JANUARY 2005 (2)
STUDIO 54 TO OPEN - IN BERLIN
A version of the infamous 1970's New York nightclub, Studio 54, is to open in Berlin. MGM Grand, who now owns the name (and runs an offshoot of the club in their Vegas hotel) recently sent Michael Jackson's father, Joseph Jackson (and board member of the the capital investment company Ricercar), to scout for an appropriate location for the club in Berlin. In a statement released by MGM, they say they want the club to be a place where "all classes, races and cultures can socialize under one roof."
Warhol and his entourage were regulars at the original Studio 54 in New York which Steve Rubell and Ian Shrager opened on April 26, 1977. The club was eventually forced to close when Rubell and Shrager were sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison for tax evasion after Studio 54 was raided by the Feds in both December 1978 and December 1979. Warhol immortalized the club in his book Exposures.
Andy Warhol [Wednesday, October 31, 1979]: "Bobby Zarem was having a lunch for the photo book [Exposures]... at Maxwell's Plum... Catherine [Guinness] was asking Steve Rubell personal questions, like, 'You mean you actually did take all that money?' but he didn't seem to care. Now he's saying he made a deal with the IRS where he'll be going to jail for two days a week doing community service - teaching people how to make discotheques on army bases for the soldiers. What a brilliant idea. Next they'll teach them how to be fairies and take drugs, right?" (AWD247)The Studio 54 of the 1970's can be re-experienced at: www.drakkar91.com/54/
SUZIE FRANKFURT DIES
Suzie Frankfurt passed away on January 7, 2005 at the Hebrew Home for the Aged at Riverdale, in the Bronx. She was 73 years old. She had moved to the Home for the Aged several years ago, from Norfolk, Connecticut, after treatment for a brain tumor.
Born Suzanne Allen on August 21, 1931 in Los Angeles, she married Stephen O. Frankfurt in 1955. Stephen was an art director at the advertising firm, Young & Rubicam, where Suzie was working in the research department. Stephen later became president of the ad agency and also designed the titles for the film, To Kill a Mockingbird. The couple divorced in 1968.
Suzie first met Warhol in 1959 at the Plaza Hotel, after seeing an exhibition of his work at the Serendipity cafe. They collaborated on the whimsical book of faux recipes, Wild Raspberries, which accompanied the exhibition of the same name at the Bodley Gallery which took place December 1 - 24, 1959.
Ms. Frankfurt is survived by her sons, Jaime and Peter, both of Los Angeles, and four grandchildren.