Stars in Our Eyes

Stars in Our Eyes

The pioneers and celebrity residents of Rancho Mirage continue to guide our way on the City’s thoroughfares. Where else can you turn right from Bob Hope onto Gerald Ford — or zip across the center of the Coachella Valley on Dinah Shore? Here, we introduce the stars and pioneers who lent their names to our streets.

56_Annex - Stanwyck Barbara_16 cc duo pinkBARBARA STANWYCK ROAD

A four-time Oscar nominee and winner of multiple Emmys, this actress, model, and dancer left her mark on Hollywood via television’s The Big Valley and The Thorn Birds and in films like Double Indemnity and Stella Dallas. She was among the investors in Bing Crosby’s Blue Skies Village.

56_Annex - Crosby Bing_25 cc duo pinkBING CROSBY DRIVE

Sure, this actor-crooner won an Oscar for playing Father Chuck O’Malley in 1944’s Going My Way, but it’s his 1942 recording of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas — by some accounts still the biggest-selling single of all time — that keeps him relevant. His rendition was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. In Rancho Mirage, he rallied a star-studded group of investors to develop of Blue Skies Village.

56_RF-Bob Hope duo pinkBOB HOPE DRIVE

The revered Emmy-winning, British-born comedian was also an accomplished actor, singer, dancer, author, and member at Thunderbird Country Club. He and wife Dolores were instrumental in bettering their beloved desert. Chief among their accomplishments is the donation of land to help establish Eisenhower Medical Center (now Eisenhower Health).

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Vaudeville, radio, film, and TV stars George Burns and Gracie Allen were a team on- and offstage for more than 40 years. Upon his death at age 100, the Oscar winner made sure to give his love top billing on the marker of the crypt they share. He was among the Hollywood notables who invested in the development of Tamarisk Country Club.

56_Button_duo pinkBUTTON DRIVE

Located just west of the Rancho Super Car Wash, this short road, ending at San Jacinto Drive, was named for Hollywood lawyer and Army Major (and, later, California State Treasurer) A. Ronald Button, who arrived in 1944, bought Louis McLaughlin “Mac” Blankenhorn’s subdivision in the Magnesia Falls area plus 400 acres of adjacent land, and, with fellow investor Dave Culver, began building homes and selling lots to Button’s celebrity clientele.


L.M. and Helen Clancy of Santa Monica established the first ranch in 1932. They built an adobe home on their property and planted grapefruit, dates, and grapes. Clancy Lane, which connects Bob Hope Drive with Monterey Avenue, cuts through a neighborhood with a rich agricultural and equestrian history.

56_Annex - Colbert Claudette_duo pink ccCLAUDETTE COLBERT ROAD

A French-born stage and film actress, she played Broadway (earning a 1959 Tony nomination for The Marriage-Go-Round), did TV (receiving a 1987 Emmy nomination for The Two Mrs. Grenvilles), and appeared on the silver screen (winning the 1934 Best Actress Oscar for It Happened One Night).

56_Annex - Kaye Danny_03 cc duo pinkDANNY KAYE ROAD

Known as much for his cooking and airplane piloting as for netting an Emmy and two Golden Globes for his acting, dancing, and singing, Kaye’s most important legacy may be philanthropy. He served as the first ambassador-at-large for UNICEF in 1954, and as a result, the French Legion of Honor was bestowed upon him in 1986.


Agricultural possibilities attracted early settler Everett DaVall, a rancher from Pennsylvania who purchased 300 acres from the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1912. He began cultivating the honey variety of date on his Wonder Palms Date Ranch that is still being grown in the Coachella Valley today.

56_RF-PSHist-Dean 2 cc duo pink - CopyDEAN MARTIN DRIVE

One of the original Rat Packers, this singer-actor-comedian handily conquered every corner of the entertainment industry. His 10-year friendship and professional partnership with Jerry Lewis — from 1946 to 1956 — yielded some of the best live, radio, TV, and film material of his career. Martin had street named after him in 2007

57_Dinah Shore 1 cc duo pinkDINAH SHORE DRIVE

This singer-actress-TV host — winner of two Daytime and six Primetime Emmys — charted more than 80 pop hits between 1940 and 1957. In 1972 she was asked to lend her name to the desert’s Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Tournament. Its name changed over the years until 2023, when the LPGA tournament, then known as ANA Inspiration, moved to Houston and became the Chevron Championship.

57_Frank_Sinatra_1957_studio_portrait_close-up_Wikipedia_duo pinkFRANK SINATRA DRIVE

Ol’ Blue Eyes was the leader of the Rat Pack, a singer and actor who earned an Oscar, two Golden Globes, and nine Grammys during his illustrious career. More than 150 million records sold worldwide? Not bad. Originally known as Wonder Park Road, the street’s name was changed while Frank and his wife, Barbara, were living at No. 70588. Proceeds from the Frank Sinatra Celebrity Invitational Golf Tournament helped support the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center on the Eisenhower Health campus.

57_Gerald Ford_PSL A2102-18-600 cc duo pinkGERALD FORD DRIVE

Our country’s 38th president retired to Thunderbird Country Club following his long government career in Washington, D.C., while his wife established Rancho Mirage’s Betty Ford Center, which, for decades, has helped many overcome addiction.

57_PUB-Celebs-ginger rogers duo pinkGINGER ROGERS ROAD

Vaudeville led to Broadway and movies (nine with dancing partner Fred Astaire) for the singer, dancer, and thespian who won the 1940 Best Actress Oscar for her performance in Kitty Foyle. She was a member at Thunderbird Country Club.

57_Greer Garson 10-0574GREER GARSON ROAD

A British singer and actress, she was one of America’s top box office draws from 1942 to 1946. She won a Best Actress Oscar for 1942’s Mrs. Miniver and was nominated six other times (five of those consecutively). She was also an investor in Blue Skies Village.

55_Jack Benny_Scans 15 ccJACK BENNY ROAD

This comic violinist made his mark in vaudeville, radio, TV, and film. An investor and founding member of Tamarisk Country Club (alongside Danny Kaye, George Burns, and four of five Marx Brothers), the double Emmy winner was known to send his radio show out onto the airwaves from Palm Springs’ Plaza Theatre.

57_Kaye_Ballard cc duo pinkKAYE BALLARD LANE

Theater, film, TV — Ballard did it all and then some before retiring in 2015 at the age of 89. The comic actress, who performed in well-regarded runs of The Golden Apple and Carnival on Broadway, purchased one of Desi Arnaz’s former homes and had a street named for her in 2003.

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Four of the five Marx Brothers — Groucho, Harpo, Gummo, and Zeppo — lived in various homes throughout Rancho Mirage (including those at Tamarisk Country Club, in whose founding they participated). From 1905 to 1949, the famously funny sibs dominated vaudeville, Broadway, and motion pictures, earning their well-deserved reputation as five of the most significant comedians in history.

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