• Grace Kelly and Jean-Pierre Aumont Cyclone Roller Coaster, Coney Island, 1955.

Cool Vintage Photos of Celebrities in Coney Island

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Coney Island officially opened for the season this past weekend and they don’t call it “America’s Playground” for nothing. People are drawn to it, and for good reason! A great place for family fun, Coney Island has also attracted a wide variety of artists, creatives and celebrities. Check out these awesome throwback photos of some of your favorite celebrities in Coney Island!

Grace Kelly and Jean Pierre Aumont

Grace Kelly and Jean Pierre Aumont before the Cyclone roller coaster, June 1955.

Original caption: Grace Kelly and Jean Pierre Aumont were ‘out on a date‘ until they come to the famous Cyclone roller coaster, and that’s when Grace decided maybe she’ll pass this one by.

June 12, 1955

Beastie Boys

Beastie Boys Coney Island, July 1985

Josh Cheuse: The Beastie Boys

Original caption: The Beastie Boys soak up the sun in Coney Island, Brooklyn.

July of 1985

Woody Allen



Woody Allen Annie Hall Coney Island

Coney Island native Woody Allen  filming a scene at Coney Island, New York for his film “Annie Hall”.


Debbie Harry

Debbie Harry of Blondie on Coney Island


Debbie Harry of Blondie in front of The Thunderbolt in Coney Island, NY.

August 7, 1977

Blondie Brooklyn



This 1970’s picture of Blondie lead singer Debbie Harry and Punk journalist Lester Bangs in a now unrecognizable Coney Island.

Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson

Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson by Annie Leibovitz

Brooklynite Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson by Annie Leibovitz, Coney Island, New York.


Buster Keaton, Alice Lake and Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle

Buster Keaton with Alice Lake and Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle in Coney Island

Buster Keaton with Alice Lake and Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle in Coney Island.


Milton Berle, George Hale and Miss Grayce Reilly

Milton Berle Coney Island

Comedian Milton Berle and dancer George Hale measure the charms of Miss Grayce Reilly after she won the 26th Modern Venus Bathing Beauty Contest in 1939.

Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe

Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe, Coney Island

Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe, Coney Island Boardwalk. They shared an apartment on Hall Street in Brooklyn.

September 1, 1969

Cyndi Lauper

Cyndi Lauper She's So Unusual Coney Island

Outtakes from Cyndi Lauper’s She So Unusual album cover.


“When I explained my vision to Janet Perr, who was the art director, she suggested Coney Island,” Janet and I went together to location scout with Annie Leibowitz who was the photographer — I was so lucky to work with Annie on my first album cover — and we came upon the Roberto Clemente building and we knew it would be the perfect backdrop. I wanted it to be a study of midday light. It’s my favorite time of day as far as lighting goes.” – Cyndi Lauper


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  1. Michael Magliulo June 29, 2016 at 12:12 am - Reply

    This is great

    • Allison James July 7, 2016 at 1:05 pm - Reply

      Thank you Michael!

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