A Brief Twirl Through 80 Years at the Copacabana

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Legendary gossip columnist Cindy Adams provided a brief scare about a longtime New York City institution this morning, with a column headlined: “Copacabana is gone after 80 years.”

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The Brazilian-themed nightlife spot (famously serving Chinese food, somewhat inexplicably) is arguably the most famous cosmopolitan club in the world, having seen a myriad of celebrities in its near century-long existence. “The Copa changed locations four times. Its last incarnation on West 47th just waved goodbye. Gone. Closed. Finito. Lights out. Will a fifth version open someday? Who knows? Will the Statue of Liberty ever wear jeans?” wrote Adams.

However, a representative for the Copacabana tells Jezebel the club has only temporarily shuttered due to covid-19. But this does provide a nice opportunity for a quick trip through the club’s glamorous history. The spot attracted Sinatra in the ‘50s, Warhol in the ‘60s, and rock stars in the ‘70s; it’s the subject the earworm Barry Manilow song. Here are Carmen Miranda and Groucho Marx posing in the Copacabana to promote eponymous 1947 film, set in the club.

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Carmen Miranda, Groucho Marx
Carmen Miranda, Groucho Marx
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At Andy Warhol’s pre-opening party at the Copacabana in 1976, The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger and drag queen Divine crossed paths.

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Here’s Sam Cooke performing at the club in 1964.

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On the right, Andy Warhol is seen relaxing at the Copa in 1976. On the right, it’s 1977, and a crowd dances in lingerie in face paint.

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And finally, in 1978, an unlikely sight: a young Brooke Shields and Blondie’s Debbie Harry are photographed together.

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Senior Writer, Jezebel. My debut book, LARGER THAN LIFE: A History of Boy Bands, is out now.

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