Stories from Old Hollywood in Palm Springs

Posted by Geoffrey Moore on Friday, October 29th, 2021 at 10:00am.

Due to its close proximity to Hollywood, Palm Springs has been tied to the culture of tinseltown even before this oasis town was incorporated in 1938.

Much of this was due to the “two hour” rule, a famous rule in many actors’ contracts that they could live no more than two hours away from the movie set they were working on. 

Thus, Palm Springs became a haven for some of the biggest names in the business, as this beautiful town was and remains an ideal combination of perfect weather, exquisite nightlife and so much to do year round. 

For your reading pleasure, we’ve gathered the best connections to Old Hollywood’s history in Palm Springs.

Frank Sinatra’s Unique Party Alert

Frank Sinatra was known for hosting some of the most lavish parties in Palm Springs, with varied names on his guest list from Marilyn Monroe to Cary Grant. 

But the way he would let those in the area know that the libations and festivities had begun in his famous Twin Palms Estates in the neighborhood of Movie Colony was to hoist a large Jack Daniels flag up a pole that sat between the two palms the house is named after. Hard to miss that invite!

Dinah Shore’s Creation of the World's Largest Women’s Golf Tournament

Dinah Shore is famous for a variety of things such as singing and acting, but in Palm Springs she’s known for a lot more. 

As an outspoken advocate for the rights of women, an avid golfer, and a California native, Dinah helped create and popularize the ANA Inspiration, which now stands as one of the most popular events on the LGPA tour.

Founded by Shore in 1972 as the Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Tournament, this event brought in thousands of women from all over the world to celebrate this tournament.

Over the years, this turned into the Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend, often referred to as simply “The Dinah”.

Located at multiple venues, but usually taking place primarily in Tahquitz Canyon, this event is widely considered to be the world’s largest lesbian festival with an attendance of over 15,000 people.

Sonny Bono’s Successful Mayoral Bid

Sonny Bono is extremely popular for his singing and acting alongside Cher, but many don’t know that he went on to become the only member of congress who also appeared in Billboard's Hot 100 chart.

Running a successful campaign, he held the title of mayor of Palm Springs from 1988 until 1992, and served to found the Palm Springs International Film Festival, which still runs to this day in his memory.

He also attempted to extend the length of copyrights in the United States. While he never passed this in his lifetime, the senate passed the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act in his honor after his death.

Are you looking to live amongst the rich history Palm Springs has to offer? Contact me, Geoffrey Moore to find your dream house in this beautiful town.

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