Sally Lippman, also known as “Disco Sally”, was a 77-year-old widow and regular dancer at the club.
Sally Lippman earned her moniker “Disco Sally” through the wild moves she brought to the dance floor at Studio 54. She was a sweetheart, an absolute trip, and I adored her. In the upper left photo, 78-year-old Sally gets down with 26-year-old John Touzos — the two were later married at Magique nightclub!
In Studio 54, a 2018 documentary that featured the club’s surviving co-founder Ian Schrager, he revealed that someone really was found dead after getting stuck in an air vent and suffocating after trying to enter the club illegally—but unlike in the show, it was a man dressed in black-tie attire.
Her husband Herbert Long, a mechanic who ran an auto repair shop on Pennsylvania Avenue SE, told her that a wife’s place is in the home. And until he died in 1956, home is where Regina Long stayed. “He worked and he came home and we had a good life. I didn’t dance much then,” Long said.
During a 2018 documentary featuring co-founder Ian Schrager, it was revealed that someone had been found dead in the air vents of the club. That said, while the tragedy did occur, it wasn’t a woman who died, as shown in the Netflix show. It was, rather, a man dressed in black-tie.
STUDIO 54. A film by Matt Tyrnauer. Or maybe you’re barely old enough to remember the disastrous movie from the summer of 1998, in which Mike Myers played club co-founder Steve Rubell, and a shirtless Ryan Phillippe starred as a fictional bridge-and-tunnel bartender named Shane O’Shea.
Ryan O’Neal, Farrah Fawcett, Mariel Hemingway, Jocelyn Wildenstein, Richard Gere, Gia Carangi, Jack Nicholson, Reggie Jackson, and Sylvester Stallone were among the guests that night. Schrager and Rubell pleaded guilty to tax evasion and spent 13 months in prison.
The night they sold nothing but fruit juice and soda. During the first year the club was open, Schrager and Rubell got by with no liquor license. Instead, they purchased daily permits intended for caterers, not nightclubs.
In addition to the club’s exclusivity when it came to its celebrity clientele, Studio 54 became famous for its use of door men with clipboards who would give would-be guests a thumbs up or thumbs down based on a look at their wardrobe and a quick judgement of their attitude.
The $20 entrance fee to enter Studio 54 would be more than a band of four or five people would likely make to split between them from a gig at CBGB’s. Prior to being a nightclub, Studio 54 was a CBS television and radio studio.
“She was a retired Jewish lawyer who became a judge and suddenly went crazy due to the combination of cocaine and the Studio 54 Effect. Dressed in tight pants and high-top sneakers, she became Disco Sally, a star at Studio 54 and Xenon who’d draw an audience of adoring fans as she got down on the dance floor.”
Sally died, though, in May of 1982 in Mount Sinai Hospital, and despite repeated requests, no one played disco at her funeral. She represents the vivaciousness of the club scene and was a pioneer in authentic fame and charisma–without put-ons, or posturing, or affections.
The timing is haunting — Studio was open for 33 months, from April 1977 to January 1980. That 1980 date was also the beginning of the H.I.V./AIDS era, with the first cases surfacing about that time.”
Halston considered Calvin Klein a rival As Hal Rubenstein, the fashion expert, shared with Esquire, Halston didn’t mix with other designers – especially not in social settings. He even considered Calvin Klein and Oscar de la Renta rivals.
Halston’s financial situation at his time of death has not been explicitly revealed, but several sources report that despite his later-in-life economic woes, he was still worth a whopping $100 million at the time of his death.