Palm Springs Walk of Stars

The Palm Springs Walk of Stars is a walk of fame in downtown Palm Springs, California, where "Golden Palm Stars", honoring various people who have lived in the greater Palm Springs area, are embedded in the sidewalk pavement. The walk includes portions of Palm Canyon Drive, Tahquitz Canyon Way, La Plaza Court and Museum Drive. Among those honored are Presidents of the United States, show business personalities, literary figures (authors, playwrights, screenwriters), pioneers and civic leaders (early settlers, tribal leaders, civic personalities), humanitarians, and Medal of Honor recipients. This listing is a selection of notable people so honored.[1][2][3]

The Palm Springs Walk of Stars was established in 1992 by Gerhard Frenzel and Barbara Foster-Henderson. The first induction ceremony was held on February 26, 1992, and included Walk of Fame chairman Johnny Grant. The first five Golden Palm Stars were dedicated to Earle C. Strebe, William Powell, Ruby Keeler, Charles Farrell and Ralph Bellamy.[4]:13 In May 2017 the Walk of Stars sponsor and City of Palm Springs announced a temporary suspension of installing new stars while they reviewed the selection criteria.[5]


Medal of Honor recipients

Five Medal of Honor recipients from the Coachella Valley were honored during the 1999 Veterans Day holiday.[6]

Former Presidents

These former Presidents of the United States lived in the Palm Springs area after their retirement.

Show business

Palm Springs has been famous as a winter resort and second home community for personalities in show business. These honorees include actors, performers, directors and cinematographers of stage, radio, film, and television.

Pioneers, civic leaders, and other contributors

Early pioneers and other contributors to the community are also honored.


These honorees include authors, playwrights, screenwriters, singers, composers and musicians.

See also


  1. With spouse Lezlie Anders
  2. With life partner David Peet
  3. Yolande Donlan and Val Guest were spouses
  4. Mitchell is the author of one of the references. His listing in the reference was written by his wife, Marilyn Mitchell.
  5. Monroe's Star was rededicated on June 1, 2012.
  6. Talk show host for The Doctors
  7. Spouse of Charles "Buddy" Rogers
  8. Spouse of Mary Pickford
  9. Was once married to Louis Prima
  10. Jerry Thorpe is the son of Richard Thorpe. They share the Star.
  11. In 2004 controversy arose between Gerhard Frenzel, the founder of the Walk of Stars, and the City of Palm Springs over the placement of Venturi's Star. See: "Palm Springs Walk of Stars Under Dispute." AP Online. Press Association, Inc. 2004. Retrieved January 13, 2013 from HighBeam Research
  12. Earl was an executive with The Hoover Company and Miriam was a major contributor to the Center on Halsted in Chicago.
  13. Spouses Jorja Curtright (deceased) and Alexandra Sheldon each have stars.


  1. Most of the names listed are available at Palm Springs Walk of Stars: By Date Dedicated. Additional references and notes are provided to give more background and/or substantiate Golden Palm Star listing.
  2. Mitchell, Gordon "Whitey" (2006). Star Walk: A Guide to the Palm Springs Walk of Stars. Palm Springs: Hall/Sloane. p. 138. ISBN 978-0963868343. OCLC 810234068. Gordon Mitchell's book gives a listing of 300 Golden Palm Stars dedicated through 2006. Only a portion of those names are used in this reference.
  3. Frenzel, Gerhard G. (1999). Portrait of the Stars. Palm Springs: Palm Springs Walk of Stars. p. 185. LCCN 98093956. OCLC 41260876. Frenzel was one of the founders of the Walk of Stars and his book gives a listing of 139 Golden Palm Stars dedicated through 1998. Only a portion of those names are used in this reference.
  4. Mitchell, Marilyn (2011). Walking With The Stars. BearManor Media. p. 220. ISBN 978-1593936617. Mitchell's book gives a listing of 48 various Golden Palm Stars dedicated between 1994 and 2010. Only a portion of those names are used in this reference.
  5. Descant, Skip (May 22, 2017). "Why there will be no more additions to the Palm Springs Walk of Stars, for now". The Desert Sun. Palm Springs: USA Today Network. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  6. Armstrong, Mark (November 11, 1999). "Veterans shine once again". The Desert Sun. Palm Springs. p. B.1. Retrieved February 28, 2012.(subscription required)
  7. Johns, Howard (2004). Palm Springs Confidential: Playground of the Stars!. Fort Lee, NJ: Barricade Books. pp. 299. ISBN 978-1569802694. LCCN 2004041116. OCLC 54392060.LCC PN2285 .J56 2004
  8. Meeks, Eric G. (2014) [2012]. The Best Guide Ever to Palm Springs Celebrity Homes. Horatio Limburger Oglethorpe. ISBN 978-1479328598.
  9. Colacello, Bob; Jonathan Becker (photographs) (June 1999). "Palm Springs Weekends" (PDF). Vanity Fair: 192–211. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-12-11.
  10. "Palm Desert National Bank Elects Earl Greenburg To Board Of Directors", The Public Record. Desert Publication, Inc. Sharon Apfelbaum (2007); retrieved January 13, 2013 from HighBeam Research
  11. Harry Guardino
  12. Henderson, Moya; Palm Springs Historical Society (2009). Images of America: Palm Springs. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing. p. 127. ISBN 978-0738559827. LCCN 2008931760.
  13. Titus, Jack (2000). Jack's Palm Springs and Valley Cities Close Up. Palm Desert: Prickley Pear Publishing. p. 158. ISBN 978-0965492607. OCLC 39380310.
  14. Linn, Roberta; Meeks, Eric (2005). Not Now, Lord, I've Got Too Much to Do. Lincoln, NE: iUniverse, Inc. p. 152. ISBN 978-0595354344. OCLC 630175294.; Linn, Roberta; Meeks, Eric (2005). Champagne Lady. Lincoln, NE: iUniverse, Inc. ISBN 978-0595457588.
  15. Lui, Richard (November 5, 2016). "Ross Mathews gets a Star on Palm Springs Walk of Stars". The Desert Sun. USA Today Network. Retrieved May 25, 2017.
  16. Wallace, David (2008). A City Comes Out. Fort Lee, NJ: Barricade. p. 192. ISBN 978-1569803493. LCCN 2008022210. OCLC 209646547.
  17. "Dr. Andrew Ordon, Co-Host of the Emmy-Award Winning Series 'The Doctors', Honored on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars." Pediatrics Week. NewsRX. 2011; retrieved January 13, 2013 from HighBeam Research
  18. Brass, Kevin (August 20, 2008). presleys-palm-springs-home-graceland-west-is-for-sale/ "Elvis Presley's Palm Springs home, 'Graceland West,' is for sale" Check |url= value (help). New York Times: Great Homes and Destinations. Retrieved October 17, 2012.
  19. Mitchell, Marilyn. "Del Shores He's sharing 'Sordid Confessions' on the road". Desert Entertainer. Palm Desert Entertainer. Retrieved March 31, 2012.
  20. Richard Thorpe
  21. Fessier, Bruce (March 15, 2012). "Lily Tomlin, Jane Wagner share Palm Springs star as professional, personal couple". The Desert Sun. Retrieved March 15, 2012.
  22. Fansource: Wagner Star
  23. Actress, Philanthropist Jane Wyman Dies. Retrieved August 5, 2012.
  24. Adler, Dennis (September 20, 2010). "John Bianchi: An American Legend". American Rifleman. Retrieved April 10, 2012. John Bianchi was a soldier, a police officer, a competitive shooter and, of course, the world’s foremost holster maker.
  25. City News Service (February 7, 2013). "Philanthropist Annette Bloch to receive star on Palm Springs Walk of Stars: Bloch established Cancer Care Center at the Desert AIDS Project". CBS 2 Local. Palm Springs: Gulf-California Broadcast Company. (spouse of Richard Bloch, co-founder of H&R Block.)
  26. "Remembering Sept. 11 on its 10th anniversary". Valley Community Newspapers. September 14, 2011.
  27. Rumer, Anna (May 9, 2015). "Palm Springs pioneer honored on Walk of Stars". The Desert Sun. Palm Springs: Gannett.
  28. "H. Earl Hoover". New York Times. November 16, 1985
  29. "Palm Springs Modernism Week schedule announced". KESQ Television news. September 27, 2013. Archived from the original on September 30, 2013. Retrieved November 24, 2013.
  30. Palm Springs Life. "Palm Springs Charities and Charity Listings"
  31. "The Life of Winthrop Rockefeller" Archived 2012-04-02 at the Wayback Machine, September 17, 2011.
  32. "Capote Ruled Guilty of Contempt". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. AP. October 20, 1970. Retrieved September 30, 2012.
  33. Kleinschmidt, Janice (November 2009). "Making His Mark" Palm Springs Life.
  34. Frederick Loewe
  35. McLellan, Dennis (August 21, 2006). "Ed Thrasher, 74; Veteran Art Director Worked on Hundreds of Albums". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 1, 2012.

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