Another WeHo Icon Farewell

Over 40 years ago, Studio One opened in West Hollywood and quickly became THE gay dance club in the country.  Owner Scott Forbes was proud of saying, “Studio One was planned, designed and conceived for gay people, gay male people.  Any straight people here are guests of the gay community.  This is gay!”  Like Studio 54 (which opened two years later), Studio One had the hottest male staff in the skimpiest outfits and attracted record numbers every night.  The club also housed The Backlot, a theatre which featured such performers as Joan Rivers, Chita Rivera, Barry Manilow, Divine, Rip Taylor, Roseanne, Nancy Dussault, Mimi Hines, and moi.  We even filmed the pilot for my talk show there.  So I was thrilled to participate in the closing night event for the club (the space is being incorporated into a hotel and shopping plaza).  The night kicked off with yours truly interviewing people on the red carpet.  As to the show itself, I co-hosted with the irrepressible Bruce Vilanch.  People like Freda Payne, Charlo Crossley and Thelma Houston blew the roof off the house.  Who says you can’t go home again?

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