Disturbing Photos From Studio 54

By Sophia Maddox | December 15, 2023

David Bowie and Iman... the perfect couple

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?

Look closer, these new colorized rare photos and stories dig deeper into the history that you think you know to tell the real stories and hidden secrets of Studio 54.

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It's no secret that Iman saved David Bowie's life. In the late '70s and early '80s Bowie was a mad man who prowled the streets of New York and stayed in plush penthouses in Gramecry Park. When he wasn't at Studio 54 he was at CBGB and getting up to no good in the after hours.

Bowie was known for hoovering up large quantities of powders and who knows what. But after meeting Iman the "Rebel Rebel" singer turned all of that off like a switch. All it took was the love of a good woman to set him on the right path.

Rod Stewart and Elton John take in New York, New York

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To be a star at Studio 54 was to be pampered beyond belief. Co-owner Steve Rubell knew that he had to keep his famous patrons happy to make sure they kept coming back and giving the club free press. To make sure they were always around he resorted to more than a few underhanded tactics.

One anonymous celebrity who was a regular at the club told Vanity Fair:

No matter how tired you were, you’d be there for five minutes and you’d feel really marvelous. The music got to you, and the fact that everybody seemed to be happy and jolly.