Getting into Studio 54 in the 1970s was a nearly impossible endeavor.
Marc Benecke, 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, giving you a peek at the lucky few (celebrities, of course) who actually made it inside.
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.”
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.