Celebrating 40 Years of Studio 54 through Its Most Iconic Images

Studio 54 set the standard for New York's fashion scene.  Founded in 1977 by Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell, the company housed legendary acts and grew with performers like Diana Ross and Grace Jones.  Here are some of the most iconic photos from New York's greatest era of nightlife. 

Diana Ross Serenading Studio 54 Owners the Night Before They Head to Jail for Tax Evasion

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Diana was the Queen of Studio 54 and, clearly, of the Dancefloor. 

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Ross dancing with Richard Pryor. 

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... And again with Michael Jackson. 

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Bianca Jagger rides in on a white horse for her 30th birthday bash. 

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Jagger battling Ross for her dancefloor title. 

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 The apple doesn't fall too far.  A young Tracee Ellis Ross pictured with Naomi Campbell.

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Eartha Kitt and daughter, Kitt McDonald, out partying together. 

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Legendary Grace Jones was a regular Studio 54 partygoer and performer.

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Model Beverly Johnson sharing a smooch with owner, Steve Rubell. 

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Muhammad Ali enjoying a night out after losing the Heavyweight title. 

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Supermodels Grace Jones and Naomi Campbell. 

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James Brown gets cheesy with owners Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager. 

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Ian Schrager, Michael Jackson, and Steven Tyler. 

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Bette Midler freaking out over The Temptations. 

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