The kind of party that attracted celebrities in the ’90s barely exists today, if it exists at all. With the absence of smartphones (and influencers wielding those smartphones), famous people turned up to galas, dinners, birthdays, premieres, and after parties, smiled for the press waiting outside, then went through a door where the the odds of someone capturing a photo were rare. But it did happen. These are those photos (plus a few from outside the party).
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Sir Ian McKellen and playwright and activist Larry Kramer at Tavern on the Green to celebrate opening night of the Broadway play Indiscretions in May 1995 in New York City.
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Kate Moss, Johnny Depp, and Iggy Pop, at the Kate: The Kate Moss Book party in 1995.
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Leo and a Twix bar at the Red Rock West Party in New York City on April 2, 1994.
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Naomi Campbell outside Tramp nightclub for the after party following the launch of her debut novel Swan on September 6, 1994 in London.
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Joan Rivers and two topless dudes at a Gossip party at Club USA in New York City on April 28, 1993.
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Princess Diana at the Christie’s pre-auction party for the launch of The Auction of Dresses in London in 1997.
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Shania Twain and Billy Ray Cyrus during the 34th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards After Party in L.A. in 1999.
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Ewan McGregor at a party for his film Brassed Off in May 1997 in New York City.
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Raquel Welch, Madonna, and Tupac Shakur at the Interview Magazine party on March 1, 1994 in New York City.
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Elizabeth Hurley at the post-premiere party of her then-boyfriend Hugh Grant’s film, Four Weddings And A Funeral on May 11, 1994 in London.
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Jim Carrey, Emma Thompson, and Elton John during the 68th Annual Academy Awards Elton John AIDS Foundation Party in Los Angeles in 1996.
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Ian Ziering at the MTV Video Music Awards After Party in L.A. in 1991.
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Pamela Anderson and Bret Michaels at a party at New York’s Webster Hall in 1994.
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The dude abides! Julianne Moore and Jeff Bridges at the party for the premiere of The Big Lebowski on February 23, 1998 in New York City.
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Liv Tyler’s 16th Birthday Party at Club USA in New York City on June 30, 1993.
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Hugh Grant, Elizabeth Hurley, Patsy Kensit, and Liam Gallagher at the Mickey Blue Eyes after party on August 20, 1999 in London.
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Cindy Crawford at a party for Gianni Versace at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City in 1992.
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Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt leave The Barfly nightclub where he threw a birthday party for her on February 6, 1999 in Los Angeles.
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Charlie Sheen partying by himself after having his forearm tattooed in 1990.
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George Clooney and his then-wife Talia Balsam attend the ABC Television Affiliates Party on June 14, 1990 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.
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Vanilla Ice at a party to celebrate the Grammy Awards in NYC in 1991.
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Michael J. Fox and his wife Tracy Pollan at Martin Scorsese’s premiere of Made In Milan in 1990.
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Jarvis Cocker and Liam Gallagher at a gala fundraising dinner for War Child at the Saatchi Gallery in London in 1997.
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Brad Pitt and Gwyneth Paltrow at the Legends of the Fall UK Premiere after party at Kensington Roof Gardens on April 26, 1995 in London.
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Dominic Chianese and James Gandolfini at a New York Film Festival screening of Under Hellgate Bridge on April 26, 1999 at the French Institute in New York City.
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Jude Law at a party at Tavern on the Green to celebrate opening night of the Broadway play Indiscretions in May 1995 in New York City.
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Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell at the Elite Model Agency party for the Look of the Year Contest in London in September 1993.
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Mick Jagger, Vivienne Westwood, Jerry Hall, and Elizabeth Jagger at a Westwood tribute at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London in 1998.
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Reese Witherspoon at the The Bowery Bar in New York City in 1996.
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Kate Capshaw, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Patti Scialfa, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, and Steven Spielberg at the Elton John AIDS Foundation Party following the 66th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles in 1994.