Hollywood’s Playground

Since the 1920s, Palm Springs has been Hollywood’s desert playground for celebrities to re- lax and escape from the hustle of showbiz. The legendary “Two-Hour Rule” of Hollywood studios put Palm Springs on the map as a perfect getaway. Actors under contract had to

be available within two-hours from the studio in case last minute photo shoots.

Many celebrities stayed and purchased hideaway homes in Palm Springs, such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Mar- tin, Sammy Davis Jr., Bob Hope, Kirk Douglas, and Cary Grant, just to name a few. Several ladies were frequent visitors including Marilyn Monroe, Dinah Shore, Lily Tomlin, and Elizabeth Taylor.

Famous couples did rendezvous in Palm Springs including Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, Steve Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner, Lucy and Desi Arnaz, and Elvis and Priscilla Presley. President Dwight Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan, and the Obamas were frequent visitors.

A new generation of Hollywood A-listers has succumbed to the lure of the desert and the relaxing privacy it offers. Palm Springs is being rediscovered by today’s Hollywood stars, especially during the Palm Springs International Film Festival held annually in January. The star-studded events attracts celebrities such as Clint Eastwood, John Travolta, Brad Pit, Halle Barry, Leonard DiCaprio, Anne Hathaway, Angela Jolene and many more.

Experience Hollywood’s Playground

Check out our Walk of Stars in downtown where ‘stars’ are embedded in the sidewalk.

Elvis honeymooned in Palm Springs. Take a tour of the famous Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway.

Take a celebrity tour of Palm Springs and see where the stars lived and played.

The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn has hosted Albert Einstein and many celebrities

Eat at Copley’s Restaurant , the guest house of Cary Grant’s former estate

Dine at Melvyn’s where The Rat Pack often partied, part of the Ingleside Inn

The Purple Room opened in 1960 and was a Rat Pack hangout. Catch a show in the same room where Frank, Dino and Sammy dined.

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