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Palm Springs: Midcentury Marvelous

Palm Springs Annenberg Retreat

“A jewel in the desert.  A marriage of small town friendliness and chic urban sensibility. A multitude of stars, both heavenly and the human kind.  This is Palm Springs, California – like no place else. Anywhere.  Nestled at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains, this world-famous resort destination embodies stunning natural beauty, ancient palm groves, mineral hot springs and a purple mountain majesty that surrounds the dramatic Coachella Valley.  Want more?  Palm Springs can make the claim that it has one of the world’s largest caches of midcentury modern masterpieces. Many luminaries made this desert their home: Frank Sinatra, Dinah Shore, Sonny Bono, Bob Hope. Marilyn Monroe was discovered here, Elvis and Priscilla honeymooned here, Cesar Romero allegedly had an affair with Tyrone Power here, and Jack Benny and “Amos and Andy” broadcast their radio shows from here.  Oh, and Liberace died here…”

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