Rare Celebrity Photos From Studio 54’s Legendary, Hedonistic Heyday

You might have heard the wild stories that came out of Studio 54 from your parents, colleagues, or commentators on 70s culture. It was only open for two and a half years, but in that short time, it became one of the most exclusive clubs in the 70s.


While the clubs were a dime a dozen in Manhattan, because of its exclusivity and its impressive celebrity client list, everyone wanted to be seen at Studio 54. What happened inside the club spawned legends and long-winded tales of excessive drug use and epic partying.

The common thread these stories share? The level of debauchery that ensued inside among the biggest names in the entertainment industry like John Travolta, Michael Jackson and even a FLOTUS.

Click the next slide to see the wildest times shared by the elite at Studio 54.

12. Olivia Newton-John Hooks Up With John Travolta

Singer Olivia Newton-John shot to fame after she appeared in the 1978 movie musical “Grease.” Her image was coalesced by her role as goody-two-shoes transfer student Sandy, but at Studio 54, she hit the dance floor and locked hips with her then co-star John Travolta.

Think this is wild? Check out slide #10.

11. Unlikely Friendships Forged By Drugs

The best part of Studio 54 is that it brought together different members of the Hollywood elite. Take this hang out between “SNL” member John Belushi, Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards, and James Brown. Rumor has it the three of them fueled each other’s drug habits on the floor of Studio 54.

10. FLOTUS Partied Hard

When one thinks of clubs, you don’t think of anyone over the age of 30 attending, but we now know that Studio 54 wasn’t your run-of-the-mill club. As long as you were elite, you were welcomed there. Betty Ford, the former first lady of the United States, liked to party from time to time, and when she showed up to Studio 54 in this posh gown without her husband, heads turned.

Think this is a sight to see? Head on over to slide 7.

9. Trans Icons Are Welcomed

At Studio 54, among the elite were the people who were known as outcasts in society. Fortunately, they were welcomed at the club. Here’s a photo of fashion model and trans pop culture icon Potassa de la Faye partying on the dance floor. She often partied with Andy Warhol, another famous face on the scene.