044: Age Defying Studio 54 Impresario – Carmen D’Alessio

044: Age Defying Studio 54 Impresario – Carmen D’Alessio

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044: Age Defying Studio 54 Impresario - Carmen D'Alessio

Guest Overview

Born to Peruvian father, and Chilean mother, but grew up to become impresario and co-founder of Studio 54, and a legend of New York nightlife. To this day she not only continues to reinvent herself but also entertainment experiences, welcome this week’s guest Carmen D’Alessio.  

We recorded this interview in Carmen’s apartment back in July 2019. With windows open the sounds of the Manhattan provide a suitable city soundscape. 

Like recent episodes, this is a two-parter 

Part one, Carmen recounts the story of the enduring influence of her mother, escaping her controlling father,  her early years in 60’s New York, meeting her first husband, and her magical wedding experience with Salvador Dali as her acting godfather. We skip the sensational Studio 54 story and cover that in Part 2. But we end part one with how  Carmen has remained queen of the night, and now day, with her sun-downer concept in partnership with NY based Tao Group, and more recently with Peruvian concept restaurant Baby Brasa. 

I hope you enjoy the entertaining and age-defying energy and passion of Carmen D’Alessio


What we discuss:

The impact of her upbringing 

Her father’s upbringing from a wealthy Peruvian family

The influence of his life view on her upbringing 

The positive impact and influence of her mother 

The serendipity of her mother and father meeting

Developing her own identity through her languages

Making a move to New York in the early 60’s

Power of her connections

Building an influential network from her first week 

How she met her first husband 

Carmen’s inclusive view of life

How she has reinvented herself from the queen of the night 

Delivering great evening experiences

Her relationships with the Tao Group and Baby Brasa


Links in the Show 

Carmen D’Alessio 

Guy Burgos 

Lady Sarah Russell 

Edie Sedgwick 

George Hamilton 

Salvador Dali 

Baby Brasa 

Tao Group 

PhD Downtown

Marc Packer 


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