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From Prohibition to the dawn of disco, Sherman Billingsley's Stork Club was the world's most famous nightspot. Celebrated by newspaper columnist and radio commentator Walter Winchell, the Stork Club drew the best and brightest of American culture-makers. Celebrities from Joe Dimaggio and Marilyn Monroe, to Frank Sinatra and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, were among the regulars.

Can you imagine J. Edgar Hoover rubbing elbows with Ernest Hemingway; the Harrimans and the Kennedys seated next to Ethel Merman and Irving Berlin; Carl Sandberg sharing a bottle with Jimmy Durante.            

On any given night, you might find Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall seated at the table next to 
Cary Grant and Greer Garson, or perhaps bump into Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz on the dance floor.

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Mr. & Mrs. Alfred Vanderbilt (top left) with
Rep. John F. Kennedy 

Milton Berle at the Stork Club

Milton ("Uncle Miltie") Berle

Rocky Marciano

Sherman Billingsley with Rocky Marciano      

Charlie Chaplin with wife, Oona, and Charles Boyer

Sherman Billingsley

Sherman Billingsley