too much fun at his sister's birthday party.

Bianca Jagger


Bianca Jagger famously rode a white horse into the nightclub for her birthday party.

Stevie Wonder and Steven Stills


Mr. Wonder and Mr. Stills playing for 300 guests at a birthday party.

Liza Minnelli and Andy Warhol


The celebrity-infused nightclub was packed for its New Year's Eve party in 1978.

Olivia Newton-John


Olivia talking to a guest at the "Grease" premiere party.

Doris Duke


Heiress and socialite, Doris Duke, at the Martha Graham Award to Halston.

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*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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